March 16, 1917
RAILROAD STRIKE CURTAILS VALLEY'S SUPPLY OF FOOD
Medford and the Rogue river valley will be forced to depend upon products raised at home and upon those brought in by express according to local food dealers if the embargo announced by the Southern Pacific continues in effect. The embargo order states that no perishable freight will be accepted that will not reach its destination by noon tomorrow. Freight not perishable is being accepted subject to delay.
The plans for a walkout as stated in news dispatches this morning will not stop service in the Western section until March 12. before that time a large quantity of food stuffs is expected to be moved at the cosigner's risk. Following the stopping of freight traffic, local dealers state that if necessary to protect local customers, they will bring in food products by express.
The Union Meat Co. branch at Medford will suffer most heavily from a freight embargo as they bring here from Portland an average of 8,000 pounds per week, smoked and cured meats and lard-comprising most of the shipments although some fresh meat is also shipped in.
An embargo will probably stiffen the local poultry market as San Fransisco where most of the local poultry is shipped consumes quantities of middle western poultry. In the event that supply is cut off the demand for western poultry will be greatly increased. Egg prices, in the event of a rail tie up will probably drop as San Francisco and Portland, which absorb the local output, both ship great quantities east: Portland to Idaho and Montana and San Francisco to Nevada and Arizona.
Local stores will be out of fresh vegetables, except those raised locally, by the first of the week, according to the Medford Fruit Co. Bananas also will be off the market at that time. The company is well stocked with potatoes and other heavier commodities which will hold out for a considerable time. A telegram was received by C. C. Chapman, manager of the company this afternoon, stating that a car of fruit and vegetables ordered from San Fransisco, will not be shipped until the embargo is lifted.