The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County 1929

Varied Industries Furnish Rogue River Valley Wealth Is Revealed
    A recent survey of industrial and agricultural activities in the Rogue River Valley shows that the wealth of the valley is not in pears alone but is diversified.
    The following interesting figures were obtained in a survey made by the Medford News:
    "Figures gathered from representatives of Medford and Ashland firms purchasing agricultural products from this vicinity show more than one million dollars paid to local growers since January 1, 1929 for crops exclusive of the popular fruit. Christmas is still 10 days in the offing, the new year further away, but the sum compiled yesterday reaches $1,135,877.64. This amount is both conservative and incomplete. It does not include money paid out by the Knight Packing Co. and Swift & Co., two leading purchasers of Rogue River Valley products. These two firms failed to submit figures and estimates.
    "Turkeys, chickens, eggs, meat, milk, butter fats and vegetables are responsible for the major portion of this million-dollar estimate. Sale of grains, berries, cherries, grapes and a few apples constitute a fraction of the sum.
    "The figures were obtained through interviews with representatives of Farmers' Exchange Cooperative, Snider Dairy and Produce Co., Gold Seal Creamery, Pacific Fruit and Produce Co., Rogue River Valley Canning Co., Bagley Canning Co., Ashland, American Fruit Growers, Medford Public Market, Parker's Potato Chip Factory, Economy Groceteria and various meat dealers.
    "Dairy products and eggs, handled by the purchasers mentioned, brought into the Rogue River Valley purse $473,778.28.
    "A survey, recently completed by the Snider Dairy and Produce Co., shows there are at the present time 8,338 cows in Jackson County which will be producing milk this winter and the following spring. This is more than three times the number owned in Josephine County and adequate to supply the entire demand of the Rogue River Valley. Dairy products are being shipped into Medford from other localities notwithstanding this fact, and local butter shipped from this valley into various California cities.
    "The meat business carried on in this city, estimates show, amounts to $1,200 a day, bringing a conservative total up to $433,000 for the year. There were 140 cars of stock shipped out of the Rogue River Valley from January 1 to December 1.
    "The turkey pools for this year managed through the Farmers' Exchange Cooperative have returned to the growers $40,380.36 for 137,448 pounds of birds, the average price being 31 cents. Turkeys are handled in important numbers by Swift and Co. and by San Francisco firms with representatives in this city during the turkey season making direct contacts with the growers.
    "Approximately $25,000 worth of meats and vegetables have been sold through the Public Market since January 1, F. M. Corlies, market master, reports.
    "The important part a small industry may play in the consumption of home products is realized in the figures presented by Carold J. Parker, operator of the Parker's Potato Chip Factory. Approximately 250,000 pounds of potatoes have been converted into potato chips by Mr. Parker's firm since January 1. Purchased at an average price of two and a half cents a pound, $6,250 was paid the growers for these potatoes. Another local product handled by Mr. Parker is honey. He has purchased during the same period of time 20,000 pounds of strained honey for $1,600 and 800 cases of comb honey for $5,200.
    "There were 1,414 tons of produce exclusive of pears canned this season by the Bagley Canning Co. Approximately $26,955 was paid to growers for this produce, which consisted of 650 tons of tomatoes, 680 tons of apples, 28 tons cherries, 26 tons cabbage, two tons raspberries.
    "For the 466 tons of produce canned by the Rogue River Valley Canning Co., $11,214.50 was returned to the growers. The greatest amount of this tonnage was represented in tomatoes and apples. Other products included were: Beans, beets, cherries, blackberries, rhubarb and prunes. The demand for beans could not be supplied, according to [a] report given out at the cannery, through inability to procure sufficient tonnage in this valley."
Ashland Daily Tidings, December 17, 1929, page 3

Last revised December 6, 2013