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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 1, 1921

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

Nov. 1, 1921


Those people who are fond of asserting that the old time spirit of Hallowe’en is dead have another guess coming as far as Medford is concerned. The youth of the city were very much alive to the occasion last night, as evidenced by the general ringing of door bells, pounding on doors, carrying away of portable things from yards; innumerable pranks of various kinds, and many Hallowe’en parties.

The younger element had great fun, dressed as spooks, goblins or fairies, parading the streets and every now and then timidly sneaking up on a porch and ringing a door bell, or peering in windows with false faces on. Many carried lanterns made out of pumpkins with grotesquely carved faces.

Evidence of the doing of the older element was seen in various parts of the city in chairs, boxes and the like hanging on poles, and other portables in equally absurd locations. For instance, on the high school lawn this morning and forenoon reposed a wagon upside down, and flanked by some gates. The school authorities waited all day for the owners to turn up.


No district in the state outside of Portland, will receive as great benefit from the 1925 Exposition as Jackson County.

It is safe to say that ninety percent of the visitors from outside the state will visit Crater Lake before their return, and necessarily they will spend some time and money in Southern Oregon.

It is not too early, therefore, to consider the accommodations to be offered the thousands of tourists who will visit this section not only in 1925, but in the intervening years. The time to prepare is now.

A tour along the Pacific Highway will convince any impartial person, that Medford is far-down on the list, in the way of an attractive and comfortable auto camp ground.

Grants Pass has a camp ground on the Rogue River amid a grove of trees, Roseburg has a camp ground viewing the grass banked Umpqua. Eugene’s camp ground is delightfully situated and splendidly equipped. Salem has a most attractive camp ground, in the heart of the city; so has Albany and Corvallis. Ashland’s camp ground has a state-wide reputation — Medford alone has no camp ground worthy of the name, or worthy of its reputation, as a progressive and enterprising town.

The auto camp ground is now a permanent tourist feature. Its importance in the program of community development will increase steadily in the future. No city along the Pacific Highway can expect to get its proper share of the tourist revenue if it hasn’t an auto camp ground that will compare favorably with the standard maintained by the other cities of its size along the Pacific coast.

The time is ripe for Medford to get one.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com