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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 27, 1915


ASHLAND, Sept. 27. — Joe Hart, manager of the local ice plant, has returned from Portland after a conference with officials of leading corporations favoring removal of the concern to Medford in the interests of greater convenience connected with the icing of cars, the Southern Pacific, Wells Fargo and the Pacific Fruit and Express being referred to. Another factor entering into the matter is that of reduced electric power rates. The plant here has steadfastly been a patron of the municipal system, although offered cheaper rates by the California-Oregon Power Co. These local schedules, however, have been considerably increased until the directors of the Ashland Ice and Storage Co. deem them excessive. A change to reductions offered by the rival power corporation here, in the opinion of experts, would not offset the greater convenience of the Medford branch as to trackage and other facilities, consequently the merger will probably occur, a decision being in order within a few days. The wood and coal sidelines conducted by the local plant will "cut no ice," as to remaining here, and when stocks are exhausted this feature of the concern will naturally follow in the wake of the main refrigeration business.


H.O. Nordwick, the proprietor of Medford Roller Mills, preached to the Scandinavians in the Baptist church last Sunday afternoon, which was undoubtedly the first Norwegian sermon ever delivered in the Rogue River Valley. For while the Swedes are quite numerous in the vicinity of Medford, there are not many Norwegians. But a great number of the Swedes and Danes turned out to hear the speaker, who in the most excellent Norwegian powerfully appealed to the religious and national sentiments of his countrymen.

While all three Scandinavian nationalities usually understand each other in the ordinary conversation, it is not so easy to fully grasp the meaning of the expressions as used on the platform and in the pulpit. But Mr. Nordwick used very plain language, absolutely free from English idioms, which is a difficult task for a person handling two or more languages.