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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 1, 1921 continued

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

Oct. 1, 1921, continued


Salem, Oct. 1.— (Special) — And still they come. Not content with winning a sweepstakes prize at the State Fair, Jackson County today ran away with the blue ribbon in every individual class entered, from peaches to pumpkins. Here are the winners:

Best three boxes of pears, Anjous and Bartletts, Paul Scherer, Central Point.

Best three boxes of apples, Delicious and Winter Banana, G. M. Frost, Ashland.

Best plate display of peaches, M. J. Norris, Phoenix.

Tuscan Cling [peach], W. R. Bagley, Talent.

J. H. Hale peach, Albert Johnson, Ashland.

Heaviest squash, Mrs. C. E. Gates.

A blue ribbon for every Jackson County entry. Can you see Pop, the consort of the prize squash raiser of Jackson County! Pop is blown up bigger than the state fair balloon, which was so peeved by the display that it refused to go up at all this afternoon. And Mrs. Gates raised it in her back yard in spite of the city water shortage!

“Things come in bunches,” a Market Master Runyard once remarked. This has been Jackson County’s fair from the start. Medford’s mayor bossing the stunts, and Jackson County farmers carrying off all the prizes. And speaking of prizes it should be noted that Ashland was there with both feet in the prize list, carrying everything before her in grapes and peaches.

No one is more delighted and no one deserves more credit than Miss Florence Pool, the home demonstration agent from Jackson County who has been an invaluable assistant to Messrs. Cate and Oatman. As a matter of fact without her assistance the work would never have been done on schedule time. An 18-hour day was her regular program the first part of the week, and now that the strain is over and the battle won she refuses to rest, but is at the booth from morning to night, showing the visitors just why Jackson County is the banner agricultural and fruit county of the state.

Old Senator La Follette, the peach king of Marion, who has a state wide reputation for saying just what he thinks, visited the Jackson County exhibit this afternoon, and after looking over the peaches for some time, chewed his cud for several minutes, scratched his head, than remarked to no one in particular, “Yes sir, you got us beat!”

George Mansfield appeared today — no state gathering would be complete without him — and brought farmers from all parts of the state to see what Southern Oregon has done. Pop Gates incidentally ordered a large blue ribbon bouquet made up, embossed with the state seal which will be presented to Messrs. Cate and Oatman in addition to the $100 which all the counties over 66 percent are awarded. This seal will be properly hung and a photograph taken.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com