Mail Tribune 100
May 11, 1916
PREPAREDNESS MAKES SUCCESS IN FRUIT RAISING
"I would buy Rogue river orchards today more cheerfully than ever if I had the money," said Dr. E. B. Pickel in the presence of a party of citizens who were discussing the present situation as enlivened by recent frost injury. "Just two things are required to make orcharding a fine success in this valley," continued the doctor, "and they are adequate preparation to protect the orchards from frost and from drouth. The former can be done inexpensively, in proportion to the great benefit derived, and the latter, an absolute necessity, will practically double the value of the output. These things provided, and there will be no excuse for one not having the best fruit district in proportion to its area on the Pacific coast today.
"Had we been provided with irrigation during the last two seasons in which we suffered from drouth on account of its absence, we would not now hear any local hard times talk. But we weren't prepared. Had we had ample frost protection this year, as we should have had the foresight to provide, we would not now be talking about our losses.
"About it all there is one good thing. That is the lesson there is in it. It ought to be worth two or three million dollars. Come to think of it, that's not so bad for one season. But the only way we can turn it to profit is by using the lesson in proper and adequate preparation against drouth and frost next year. That is the only way we can come out ahead on last year and this.
If the weather permits the Willow Springs grange will have a basket picnic at the schoolhouse next Saturday, May 13. On the same day the school will have a rally. J. Perry Wells promised to bring a few representatives from each of several schools for the purpose of having a spelling bee. Every one is invited to come and bring his lunch basket with him.