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Mail Tribune 100, July 18, 1920

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July 17, 1920 Continued


The unusual wind storm for this section Friday afternoon did some damage to orchards thruout the valley by blowing fruit off the trees. Much alfalfa was also blown down. Of course the alfalfa was not lost, but being sown makes cutting a more difficult job.

The wind storm was generally thruout the valley. The greatest loss was the blowing off of pears, and the loss was heaviest among the larger and older trees in the Bear creek section. Mr. Cate says in some orchards as many as half a box of pears per tree were blown off. The loss was heaviest among the Bartlett, D’Anjou and Howell pears, the Comice and Bosc pears holding on better. There was comparatively little loss of apples.

The wind came up suddenly early in the afternoon and blew for about ten minutes at a 40 mile an hour gale, then subsided and blew at a 30 mile clip for an hour or more.

The forest service patrol plane, en route from Eugene to Medford, encountered the wind storm not far from Roseburg and the aviators say they never before encountered such a hot wind. Later the plane ran into a heavy rain storm on the Umpqua divide. Because of the wind and rain it was two hours late in reaching Medford.

It will be remembered that several years ago in August a terrific wind storm, which for a time blew at 65 miles per hour, visited the valley and caused many thousands of dollars worth of damage in the orchards. Yesterday’s storm was inconsequential in comparison.


On account of the fact that the new directory for Medford and Jackson county has not been receiving support which will warrant its publication the Chamber of Commerce has issued the following endorsement.

The Board of Directors of the Medford Chamber of Commerce have investigated the value of the new city and county directory and endorse its publication under the supervision of R. L. Polk & Co. We wish to extend to the said company our sincere appreciation for their co-operation in taking a complete census of the city, the result of which we are confident will show our growth to be considerable since January 1, 1920. The advertising value of their publication should be realized by the Medford merchants, in that their rates are reasonable considering the period over which the directory is intended for use. The soliciting of advertising for the Jackson county directory is approved and sanctioned by the committee of investigation of advertising propositions.

(Signed) H. O. FROBACH, Secretary, Medford Chamber of Commerce. July 14, 1920.