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Mail Tribune 100

March 18, 1916

VALLEY ORCHARDS BLOOM FORTNIGHT AHEAD OF TIME

Orchards of all kinds of fruits in this valley are fully two weeks advanced beyond the blooming period of last year. The buds and blossom are extravagantly abundant. The trees are apparently in vigorous condition, having suffered no harm from winter weather during the past cold season. Apricots and almonds were in full bloom ten days ago; now the cherries are in full bloom and the apples and pears are blooming rapidly. The season has been ideal in every respect since the first of February for the development of fruit buds, and, so far this month, for the blooming period.

Claude C. Cate, county pathologist, and Professor F. C. Reimer of the experiment station, said yesterday that they have never seen conditions more ideal for fruit production than they have so far been this spring in the Rogue River valley. It is a revelation to Professor Cate. This is his first season here. Professor Reimer, who has been in the valley five years, says he has never seen a fairer prospect. A. C. Allen, horticulturist for this district, expresses delight at the promise of a bumper crop of fruit in all classes, if the conditions continue favorable. Of course, that qualification includes two possible conditions, one being that produced by destructive frost and the other a similarly destructive dearth of moisture where irrigation cannot be applied.

Many old-time residents in the valley "feel" that we shall have no evil conditions this year, and thousands of other people here sincerely hope their hunch is entirely reliable.

What little rainfall we have had during the winter has soaked into the soil and been stored away for later absorption. The ground works excellently. Not an objection is heard as to the present situation in any respect. 

TABLE ROCK TABLETS

The Table Rock school will take part in a spelling contest at the Chaparral school house next Friday afternoon.