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Mail Tribune 100, April 25, 1922

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

April 25, 1922


The Rogue River Valley Canning company, owned by S. S. Bullis of this city and comprising a large canning plant and a state inspected concrete warehouse of large size has been undergoing extensive improvements and has been considerably enlarged since its erection.

The cannery packed 35,000 cases of canned goods last year, most of which were apples and pears with a very few tomatoes and beans and some berries and prunes. The beans and tomatoes packed last year by the cannery were sufficient only to fill ten percent of the orders which the cannery had for these two commodities. The inability of the cannery to fill the other 90 percent of the orders was caused by their inability to secure sufficient tomatoes and beans to can.

S. S. Bullis states that the output of the cannery this year will exceed last year’s output and that a number of improvements are to be made at the plant. Vinegar generators are to be installed, a dehydrating plant will be put in to handle culls that are not fit for canning and the cold storage capacity of the warehouse will be increased.

Mr. Bullis says that at present the tomato situation is favorable, with a considerable and probably sufficient acreage of tomatoes signed up. However, the cannery is very anxious to sign up a much larger acreage of beans. This acreage must be contracted at once as the beans should be planted in May.

The cannery is ready to handle all the produce that the growers will sell for canning and will can cherries, berries, etc., as soon as the growers come forward with enough of them to warrant canning them. A few blackberries, prunes and cherries were canned last year.


An epidemic of smallpox has been raging in the Thompson creek district in the Applegate section on the Jackson County side. Up to a week ago, when Dr. W. H. P. Holt, County Health Officer, went out there to establish a quarantine there were 15 or 16 cases of the disease.

The epidemic, which is of a mild type was traced to one man, who while feeling ill shortly after his return from a visit to the Willamette valley broke out with the disease next day after having attended a party in the Thompson creek section. All persons present at the party were exposed and many of them came down with the smallpox later.


The first games of the Y. M. C. A. league are scheduled for tonight. At 4:15 at the Jackson school grounds, the Christian church juniors are slated to meet the Baptists. Some change in the junior league schedule may be necessary soon, as the Presbyterians have hopes of entering a team. If they are able to do so, the schedule committee will be called at once in order to re-arrange the junior schedule to include the five teams, instead of four. For the time being, however, the schedule will stand as published.

At 6:15 tonight, the senior teams of the same churches mentioned above will meet on the high school grounds. According to reports from the rival camps, both outfits are in fine fettle and should put up a good contest. The public is invited. It is hoped particularly that church folks will turn out to encourage their respective teams.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com