Mail Tribune 100: April 9, 1914
April 9, 1914
Frederick E. Morgan and W.E. Morgan, Jr., of New York, who have been guests of H.W. Bingham the past week, have purchased the Sunset orchard in the Coker Butte section from A.A. Bernard for $35,000.
The property comprises 44 acres, 12 acres of which are in 9 year old Newtowns and 25 acres in 5 year old Bartlett, Comice and Winter Nelis pears. In addition there are four acres of family orchard.
The purchasers will build a fine bungalow on a three acre sightly building site included in the property.
The orchard is one of the finest young groves in the valley, located three miles east of Medford and one-half mile from the Marivista orchard owned by Mr. Bingham, and also close to the Chandler Egan orchard. Last year the Newtowns on this orchard sold for $1.75 per box f.o.b. orchard. The crop averaged nine boxes to the tree.
The orchard was purchased three years ago by A.A. Bernard, who paid $15,000 for it. The orchard was badly run down, but through hard work Mr. Bernard has brought it into fine condition.
The sale shows the increase in valuation in orchards in the Rogue River Valley, and also shows what can be done if the right attention is bestowed upon fruit groves.
Mr. Bernard intends to buy a home in Medford and live here and says that he will not leave the valley under any circumstances.
Officials of the California-Oregon Power company and the city council will meet tonight in an effort to reach an agreement on the electric light franchise question that has been hanging fire for three years. The company desires that the council call a special election to allow the voters to decide whether they have a 25-year franchise or not. Until the matter is settled, $15,000 owed by the city for lights, and $20,000 owed by the electric company by terms of the franchise is held up.