The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford News 1932

Medford-related news items from 1932. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

Sues on Mortgage Note.
    Medford, Ore., Jan. 29.--Charging that a mortgage note had not been met, the First National Bank last week filed suit in Circuit Court to foreclose on the holdings of the C.&E. Fruit Company, naming the fruit company, Simons & French Co., C. H. Eismann and the Medford National Bank as defendants. The note is for $15,048.67.
    The note was signed by W. F. Biddle, president of the fruit company, and James E. Edmiston, manager. The mortgage covers lots 5, 6, 7 and 8 of block 32, Medford, as well as all the packing house equipment.
The Chicago Packer, January 30, 1932, page 9

Growers Exchange Buys Medford Packing Plant.
    Medford, Ore., June 17.--The Growers Exchange, Inc., Myron Root, manager, has purchased the packing plat at Fir and Eleventh streets from the First National Bank of this city, acting as trustee. The plant was formerly occupied by the C.&E. Fruit Company. No figure was made public relative to the amount involved.
    The Growers Exchange sustained the loss of its plant last March, through fire.
    The Bardwell Fruit Company, which also sustained losses in the same blaze, has [no] announcement to make at present on future plans.
    Payment of insurance on the losses sustained in the fire has been made.
    The Growers Exchange, Inc., has taken possession of the C.&E. property and established an office there. The plant has a capacity of ten carloads per day, and is well equipped throughout.
The Chicago Packer, June 18, 1932, page 19

Medford, Ore., Pears 75 Percent Normal.
    Medford, Ore., July 15.--The pear crop in the Medford district will be about 75 percent normal this year. According to estimates of the best posted growers and shippers in the district there will be between 2,800 and 3,000 cars to move this season. Sixty-five percent of the crop is made up of winter pears, with the balance Bartletts. Part of the Bartlett crop will go to the canneries, but just how many is not yet determined.
    Growers report the crop is to be in fine shape. There has been plenty of moisture to bring the fruit on well, and the sizes should be good. Many growers said they had not seen better quality fruit in several years.
    The first Bartletts should move about August 8, and the peak should be reached about August 20, with a lighter movement continuing well into September.
The Chicago Packer, July 16, 1932, page 9

    MEDFORD, Ore. (UP)--Hard-pressed farmers and business men of the Rogue River Valley are using hay as a medium of exchange in place of money. Many farmers are paying workers in hay, priced at $6 the ton in shock.
Oswego Palladium-Times, Oswego, New York, July 27, 1932, page 7

News Notes from Medford Pear District.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 12.--C. C. Darby, formerly manager of the Kimball Fruit Company local branch, announces the establishment of a new company to be known as Darby Fruit Company, Inc. This firm will represent the L. N. Stocklin Company of New York. During the present season this firm will lease space at the Alta Vista Packing House, but it is the intention to secure a packing house of its own next season.
    The first car of Rogue River Bartlett pears rolled from Medford Saturday, being packed by the Palmer Corporation. This week the entire valley is getting under way on Bartletts. Most of the houses started packing operations Wednesday, August 10. A survey of the Bartlett pears shows that they are [of] exceptionally fine size this year, and as a result the packing will run largely to sizes larger than 180. Canneries are reluctant about contracting for any of the tonnage this year, and as a result it is the intention of most of the shippers to pack the Bartlett crop. Some cannery representatives have been in the valley for the last few days endeavoring to contract Bartletts, but present offers have not been attractive and it is felt that a much more attractive deal can be worked out by shipping this season, and as a result the tonnage will largely be packed and go east.
The Chicago Packer, August 13, 1932, page 16

Medford District Pear Crop Much Reduced.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 26.--The Bartlett pear harvest is now on in full swing, and up to this week 114 cars had moved, of which six have gone to canners, 39 export and the balance to eastern points where they will be stored until the bulk of California Bartletts has been disposed of.
    It was originally estimated that there would be about 1,200 carloads of Bartletts shipped from Medford this year, but the storm of a few days ago cut this estimate down to 800 cars, and at the weekly meeting of the Rogue River Valley Traffic Association held yesterday, this estimate was further reduced to not to exceed 500 carloads of Bartletts for the season. In view of this heavy reduction in tonnage, it is expected that Bartletts will be out of the way in about ten days. Considerable tonnage of Bartletts is being packed and placed in cold storage here awaiting better marketing conditions.
The Chicago Packer, August 27, 1932, page 6

Fruit Season About to Close in Rogue Valley.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 4.--The fruit season of the Rogue River Valley will be concluded the coming week. Most of the plants have already closed, with a few finishing the odds and ends next week.
    The Rogue River Canning Company, R. U. Boutelle, manager, closed its season today. Employees of the plant this noon held a "farewell party" at the cannery, lunching on products of the plant. An entertainment with songs and dances was given by the employees.
    The canning company packed 25,000 cases of pears and about 10,000 cases of cherries, beets, beans, prunes and other products. The plant operated steadily from the last of August and employed 75 to 100 workers, chiefly women.
The Chicago Packer, November 5, 1932, page 6

Committee Asks Medford Dealers Not To Ship Boscs.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 4.--A wire from the New York Pear Committee indicates that the New York group is seeking a solution to the present extremely low market on Bosc pears. It has urgently requested that the shippers in the Medford district withhold all shipments of Bosc for at least the next week. No Bosc will be marketed through the New York auction except those which must move on account of condition. Daily meetings of the New York committee are being held to determine policies.
    Thursday, at a meeting of the Traffic Association, it was decided to cooperate fully with the New York committee, and all shippers were asked to defer shipments of Bosc until further advice is received from New York.
The Chicago Packer, November 5, 1932, page 10

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