March 6, 1914

March 6, 1914

Professor P.J. O'Gara, who six years ago left the department of agriculture to become pathologist for Jackson county at a salary of $5,000 a year has resigned to become chief in charge of agricultural investigation for the American Smelting and Refining company at a salary of $15,000 a year. His headquarters will be at Salt Lake City but he will have charge of all experimental, laboratory and field work connected with plant and animal diseases ascribed to smelter and smoke injury and conduct exhaustive investigations at various smelters operated by the company.

Professor O'Gara is recognized as the leading authority in the northwest on orchard and plant diseases and is the author of numerous books on blight, frost prevention, horticultural and agricultural subjects, and was endorsed for the position by the scientists of the department of agriculture as the best qualified man in America for the work in view.


To My Friends of the Rogue River Valley:

It is with sincere regret that I sever my connection with the interests of Jackson County. For some months, I have been urged to accept a position which gives me greater scope and at the same time provides me with ample funds to carry on important work along technical agricultural lines. Therefore, I am not leaving precipitately: I have had the matter under consideration long enough to take into account not only the advantages of leaving the Rogue River valley, but the regrets I shall always feel in leaving the best community with which I have had the pleasure to work.

I have been identified with the interests of the Rogue River valley for nearly six and one-half years, a part of this period being in the service of the U.S. department of agriculture. I came here at a time when, from our present point of view, there were no cities in the valley, and agricultural development was by no means what it is today. I have seen the fruit industry increase in output nearly 1,000 percent, and at the same time I have seen the balance of trade turned in our favor because of the development of intelligent general farming. We are now growing more of all products outside of our commercial fruits than we need for home consumption.

No man is indispensable, therefore I do not feel that my departure will at all change your conditions, nor do I wish it to. The notable work along horticultural lines must be kept up, and I know that you will be able to find a man who will keep you to continued success. In closing, I wish to thank one and all of you for the support you have given me. Friend I have; and after all, what is greater than true friendship? Both Mrs. O'Gara and I most certainly have appreciated the many courtesies that have been extended to us over the past six years, and in leaving we will miss you all. Ave atque vale,