The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Jan. 25, 1919
COMMERCIAL CLUB BANQUET REVIVES OLD ENTHUSIASM
The banquet of the Commercial club at the Hotel Holland Friday evening was a complete success to the smallest detail. The room was filled to its utmost capacity with an enthusiastic crowd of Southern Oregon boosters, and the old Medford spirit was evident from start to finish. Faith was expressed that great opportunities confront us and with a united community great results would be obtained. The menu and arrangements were perfect, thanks to the painstaking care of Mrs. Westerlund.
C. E. Niles, of Grants Pass, chairman of the livestock committee of the state chamber of commerce, explained the work of his committee and its bearing on the industry as it exists in southern Oregon. F. S. Bramwell of Grants Pass, vice president of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, explained in detail the objects of that organization, its methods of work and results that can reasonably be expected, then extended to the Commercial club a cordial invitation to join. At the conclusion of his remarks a motion was made and carried unanimously that the Medford Commercial club join the state organization.
Judge Colvig was called upon and delivered an address full of his old time enthusiasm, and expressed his desire to join the arching column and make himself useful in club work. Will G. Steel briefly outlined the proposed work of the new board of directors and pleaded for the active support of the entire community, on which he fully relied, and in which he had unshaken confidence. There is nothing impossible with such a community as this harmoniously united, but with division everything worth while is impossible and beyond us. First let us unite then study the situation and ascertain what is most needed. What a united front the getting will follow.
A motion was made that the president appoint a committee to co-operate with the Commercial club of Grants Pass on matters pertaining to roads in Southern Oregon. Mr. Steel read a set of resolutions pertaining to a permanent representation in Washington of Oregon commercial bodies, and the maintenance there of a bureau of information looked after by energetic men, whose business it should be to assist members of congress and others in all matters pertaining to this state, and moved that they be referred to the directors, together with the information that it is the sense of this meeting that such action be taken.
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