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Medford News 1930

Medford-related news items from 1930. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

Rogue River Valley Fruit Shipments Climb to $6,127,640 in 1929.
    Medford, Ore., Jan. 3.--Fruit shipments from the Rogue River Valley for the 1929 season totaled in value $,127,640, according to a report filed this week with the Rogue River Traffic Association. Of this sum $611,360 was for apples and $5,516,280 for pears.
    The pear shipments by varieties were:
                                                              Cars
Cannery Bartletts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  610
Packed Bartletts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  695
Howells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  101
Boscs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  727
d'Anjou  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  873
Comice  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  223
Winter Nelis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  416
Assorted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    21
    The traffic committee was instructed to request that in making out its schedule for hauling Medford district fruit over the Alturas cut-off next year, arrangements be made by the Southern Pacific so that the fruit shipments would not be delayed at Klamath Falls and in Nevada.
Excerpt, The Chicago Packer, January 4, 1930, page 13


MEDFORD, HAIL!
    The traditional great blare of trumpets and the herald's declamation of ye olden time would be a very faint squeak, sadly limited as to audience, as compared with the results of the modern method of announcing important developments. Today the heralding is delegated to the newspapers and the radio. In this connection modern efficiency was recently demonstrated at Medford, Oregon, the occasion being the official opening of this company's new district offices there.
    During the period from January 22nd to the 28th, ninety-three news stories about the Standard Oil Company, its new divisional headquarters, its personnel and its activities in general appeared in local papers; and some seventy-five business firms and individuals participated in congratulatory advertisements, to which might be added to the advertisements the company itself caused to be published.
    The local radio station rearranged its entire program on two different days in order to accommodate two Standard Oil broadcasts. These were both given by remote control, one from the new company offices and the other from the Medford Airport. During the broadcast from the offices, Mayor A. W. Pipes gave an address of welcome, and District Sales Manager T. G. Travis responded. At the airport, the flights of "Standard of California No. 1," which was there for the occasion, were described, and scores of those who accepted the company's invitation to take their maiden flight in the big tri-motored monoplane told the radio audience about it immediately after landing. Also, as a part of this broadcast, Medford's new $150,000 airport was described.
    The keynote of the celebration was sounded by Mayor A. W. Pipes, of Medford, in the following statement:
    "In establishing its new sales division for southern Oregon and northern California, with Medford as its capital city, Standard Oil Company of California continues to demonstrate its interest in the welfare and development of this great area.
    "For nearly half a century, the company has assisted in the upbuilding of southern Oregon. Every city, and every citizen in town or country, is better off today because of Standard Oil service and cooperation all these years.
    "I take pleasure in welcoming to Medford and southern Oregon the new management and personnel of the Standard Oil Company and in wishing them all success."
    Here is a word picture of this new sales division, as it was presented in one of the company's own advertisements:
    "A vast and glorious region of great mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, forests and plains. And on its surface man is diligently carving the word Progress; for it also is a region of thriving cities and towns, of horticulture and agriculture at their best, of railroads and growing industries, and one of the finest systems of paved highways in the United States, including the great Pacific Highway coming up from Dunsmuir, California, on the south, over the Siskiyou Mountains and down through the fruitful Rogue River Valley; and the world-famous Redwood Highway, reaching from Crescent City, on the California seacoast, to Grants Pass. . . . Whether it be fruit or any other of the wide variety of products of the soil grown in this region, whether it be lumber, hydroelectricity or whatnot, petroleum products virtually without exception factor in their creation, or at some stage of their handling. Here as elsewhere the refined products of petroleum are indispensable to modern industry and life, including the pursuit of happiness. Because of this fact, the Standard Oil Company, through its products and service, has a very definite and highly important part to play in the present and future of this area, now a Main Station Division with headquarters at Medford, Oregon."
Standard Oil Bulletin, February 1930, pages 10-11

Ralph G. Bardwell Has Organized Own Firm
    Medford, Ore., April 4.--Ralph G. Bardwell, who for the past eight years has been special agent for the Stewart Fruit Company, has severed his connection with that firm and recently organized the Bardwell Fruit Company and opened a large modern packing house in Medford. His concern will represent Simons, Shuttleworth & French in the Rogue Valley district he announced.
The Chicago Packer, April 5, 1930, page 20


Estimate 4,366 Cars of Pears in Medford Area; 700 Cars Apples.
    Medford, Ore., June 20.--The fruit crop, apples and pears, of the Rogue River Valley (Medford district) during the coming season will exceed the 5,000-car mark, according to the forecast of Guy W. Conner, local packer and shipper. He estimated that the pear crop, for all varieties except Howells, will exceed the 1929 figures by 100 cars, and predicts an apple crop of approximately 650 to 700 cars. Mr. Conner makes the following estimates by varieties:
                                   Carloads
    Boscs . . . . . . . . . . .     817
    d'Anjous  . . . . . . . . .    973
    Comice    . . . . . . . . .    325
    Winter Nelis  . . . . .    516
     Howells . . . . . . . . .       75
     Bartletts . . . . . . . . .  1,660
     Total . . . . . . . . . . . .  4,366
    The pear car shipments of last year totaled 3,656 cars.
    Present weather conditions are pronounced as ideal for development, with the fruit coming along in excellent shape. Damage from hail and frost is placed at 10 percent of the total crop, a negligible factor.
The Chicago Packer, June 21, 1930, page 14


