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Mail Tribune 100, May 9, 1922

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

May 9, 1922

AUTO ASSOCIATION TO ESTABLISH A BUREAU IN CITY

Medford’s importance as the southern gateway entrance into Oregon and out to California, and in being the chief gateway to Crater Lake, in view of the rapidly growing auto tourists traffic to the Pacific coast from all parts of the country, which this year will far exceed all previous records, is recognized by the fact that in this city will be established two important tourists information bureaus.

Last week it was announced that the Oregon Tourist Information Bureau, which is financed by a state appropriation of $12,000, with headquarters in Portland, would establish a branch bureau in Medford, which will be in operation next week, with headquarters in the Chamber of Commerce meeting building.

Now comes the news that the Oregon State Motor Association, which is affiliated with the American Automobile Association, headquarters in Portland, has just established a branch bureau in Medford, with the intention of maintaining it the year around, with Arthur G. Hazelrigg of this city, in charge. This bureau is housed in the former barber shop department of the Hotel Medford, and Mr. Hazelrigg opened up the local branch office yesterday.

This branch bureau is located here through the efforts of Mayor C. E. Gates, who is an officer of the Oregon State Motor Association and who when at Portland last week succeeded in having the association consent to the establishment of the Medford branch office. A. E. Shearer of Portland, manager of the association, has been here this week assisting the mayor and Mr. Hazelrigg in establishing the branch bureau.

All facilities of the Portland office, in the way of map service, road information, insurance, etc., for members of the association and visiting tourists will be maintained on a adequate scale at the Medford branch, it was announced.

“The association has desired for a long time to place a branch at Medford,” Shearer stated, “but hitherto has been unable to do so. Medford may be considered the gateway to Oregon from the south and a branch of the club is most desirable there for the benefit of motorists coming into the state over the Pacific Highway from California. The club will be able to welcome the visitors to Oregon and to render them service designed to make their stay in Oregon enjoyable and profitable. ...”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com