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Oct. 4, 1918
ONE WAY YOU CAN HELP
You can help win the war by using only flour made in the Rogue river valley. There are several mills operating and all make a good product. If they are not patronized, they cannot operate and we will again face the old condition of having to import all our flour and mill-stuff and export our wheat and pay freight both ways —o n the wheat shipped the mill and on the flour shipped back.
The farmer faces a difficult problem in marketing his grain. The local mills help solve the problem. The dairy men have trouble in securing mill-ends. If all the wheat grown here is manufactured into flour, this problem is solved. Railroad facilities are needed for troop movements and war materials and supplies. The local mills help conserve transportation by saving car space and fuel.
When you purchase flour made elsewhere, you are helping clog the railroads with unnecessary traffic and paying unjustifiable toll in freight rates; you are helping support payrolls in other towns and discouraging those in your own community; you are increasing the difficulty of the producer in marketing his product and raising the cost of the milk you buy by increasing the cost of feed to the milkman.
The valley is a small one — we are really all one community and prosper or fail together. What affects one, affects directly or indirectly all. If the farm is not prosperous, the city cannot be. If the producer does not do well, the middleman and the consumer suffer. It doesn’t make any difference what part of the valley you are in — the interest of one section is the interest of all.
For the saving of transportation and the building up of local industries, the state food administration of the state council of defense, or whoever it is that has the authority, should forbid during the war, in every locality, the importation of products that can be made at home. There is no reason why Portland, or Washington, or Montana or Minneapolis flour should be imported here. There is far more justification for such an order than the proposed closing of all establishments at 6 o’clock in the evening.
For the common good as well as helping win the war, local merchants should refuse to handle any but local products, including flour, when they can be obtained. The prices are fixed, including the millers’ and the retailers’ profit. The latter cannot make any more profit on a sack of Portland flour than he can on a sack of Medford, Central Point or Eagle Point flour — which really contain more food ingredients than imported flour made in the larger mills and costs less.
For the common good as well as helping win the war, you yourself should insist upon Rogue river valley flour — every sack of which makes a home market for five bushels of wheat and provides mill feed for cattle, thus helping build up our home industries and home payrolls, which materially aid in creating prosperity.
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