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Mail Tribune 100

April 4, 1918


There was another comparatively heavy frost last night, but not nearly so heavy as the previous morning, and early today the orchardists began lighting up their smudge pots. The coldest temperature was 25 degrees. There was more moisture in the air than on Wednesday morning, and hence the frost was more visible.

Most of the orchardists began smudging about 1:30 a.m. and an hour later the ever-watchful housewives of the city began closing up the windows of their homes to prevent the smudge smoke entering and soiling lace curtains, etc.

County Pathologist Cate and Government Frost Expert Young say the full effects of Wednesday’s heavy frost will not be known for a day or so yet, but that where smudging was not resorted to Wednesday morning and this morning considerable damage was done to the Bartlett pears and the peach crop was badly hit. The other kinds of pears and apples sustained very little damage, so far as is now known. Mr. Young again remained on duty all night.

The prediction from San Francisco for tonight and tomorrow is for fair weather, with a probably light frost in the early morning.


J.P. Wyerhauser, the timber magnate, and George W. Marshall, the tax agent of the Weyerhauser Timber company of Tacoma, arrived in the city last night and this forenoon went to the sheriff’s office at Jacksonville, where the taxes on the company’s timber holdings in Jackson county for the first half of the year 1918, amounting to $2,490.44, were paid.

The visitors are guests at the Hotel Medford and are on a combined business and pleasure tour thru Oregon, paying taxes at the various county seats. They will leave this afternoon or tomorrow morning for Klamath Falls.

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