Rogue River Pear Crop Promises To Be
Greatest in History of Valley
    Medford, Ore., July 18.--Ideal conditions are prevailing in the Rogue River Valley for a bumper crop of pears, harvesting of which will commence about August 1. By the setting recently of the established coast canners' prices at $48 to $42.50 per ton for No. 1 Bartletts, and $25 for No. 2 Bartletts, there is considerable thought being given now by growers and shippers to the proper disposal of the heavy tonnage of pears which will soon be ready for shipment. In view of the low prices set by the canners, it is believed that the bulk of the crop will be shipped this season, and practically all packing houses are making preparations for the biggest packing season in the history of the valley.
    The pear crop is maturing in fine shape, and it is believed that the fruit that will be shipped this year will be the best that has ever rolled from this valley, as growing conditions have been ideal.
The Chicago Packer, July 19, 1930, page 15


Medford, Ore. News Notes.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 8.--The New York City account of Rosenberg Bros., Bear Creek Orchards, extensive growers and shippers of Rogue River fruits, has been changed to Sgobel & Day, and will in the future be handled there under the personal supervision of Kenneth Day.
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    General picking, packing, and shipping of the Bartlett pear crop of the Rogue River Valley, from present indications, will start the week of August 10, though several of the orchards, notably the Modoc and Van Hoevenberg, started to harvest this week, as they are a week earlier than the average orchard. It is expected that the first full train of Bartletts will depart for the east August 11. It is estimated that the Bartlett crop of this section will total 1,500 cars, and the fruit is in about the same condition as last year.
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    The Rogue River Traffic Association was advised last week by the Public Service Corporation of Oregon that it would assign W. P. Ellis as attorney to represent the Rogue River and Hood River districts in the rehearing before the Interstate Commerce Commission on pear freight rates from the northwest areas. The Public Service Commission will pay all costs, the letter stated. The rehearing granted will be upon the emergency pear rate of $1.60 per cwt. to eastern points, which reverts to the old rate of $1.73 per cwt. August 3, as a result of the recent decision of the Supreme Court holding that the Hoch-Smith resolution, upon which the emergency rate was based, was unconstitutional. The Oregon pear growing districts will base the plea on other angles than the California case, including alleged discrimination.
The Chicago Packer, August 9, 1930, page 40


Fruit Shipping Season at Maximum at Medford, Ore.
    Medford, Ore., Sept. 5.--The peak of the fruit shipping season will be reached locally between September 5 and 12, with picking and packing of Bosc and d'Anjous. Fruit is now being shipped at the rate of about 55 cars per day.
    It is estimated between 350 and 400 cars of Bartletts are in storage here, at Chicago and New York, awaiting the clearing away of the California crop. The New York pear committee is watching the situation and will forestall any glutting of the market with pears of inferior quality and loose pack. One objective is to keep a steady flow of pears into the eastern market. Some of the local growers have announced plans to keep their Bartletts until late in October.
    The second picking of Bartletts was completed last week. This week will see some Bosc picked, with Comice and d'Anjou closely following.
The Chicago Packer, September 6, 1930, page 28


Pear Shipments Ahead of Those of Last Year.
    Medford, Ore., Oct. 10.--Up to October 1, 3,308 cars of pears had rolled from the Medford district. Last year the total shipments up to the same date were 2,572 cars. Information gathered recently indicates that the following figures approximate the total Medford storage holdings of the several varieties: Bartletts 142 cars, Bosc 50 cars, Anjous 140 cars.
    Picking of apples is under way here and will continue throughout the month. The apple tonnage consists principally of Yellow Newtowns, with some Jonathans, Delicious, Winter Bananas and Spitzenburgs.
    Along with the apple picking will come the harvesting of Winter Nelis pears. It is estimated that there are about 300 cars of Nelis pears in the valley this year.
The Chicago Packer, October 11, 1930, page 13

Shipments of Fruit from Medford, Ore.
Show Gain Over Those of Year Ago.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 14.--Final report on the 1930 fruit shipments shows a gain for all varieties, save cannery Bartletts and winter Nelis. The increase in shipments, apples and pears over 1929 is 806 cars. Total pear shipments, all varieties, were 4,218, last year 3,618 cars. The total apple shipments to date are 649; last year 405 cars.
    The total shipments by varieties for the season and last season are:
                                                  1939      1929
Cannery Bartletts . . . . . . . . . .    331       610
Packed Bartletts . . . . . . . . . . .1,116       695
Howell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    111       101
Bosc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    792       717
Anjous  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,079       873
Comice  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    250       223
Nelis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    312       416
    Of the crop remaining in storage in this city, 17 cars d'Anjous, six Comice, 14 Nelis and 32 apples, have been sold for export. The total storage capacity at Medford is now 796 cars.
The Chicago Packer, November 15, 1930, page 26


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