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Hotel Jackson, March 4, 1926 Medford Mail Tribune
March 4, 1926 Medford Mail Tribune

    The first steps of erection of the much-discussed terminal hotel for Medford commenced Monday after having been held in abeyance for several weeks because of legal technicalities and minor barriers, which have all been ironed out.
    The four-story building, to be constructed of reinforced concrete, is to cost $125,000 and will be erected on the corner of Central Avenue and Eighth Street. To the west of the hotel a concrete storage garage, to provide space for stages, is to be erected by the Interurban Stage Company on the corner of Eighth and Front with a 100-foot front on the former street.
    The deal, whereby the Stage Terminal Hotel Corporation, which operates in Salem, Eugene and Roseburg, leased the building from Porter J. Neff and J. H. Cooley, the builders, was closed in Salem Saturday, after extensive negotiations had been in progress. The hotel, according to the terms of the contract, will be completed by August 1, or earlier if possible, to accommodate the heavy summer tourist trade.
    A total of 80 percent of the 72 rooms in the hotel will be equipped with baths; the cost of these and the furnishings will exceed $30,000. There will be two entrances, one from Central Avenue and the other from Eighth Street into the large, spacious lobby, which will be directly connected with the stage waiting room on the southwest.
    Three stores, one of which will probably be occupied by a beauty parlor, or other lines of business, will be on the ground floor, the south end of which, on Central, will be the stage entrance, and under all a full basement.
    The stage entrance goes west for 45 feet and 64 feet to the alley diagonally toward Eighth Street. Half way of the latter distance will be the entrance to the waiting room on the east side, while on the other will be loading platforms. The building is practically five-sided, with 100-foot fronts on the two thoroughfares, 45 feet on the Eighth Street alley and the other two sides described as above.
    The passengers arriving on stages will not be allowed to alight except at the stage terminal, and to get to the street they must pass through the hotel lobby past the desk.
    The storage garage, planned by the stage company, will be constructed to compare favorably with the hotel building and perhaps will also include floor space for stores. The garage will be so situated as to allow the stages to enter directly from the rear entrance of the hotel. It is planned to be 100 feet by 45 in dimensions.
    The hotel architect was T. M. Gerow of Eugene, and the contractors are R. I. Stuart and son. The men now at work are cleaning the already constructed excavation, remaining from the old opera house that stood there once, of weeds and bushes that have grown high during the years past.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 4, 1926, page 3

Hotel Jackson, July 1942
Hotel Jackson, July 1942

    On Saturday, September 18th, the new Terminal Hotel will open its doors to the public, and Medford can boast of another first-class hostelry. This city also has the distinction of having the finest and largest of the Terminal chain of hotels in Oregon. It is, according to W. M. Clemenson, who will manage it, the pride of the Stage Terminal Hotel Company.
    The Terminal Hotel building is situated on the corner of Eighth Street and Central Avenue, is an imposing structure of reinforced concrete, was built by Porter J. Neff, well-known Medford attorney and J. H. Cooley, owner of the Medford Lumber Company. It represents an approximate investment of
$155,000, of which $30,000 covers the cost of furnishing.
    Work was started on the building on March 10th. It is four stories in height, constructed of reinforced concrete, strictly fireproof and modern in every detail.
    Altogether, there are seventy-two rooms, all outside, forty-two of which connect with bath and twelve with showers. These rooms are especially light, airy and attractive.
    The ground floor consists of the lobby, which takes in the entire corner of the building; at the south side of the lobby is the cafe. The lobby also has an opening from the stage entrance, which is located in the rear of the building. The cafe will be operated by the Union News Company of New York. Mr. Edwards, a very competent and well-known chef, will be manager.
    On the west end of the lobby is the confectionery and cigar stand. This is operated by J. H. Gordon. West of this is the barber shop, with an entrance into the lobby, which is run by the popular barber, D.
P. Peterson, formerly of the Hotel Medford barber shop.
    In the store room, at the west end of the building, is located the Easy Washing Machine Company.
    The stages all come in through a driveway at the south of the building, loading and unloading the passengers in
covered depots at the rear of the hotel, where there is a waiting room located.
    Southern Oregon people will be given an opportunity to inspect the new Terminal Hotel building Saturday, as Mr. Clemenson has extended a cordial invitation to visitors to call between 5 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. A trip through the hotel is unusually interesting, as this is one of Medford's newest and finest buildings.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B1

