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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 11, 1922 continued

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

Feb. 11, 1922

IRRIGATION SCHOOL CLOSES WITH TALK ON CONSTRUCTIONS

The final sessions of the Jackson County irrigation school in the public library were marked by an address by Prof. Powers of O. A. C. on the retention of organic matter in the coil, and a question and query hour with Messrs. Herman Powell and Ralph Cowgill as the respondents.

Prof. Powers told his audience that organic matter in the soil was the keynote of scientific farming and that land became barren and unproductive unless the acreage was fed at stated periods. Land with plenty of organic matter was able to resist drought and the ideal normal crops were raised thereon the speaker said.

Organic matter was described as “plant and animal remains in the soil” that in normal virgin soil runs from five to eight percent, depending on the kind of soil. Organic matter increases warmth, and decreases loss by erosion. Soil without a full quota of bacteria said the speaker, is well nigh useless.

Messrs. Cowgill and Powell answered questions proposed by those present about the building of “contraptions” for the control of irrigation ditches and the flow of water therein, how to lay out laterals, what was the best material to use for piping.

Mr. Powell in response to a query if the irrigators could pool and buy pipe cheaper than individually, said that an effort had been made to purchase pipe in big lots, but so far had been unable to procure any cheaper than the cement pipe on the local market and home manufactured. Whether the cement pipe could stand the strain of a heavy flow of water as well as a metallic pipe was discussed, and it was agreed that it could not, but might still be highly serviceable.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

“Lakeview is in the grip of one of the worst storms of its history, it was learned by telephone this noon,” says a Klamath Falls news telegram yesterday. “Telephone and telegraph lines are cut off in every direction except to this city and no trains or stages have reached there for 72 hours. Snow is so deep the pedestrians can make their way only with the utmost difficulty,” it was said. “The last mail that arrived was distributed from horseback because carriers could not pass the drifts on foot.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com