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Mail Tribune 100, July 18, 1921

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July 18, 1921

July 18, 1921


Ashland, July 18. — “The Ashland Idea,” applying to various phases of civic betterment, is to be the chief exponent in the installation of a public rest room endowed on a permanent basis. We have had so-called rest rooms of varying degrees of efficiency and convenience, but these have been merely temporary expedients introduced on holidays. The need of the present, especially during the summer, is for a permanent refuge of the kind, the location thereof to be in the midst of the park’s grateful shade, its cooling waters and delightful playgrounds.

A fair sized substantial structure is planned, specifications implying a commodious room for general purposes, a smaller one readily darkened, a bathroom, electric plates, ice box, hot and cold water, and other utilities. Laundry conveniences will also be available on a limited scale. The rest rooms proper will be quipped with chairs, couches, and other comforts, including slumber baskets for the babies. Instead of predigested foods for malted infants, first aid lacteal refreshments will be in the shape of goats milk for the little folks, and perhaps koumiss for adults.

Installation of this haven of rest will be the logical course to pursue by way of supplementing the park equipment to best advantage. The improvement is imperatively needed, and in order to expedite matters a meeting of those interested in “The Ashland Idea” will be held at Hotel Austin on Thursday evening of this week to elect directors of an association which reflect theoretical ideas and constructive measures looking towards the highest possible development of the city’s assets along scenic, economic and social lines. The term “rest room” as usually employed, is too often associated with a railroad depot or emigrant detaining ward, consequently many thing that “comfort station” would ideally express its designation.

Sufficient funds are already available to start the enterprise, and a permanent endowment would be ensured by the adoption of membership fees on the following schedule as decided upon: Contributing members, $5 per year; associate members, $2 per month or $20 per year; full members, $5 per month or $50 per year; senior members, $10 per month or $100 per year. Subscribers in the major classification refer to life members on the basis of $500 each, payable outright, or by installments as mutually may be agreed upon.

Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com