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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 31, 1920

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

Dec. 31, 1920

FRUIT CROP IN 1920 SURPASSES VALLEY’S RECORD

Fruit shipments out of the Rogue River valley in 1920 were 787 cars of pears, and 233 of apples, a total of 1,020 cars, of the estimated value of $2,000,000.

In 1919, 771 cars were shipped out, divided 620 cars of pears and 151 of apples.

It will be noted that in 1920, the total carload pear shipments was in excess of the apple and pear shipments for 1919.

Last year at this time the outlook was discouraging, but with the ground full of moisture from winter rains, and the orchards in excellent shape, 1921 with normal luck, promises to excel all past records for size of crops and shipments. Nineteen-twenty was a prosperous year for orchardists.

According to County Agent C. C. Cate, the only danger now if from a too rapid development of the buds, which would mean a long hard combat with the frosts in the spring. A month of clear weather with cold nights, would put the trees in excellent shape for the frost season, the chill of the nights minimizing the growth of the day.

In 1920, the small fruit shipments, such as berries, peaches, cherries, etc., were in excess of 1919. Figures are not available on car shipments, most of which were made from Ashland.

POULTRY DAY TUESDAY

Tuesday, January 4th, will be Poultry Day at the Short Course at the Library and there will be something doing from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone interested in chickens is urgently invited to attend. The principal speakers for the day will be Prof. Cosby of O. A. C., U. L. Upson, of the Oregon Producers Association and C. S. Brewster of Kerr Gifford Co.

LOCAL BRIEFS

Tomorrow being a holiday the courts, banks, offices, stores and most other places of business will be closed, and the new year in a business way will not open up until Monday forenoon.

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Most of Medford will be up late tonight to greet the arrival of the new year. A number of social and other functions will aid to this end.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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