The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, October 23, 1924, Page 9, Image 9

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I Broom handles, mo han
dles, paper pings, tent tog
Hies, all kinds of hardwood
.handles, manufactured t7
the - l
Oregon Wood
' Products Co.
West Salens f
Overland, j
Wffljra ICnisht
Sales and Servka
Clgh Street at Trade
Balem 50,000 by 1910 :
Real Estate and Insurance
107-308 Oregon Eldg.
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Phone 10 IS
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: tie 'run no
S(Dme Facts Going to. Show
I wThat Flax Industry Will
Be Permanent Here
(For the purpose of "writing
it jlnto the1 record." ths following
' editorial article, appeatln In an
isue of The Statesman oi a few
weeks ago. Is reprinte$ -and 'or
tbm parpose of getting it before
a lot of Interested people throngh
oirt the world, for the good of
the industry here and its prospec-
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Jalem Is to Hare Linen Mills
Without particularizing, it inay
be definitely stated that Salem is
to haTe linen mills, and; the writ
er belieTes, soon-r- f . 1
And this la sufficient excuse, if
' ariy were needed, for palling at
I teatlon to Bome of the benefits
! that will accrue from ftheifr buc-
ce&sful operation here, and to the
I fact that the raising of flax and
the making of linens will make a
J permanent industry j
'As permanent, for Instance, as
Salem's paper industry! based on
the fact that the world will al
ways need paper thai paper Is
made from cellulose, j and that
tbjre will be cellulose as long as
there is any vegetable growth
that will stand up; that has fiber
from the ertest garden weed
to i the giant of the forest.
o there will be ned for the
manufactures of flax as long as
, cisHized man shall use napkins
for. table cloths or towels or cloth
Ing or tapestry or laces or hand
kerchiefs or air planes- S
jAnd so long as he paints houses
or automobiles or any single thing
otf which paint .is used, from a
hairpin to a floating city called a
ship; and so long as he uses putty
fo windows or doors in shacks or
palaces, or skyscrapers; and so
long as he makes linoleums for
hi floors. . ! j ,
Because linseed oil far flaxseed
oilf lin is the .word fpr flax in
the French and several Jother lan
guages. Linseed oil Is pressed
or; boiled out of flaxseed; yield
ing In weight 35 to 4 per cent
of -Abe flaxseed; i about 35 per cent
from the flaxseed grofrn on the
mt flax in the Salem district. !
fknd linseed ioit it the only oil
produced in commercial; quantities
! thit is a "drying oil. What Is this
"drying" process T It is -not really
drying at all; j not like! the erap-
1 oration that takes place when the
bousewiie nangs ner wasnmg on
the clothes line. The'drying" is
tJse Earned Clay: Hollow
Ejiildins Tile for Beauty,
Safety and Comfort. ,
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Dates of Slogans in Daily Statesman
(In Twice-a-Week Statesman Following Day)
(With a few possible changes.)
Loganberries, October 2,
Prunes, October 9.
Dairying, October 16.
Flax, October 23.
Filberts, October 30.
' Walnuts, November 6.
Strawberries NoTember 13.
: Apples. November 20.
Raspberries, November 27.
Mint,! December 4.
Great cows, etc., December 11.
Blackberries,; December 18. .
Cherries, December 25. i
Pears.: January 1 1925.
Gooseberries, January 8.
Corn, January 15.
Celery, January 22..'
Spinach, etc., January 29.
Onions, etc., February 6.
Potatoes, etc., February 12.
Bees, February 19. 1
Poultry and pet stock, Feb. 26.
Goats, March 5.
Beans, etc., March 12. -
Paved highways, March 19.
Broccoli, etc., March 26.
Silos, etc., April 2.
Legumes, April 9.
Asparagus, etc., April 16.
Grapes, etc., April 23.
' ' " ' . I I ' . i ' " ' ""-MHHHMMHMMHMMMMM
paciong Co.
due to the Instability of linseed
oil and Its sensitiveness to at
mospheric Influences. It changes
Itself chemically,1 combining itself
with the oxygen! from the air. It
a film of linseed oil Is exposed to
the air it absorbs oxygen quickly,
becoming more and more sticky
and viscous during the absorption,
until at last it dries to an elastic
skin. The amount of oxygen thus
absorbed by the, oil may be as
much as twenty per cent of its
weight. In making paints and var
nishes the coloring material, white
lead, lampblack,! ultra-marine or
red lead. Is ground with a small
quantity of linseed oil and then
mixed with more linseed oil, and
with the oil of I turpentine; and
when a i layer of the paint - Is
spread on a surface of metal or
wood it "dries" j quickly, and a
protective skin is left. The glazier,
too. depends on the "drying" qual
ity of linseed oil swben, he fixea up
a new pane of glass with putty.
