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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 9, 1915

Failings of husbands and fathers caused most of the poverty in Medford. Shiftlessness, drunkenness, desertion, inability to economize, living beyond their means — all old world causes of poverty — are responsible for most of the suffering in this city the last winter, according to the report of the Associated Charities. At a meeting held at the public library Monday, it was decided to continue the work of the organization a month longer. All but one city church contributed.

Surface indications today point to the passing of the beet sugar factory in this valley — for the present at least — with the promise that the campaign for acreage will be continued in the fall. There is one chance left for actual beginning of work at once. That is, if the beet sugar interests will accept the accepted acreage at hand, amounting to a trifle over 2,500 acres, with the promise that the balance, or at least a large part thereof, will be made up at a later date. F.S. Bramwell of the sugar interests will be in the city Thursday, stopping in Grants pass Wednesday. Then this phase of the matter will be discussed.

Letters from Soil Expert Storey show that Grants Pass fell down on its reported acreage of 1,000 acres. Investigation showed that but 650 acres had been signed up. Out of the first 211 acres examined there, 92 were rejected. Instead of the land being river bottom, a large part of it is on a hillside, with an engineering feat required to irrigate it.

Today many farmers have called upon the beet sugar committee and expressed condolences, saying that they did not know acreage was needed, or the would have signed up substantial tracts. It is Soil Expert Storey's opinion that if a beet sugar factory is established and successful, there will be no difficulty in securing acreage for the 1916 crop. There is a decided sentiment in the valley for sugar beets, but owing to the lateness of the season and the fact that much of the land was already seeded, the committee has been handicapped. Lack of irrigation has also been a stumbling block. With the unirrigated land rejected,added to the present list, there would now be no doubt about the most promising industrial opportunity ever offered to the Rogue River valley.