The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford News: 1926

Medford-related news items from 1926. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

Fruit Shipments from Medford, Ore. District.
    Medford, Ore., Jan. 8.--That Medford in the past season was a clearing house for 2,966 cars of fruit which brought a return of $3,559,200 was the declaration of Robert Boyl, secretary of the Medford Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Boyl used $1,200 as the average value of a car of fruit, which, according to local fruit men, is a conservative estimate.
    Fruit shipped from other points in Medford's trade territory would make the total even greater if figured in, it was pointed out.
    Of the fruit shipped from Medford 2,530 cars were of pears, and 334 were of apples. There are probably 100 more cars being held in storage, which will be shipped later.
The Chicago Packer, January 9, 1926, page 29

To Build Camp for Transient Labor in Medford, Ore. Orchard.
    Medford, Ore., April 16.--To aid in solving the problem of keeping transient pickers during lay-offs due to rainy weather, the Bear Creek Orchards are putting in a modern auto camp ground, according to Dave Rosenberg, one of the owners.
    The camp will be built on the order of the best California orchard camps, said Mr. Rosenberg. It will be equipped with shower baths, running water, sanitary facilities and individual bungalows.
The Chicago Packer, April 17, 1926, page 10

Heavy Pear Crop in Medford, Ore. District.
    Medford, Ore., April 19.--Fruit is commencing to form on the trees, and present indications are for a very heavy pear crop this fall. It will be another month before the danger period is over from frost, and up to the present time it has been necessary to smudge nine times. The temperatures, however, have at no time dropped to a point beyond control, and no perceptible damage is in evidence from the few frosty nights that have prevailed here with the exception of a few small unsmudged orchards, where the damage is quite noticeable and practically cut the tonnage from these properties in half.
The Chicago Packer, April 17, 1926, page 24

New Sales Company Formed at Medford.
    Medford, Ore., May 14.--Organization of the Southern Oregon Sales, Inc., was effected here recently, and the stockholders include some of the largest fruit growers in the Rogue River Valley district. The board of directors selected at the meting is as follows: Leonard Carpenter, president; Gordon Voorhies, vice president; Otis Booth, secretary-treasurer; John Pike, Chandler Egan and Corning Kenly.
    The primary business of the organization will be the packing and sale of Rogue River Valley fruit.
    The company will maintain its own sales offices in New York City, under supervision of H. A. Rabe, formerly general eastern agent for the Stewart Fruit Company. Paul Scherer, formerly with the local office of the Stewart Fruit Company, has been chosen as general manager of the company.
The Chicago Packer, May 15, 1926, page 10

Second Largest Sign in West Virtually Assured for This City
Air Mail Plane Will Bear Medford's Name, Body is Assured
    A mammoth electric sign, to be erected at a cost of over $600, was virtually assured for Medford Tuesday night when the Chamber of Commerce and city council entered into a cooperative agreement to finance it. The Medford Retail Merchants Assn. will be asked to bear part of the expense, and it is believed that they will do so.
    The sign, as designed by Frank O. Strickland, representative of the Federal Sign Co., will have 24-inch exposed globe letters, and will be visible and readable for 10 blocks. It will be hung at Main and Riverside streets, and will be visible from both sides. In addition to having "Medford" in 24-inch illuminated letters, it will advertise Medford as the gateway to Crater Lake, point to Crater Lake Boulevard and to the main business district.
One Sign Larger
    Only one sign on the Pacific coast, according to Mr. Strickland, will be larger, that of the Orpheum Theatre, at Salt Lake City. It will be of porcelain steel, and will last for years without repairs.
    By the cooperative arrangement the Chamber of Commerce will pay $250, the Merchants' Assn. will be asked to pay $100 and the city will pay the rest of the expense. The display will have letters eight inches taller than those on the sign recently ordered for Ashland, and will be as large as any sign in California.
    In addition to authorizing the expenditure of $250 for an electric street sign, the Medford Chamber of Commerce directors dealt with many other features looking to advertising the city at their Tuesday night meeting.
To Bear Name
    A letter from the Pacific Transport Company assured the Chamber that one of the air mail planes will be called "Medford," carrying the name of this city up and down the entire coast.
    It was agreed to paint the interior of the Chamber building, and arrange for frequent changes of exhibits showing tourists and local residents the many assets of the valley. Other features taken up were the entertainment of visiting national guardsmen at the encampment, giving permission to the pageant association to establish a ticket booth in the Chamber building, and keeping the auto registration booth open early in the mornings, at noon and late in the evenings.
    It was reported that Olen Arnspiger, representing the land settlement committee of Jackson County in Owens Valley, Calif., is making remarkable progress.
Jackson County News, June 4, 1926, page 1

American Fruit Growers Establish Branch Office
in Medford, Oregon.

