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Mail Tribune 100, March 30, 1922

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

March 30, 1922

MORE SMUDGING IS PLANNED THIS YEAR THAN EVER BEFORE

This year, perhaps more than in any former year, the local orchardists are preparing to safeguard their fruit buds against the usual spring frosts by smudging, thus insuring themselves against a recurrence of what happened last season when much of the potential tonnage of the valley was lost.

Insofar as a large measure of the valley’s prosperity is directly dependent upon its fruit tonnage it might be said that the most important event upon the local calender is the weather of the next four weeks. Especially is this true when California’s recent terrible cold snap is taken into account wherein outside of the smudged area millions and millions of dollars worth of destruction was done.

This year among those who intend to safeguard their crops by smudging are: Court Hall, Vilas, Cate, Scherer, Bolds, Upton, Chase, Modoc, Eddie Carlton, Barnum, Alford, Prof. Reimer, Judge Tou Velle, Dragg, Kenley, Klamath, Marshall, Bear Creek, Hollywood, Holloway, Hansen, Isaacs, Carpenter and many others.

This year an innovation which has made its way into the valley is a large seven quart smudge pot with a light stack on it, which is said to consume its own smoke. To some extent this will be used, especially on the Modoc and Klamath orchards. However, their very high cost is the limiting factor in the spread of its use. Consequently most of the smudging will be done with the old style pots.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The signatures of the mayors of all cities in Oregon, along with those of the presidents of the various chambers of commerce are being sought for the petition which is being prepared to invite President Warren G. Harding to attend the Portland Rose Festival, June 9th next. Mayor Gates signed the petition yesterday and forwarded it to Portland.

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A large consignment of big mail order house catalogues has added to the delivery burdens of the post office the past few days and put somewhat of a damper on the joy of living feeling of the mail carriers.

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An order is being issued by the postmaster general’s department extending rural route No. 1 a distance of three-quarters of a mile in order to afford Sacred Heart hospital direct delivery service, effective April 1st. This change only adds the hospital building to the present route service.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com