The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 22, 1919
HANEY INVENTS AUTO BED FOR TOURIST TRAVEL
Local autoists and many others in the coast states are much interested in the invention of B. E. Haney, the Medford taxi cab man, of a patented combined auto bed and table for use of auto tourists; and if the demand and marketing of this contrivance is what is generally predicted for it, Medford will have another thriving industry.
Mr. Haney has already had 100 of the appliances made by the Medford Sash and Door factory and Tom Merimann, the latter having done the blacksmith part of the work, and he and the other interested with him plan to make not less than 5,000 of the appliances during the next year. The Auto Equipment company, composed of two well known young men of this city, will handle the sale of the appliance for Mr. Haney on a royalty basis.
This useful contrivance for auto travel when not in use folds up compactly in a box two inches thick and 40 inches long and goes under the rear seat of any auto easily. It only weighs 15 pounds.
It is self adjusting, consisting of a metal framework which stretches over and rests solidly on the tops of the seats. The cushions of the seats make the mattresses of the bed. It can be put in place in one minute and taken down in the same time.
During last summer and fall while on an auto trip Mr. Haney traveled 4,020 miles and on that trip he says that there was not a night but that he could have sold his patent contrivance one or more times. He exhibited it at Portland, Seattle and Tacoma houses handling auto accessories, and in each place it was pronounced the best and only auto bed on the market.
When used as a table the appliance fastens on the bumper of a car where tourists can feast or write in comfort under the illumination furnished by the car lights.
ROBBERS SECURE $5000 AT KERBY
Last night about 12 o’clock burglars blew the safe in Tuffs Bros. general merchandise store at Kerby and obtained between $4,000 and $5,000, says the Grants Pass Courier. Of this amount about $1,500 was in case and gold dust and the balance in notes and liberty bonds. Many of the residents of the Kerby neighborhood had placed their liberty bonds in the safe for safe keeping. A few watches were also taken from the safe.
The cracksmen used nitro glycerin and the safe door is said to have been blown clear across the room. The robbers made good their escape and at the present time there is no clue to their identity.
Sheriff George Lewis and Deputy Lister hurried to Kerby this forenoon and have put in the day in that vicinity.