Jan. 8, 1918

MILDEST WINTER SOUTHERN OREGON FOR MANY YEARS

This winter has been one of the most open and mildest in the Rogue River valley for years, and in consequence of this and the copious rains the grass is growing finely and all kinds of products are pushing forward.

All over Medford and the valley the advanced season is seen in the new grass on the lawns, the buds on lilac bushes and in some cases on rose bushes, and in the new wheat, in many cases two inches or more above ground. On a number of lawns in the city daisies have been in bloom for two weeks.

All over the valley good pasturage is appearing and the same condition exists in the hills. Stockmen have been letting their cattle roam in the hills and fatten on the green shoots in the brush and on the young grass for some time. Livestock on the ranges is in excellent shape.

So mild has been the season over in Klamath county in comparison with the usual severe winter weather there, that the natives and newspapers are now loudly claiming that section as a great winter resort. Prominent sheepmen in the Klamath section say that the sheep herders, who in many cases still have their sheep on the range, carry their tents with them, but seldom take the trouble to put them up for the one-night stands, as their bed rolls spread under a tree afford ample protection from the weather.

Much spring plowing has been done in the valley and elsewhere, and every day of mild weather helps much in the spring work. However, if any extreme could weather should come suddenly later on in the season it is feared considerable damage might be done to fruit.