Mail Tribune 100, May 9, 1918

May 9, 1918


Miss Marion Towne, who won distinction as a member of the Oregon legislature from Jackson county, has applied for a commission to be assistant paymaster in the United States navy.

Miss Towne is a chief yeoman and assistant to Captain Wiley, head of the bureau of naval intelligence at the Bremerton navy yard. She enlisted from Medford, Ore., shortly after war was declared, and was one of the first women in the northwest to join the navy.

Miss Towne’s application to be allowed to take the examination for an assistant paymastership involves the question of whether the navy will grant a commission in the reserves to women. So far as known, only one other woman has applied for a commission. She is Miss Sue Dorsey, who has applied for a commission to serve in the office of the paymaster general.

Miss Towne is highly intelligent and there is no question that she would give able service in any capacity to which the naval authorities may admit her. A Bremerton news dispatch to the Seattle Post Intelligencer says Captain Wiley is anxious for Miss Towne to receive the coveted commission.


With sufficient lumber on hand to assure a run of four months, the plant of the Tomlin Box factory commences operation at full blast the first of next week. The task of installing the machinery and harnessing the power was completed yesterday, and all is in readiness for the manufacture of boxes.

The capacity of the plant is estimated at 18 thousand feet per day. It is thought this output will be great enough for the first of the fruit season, when the plant will be enlarged if required. It is the purpose of the company to provide boxes for local use only, though orders from the outside have been received.

The lumber to be used for the manufacture of the boxes is yellow pine, and was cut by the Applegate Lumber company, west of this city.

The Tomlin company has contracted with the Applegate company for whatever lumber is needed. For the past three weeks, employees of the Applegate company have been busy hauling lumber on the box factory block on South Fir street, and have arranged it for drying. It is understood the material is first class, and that excellent fruit boxes will be turned out.

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