He uses whiting ground up with
the linseed oil and It is the linseed
oil that makes the mixture hard
when it is exposed to the air.
The same thing happens when the
maker of linoleum mixes ground
cork and . rosin with linseed oil.
The linseed oil drinks in oxygen
from the ' air and oxidises and
solidifies the mass. ,
i Now take the flax plant. Here
in the Salem district it may be
planted and harvested ( pulled )
in 70 days or less; some irrigated
flax was planted and pulled this
year within 50 days, in the Turner
neighborhood. It is a miracle
plant. It will grow in that short
time and it will last throughout
the ages. Its'-fibers are so fine
that they may be divided and di
vided to microscopic fineness, and
an Irish girl 13 years old spun
a thread of It 1432 miles long,
from a single pound of fiber!
And spun together and woven into
cloth it will outlast the life of the
spinner and weaver 5000 years,
as witness the fine linens in the
tombs of Egypt; and It will make
a cloth that will defy the ele
ments, as in the sails of ships and
the wings of the air planes aloft
in a hurricane. ! '
First in value is the seed; for
linseed oil and poultices and medi
cine. ; -
Next is the fiber for upholster
ing or spinning tow or for, spin
ning Into j "yarn" ( for thread or
twine, or for weaving into cloth
of various kinds. I '
Then the water or the retting
tanks is .used tor fertilizer. The
oil meal after being pressed for
the linseed oil makes dairy feed.
So do the bolls with the broken
and small seeds. ! The latter is
also good for horse teed. r The
shires or woody part of the flax
straw the inside part after the
fiber, which is on the outside, is
taken offis burned for fuel in
making steam heat or other heat
v i rlii li r (c-
Drug garden, April 30.
Sugar beets, sorghum, etc..
May 7. j .
"Water powers. May 14,
Irrigation, May 21. !
Mining, May 28.
Land,7 irrigation, etc., June 4.
Dehydration, June 11.
Hopsi cabbage,' etc., June 18.
Wholesaling and Jobbing,
June 25. :
Cucumbers, etc., July 2.
Hogs,' July 9.
City beautiful, etc., July 16.
Schools, etc., July 23.
Sheep, i July 30.
National advertising, Aug. 6.
Seeds, etc., August 13.
Livestock, August 20.
Grain and grain products,
August 27.
- Manufacturing. September 3.
Automotive industries, Septem
ber 10.1 ;
Woodworking, etc., Sept. 17.
Paper mills, etc., Sept. 24.
- (Back copies of the Thursday
editions of the Daily Oregon
Statesman are on hand. They are
for sale! at 10 cents each, mailed
to any address. Current copies 5c)
That Was Last Year; This
Yeajy39 Tons On 80
h Acres
Editor Statesman:
Just a few words along the line
of the flax Industry in the Wil
lamette valley, i 1 i
I have raised but three crops
of flax. :My first crop was fairly
good. Last year I had 20 acres
and I pulled 52 tons of number
one f lax4 and I got $ 4 0 per ton
for it in Salem. This year I had
the, same! 20 acres in and 50 or
60 acres more, : and I pulled 39
tons and jrery little number one
and I am not discouraged yet. And
I spent fjom a fourth to a third
more time In preparing my land
for flax than I did last year. Well,
says one, have ; you f laxed
your land to death? No!
The best Iflax I had this year was
the third! crop on the same land.
Then what was the trouble? All
on account of dry weather; and
now irrigation looks very favor
able herej in the valley, and with
irrigation I believe we will be in
sured a good crop one year with
another, and I want to sow nearly
as much next year as I did this
year.;.--;'; ! h; v...; "
Then I hope for the assurance
of all the; linen mills and machin
ery that will be necessary to man
ufacture into the product all the
flax that can be grown In the Wil
lamette valley.
In speaking of cooperation i of
the farmers, one man in Salem
said some j farmers were losing
thousands and thousands of dol
lars by going it alone.
