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Mail Tribune 100, July 1, 1918

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

July 1, 1918

SUPPORT THE CANNERY

Medford has too few industries to let any of them languish for lack of support. If we do not co-operate to maintain our established industries, we cannot expect to secure new ones. Any community so deficient in enterprise and progress deserves stagnation and death by decay — and will reap its rewards.

We clamored long and loudly to secure attention from investors — but investors told us to develop our own resources to a point justifying foreign investment. To do this we must make the most of our soil resources, and sustain the small plants we have.

We endeavored for several years to secure a large cannery here. The caners said we did not support the canneries we had — and the we did not produce enough of special crops to justify a large establishment. When we did, it would be forthcoming. Until the valley is under water, a large cannery is out of the question.

So the business men of Medford subscribed the capital stock to establish a small concern. Some outside capital was invested also. For several years it has had a fairly prosperous business. Last year it was very successful. The prospects are much brighter for this year. There is an increased acreage in canning crops and an unlimited demand for the output. The government has reserved 25 percent of all cannery output for the army and wants more.

Last year the Medford cannery expended in payroll and supplies purchased locally $62,000. It is sold its output for $90,000. It gave work to local people and furnished a market for local products. It benefited the farmer and the community.

This year there is in sight a million cans of products for canning. The tomato acreage has been increased to 155 acres, all in fine condition. A new tomato cooker has been installed, with a capacity of 45 cans a minute. The boiler capacity of the plant has been doubled. The necessary cans have been ordered. The operation of the cannery will necessitate the employment of 100 people during the canning season — an expenditure in payroll and local supplies of $80,000. Sales have already been scheduled for $125,000 of canned goods.

Medford cannot afford to permit the cannery to close its doors with these brighter prospects ahead, for lack of financial support during the short period intervening before the shipment of produce. Moreover, there is a question of patriotism involved. The nation needs these food supplies, the government asks for them and it is up to Medford to see that they get them. We must sustain almost the only industry and payroll we have — and shame on the community that will not.

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