October 15, 1913

Regarding the placing of apples in local hotels, Mine Host Emil Mohr of the Hotel Medford states that apples and other fruit, usually baked apples, are on the regular breakfast bill of fare. Table fruit can be had if ordered.

"We would like to be able to present all guests with free apples, but cannot afford it with the price fruit is," states Mr. Mohr. "I buy several hundred boxes of fancy apples each year and notice that I have to pay fancy prices. Last year I was charged $2.50 a box when the same fruit netted the grower less than a dollar.

"I would be glad to cooperate with the exchanges, the growers or the Commercial club and serve fruit free with all meals, but we cannot afford to stand the expense alone, though we will stand a share of it."

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(Note: The campus of the Southern Oregon State Normal School, which would later become Southern Oregon University, was left vacant in 1909 after the state cut funding to the school. The school reopened on its new campus in 1926.)

The delegates from the Greater Medford Club to the Federated Women's Clubs of Oregon state convention held at Hood River, pushed the matter of recommending the reopening of the Southern Oregon State Normal School. The resolution received the favorable endorsement of the educational committee and received extensive discussion on the floor of the convention. Mrs. F. Eggert, president of the scholarship loan fund, Mrs. E.F. Parsons and Miss Julia Burgess of Eugene and two representatives from other parts of the state spoke in favor of the school and endorsement of the resolution.

Mrs. Millie Trumbull of Portland asked that the endorsement be re-referred back to the educational committee for investigation and report to the next state convention. Mrs. Trumbull's contention was that the state normal schools had been the source of log-rolling in the legislatures of the past and that it would not be desirable for the federated clubs to hastily endorse this measure at this time without careful deliberation and asked that it be referred in view of the fact that the issue is not to be passed upon by the voters until November, 1914.

Mrs. Trumbull's attitude was not unfriendly and there was no effort made to interrupt the reference since an endorsement at the state convention next year one month before the election would be of more advantage than at this time.


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