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Mail Tribune 100

July 14, 1916


The first real business-like proposition the Commercial club has received for the establishment of a sugar beet factory is that of the Utah-Idaho company.

The company asks for a forty-acre site, free water and sewerage connections, 5,000 acres of beets contracted for the first year and 6,000 acres for the second. It agrees to deposit a bond to carry out its agreements.

The Utah-Idaho company should not be confused with the Oregon-Utah company, which was largely a promotion scheme, and which has been take over by the former. It is a successful operating concern and makes a sound business proposition.

Medford is so accustomed to chasing will-o'-the-wisps and running after rainbow ends that a bonafide chance to secure the investment of a million dollars, a permanent industry and payroll, will probably be microscopically criticized and efforts be made to find some way to avoid complying with the reasonable demands of the company.

These demands should be met, if it is necessary to take a public subscription to secure the site. Any time that a large industry can be secured, it is worth community cooperation and some sacrifice to secure it. Because we have wasted our energies in wild-goose chases is no reason for not pulling together in behalf of a tangible asset.

If we can secure a large lumber manufacturing plant under similar conditions, we should go after it also.


  • Sunday afternoon Frank Smith and an Indian woman who gave her name as Arnita Engel, and a little boy whose name I did not learn, called for dinner. They were of the bronco busters who came, Smith from Pendleton and Miss Engle from near Dunsmuir, Cal., and had started for Klamath Falls via Crater Lake with some more of their company, but when they reached camp seven miles above McLeod, Miss Engle got word calling her home, so they retracted their steps and stopped for dinner again Monday, going on to Medford that evening.