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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 10, 1922

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

Aug. 10, 1922

BIG SYNDICATE TO DEVELOP OIL SHALE IN VALLEY

H. W. Hartman, president, and W. A. Pettigrew, chief engineer, of the Harman Syndicate of the Pacific Coast, have been making exhaustive examinations of the shale deposits lying in the hills of the Rogue River valley. After three months of exploration work, they state that there is vast wealth stored up here; this conclusion is based on the fact that after months of work opening up the deposits, by means of “open cuts,” an immense tonnage is uncovered of high grade rock. From tests made of this shale it runs high in oil and gas and the analysis of the oils prove that it is a very rich quality.

The gas obtained from the shale will, it is said by the company representatives, be utilized for operating the plants and the large surplus will be piped to towns in the valley and will be at the disposal of the people for domestic and industrial purposes.

Such an industry, the officials of the company declare, means a great boon to this valley in more ways than one. It will create a large payroll, stimulate trade generally and undoubtedly will bring a number of new residents into southern Oregon.

During the last three weeks Mr. Dynning, the company’s state engineer, has had a survey party out locating a permanent road into the holdings of the Hartman Syndicate, and Mr. Pettigrew states that as soon as the permit is granted for the construction of the road, clearing operations will be commenced and a steam shovel will be put on the ground to do the necessary excavating and grading.

Mr. Hartman is leaving for Seattle in the immediate future to purchase pipe for conveying the crude oil from the plants, which will be located about ten miles from Ashland, to their refinery that is to be erected near the railroad.

This company has opened offices at 29 First Street, Ashland.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

A local grocer who has made a careful survey of the local foodstuffs situation in anticipation of a tie-up by the railroad strike states that Medford is well supplied with sugar, flour and other such necessities and that the stock now on hand in the retail and wholesale houses will tide the town over a considerable period should a serious situation arise as a result of the rail strike.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com