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Mail Tribune 100, July 31, 1918

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

July 31, 1918


Federal Employment Agent M. S. Janes has mailed out over 100 letters to as many possible pickers setting forth the shortage in orchard help and pleading for each recipient to do his or her bit in gathering the pear and apple crops. There are hundreds he desires to reach, but whose names and addresses he does not have on his mailing list. His letter reads as follows:

Will you help with fruit picking or fruit packing this season?

It will be impossible to secure sufficient male help and the orchardists must rely upon the women, girls and boys to step in and do the bulk of this work.

Picking of pears has already begun.

If you intend to do your bit, communicate with this office as early as possible.

If you know of others who will get into the game too, and who have not received this letter, please direct them to the U. S. Government Employment Office, Nash hotel, Medford, Ore.

Pears and apples constitute the valley’s principal asset, and it is absolutely imperative that these crops be taken care of at the right time.

Much of our fruit this year will find its way to the boys at the front, and aside from the financial feature, it is a patriotic duty to see that these crops are not wasted.


The crisis in the condition of Dr. F. H. Porter was passed early Tuesday afternoon and unless something unforeseen comes up he is regarded as on the road to recovery. His condition was much improved this forenoon. But up until the time the crisis was reached and passed the doctor’s life hung by a thread. Dr. Jarvis of Ashland, Dr. Sweeney of this city and Mrs. Mabel Moore, the Ashland trained nurse, have the patient in charge.

Mrs. Porter and children who have been spending the summer at Worcester, Mass., were all ready to start from that city this morning for Medford, but on receiving an urgent telegram from Dr. Porter not to come, decided to remain there unless later alarming news was sent. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Green of Portland, the former a niece of Mrs. Porter’s arrived in the city to be at Dr. Porter’s bedside.

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