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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 18, 1918

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

Oct. 18, 1918


Now here’s a chance where everyone in Medford and Jackson county can do a necessary patriotic bit in the war. Gather up all your fruit pits and shell dry them and see that they get to the Bardwell Fruit Co. Warehouse on South Fir street, from where they will be shipped to the government stations to be converted into use for soldiers’ gas masks. You can’t fetch or send too many. This is a Red Cross work and the school children of the city will take a prominent part in the gathering.

The government has appointed the Jackson county chapter of the Red Cross, whose headquarters are in Medford, as the central point for the gathering of the pits and shells for all southern Oregon, and Mayor Gates, as chairman of the Red Cross chapter has appointed N. S. Bennett to have charge of both the local and southern Oregon gathering and shipping. The Bardwell Fruit company warehouse will be the storage point for shipment and headquarters. All pits and shells will be delivered there. The government has already sent 100 bags to be filled, and more are coming.

All the Red Cross auxiliaries will have charge of the gathering in their respective communities, and the school pupils of the city and county will assist in the gathering. Details will be announced later, but it is known that barrels will be placed at each school house in which to toss the pits and shells, which must be dry. Arrangements will be made later by Mr. Bennett for the gathering up of fresh walnuts and other nuts.

There must be a gas mask for every soldier. Carbon is needed for gas masks for our boys at once. Carbon is now being made from peach pits, pits of apricot, cherry, plum, prune date, and shells of walnuts, hickory nuts, butter nuts, in fact any nut or shell contains carbon.


N. O. Powers, the Talent merchant, has received a telegram announcing the death at Fort McDowell, Calif., of his son, Orlie Powers, aged 26, a native of Talent and a private in the national army, who died of pneumonia Thursday, Oct. 17, at the army hospital, where he was taken a week ago.

Orlie Powers was one of the most popular and estimable young men in the county. At the outbreak of the war, he tried twice to enlist, but was rejected for minor physical defects. However, he was accepted when called to the colors a month ago. He was well known as a musician and was a member of the Elks lodge of Ashland. His parents received a wire Thursday morning telling of the seriousness of his condition and had prepared to start for San Francisco on the afternoon train when a second wire announced his death.

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