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Morton Milling closes


Morton Milling Co. -- a Rogue Valley agricultural mainstay since the early 1930s -- has closed its doors and owner David Simpson has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Simpson, longtime owner of the Medford feed and ranch supply store, first filed for bankruptcy in 1995, opting for a Chapter 13 filing -- a type that allows businesses to reorganize and continue operating.

On Thursday, he filed to convert that bankruptcy to a Chapter 7, the straight liquidation option that generally signals the end of a business.

Simpson could not be reached Thursday and his attorney did not return a phone message.

Morton Milling Co. was founded in late 1931 or early 1932 and located in the first block of West Jackson Street, according to the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

The store was a mainstay for local 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs, not only as a feed supplier but through support of the annual action at the Jackson County Fair. Morton Milling provided the numbered signs for participants as well as ear tags for the animals.

They have been a tremendous supporter of the 4-H clubs for years, said Anne Manlove, director of 4-H programs at the OSU Extension office.