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Mail Tribune 100

March 27, 1918


F. M. Radovan, the fruit expert from California has decided to construct a $14,000 fruit evaporator in the valley and yesterday deposited his check with the committee in charge of the campaign to show his good faith. The committee appointed at a meeting two weeks ago, after investigating the proposition, decided Mr. Radovan’s plan was a good one, that he was in every way reliable, and they secured the required acreage.

Yesterday Mr. Radovan sent the following letter to C. M. English, chairman of the committee:

Medford, Ore., Mar. 26, 1918.

To Mr. English and members of the committee:

The committee, appointed to get acreage of apples subscribed to support an evaporator here have done splendidly. I appreciate greatly the work done and the support the growers are giving my proposition has been gratifying. While the number of acres is not fully subscribed, the total to date being twelve hundred and fifty acres, the committee have assured me they will get the required number of acres, and I take this occasion to assure the growers that I will build a “more than up-to-date” evaporator, that will use “C” grade and cull apples as well as pears and peaches and vegetables.

The plant I will build at the present time will cost about $14,000.00. If I find this plant not large enough to handle the inferior grades of fruit, I will double the capacity another year.

The committee has agreed to help me secure a site and as soon as this site is definitely arranged for I will ship the machinery here and begin the erection of the plant, which should not be later than June 1st.

Again, thank both the committee and orchard men for the interest they have taken in my proposition. I am, respectfully yours, F. M. RADOVAN

The agreement is as follows: I, the undersigned, hereby agree to enter into an agreement with the fruit growers of Jackson county, Oregon, to erect an evaporator this year in the city of Medford, to dry fruits and vegetables, provided I can get a contract for fifteen hundred (1,500) acres of apples, the growers agreeing to sell their “C” grade apples from their acreage for the next two years at a specified price.

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