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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 28, 1921

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

Sept. 28, 1921

CRATERS’ POLICY TO BOOST, NOT BOOM, VALLEY

Basing his remarks on the proverb “to be rather than to seem,” Porter J. Neff in an address before the new booster club last night pointed out the evils of booming a community which could not make good its promises to new-comers. He declared, however, that calling attention to this community’s resources and co-operation in development thereof was a form of boosting which was needed.

Medford has passed through the effects of over-inflation with attendant depression and has only in the past few years reached a normal basis, the speaker declared. The effort now must be to reveal to the world the opportunities and desirability of residence in this territory and to offer to those already resident here and to those who are seeking homes the best possible town, with co-operation and encouragement.

Calling attention to our unexcelled resources, Mr. Neff said a much larger rural population should be provided for the land of the valley. He mentioned the fact that he had been informed of importation of eggs and butter from other localities to satisfy the local demand, and declared that as there was no drawback to producing these commodities locally encouragement should be given newcomers to ding the opportunities awaiting them there and characterized such efforts as not only boosting, but real service.

Medford, as the center of a rich territory, must provide the people of that territory with the best of business co-operation, the best of culture, social and amusement facilities and thereby help to render life attractive in this vicinity.

Final action in christening the club brought a close vote on the various names submitted with the result that the organization will thereafter by known as the “Craters Club.” A. H. Miller, who suggested the name at the initial meeting several weeks ago and again in the contest, which was carried on, won the $25 prize which reverts to the treasury of the club, as he is a member thereof.

A vote of thanks was given to those who had submitted names in the contest and as many of the accompanying letters sent in were full of admiration for the Rogue River valley, some of them will be given to the papers, as an expression of what Rogue River valley people think of their home community.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com