The first forest fire of the season in this section occurred Monday on Poorman Creek, near Jacksonville, when forty-three and one-third cords of wood were burned. The fire started when brush burning got beyond control. Forest rangers from the Applegate co-operating with the Jackson County Patrol association battled the flames. Fifteen acres were burned over.
Another brush fire is raging at Rogue River today, which is outside of forest service jurisdiction, and is being controlled by the patrol association and state fire fighters. These two fires cause the smoky sky.
Telephone lines built by the forest service this spring are now in operation, covering twenty-two miles, as follows: Fifteen miles on Elk Creek to the Umpqua Divide, two and one-half miles from Butte Falls to Santiam Lookout, and for miles from Wagner's Butte to Long's Cabin. Rangers for lookout stations were sent out the first of the month.
Forest Supervisor Erickson will leave the first of the week for a ten days' trip of inspection over the Butte Falls district.
The Kansas day picnic and get-together meeting in the Chautauqua park at Ashland Thursday morning, July 9, is to be a big event for former Kansans residing in the valley.
The program as outlined will commence with prayer by Rev. J.S. Smith. Temporary President Ashcraft will outline the plans for the day in a few remarks and introduce William Parsons of Eugene, who is a graduate of Baker University of Baldwin, Kansas, and one of the foremost speakers of Oregon.
Then there will be an old-fashioned experience meeting, in which every one will be given an opportunity to tell something about their recollections of the Sunflower state.
At noon there will be a general basket picnic, everyone being expected to assist in supplying the good things. The ladies will have charge of the dining room in the park and will serve coffee and cream, everything else to be furnished by the individuals.
Immediately after the basket picnic and general getting acquainted a general organization meeting will be held to select permanent officers, with the idea of holding annual picnics and getting a complete list of the Kansans in the valley.
In the afternoon Mrs. Lillian M. Mitchner of Topeka, Kansas, will tell what the Sunflower state has accomplished by reason of prohibition.