In speaking of our flax asso
ciation, less than two years ago
Warden Johnson Smith said in Sa
lem that lie would suggest that all
the flax growers would ' join the
association ! and do business
So there! is no waste In flax
absolutely none. i
The pulled flax does not ex
haust the soil as much as grain
crops, or j cabbage, or potatoes. A
second crop the same year may
be grown In flax land, j "With
proper rotation, flax may be fr&wa
for 1000 years on the same land.
It will produce each year what
will sell, when manufactured, for
as high as $24,000 an acre, or
more. , . j f ;( -j ij . ;; :.r i -
It will go on doing this forever.
So the flax and linen Industries
are good for all time. They will
last as long as civilization lasts.
They aref payers off high wages
and salaries. They may be dev
eloped here In the Salem district,
on less than 100,000 acres of land,
giving employment to over 1,000.
000 people,; directly and indirectly,
for all" time.
- There ire only a few districts
in the world In which the finest
riber flax can be grown and retted
and manufactured with the fields
within eyeshot of the factories.
The Salem district Is one of these.
We have! the setting to . become
the Belfast of the New; Work
World. And more than a Belfast,
for we have the American genius
for quality; production. We will
see linen, five times as durable
and potentially valuable as cotton
goods, cheaper In the markets of
the world than cotton goods. Per
haps before very long. And Sa
lem ought to and no doubt "': will
have a master hand in bringing
this about.
In. good time, the greatest industry; in
Oregon will be the flax industry
The growing and manufacturing of
With the hemp industry related with it;
for we grow as good a quality of hemp as
can be produced in the world; and in some
of the processes of manufacturing ; the
same machines may be used. ,
If the flax and ; hemp industries; were
fully developed here I now, it would mean
more than a $100,000,000 annual industry
for the Salem district
And nearly all outside money; new
money every year, from the manufactured
products of our soil. '
This development is coming ; i
And there : are prospects that it will
begin to materialize
through the association; and I
would suggest the same thing to
day, 1 And there is Governor Pierce
with most of the .leading men of
Oregon that Is advocating cooper
ation of the farmers; the only
financial salvation the farmer has.
j Let's make this; flax association
state wide and stated long, and we
growers will cooperate with the
manufacturers and we kill In the
very near future pu over the top
one of the greatest agricultural
industries that has fever come to
Oregon. Yours for, the upbuild
ing of the flax industry of Oregon
Si B. MILLS. .
Aumsville, Or., 0St. 21, 1924. '
That Is What Mr. Eastburn,
Now in the Manufactur-
ing End, Seei Ahead
Editor Statesman: I
Complying with ijyour request
for an article on the? flax industry,
I am writing as follows:
;I began' growing jfiar In 1917
and continued to raise flax until
1922. During this time I had
some very good crops and also:
some very poor crops, but as an
average I made more clear money;
per acre from Ilaxf than I ever!
made from any other farm crop.
A good many claim that flax
is a crop that is verjr hard on the
soil. Now, I did not find It so,
as grain crops that I praised follow
ing flax were always better than
my grain crops gron on land on
which there had helve r been any
flax Taised. . .'
Jin 1922 I disposed of my farm,
and have gone' into the manufac
turing end of th flax industry,
and as I look , intol the future I
see great things in ; store for the
flax industry in Oregon. Yours
very truly, J
D. FlL Eastburn.
Turner, Or., Oct. 21, 1924.
(The Turner Flajx and .Fiber
company (incorporated) is the
name under which Hr. Eastburn
and his associates operate. They
have a good plant,! in operation
for the first time jthia year, in
which they thresji fand ret and
scutch flax, and aisq make uphol
stering tow and pinning tow.
Theirs is the only retting plant in
Oregon outside of the state plant
at the penitentiary, put. there are
projected . several others for the
coming year. Ed. )
(Coa'.lnned from pag 8)
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must be mixed with all paints of
every kind. This I fact aids , in
making the flax an linen Indus
tries stables; as much so as any
industry in the world. - It is not
among the improbabilities that
there will be no more flax pulling
machines for. sale; hat . instead
machines will be only rented to
growers. In case f that even
tuality, the seven machines now
in the hands of ourigrowers, and
the six ready to go Into their
hands, will likely come to be very
highly prized pieces of property.
Ed.) - 1
Watch your reputation. When
you (lose a good reputation it may
take 'yon years to Ifind another
one.. 1 S
very soon.