W. M. Clemenson, September 16, 1926 Medford Mail Tribune
September 16, 1926 Medford Mail Tribune

Terminal News Stand Conducted by Gordon
    The Terminal Hotel news stand and fountain concession in the lobby of the new hotel is owned by J. H. Gordon and his wife and sister. The new firm will carry a complete line of cigars and confectionery. They will serve hot and cold drinks and promise to be a very popular contribution to the businesses of the hotel.
    Mr. Gordon is a well-known commercial traveler who has "made Medford" for years and is wished well by all this friends.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B1

    The construction work of the Terminal Hotel and finishing was done in unusually fast time. Col. R. I. Stuart and son, Gilbert Stuart, general contractors, deserve much credit for the efficiency in handling the work. Gilbert Stuart superintended the construction and did the concrete work throughout.
    The lumber, cement, roofing, metal lath and deadening felt was furnished by the Medford Lumber Company with the Three "C" Lumber Company supplying the sash and doors, mill work and plate glass.
    The electrical fixtures, lighting and electric wiring was done by Paul's Electric Co. Lighting is considered by hotel men to be one of the most important factors in making up many comforts of the modern hotel, and Paul's Electric Co. has handled this item with the most pleasing results. Many of the service appliances, including the Eureka vacuum cleaners, were also installed by Paul's.
    The plumbing, which consists of 42 baths, 12 showers and lavatories, was installed by Wm. Hammett, contracting plumber.
    All sheet metal work and cornice was done by Modern Plumbing and Sheet Metal Works.
    The heating, including the installation of the boilers, sawdust and trash burners, was installed by Keyser & Schmedli, of Roseburg and Medford, who have made a number of other important installations in this vicinity.
    Heath & Milligan paints and varnish was used throughout for interior and exterior decorations and was furnished by Lamport's Hardware and Sporting Goods, and the Universal kalsomine and wallpaper was also supplied by Lamport.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B1

Terminal Hotel Headquarters for Stage Lines
    Practically all stages operating on the Pacific Highway use Medford's Terminal Hotel as their exclusive stopping and starting place. The Terminal Hotels handle all tickets in the places where they are located, according to W. M. Clemenson, manager of the new hotel.
    The Oregon stages which operate between Portland and Roseburg are the largest stage company in the state of Oregon, are stockholders in the company, and Mr. Bemen, who is the manager, is a director in the hotel company. They connect at Roseburg with the Interurban Stages for points in Southern Oregon and Redwood Highway stages; also with the coast auto line for Coos Bay points.
    The Pickwick stages, which operate between Seattle and Los Angeles, also to points as far east as Texas, also use the Terminal Hotels as their headquarters.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

Terminal Barbers Known in Medford
    The Terminal Hotel barber shop has been opened by two well-known Medford barbers. Mr. Peterson, one of the partners, has operated a chair in the Medford Hotel shop for seven years, while Mr. Slusser has worked in many of the better shops in Medford for several years.
    The new shop is one of the best equipped and most modern in the city. "While we are equipped to do all kinds of barber work, we expect to specialize in hair cutting and bobbing," said Mr. Peterson.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

Modern Coffee Shop in Terminal Hotel
    The Union News Company, who operate the coffee shop in the hotel, operate a large number of restaurants and other concessions in hotels, stage terminals and railroad stations throughout the country. They intend to present in their coffee shop the best quality of food obtainable, a high standard of service, with prices which will prove equally attractive to their patrons.
    W. B. Edwards, engaged to manage the coffee shop, is well known in catering circles and comes to Medford from the Portland hotel.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

General Invitation Attend Opening Terminal Hotel
    On Saturday evening the lobby of the Terminal Hotel will be a scene of brilliant activity when the management will be hosts to Medford and Southern Oregon people. A cordial invitation has been broadcast by W. M. Clemenson, manager of the hotel, to the public to participate in the affair. "Volstead" punch and wafers will be served, according to Mr. Clemenson.
    One of the special attractions of the Terminal Hotel's opening will be music by Tilly's orchestra in the lobby.
    Saturday evening's reception will afford Southern Oregon people an opportunity to inspect the new building.

Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

Interurban Buses Leave Terminal
    The Interurban auto stages now leave from the new Terminal Hotel, making through trips direct to Portland in 14 hours without stopover. Two thirty-minute stops are included for meals. Rest stops are also allowed at many points.
    Direct connections are made at Grants Pass for the Redwood and Roosevelt highways, at Roseburg for Coos Bay points at Eugene for Bend and at Portland for Spokane, Seattle and all Washington points, also for lines to Seaside, Astoria and Columbia River Highway.
    The personnel of the Medford office, besides W. L. Lewis, manager, Vic H. Beckman, assistant manager, Mrs. L. M. Lounsberry, bookkeeper, Everett Miller, shop foreman and Charles Farmer, mechanic. The operators are Lloyd Sparks, Verne Norris, Ted Russell, Dan Campbell, Lee
Surles and Roy Deane.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

Tethrow Displays Easy Washers
    The Easy Washer shop in the new Terminal Hotel building is very attractive and unique in many respects. Besides being an excellent display room, with a well-ordered battery of these machines, the room is equipped with laundry trays and hot and cold water for the purpose of giving actual demonstrations.
    Mrs. R. G. Tethrow, manager, is assisted in her sales work by
K. R. Ray. Mrs. Tethrow has all of Jackson County in an exclusive agency arrangement
Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1926, page B2

    Chinn Gee, chef for 12 years at the exclusive Mallory Hotel in Portland, has been engaged as chef for the Hotel Jackson Coffee Shop, William Clemenson, manager of the hotel, announced today. Gee's assistants are also trained Chinese culinary artists. In addition to serving the regular foods that have made this eating establishment popular, choice Chinese dishes will also be served, and orders will be taken to serve them to private parties.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 7, 1930, page 5

Hotel Jackson 1953ca
Hotel Jackson, circa 1953

Jackson Hotel Closes; Financial Reasons Given
Stockholder Says No Local Support

    Medford's Jackson Hotel closed its doors Friday night, and unless something unexpected happens they will remain shut.
    As soon as present guests leave all business will be terminated. The hotel is operated by the Jackson Hotel Company, Salem. According to W. W. Chadwick, principal company stockholder, the hotel faced financial difficulties. He said no money was available for operation, and creditors have filed suit against the company.
    Chadwick added that "no support had come from local people to keep the hotel open." He declined to elaborate on this statement.
No Plans
    A company spokesman said future plans haven't been determined. "I am not at liberty to say what will happen," the representative said.
    The building was constructed in 1926 by J. H. Cooley and Porter Neff, both deceased. The Jackson Hotel Company has held a lease on the building since 1926. The Cooley Hotel Company owns the building. C. B. and John C. Collins, of Medford, are Cooley stockholders.
    Many local organizations have used hotel facilities for weekly meetings. One of these, the Medford Chamber of Commerce round table, will meet at Ping's Gardens at noon Monday, according to Ken Baker, round table chairman.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 21, 1961, page 1

Lease Signed for Jackson Hotel
    The Jackson Hotel, South Central Ave., Medford, is tentatively scheduled to open its doors to the public March 1, Richard Crommett, operator of the Mark Antony Hotel in Ashland, said today.
    The firm which operates the Mark Antony Hotel has signed a lease for the Jackson Hotel, and has already started cleaning the building here.
    Crommett said extensive remodeling is planned in the lobby with redecorating in the coffee shop, former Pioneer Room and the bar.
    The name of the hotel will be changed, Crommett added, as well as the former Pioneer Room and the bar.
    Crommett stressed that the hotel would encourage the use of its banquet room for noon luncheons. He said an application has been made to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a liquor license for the hotel.
    The Jackson Hotel was closed because of financial difficulties May 19, 1960. At that time it was operated by the Jackson Hotel Company, Salem, with W. W. Chadwick principal company stockholder. It had been leased by that firm since 1926. The Cooley Hotel Company owns the building, of which C. B. and John C. Collins, Medford, are stockholders.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 5, 1962, page 1

