Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 6, 1917


"Are we downhearted? No! No!" shouted two coach loads of drafted soldiers from Washoe county, Nevada, as they left their cars, which were attached to train 14 this morning, and assembled on the depot platform for a general cheering and hurrahing bee, which was prolific in cheers for Reno and Medford.

The coaches on the outside bore the printed salutation, "Good bye. Good luck. God bless you," and the usual chalked comments concerning the kaiser and what the boys were going to do with him and the German army. Each coach also bore in large letters the words, "Washoe County, Wild and Woolly."

Two train loads of drafted soldiers from California passed through the city last night en route to the American Lake cantonment, and all the way through the city the many hundreds of your men on board kept up a loud cheering and shouting. One of the trains stopped at the depot for from five to ten minuets, during which its cargo of irrepressible human freight piled out of the cars and proceeded by their cheers and yells and general antics to let the people of the city know that they were here.


Medford dairymen have raised the price of milk to 10 cents a quart — a raise compelled, they state, by the increased cost of feed and the scarcity of milk cows. Milkmen all over the country have had to raise their prices — many have been forced out of business, and the Medford dairymen state that conditions are so acute that the city actually faces a milk famine, for some of them are considering selling their herds and quitting the business.

The Medford dairymen have raised from 8½ cents to 10 cents per quart for delivered milk. Those in Portland have raised to 13 cents — yet feed is cheaper at Portland than here. In eastern cities milk is selling as high as 15 cents. In addition, all accessories, such as bottles, are 200 per cent higher.

The milk shortage is already so acute here that local dairymen are forced to draw on Applegate farmers, and more serious conditions loom ahead. Only public co-operation, says the milkmen, can keep the dairies running and prevent milk famine.

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