The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Dec. 31, 1918, continued
GRUB OUT POISON PLANT FROM SISKIYOU FOREST
The tall larkspur growing on 20 acres of grazing range on the Siskiyou nation forest, was grubbed out by the cattlemen of the region in co-operation with the forest service during the last grazing season, according to a report received by District Forester George H. Cecil. This little patch of poisonous larkspur is the first area to be eliminated by this method in Oregon. It has been responsible for a yearly loss of cattle valued at $280. The grubbing out operation cost $200.
A similar area on the Minam national forest which, for the last seven years has caused an average loss of cattle valued at $427, will be grubbed out next season by the forest service at an estimated cost of $300.
The value of cattle lost on the national forests of the United States from tall larkspur poisoning, during the past year was $125,050, representing 2,500 head of cattle. During the previous year losses were reduced $15,850 by the grubbing out of larkspur from 3,800 acres. The average cost of eradication is about one half the value of the average annual loss. Since the loss is continuous from year to year unless the poisonous plants are eradicated, it assumes an enormous value in a few years.
Tall larkspur is a plant similar in appearance to the larkspur or delphinium of the flower gardens. It is responsible for far more loss to range stock than any other poisonous plant that grows on the western ranges. Where its presence in large areas is known on the national forest ranges, the poison areas are sometimes fenced to keep stock away from it, but wherever the areas are smaller so that the total cost of eradication is not prohibitive the complete grubbing out of the plant is the more satisfactory treatment.
The grubbing out method for eradicating larkspur was developed by the forest service during 1913-14 on the Stanislaus national forest in California. It is now being used extensively by the forest service and stockmen in several western states.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
“Brrr” — The prediction is for continued cold tonight. After looking after the protection of you water pipes then go to bed with the resolve that you will be sure to write it 1919 tomorrow!
Health Officer E. B. Pickel said yesterday there were only two new influenza cases reported Tuesday and that if the situation continued to improve the mask ordinance would be entirely removed Saturday.