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Mail Tribune 100, March 18, 1921

Mail Tribune 100

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

March 18, 1921


Ashland, Mar. 18.— The chronicles of Ashland Post No. 14, American Legion, are to be compiled, the work to be done in a thorough manner. Ralph Hadfield is official historian, and there will be no haphazard methods employed in the record. The co-operation of relatives of all ex-service members is requested, in order that the archives may be complete and reliable. Not only military data will be obtained, but naval and civil details as well, to the end that the annals may cover the entire range of the average ex-service man’s career. This does not imply that individual records will be devoted to reciting fulsome adulation or exploiting personal traits, conciseness will be the rule, the intent being to have the historical summary brief and exact. In the light of these developments, the annals of “Who’s Who?” as applying to our local soldiers and sailors in the great world war will be interesting reading not only to the present generation but even more so to future ones.


While it is generally known that Jackson county is the greatest pear county in the state. And while it is known everywhere that the Medford pears topped the market the past season in London, New York and Chicago, yet it is not of general knowledge that the lowly hay crop of Jackson County ranked in value for the past season, about equal to that of the famous pear crop.

According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, in its 1920 crop report of Oregon crops, the value of hay grown in Jackson County was $1,687,200. The acreage in Jackson County was 25,150, more than the combined acreage of spring and winter wheat, corn and oats.

The pear crop of Jackson County is estimated at 526,360 bushels, of which half a million bushel is regarded a commercial crop.

Although the government places an average value of $1.50 a bushel for the general pear crop of Oregon, yet for the Jackson County crop, $3.00 a bushel is considered a very low estimate. Even at $3.00 a bushel, the pear crops according to the government’s figures was worth to Jackson county the past season, the total sum of $1,579,080.

However, placing an average value of $3.25 a bushel for the Jackson County pear crop, the total would amount to $1,719,630, providing the government’s figures as to total crops approximately correct.

This figure would place the pear crop slightly more in value than the government’s figure on the Jackson County hay crop, the bureau of statistics figures there was an average of 2.2 tons an acre in the state and that the value on an average, was $13.19 a ton. These figures for the estimate were collected last December and complied early in the year.

However, Jackson County is known as the highest priced market in the state, and it is probable that the government’s estimate of value of $13.19 a ton or loose hay in the field would hardly hold good.

If such is the case, the best figures available would place the value of the hay crop in this county about equal to that of its famous pear crop for 1920.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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