Pasadena Man and Sister
Fully Employed on Two
Lots and Enjoy Work
(The following Interesting news
item appeared in the Los Angeles
Times' farm and orchard section
of last Sunday.)
"Sure, poultry pays, and so do
rabbits," said A. v Fi. Whorebery,
1909 Catalpa street,: Pasadena, in
discussing his experience in rais
ing both on a small; city place.
"At the same time I wouldn't
want to puff them up as a scheme
tor- making big moneyj without
work. 91 :t In my estimation, tiey
both pay about as well as any
thing that will allow a person to
be his, own boss and' really enjoy
life as, he goes along. . . f ' .
"My sister, Mrs. Gertrude Trook,
and I are running a chicken and
rabbit business together. 'WTe
came here a little more j than two
years ago, and bought a couple of
lots on. which we put up a gar
age house and our chicken houses
and yards, and we have been
healthfully and busily occupied
ever since. .This suits me, for I
have always been accustomed to
outdoor work and I think it is
the only way to live. ; i
"I am handy with tools and
when we knew just what we want
ed in the way of equipment it was
no trick at all for me to build
everything.' Convenience and san
itation "were the first considera
tions with us and our buildings,
and methods have proven practical
and profitable,' although there is
really nothing showy or expensive
about them. : ;
, "We buy day-old chicks. White
Leghorns. As a rule, we get them
early in February and ush the
cockerels into the market as soon
asf possible. We have a fine show
ing of young stock that will soon
be bringing in a profitable return
and they will, in the course of
time, .replace the present flock of
about 250 laying hens now bring
ing us a good income.
i j- "People who come here and see
our healthy flock and clean yards
express the opinion that it must
take a great deal of labor and
time to keep them that way. We
never stop to think about that,
although we do know that it keeps
us busy, , 1 3 am convinced that
cleanliness pays the biggest kind
of dividends and that we save
time and worry, as well as ex
pense, by keeping1 our flock
healthy and i comfortable all the
time. '
li "Our hens are kept active. We
get them up at four o'clock every
morning. If it is dark, we turn
on the, lights. The laying hens
get needed ; exercise scratching
through the layer of clean straw
that covers the floor of their
house. We have utilized i every
available foot of Bpace in the
houses and yards as well as in the
garden plot i outside, - where we
Perfectly Pasteurized
' Milk and Cream
Phone 725 !
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260 North Hign Street,
Boost This Community
by Advertising on the Slogan
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DID YOU KNOW that ours is the best country in the world
for the production of flax for its fiber for the making of
twines, thread and linens; that our water, being "soft," is
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just right for the treatment of the flax straw, and taking it
through all the processes of manufacture, from the retting
to the weaving of the cloth; that, when these facts become
universally known, the flax industry will be fully developed1
herej and that it will bring to our valley a hundred 'million
dollars annually; that there '. arei prospects for the early
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manufacturing of twines here and the erection of linen
mills; and that Salem is NOW the fiber flax center of the
TTtii1 Sf!i.a? ? .
grow) a constant succession of
greeni food. We have green wheat
for the early spring, Sudan grass
for Bummerj aDd kale, alfalfa and
mangels fill in any possible gaps
that might occur. All of the green
food is finery cut before it Is fed,
for, we have found that in this way
it is eaten more readily, and the
plan also prevents waste.' !
''About a year i ago, I started
raising rabbits as a sort of a side
line (o my surprise, it has dev
eloped into a real business. As
time passes I find' myself Inclined
to wqrk among the bunnies and
let my sister care for the hens. I
have pot decided just why this Is,
unless it is because the: rabbits
are such pets and that, aside from
the satisfaction of having them
about: they mature so quickly that
theref is always an element of
change in connection with them.
They pay as well as the chickens,
we find, and they make possible
a more rapid; Increase, or turn
over, ' on one's investment.
"I have 150 rabbits In the hut
ches just now." Eighteen of these
are dependable does that are bred
four times a year, bringing forth
large I and sturdy families. Lots
of folks fail with rabbits in this
part of the country because of the
hot weather. I am especially
careful . when ! the - thermometer
starts to climb. The pens are
covered with burlap curtains
which: I spray with the hose seven
or eight times in the course of
the day. I feed the rabbits spar
ingly? and give them plenty of
water, for this is most- essential,
and I keep constant . watch over
the young ones that are still in
the nest, taking:.: the covering
completely off the nest on hot
days fend replacing it as soon as
the heat lessens toward evening.
