The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Oct. 5, 1918 Continued
PLAN TO ERECT BIG CANNERY IF VALLEY WATERED
One direct result of the benefits that would accrue to Medford and the valley with irrigation is the proposed establishment of a big cannery here which would annually for a period of from three to five months employ from 100 to 300 persons and buy many of the valley’s products to be canned. This concern is coming here if assured that Medford will have irrigation.
For some time past Harvey Stewart of Lewiston, Mont., who represents a syndicate of men who plan to establish a new canning works, has been in correspondence with the Commercial club relative to locating the establishment here. He was especially interested in the irrigation feature, as he stated that the concern would not locate here unless the district was irrigated. He seemed satisfied that this would be the ideal location for the canning works and that all products necessary for its operation would be raised here.
Secretary Satchwell who last week notified Mr. Stewart of the favorable outcome of the $1,500,000 bond election for the irrigation district has just received word from him that himself or another syndicate representative will be here shortly to further investigate the situation, sign up contracts with growers, etc. Mr, Stewart writes that the cannery will put up baked pork and beans, fruits, vegetables, catsups, cocktail sauces, soups, preserves — all high-grade products. Its output would be on a par, he writes, with those concerns like the Heinz, Curtis and other nationally known canneries.
At the start the cannery would have an annual pack of from 25,000 to 30,000 cases. The market for the cannery output is already assured, he further writes, as the government has already spoken for the first two years output. Thus many acres would have to be signed up and the necessary labor would have to be assured before the cannery located here.
But above all the location of the proposed cannery here depends entirely on the valley being irrigated.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
The county draft board has received a volunteer call for four men who have at least a good grammar school education, or its equivalent for training at the Benson Polytechnic school at Portland, to receive instruction for auto machinists, machinists, blacksmiths, carpenters, electricians, pipe setters, radio operators, surveyors and topographic draftsmen. The call will be open for volunteers until Oct. 12, and men interested can obtain full information by applying to the local board.
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