Mail Tribune 100

April 26, 1914

Jack Frost and the orchardists had another round last night, with Jack Frost in a poor second.

The low maximum of Sunday, followed by a clear, still night, brought the temperature down sharply during the evening, and orchardists were advised to set their alarms for midnight. In one or two places firing was necessary as early as 11:30, although for most of the valley floor it was deferred till 1:30 or 2:30. By that time 30 degrees had been reached both north and south of town, and firing was general.

About 2:30, after the orchardists had become too busy to pay any attention to the central office and forecasts Ben Sheldon and Forecaster Drake made covering all the orchards from Allen's to Phoenix. Every pear block on the valley floor was being fired, but in no instance was the full battery of pots in use. in some orchards only one in four were lit, the orchards being prepared for a much heavier attack than what was experienced. The pall of smoke hanging over the city at 3:30 was so dense that an arc light could not be seen a block distant, but by 4 a breeze from the northwest largely cleared the town. Clouds began to form about 4, and a drop was checked at an average 27-28 for the valley generally.

It was learned today that Supervisor Seitz, who has been inspecting the improvements on all forests in Western Oregon, has been giving attention to the possible routes for wagon roads from Roseburg south. Mr. Seitz, in speaking of the possiblities, stated that all things being equal, the proposed trans-state highway from Roseburg via Myrtle Creek, Tiller, Trail to Crater Lake offers many advantages. At the present time the government is appropriating 10 percent of all moneys received in revenue for the construction or improvement of roads in or adjacent to the national forests in addition to the 25 percent of such receipts that are appropriated to schools and roads.

After a careful examination of the routes available from Roseburg, Mr. Seitz is convinced that the route to Medford, via Tiller, offers the best possibilities for a north and south highway from Roseburg to Medford. If suitable cooperation can be obtained from the county court, it is believed that a considerable appropriation may be received from the department of agriculture for assistance in the construction of the road from Tiller to Trail. This would make the distance of at least forty miles less than the present route ordinarily traveled.

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