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Medford News 1933

Medford-related news items from 1933. Also see descriptions of Medford and Jackson County for this year.

Ask Receivership for Growers Exchange, Inc.
    Medford, Ore., May 26.--At a meeting of the Growers Exchange, Inc., held last week it was decided to ask for a receivership for the concern. The receivership was asked by the First National Bank of Medford, which holds a mortgage on the packing plant. Dr. George B. Dean is president of the Growers Exchange, and Myron E. Root has been actively at its head as manager.
The Chicago Packer, May 27, 1933, page 17


    The "big" carnival at 11th and Fir streets has all the earmarks of an "Our Gang Comedy"--fortune telling, sideshows and pink lemonade.
"Town Briefs," The Tattler, Medford, June 16, 1933, page 1


    G. R. Wilson received little credit for his work years ago for planting the trees in what is now called the city park. Mr. Wilson hauled the trees in by team and placed them in the potato patch, as it was called at that time. Many people enjoy the shade and beauty of the park during the summer months.
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    Pumping gold out of the Rogue River is an experiment to be tried by Seattle men who are assembling equipment at Almeda. The most modern gold-saving devices will be used, and the plant will be equipped to handle 75 yards of gravel per hour.
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    Since the new pavement is in between Medford and Central Point, you can fairly sail along--no sharp corners and bumpy pavement. The tourist should enjoy coming into Medford.
"Town Briefs," The Tattler, Medford, July 7, 1933, page 1


"KUROK" DISPLAY
    An interesting and unique display of "Kurok," a specific remedy for the treatment of poison oak, is in the front window of the Chamber of Commerce building. The Grace Laboratories, a local concern, 205 Liberty Building, are manufacturers and distributors for this remedy.
The Tattler,
Medford, July 7, 1933, page 4


Outlook Good for Pears at Medford.
    Medford, Ore., July 21.--The Medford pear season will follow the rule established by other fruit crops on the Pacific coast this year in that it will be about two weeks late in getting started. Growers and shippers in the district are not expecting harvesting to start until about August 15. The crop is in good shape with the fruit coming on nicely. According to early July estimates, there will be 800 to 850 cars of Bartletts packed in the district, 700 cars of Bosc, 800 cars of d'Anjous, 250 cars of Winter Nelis, 165 cars of Comice and 25 cars of miscellaneous varieties. The Bartletts will be the first to move, followed by the Bosc and d'Anjous.
The Chicago Packer, July 22, 1933, page 13


Peach, Apricot Growers at Medford Organizing.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 4.--Organization of peach and apricot growers is under way here, and it is believed that a strong organization will be perfected which will act as a centralized marketing agency for the many small growers who at the present time are more or less at a loss as to how to market their fruit.
    The disastrous experience which cherry growers have just gone through is causing small fruit growers to organize. With canners practically refusing to handle cherries, and the cherry crop showing almost a total loss to many growers, it is felt that urgent measures are necessary or other small fruit crops will suffer the fate of the cherry crop.
The Chicago Packer, August 5, 1933, page 39


Myron Root & Co. New Firm at Medford, Ore.
    Medford, Ore., Aug. 4.--Announcement has been made here of the formation of a new fruit company in Medford to be known as Myron Root & Co., Inc., with offices and packing house located in the former plant of the Growers Exchange, Inc., 11th and Fir streets. The company, organized to pack and market Rogue River Valley pears and apples, was incorporated for $10,000. Myron Root, manager, has had 20 years' experience in packing and selling fruit from this valley. He was formerly connected with the Growers Exchange, Inc., a cooperative association.
The Chicago Packer, August 5, 1933, page 40


MEDFORD, ORE. NEWS NOTES
    Confident hopes that the NRA will take action to compel canners and other buyers of Bartlett pears to pay a minimum of $25 per ton for No. 1 grade pears was expressed here by Paul Scherer, general manager of the Southern Oregon Sales, Inc., who has returned from a conference of pear growers and shippers held at Spokane.
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    First picking of Bartlett pears will commence in the Rogue River Valley districts about August 15. Packing houses now have crews working getting in shape for the tonnage which will soon commence rolling, and growers and shippers are feeling quite optimistic over the outlook.
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    Articles of incorporation for Alta Vista Packing Company were filed this week here. C. A. Knight, Walter E. Flinn and H. K. Hanna are named as incorporators. The purpose of the corporation will be to pick, harvest, clean, pack, ship, export, import and market fruit.
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    Incorporation papers were filed here last week for a new fruit packing and shipping company to be known as Myron Root & Company, Inc., with the following named persons as incorporators: Myron E. Root, Rawles Moore and Marjorie Marshall. Myron E. Root has long been identified with the fruit industry in the Rogue River Valley, and for the past few years has been manager of the Growers Exchange, Inc., and also has shipped fruit from Medford under his own name. The new concern will operate from the packing house plant formerly used by the Growers Exchange.
The Chicago Packer, August 12, 1933, page 13


