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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 14, 1916


Raising a crop of apples and pears this season equal to the bumper crop of 1913 and more than twice as great as the crops of either 1914 or 1915 is what H. W. Bingham was able to accomplish when 110 acres of the Mira Vista and Hampton orchards were brought under irrigation last summer.

On one ten-acre block over 6,000 boxes of Ben Davis apples were packed, practically all of these being extra money and all under 175 in size.

The pear yield from both orchards was exceptionally heavy and the fruit was the largest in size and of the best quality ever raised on these orchards.

These yields, Mr. Bingham stated Wednesday, were due to the use of irrigation. Without water he considers the crop could have been so heavier than in the previous two years, as the natural supply of water has proven entirely inadequate for the propper maturing of fruit.

"To bring the benefits of water to the valley,' Mr. Bingham stated, "the preliminary election should be voted upon favorable by every farmer and orchardist. I am certain of the ability of the men who are to be chosen as directors of the district to work out a plan which will be fair to both the landowners and the company whose preposition for the furnishing of water may be recommended by the directors."

The land to which Mr. Bingham applied water is free soil and sticky. Both types of land were irrigated three times heavily and both types showed equally beneficial results from the applications.


The Medford post office is the busiest place in town today and the office force will be kept rushing at top speed until after Christmas.

People are realizing that on account of Christmas coming on Monday this year it will be necessary for all parcels to reach their destination by Friday preceding Christmas in order to insure delivery on Saturday.

Postmaster Miras urges all to mail early, wrap securely and address plainly. Parcels may be endorsed "Do not open until Christmas" without changing the classification.