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Mail Tribune 100

August 18, 1917, continued

Editor's note: There was no August 19, 1917, paper.


Simon Benson, the Portland capitalist, philanthropist and good roads enthusiast, arrived in the city this morning from Portland en route to Crescent City, California, to attend the good roads demonstration to be held there. After purchasing some supplies for his car Mr. Benson went for a ride and inspection trip over the Pacific highway to the top of the Siskiyous. He will depart this evening for Grants Pass and Crescent City.

The highway commission is ready and anxious to go ahead with the construction of the Ashland Hill section, but is being held up by the Southern Pacific. Altho the steel for the subway is on the ground, nothing is being done by the railroad. Shortage of labor is the excuse given by the railroad company, but the highway engineers report that there are plenty of men available and they are encountering no trouble in securing all needed and surplus.


Mrs. F. K. Touvelle has purchased the Marshall tract, two miles north of Central Point, consisting of 184 acres of Bear Creek bottom land, for a consideration said to approximate $35,000. The ranch was sold to Messrs, Palmer and Paxon, some years ago for $65,000, when it was partially in orchard, and repurchased by Martin Marshall and sons. It will be planted to wheat next year and subsequently to alfalfa and sugar beets.

The Utah Idaho Sugar Company has purchased the DeBarr tract, between Medford and Central Point, consisting of 255 acres for $25,000. There is five acres of orchard and the property is bisected by the Southern pacific tracks. The land contains an available site for a sugar factory, should the growth of the business justify it in the future. Other purchases of valley property by the sugar company are pending.