Shipping Pears in Passenger Baggage Cars.
    Medford, Ore., Sept. 8.--A new innovation in fruit shipments is being tried out in Medford for the first time this year in the loading of boxed pears in passenger baggage cars, each car being loaded with approximately 780 boxes. The pears are loaded the same day they are picked and shipped out of Medford on the night passenger train to Portland, arriving there the following morning, where they are put in cold storage in the Oceanic terminal, awaiting arrival of steamers for shipment to France. After unloading from the baggage cars, which are not iced, the boxed pears are immediately put under 31 degrees storage temperature, and this same temperature is maintained on board ship until the pears arrive at destination. This new plan of shipment was conceived by Raymond Reter, manager Pinnacle Packing Company, and a saving of 7¢ is effected per box over the old method of shipment.
    Packing and shipping of Bartlett pears is now on in full swing here. In order to assure a high grade pack, a number of the packing plants are combining the extra and fancy grades into one grade marked "fancy." In view of the short crop of Bartletts this year, estimated to be about one-half of normal, the packing season is going to be short, and the movement of late pears will commence next week. Cannery prices for Bartlett pears are ranging from $17.50 to $25 per ton.
The Chicago Packer, September 9, 1933, page 8


Agree Not To Pack Certain Classes of Bosc Pears.
    Medford, Ore., Sept. 22.--Action taken at a meeting of the Northwest Fruit Industries, Inc., at Portland last week will mean a cut of at least 25 percent in the Bosc pear tonnage this year, it is believed. In order to eliminate a large oversupply of pears the association agreed not to pack certain classes of Bosc in the fancy and extra fancy divisions. The meeting was attended by representatives of the industry from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
    Bosc fancies larger than 100s and smaller than  165s and extra fancies smaller than 180s are included in the classes that will not be packed.
    Raymond Reter of Medford, chairman of the winter pear commodity committee, presided at the Portland meting.
The Chicago Packer, September 23, 1933, page 9


    Pic O Pac--Fresh deciduous fruits. Use claimed since August 10, 1928, by Pinnacle Packing Company, Inc., Medford, Ore.
"Trade Marks," The Chicago Packer, September 23, 1922, page 11


MEDFORD, ORE. NEWS NOTES
    Alfred J. Weeks, long identified with the fruit industry in the Rogue River Valley as one of the principal owners of the Del Rio Orchards, [died] recently after a short illness. His death followed by a few months that of his brother, Fred J. Weeks.
The Chicago Packer, October 21, 1933, page 16


Pear Movement from Rogue River Valley.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 3.--Pear shipments from the Rogue River Valley for the season now closing total 1,501 cars, according to figures of the local traffic association. Total shipments of pears last year were 2,112 and apples 128 carloads. To date 26 cars of apples have been shipped this season.
    Pears shipped out and in storage, according to traffic association figures, total 2,328 cars, segregated as to varieties now in storage as follows: Winter Nelis 109 cars, d'Anjous 527, Bosc 141, Comice 36, Howells five, Bartletts four.
    Harvesting of Newtown apples is now under way, but the tonnage this season is light, so it is expected that the season will be brought to a close within a few days.
The Chicago Packer, November 4, 1933, page 16



Medford Apple Shipments.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 24.--Apple shipments from the Medford district up to date totals 49 cars. There is a considerable movement of local apples to California points by truck, which has reduced the carlot tonnage in point of figures available. The going price on these shipments is from 75 to 80¢ a box, loose packed, unwrapped, which nets the grower a small margin of profit.
The Chicago Packer, November 25, 1933, page 6


Box Shook Man in Crash.
    Medford, Ore., Nov. 24.--The United airplane crash in Portland last week in which four people were killed and four injured had its direct effort on two prominent Medford men. Floyd Hart, who was a passenger on the plane, and who was only slightly injured, is vice president and general manager of the Timber Products Company here, and is actively associated with the fruit interests on the Pacific coast, as the company he is with supplies a large part of the fruit trade with box shook and crates. Dr. William A. Coffey, nationally famous surgeon, and who was killed on the plane, was on his way to Medford to perform an operation on Dr. L. A. Salade, who has operated one of the finest pear orchards in the Rogue River Valley for many years. Dr. Salade passed away Friday after an illness of about a week's duration.
The Chicago Packer, November 25, 1933, page 16




Last revised March 4, 2017