Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 30, 1919 Continued
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Aug. 31, 1919
HOMING PIGEONS TO AID PLANES FIGHTING FIRES
Eugene, Ore., Aug. 30. — A flock of 50 homing pigeons will be added at once to the equipment of the Eugene base of the United States airplane forest fire patrol, according to word received yesterday by Major Albert Smith, in command of the patrol. These birds will be sent to Eugene from Mather Field, Sacramento.
The pigeons will be used in carrying messages from the aviators to report fires in the forests and to carry messages to the base in Eugene in case of accident to the planes or to the aviators while away on duty.
It is said that with the arrival of these pigeons there will be more stationed here than at Mather Field, which is one of the big army aviation bases.
The big DeHaviland planes leave Eugene every morning on their regular patrol trips, going as far south as Medford and as far north as Portland. They travel over the Cascades on one trip and over the Coast range on the other trip. The big machines attract more attention as they pass over the city than the smaller Curtiss planes by reason of the louder noise of the huge 12-cylinder Liberty motors and the rapidity with which they skim through the air. The difference in speed is quite noticeable even when the DeHavilands are at a high altitude.
AIKEN SCREENS ARE ADOPTED IN WALLOWA
As a result of the visit to the county last week of J. C. Aiken of Medford, state superintendent of fish screens, it is believed a way will be found to screen the irrigating ditches and also to provide a fishway into the lake, without disturbing the new dam, says the Enterprise Chieftain of Wallowa county. Mr. Aiken was with J. W. Walden, deputy game warden, and they were at Enterprise and Joseph Thursday and Friday and at Wallowa on Saturday.
On the fish screens Mr. Aiken made his proposition to the representative of the Associated Ditch companies, which take their water from the river near the lake, and also to all others.
He will install the revolving screen approved by the state fish and game commission and leave it for 30 days; the ditch owners are to be the sole judge whether it works satisfactorily. If the farmers say the screen does not work, it will be taken out and they will not be put to a cent of expense. But if it does work they are to pay for it and keep it in.