    Medford, Ore., June 25.--The American Fruit Growers Inc., are establishing a permanent branch agency in Medford, it was announced today by Vice President F. T. Fogg of Los Angeles, who has made the city his headquarters for the past week, while investigating the local territory in regard to fruit conditions. A packing house is scheduled to be erected immediately on South Front Street, equipped with the latest fruit handling machinery. Earl Coe, fruit grower and packer of White Salmon, Wash., has been appointed manager.
    The quality of fruit as grown in Southern Oregon, which can be handled advantageously through is organization, is the inspiration for the establishment of a branch in Medford, Mr. Fogg said.
    The Medford pre-cooling and storage plant contract has been awarded to W. H. Merritt, a well-known local contractor, for the erection of a packing house, 160 by 70 feet, at the corner of Eleventh and Front street, for the use of the American Fruit Growers, giving them a complete system to handle the fruit. Work has been started and will be rushed in order that the structure may be completed by July 1, for this year's crop.
The Chicago Packer, June 26, 1926, page 17

Medford, Ore. Pears to Start Around July 15.
    Medford, Ore., July 9.--According to present indications a number of valley orchardists plan to commence the picking of Bartlett pears July 15, which is considerably in advance of the usual time for harvesting Bartletts, and about July 25 the picking season will be in full swing. The crop is reported to be very good, and an especially heavy tonnage of Bartletts will be shipped this year. The valley has had unusually dry and hot weather this season, and all crops are approximately a month in advance of normal picking time.
The Chicago Packer, July 10, 1926, page 7

Fruit Notes from the Rogue River, Ore. District.
    Medford, Ore., July 30.--The picking and packing of Bartlett pears in the Rogue River district commenced July 19 on a small scale, and up to the present time 18 cars of pears have been shipped, 12 of which were packed and sent East and one car shipped to a California cannery. By the end of the week picking was in full swing, and from 25 to 50 cars a day were rolling from here and will until the crop is cleaned up. Owing to the lack of interest in buying on the part of canneries this year, it is predicted that a large part of the tonnage will be packed and shipped East. The Bartlett crop is especially fine this year, and a special effort is being made by all the packers to put out an excellent pack and of the best quality. All pears are being wiped, and in most instances machinery has been installed for wiping and polishing the fruit. The county agent's office has also installed a laboratory for the inspection of pears, and every effort is being made on the part of the shippers to conform to governmental standards and requirements.
    Packing houses of the Rogue River Valley are making preparations for one of the biggest years in the history of this section. The pear and apple crops are especially heavy, enough so that many orchardists have to use props to keep the limbs from breaking with the heavy load of still-unmatured fruit. Last year's record of fruit shipped out of Medford was 2,004 carloads, and it is predicted by fruit men and railroad officials that this year's crop will top this figure considerably. Over 1,000 people will be employed in the packing houses to handle the big crop, and local box factories are running night and day manufacturing shook for the handling of the crop.
    Two new packing plants have entered into the field this year, Southern Oregon Sales Company, which took over the old Oregon Growers Plant, and the American Fruit Growers Inc., a national concern, has built a new model plant here.
    In preparation for the enormous amount of ice used in icing the fruit cars being shipped out of Medford, the Medford Ice & Storage Company has 2,000,000 pounds of ice in storage to take care of the estimated requirements of 240,000 pounds a day in the icing of outgoing refrigerator cars.
    The Medford Ice & Storage Company's new storage plant on South Fir Street will be operating in time for the handling of the big fruit crop, according to Harry E. Tomlinson, manager. This new storage plant will double the facilities for storing fruit, and many growers and private concerns have already signed up space in this plant for the storing of their fruit.
The Chicago Packer, July 31, 1926, page 9

Near Wind-Up of the Medford, Ore. Pears
    Medford, Ore., Sept. 17.--Up to the present time 1,640 cars of pears have been shipped from the Medford district, and from now on there will only be a light movement of pears as the crop is practically cleaned up, and future shipments will consist principally of apples which are now being packed. It is estimated that there will be in the neighborhood of 500 cars of apples roll from the Rogue River district this season, mostly Newtowns.
The Chicago Packer, September 18, 1926, page 15

    Chicago, Nov. 22--(AP)--A verdict in favor of the government was returned by a jury in federal judge Cliffe's court Saturday in the test suit involving 2,294 boxes of apples of the Sun Crest Orchard Company, of Voorhies, Ore., near Rogue River. The company now has the choice of destroying the shipment or cleansing it of the possible effect of a poisonous spray used by the orchard concern. Apple interests of the Northwest have been watching the case with interest.
Daily Globe, Ironwood, Michigan, November 22, 1926, page 10

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