The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., December 26, 1919, page 1

Enthusiastic Meeting Held In Portland
Million Dollar Corporation Is Now Planned - Tourist Hotels Ready For Next Season's Visitors Is Aim Of Those Behind Corporation - Hood River Men Are Optimist.

     Three Hood River men returned last week end from a meeting of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, held to consider the problem of securing first-class tourist hotels in time that for the big rush of tourists, which is practically certain to come next year. Those attending from this city were Leslie Butler, E.O. Blanchar and C.W. McCullagh and all have, since their return, expressed themselves as very optimistic concerning the prospect of Hood River having a big tourist hotel in the near future.
     At the meeting in Portland, a definite decision to carry forward plans for financing a corporation that will provide tourist hotel accommodations was taken. The investment contemplated is to approximately more than $1,000,000. A sub-committee was named to formulate definite plans for financing the enterprise and will undertake the work with its expectation of announcing details within a short time. Business methods by which the organization is to be conducted and the management that will direct its activities are among the big problems to be worked out. The sub-committee is composed of John L. Etheridge, W.D.B. Dodson, R.W. Price and Miss M.A. Saloman, secretary of the committee. William McMurray presided at the meeting in Portland on Thursday, at which it was also decided to carry through the plan and have the hotels in operation at the beginning of the tourist season next spring. Mr. McMurray declared that information at hand indicates the heaviest tourist travel to Oregon the coming year that has ever been experienced.

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