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Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 1, 1917


Monday was horse day in Medford and from all parts of the county there streamed into the city by the various routes all morning surplus horses and mules from the ranches and orchards to be offered for sale to the government for military use. By noon fully 100 horses and mules were tied up in Helm's stables and outside in the vacant field opposite the Southern Pacific depot.

Captian R. E. Strawbridge and Lieutenant F. C. Herndon of the army quartermaster department, with Clerks J. H. Hughes and J. C. Glazier arrived in the city from Portland at 10:30 a.m. and under Captain Strawbridge's direction the work of inspecting the many animals and purchasing those found suitable for army purposes was begun. County Pathologist C. C. Cate, as resident government agent, also assisted in the work.

Captain Strawbridge is seeking horses suitable for the cavalry and light artillery, and light pack and lead mules. Only animals sound in every particular are wanted. The army is paying from $135 to $200 for horses suitable for army purposes.

To the average citizen the fact that there were so many surplus horses in Jackson county was evidenced by the large number brought in and offered for sale Monday is surprising, especially in view of the fact that within the past two years the allies have purchased many horses in southern Oregon, and only within the past few weeks 2 car-loads of horses were purchased in this county by the government through a private contractor and shipped away for military use.

The initiated, however, point out that there has been and still is quite a surplus of horses and mules in Jackson county — that many ranchers and orchardists carry too many horses for their actual needs.

Now that the cost of feed has gone so high, it is further pointed out, there is a general movement on to unload surplus stock. Many ranchers and orchardists, too, have been won over to the farm tractors, which will still further cut down the need for horses.