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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 14, 1920 Continued

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

Aug. 14, 1920, continued

NOTED AUTHORITY ON AGRICULTURE VISITS VALLEY

Dr. B. T. Galloway, formerly assistant secretary of agriculture, spent yesterday with Professor Reimer at the Southern Oregon Experiment station. Dr. Galloway has been connected with the United States Department of Agriculture longer than any other man, beginning his work there in 1887. During most of that time he was chief of the bureau of plant industry, and in 1913 was made assistant secretary ranking next to the cabinet officer.

At the present time Dr. Galloway is studying the latest developments and discoveries in plant work on the Pacific coast. He is spending all of his time at the plant introduction stations maintained by the department of agriculture at Chico, Cal., and Bellingham, Wash. The Experiment station at Talent is maintained by the state of Oregon, and is the only one not operated by the department of agriculture which Dr. Galloway is visiting.

Dr. Galloway is vitally interested in the remarkable experimental work and discoveries made at the southern Oregon station. He spent two days at this station in 1916 and was so impressed with the work being done there that the department cooperated with the state of Oregon financially in 1917 in sending Professor Reimer to China in search for additional pear material for the work at this station.

Dr. Galloway stated yesterday that he had studied agriculture and institution around the world but had never seen or heard of such a complete and valuable collection of pears as that assembled at the Talent station. He considers the work at this station by far the most important ever carried on with pears anywhere in the world. The work being carried on at this station with blight resistant pears is the only work of this kind with pears in progress in America.

During the past winter Dr. Galloway published an extensive article on Professor Reimer’s work on pears in the Journal of Heredity. This journal is probably the most widely disseminated scientific journal published in America, going to all scientific institutions thruout the world.

When Dr. Galloway and his assistant Mr. Allanson learned that the extensive and important work at Talent was being carried on with the insignificant appropriation provided by the state they were amazed and thought that this was doing what was almost impossible.

That the work at the Talent station is becoming known thruout the world is shown by the fact that scientific authorities from various parts of the world are visiting it. These have come from all parts of America, from Tasmania, Australia, South American, and Canada. Professor Kikuchi, director of one of the Japanese experiment stations, will study the work of this station during September, and Professor Wight of the U. S. Department of Agriculture will also arrive in the near future.

When Professor Reimer was told last night that the only criticism ever heard of his work was that he did not praise it sufficiently, he simply remarked, “Well, it looks as tho the work is being praised sufficiently by others therefore I need not expend my energies along that line.”

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