The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
July 3, 1918 Continued
BAN LIFTED ON SALE OF FLOUR IN OREGON JULY 5
State Food Administrator Ayer has issued the following announcement, lifting the ban on wheat in Oregon on July 5.
“On May 26th Mr. Hoover made an appeal to the people of this nation, through the churches, to abstain from the use of wheat flour until the next harvest. In reply to this appeal Oregon voluntarily went on a wheatless basis, the dealers of the state agreeing not to sell wheat flour and to return for shipment to our army in France all flour that was returned to them. I am not able to state the total amount that was voluntarily returned, as it has not all been received and checked up, but it will amount to between seventeen and eighteen thousand barrels, a magnificent record and one which the people of the state may well be proud.
“As the crop from last season’s harvest has been practically exhausted the government will only be able to dispatch one more flour cargo from this port to France until the new harvest is available. For this reason the food administration in Washington has given full sanction to my suggestion that, commencing July 5, we return to the sale of wheat flour on the 50-50 basis, and all rules and regulations governing the sale of wheat flour will be in full force and effect and sales can only be made by selling at the same time an equal amount of substitutes, and dealers must not overlook the signing of flour card certificates before making purchases, etc.
“I have received a telegram from Mr. Hoover expressing the greatest appreciation of the efforts made by the people of this state, and I wish to take this occasion to express my own obligations to mills, jobbers and dealers, without which the voluntary service rendered by the people could not have been made effective.
“Dealers and householders will readily recall the regulations to which they are subject in the handling and use of flour. The merchant may purchase from the wholesaler or mill only upon presentation of certificate showing amounts sold in previous months. The dealer may sell and the householder may buy only on the basis that an amount of approved substitutes equal to the weight of the wheat flour go to the customer at one and the same time.”
Oregon’s returned flour constitutes an entire trainload. Eighteen thousand barrels fill approximately 60 cars and weigh 5,328,000 pounds.
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