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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 3, 1914

Steps towards securing the installation of a beet sugar factory in the Rogue River valley, in time to handle the 1915 crop, were taken this morning by Manager J.T. Sullivan of the Roguelands Company, who agreed to supply irrigation, upon contracts revocable with the passage of the district irrigation. This means that from nine months to a year will be gained in securing the factory and establishing a payroll in the valley.

Outside capitalists, whose names are withheld by Mr. Sullivan, desire to build a beet factory in this valley provided acreage can be secured, and irrigation guaranteed, as certainty of water, without dependence on nature, is the key arch of the business. They will be in this city next Monday and Tuesday, and a mass meeting of the land owners and farmers of the valley will be called for Tuesday to consider the matter. The company desires an acreage of 5,000 acres, accepting less than this for the first year, though desiring an assurance of 5,000 acres or more after the first year.

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Unification of horticultural laws of Oregon, Washington and California occupied the attention of the state horticultural society at its sessions in the Natatorium this morning, and is still the subject of spirited discussions this afternoon. It is highly probable that a night session of the society will be held to conclude the work. The society is endeavoring to frame a bill to be presented this winter at the sessions of the legislatures of three states, with the same fundamental principles covering spraying, shipping, nursery and other important side issues.

Dr. A.J. Cook, commissioner of horticulture for California, read a bill outlining the main issues. This was then turned over for consideration to a committee composed of A.C. Allen, A.C. Thomas, and County Pathologist Henderson and S.V. Beckwith. This afternoon Chairman Washburn will add the names of H.E. Gale of Merlin, and County Commissioner W.C. Leever of Central Point. The committee will prune the bill to meet state and local conditions. It is desired to have the horticultural convention approve the bill, the bill thus going to the legislatures with the backing of the horticultural societies of the three states.