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Mail Tribune 100, June 28, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

June 28, 1921


The Standard Oil company today started their service to Crater Lake which completes the service rendered by this company to the chain of all national parks in the United States.

This service will be taken care of by one of the new 2 1/2-ton tank trucks equipped with 42x9 pneumatic cord tires and is the last word in motor equipment for such service.

In the party leaving for Crater Lake today on the initial trip were Mr. W. A. Lavender, one of the company’s representatives from San Francisco; Mr. R. H. Beck, superintendent of motor repairs for the Portland district who has personal supervision of over three hundred pieces of motor equipment; and Mr. W. E. Walker, special agent in the Medford field. Mr. H. B. Fairchild, asst. district sales manager from Portland will arrive later in the day to make the trip.

This service is being installed by the Standard Oil company at a great expense and with little return in sight at the present time but they have great faith in the future of Crater Lake and want to render this service with the viewpoint of helping make this world wonder, scenic attraction one of the show places of the Pacific coast and by giving this service it will enable motorists to have their wants in both gasoline and oils properly taken care of at the lake.

The Standard Oil company in the past two months, has been advertising Crater Lake in 256 daily newspapers on the Pacific coast as well as in several magazines and in their own Bulletin at a cost of approximately $51,000.00. They have faith in the future of Crater Lake and southern Oregon.

Four years ago there were only four employees of the Standard Oil company in Medford. With the growth of the company’s business in the valley and with this latest addition to the service the number on the payroll in Medford is eighteen.


False reports are in circulation around the country that the city auto camp in Medford charges fifty cents a day for each car sojourning in it. The camp is absolutely free to all comers and always has. Everything about it is free to the tourists except dry wood to burn in the cooking ovens, and this wood is sold at 25 cents a large basket, which is about the same price as the city pays for it.


Many Grants Pass and Medford people spent Sunday at Galice and Almeda fishing and picnicking. The fishing is said to be rather poor there at this time, very few trout being taken. The upper river and its tributaries above Rogue Elk appears to be the best now for the anglers. — Grants Pass Courier.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com