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Mail Tribune 100, July 6, 1921

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

July 6, 1921


Walter Pritchard Eaton, well known author and dramatic critic and Fred H. Kiser, Oregon’s official photographer, were the principal speakers at the Chamber of Commerce forum at the Holland Hotel today, both stressing the subject of scenic preservation in this state. Mr. Eaton who is Mr. Kiser’s guest on a tour of the state, gave a very happily phrased and amusing talk on the wilds of the state, which he had met thus far: The wild automobile, wild tourists, wild service stations and wild bungalows along the paved Pacific Highway. He said he supposed he had to be shown, and his guide had not yet shown him. In closing he complimented Oregon upon having few advertisements and sign boards along the Pacific Highway and hoped that the natural beauties would be preserved.

Mr. Kiser assured his guest that he would be treated wild enough before he had completed the tour to Crater Lake and eastern Oregon and then made a strong appeal for the preservation of the scenery of the state.

“You live here because this is the place you want to live — you love it — but try to think of what it will be 100 years from now if the destruction of commercialism continues.”

He said there would be opposition to such a movement and urged his hearers to prepare for it and overcome it.

Mr. Gaylord called attention to the motorcycle trip to Crater Lake and said he hoped the auto camp grounds would be ready for accommodating them when they arrived. There was a large and enthusiastic meeting with many guests from all parts of the county, R. W. Ruhl acting as chairman.


Famine stalked through the county jail Sunday and Monday, and the 13 or 14 inmates, emitted healthy yelps for grub during this period, without much luck. A switch was made in boarding houses July 1, and the new cook forgot to order supplies for over the holiday. She could not get groceries to replenish the larder, with the result that a slice of bread and a cup of coffee was the rations of the prisoners. Tuesday the stores opened, and a good big feed was dished out Tuesday afternoon and this morning to make up for lost time.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com