Jackson House to Open Wednesday
    The Jackson House, formerly the Jackson Hotel, South Central Ave., Medford, is tentatively scheduled to open to the public Wednesday, March 7, according to Richard Crommett, operator of the Mark Antony Hotel, Ashland.
    The local hotel has been leased by the Pacific Inns, whose stockholders are substantially the same as those of the Mark Antony Hotel Company, Inc.
    Crommett said redecorating of the banquet room and coffee shop has been completed. Remodeling is still under way in the bar, with the remodeling of the lobby to be started at a later date.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 2, 1962, page 1

Parking Lots Eyed at Jackson House Site
    Addition of two lots to the downtown Medford off-street parking district was recommended Thursday by the city parking commission.
    The lots--the Jackson House site, 108 S. Central Ave., and the former drive-in windows of the United States National Bank of Oregon between Front Street and Central Avenue--would be leased for five years, with an option to renew for another five years.
    The properties are owned by the Cooley Hotel Corporation, which is the Collins family of Medford. Principal stockholders are John Collins and Neil Collins, partners in Medford Lumber Co.
    Leasing of the lots, if approved by the city council, would begin July 1, 1968, under terms of the agreement between the Collins family and the city. The Jackson House would be razed and the lot paved for parking purposes sometime prior to that date.
    Acquisition of the lots would expand the downtown parking district to 10 lots, seven leased and three publicly owned. The district, which provides free two-hour parking to customers of downtown stores, began operations Oct. 1.
Medford Landmark
    The 73-room, four-story Jackson House, a Medford landmark since 1925 [sic], was leased from the Collins family by the Chadwick Hotel chain until 1960. It has since continued as a hotel, primarily for overnight truckers. Part of the building was utilized as temporary home for the U.S. National Bank during construction of the bank's new quarters on Central Avenue.
    The second property, the site of the bank's former drive-in windows, is now utilized as a used car lot by Humphrey Motors.
    The Jackson House site would be leased for $610 a month plus taxes, the bank lot for $135 a month plus taxes.
    Spaces for 60 automobiles are proposed on the Jackson House lot, for 20 cars on the bank lot. At present, there are 329 parking spaces within the district, which is bounded by Bear Creek, the Southern Pacific Co. railroad tracks and Fourth and 10th streets.
Employee Parking
    The Jackson House lot would be used for the usual free, two-hour customer parking, but the intentions of the parking commission for the bank lot are to utilize the area for all-day parking for employees, according to Richard L. Henselman, commission secretary. Employees would pay a nominal, to-be-determined daily fee to park their vehicles on the lot, Henselman said.
    The parking commission Thursday also discussed at length the $162,395 assessment for land purchase and improvements within the district and recommend to the city council that all properties within the area, with the exception only of the present eight parking lots within the district, be assessed cost of acquisition of property primarily, plus paving, landscaping, and installation of canopies on three of the lots would be met through the assessment.
    Neither the two additional lots recommended Thursday for leasing nor the present city hall are exempted from the assessment.
    The assessment, minus the exempted lots, would total approximately $17.17 per $100 of assessed value. True cash value of property within the district is $3.932,000, with total assessed value at $983.140.
    The parking commission recommendations of both the acquisition of the additional lots and the terms of the assessment will be considered by the city council at its regular meeting next Thursday, Dec. 7. The matters were also discussed at an executive session of the council Wednesday night.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 1, 1967, page 1

Jackson House Demolition Nears
    Stripping of the interior of Jackson House began Monday in preparation for the demolition of the four-story, 73-room hotel.
    An auction of furniture and bedding within the masonry structure, located at 108 S. Central Ave., was held Sunday.
    A demolition permit was issued to the Cooley Hotel Corporation, owner of the Jackson House, by the Medford Building Department Dec. 13. It is expected exterior demolition, necessitating partial blockading of Central Avenue and Eighth Street, will not begin until after the Christmas shopping season.
    The hotel site will be incorporated within the downtown off-street parking district July 1, 1968, as a 60-vehicle lot.

Medford Mail Tribune,
December 19, 1967, page 1

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