"I am not ; in favor of green
feed for the bunnies at this time,
for in the hot weather It has a
tehdepcy to cause bloat and it
can do a great deal of harm. I
feed rolled barley and baled al
falfa j almost: exclusively. We
sell jour eggs and chickens at
wholesale, except "a, few that go
to ; customers right here in the
neighborhood,: and we follow the
same plan with the rabbits, for a
local butcher comes and gets them,
we dq not even have to phone him,
for he is always wanting more
than !we can spare. This means
that we do not have to kill or
clean: them, and that saves a lot
of time and work. ,
''Because we are raising solely
for meat, I have done considerable
experimenting with the various
breeds. We have the Flemish
Giants, the Belgian Hares and'
Phone 102
1G4 Soath Commercial Street
I I; Plumbing
' i , Salem, Oregon
Road, well, t sewer, and
drain pipe in' stock at all
times. Get your pipe
where you can see how
good it Is made, 1.
Concrete Products
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An Independent Organisation
' 405 North Front, Salens
I I : ' i .- 7 f ..V I'll ' 1
Phone 1995
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The Testimony of H. C. Porp
;ter, successful. Pioneer
. ! Farmer
Editor Statesman
I see! by The Statesman of Octo
ber lfth that Mr. B- C. Miles
who has been visiting in Ireland,
Belgium and England j Investlgai,
ing flax . and flax machinery,
makes the statement that he would
sobn be; ready to put fin a spid
ning mill at Salem, provided this
flax supply can be assured. Tb
my mind, this is the least thing
that should worry hiai when wis
take into consideration the fact
that the raising of flax in the Wlt
lamette valley 13 no j longer an
experiment, but a fully and suc
cessfully demonstrated j fact as to
yield and quality and profit to
the grower. Jpt onjy. la this
valley adapted to the raising , of
flax, but. it Is by far the most
the New , Zealands, l and I havfe
found that the New Zealands,
when bred to the Belgian Hares,
are not only bigger to begin with,
but that they take on weight more
rapidly. I never wean! the young
ones until they are frjm 4 to 6
weeks old, the time depending en
tirely upon circustances. Then
they are ready to eat j and clean
up everything that is j set before
them. We see to It that there Is
always something fori them to
nibble on. That is why they
weigh 4 or 5 pounds when they
are from 8 to 10 weeks old and
command such a good market' I
: Dried Fruit Packers
,221 South High 8t,
Salem, Oregon ' I
Always in the market for !
dried fruits of all kinds j
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- - Our flax growers are ready and anxious to
produce the raw materials for a $100,000,000
annual industry. j
i ,
The1 Largest and Most
Complete Hostelry in
Oregon Out of Portland
Eat a Plate a Da
Sold Cverywhero
Ice Cream Co.
&40 Boutb Commercial Ct
:odge Dnos.
Bonesteel r.Totcr Co.
184 S. Coml St. Phone
profitable! cron the fl rmer can
raise, Wefind,, that 'tie farmers
who have had the most experience
in the raising of flax' are the most
enthuslastlflln, regard to the dev
elopment of this ' great Industry
right here at home. Some claim
that a crop of flax will rob tho
soil of Its fertility. Actual facts
prove that this statement is un
founded, for an extra good crop
of wheat jean be expected, when
sown on land from which a crop
of flax has been raised the year
before. Having carefully noted
this fact, 1 am now planting wheat
on land from which a crop of
flax was harvested this year. I
believe with .the Mill creek bot
tom land irrigated by water from
the Santiam river from,Stayton
to Turner (a distance of ten
miles), that this will become one
of the greatest flax growing sec
tions in the world. Let us have
the spinning mill, and the sooner
the better, II. C. PORTER
Aumsville, Ore., Oct. 21y 1924.
Auto Electric 'Work
R. D. BARTON , '
171 S. Commercial Et.
The shortest distance fcetwrca
buyer and seller.
A Licensed Ialy Embalmer
to care for .women and
children Is a. necessity In
all funeral homes. We are
the only ones furnishing
such service.
Funeral Homo
770 Chemeketa St.
Phone 724 Salem, Oregon
Manuals, School Helps
and Supplies 7
Tour order will be given
PROMPT attention
The J. J. Kraps
Kent S. Kraps. Mgr.
Box 96