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Mail Tribune 100, May 7, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

May 7, 1919


A big water wheel has been installed at the Butte Falls fish hatchery by Supt. Berrian and Jack Aiken, screen superintendent, that furnishes power to grind the feed for the millions of baby fish and their daddies and mothers, to pump water, saw wood and to perform numerous other necessary things around the hatchery.

Supt. Berrian also has a proposition figured out to put in an electric plant, the power to be furnished by the water wheel, that will not only provide lights for the building but lights will be arranged over the ponds to attract bugs at night for the fish to feed on. Mr. Berrian is also raising rabbits to provide fresh food for the fish.

Since it has been determined that the P. & E. road is to be operated the state will go ahead and improve the property and the hatchery will in a few years become one of the largest and best in the state, as well as a beauty spot. Mr. Berrian is taking great care to preserve all the natural shrubbery, is setting out new shrubbery, rose bushes, etc. It is the intention to run an excursion to the hatchery sometime this summer.


Medford retail grocers who attended the Oregon retail grocers convention at Le Grande, Ore., years ago, are still chuckling over a stunt pulled off there by A. G. Clark of Portland, general manager of the Associated Industries of Oregon, who delivered addresses to the business men here Tuesday noon and last night. Mr. Clark was at that time advertising manager for Wadhams & Kerr, Portland wholesale grocers, and he took advantage of the fact that the people of La Grande were holding a round-up as an entertainment feature for the visiting grocers, to gain publicity.

Before the rodeo was held he caused the news to be circulated far and wide that A. G. Clark of Portland would ride one of the most vicious mustangs that ever stood on its forelegs. Much interest was created and when the time for the big announced event came everyone was on the anxious seat. Then the mustang was led into the arena, held by a dozen men and Clark mounted the fiery steed, said giddap and rode serenely and quietly away to the astonishment of the assemblage. The “mustang” was one of the oldest skates of a horse ever seen in that part of the country. But Clark got what he was after, a lot of publicity, and incidentally caused much merriment.

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