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Mail Tribune 100, April 12, 1922

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April 12, 1922


The city auto camp question was exhaustively discussed at the Chamber of Commerce forum luncheon at the Hotel Medford today and only through the able efforts of Col. Payne as chairman was an all-afternoon oratorical riot averted.

Messrs. Frobach, Vernon Vawter, Gaddis, Getchell, Walther, Merrick, Grey, Wortman, Millard and Mrs. Merrick all aired their views on the matter, the majority of them taking the floor several times.

The question seems to be whether the camp shall be owned and operated by a private owner or by the municipality. Different opinions were expressed by the individuals who spoke but no definite conclusion was reached.

The camp this year must be improved, it was pointed out, as it has been decided to make it a standardized camp and to charge tourists 50 cents per day per car with a 10 day limit. It is the opinion of Secretary Frobach that in order to give the campers something for their money modern conveniences, such as shower baths with hot and cold water, and similar things must be installed.

Mr. Merrick, who owns the land where the auto camp is now situated, has been leveling the ground and intends to install conveniences and run the camp privately should the city refuse his offer.

The question was turned over by the city council to the following committee some time ago: Vernon Vawter, Alex Sparrow, Gain Robinson, W. Y. Crowson and George Hunt. This committee which is made up of Chamber of Commerce members has not yet arrived at a definite conclusion and the chairman, Vernon Vawter, was unable to make any concrete recommendation today. However, the committee has arrived at three different solutions of the problem:

1.— To accept Mr. Merrick’s proposition and buy the land and operate the camp.

2.— To utilize the city property on both sides of Bear creek south of the city market.

3.— To enter into a joint agreement with Mr. Merrick and to leave the management and operation of the camp to him.

Mr. Merrick stated that whether the city accepted his proposition or not made no difference to him. In fact, he said that he would rather that it would not be accepted and that if such was the case he would operate the camp privately. He stated also that he did not care for a guarantee from the city that it would not open another camp ground.

The question of how the thing shall be handled is still in the hands of the committee, the meeting having adjourned before a great amount of knowledge in regard to the question had been gained by any of the individuals present.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com