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MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE, MEDFORD,
OREGON. TUESDAY, OCTOBER1 12, 1015
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Do You Want to Be a Par ty to the Establishment
of a Great Industry in Rogue River Valley?
THE TIME TO DECIDE THIS QUESTION HAS
ARRIVED. THE OREGON-UTAH SUGAR COM
PANY IS READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO
BUILD A SUGAR FACTORY IN YOUR VALLEY
PROVIDED THAT RELIABLE LAND OWN
ERS, FARMERS AND ORCHARDISTS WILL
DEVOTE 5000 ACRES OF SUITABLE LANDS TO
SUGAR BEET CULTURE FOR A PERIOD OF
FIVE YEARS, BEGINNING WITH THE SEA
SON OF 1916.
The Company wants you laud owners to sign up
contracts during the next 30 days that you will grow
On or about October 20th, 1915, headquarters will
be opened in the Medford Hotel, Medford, and in the)
Josephine Hotel, Grants Pass, Oregon, and an' edu
cational campaign will be conducted so that you may
decide whethor you want a sugar factory built and a
million dollar industry started.
Salt Lake City, Utah1,
October 7th, 1915.
TO ITIE COMMERCIAL CLUBS, LAND OWN
..'..ERS AND CITIZENS OF ROGUE RIVER VAL
About a year ago the undersigned made several
visits to vour valley for the purpose of investigating
conditions that appertain to the establishment oL
the sugar manufacturing industry in the Rogue
Those preliminary investigations were very en
couraging and we later induced Bishop C. W. Isib-.
ley, one of the principal stockholders of the Ten Mil
lion Dollar Utah-Idaho Sugar Company of Salt Lake
City, to visit the valley and meet the representa
tives of your Commercial clubs and its many promi
nent citizens and land owners.
At the time of Mr. Nibley's visit it was decided
that the season was too far advanced to obtain the
required acreage to .justify building a sugar fac
tory for seasoniof1915, Owing to the fact that tho,
growing of sugar btets had not yet been given a
practical trvout in yolir valley, Bishop Nibley at that
time demanded Hint before he would help build a
sugar factory that five thousand acres of suitable
lands be first signed up for beet culture, and that the
people of Rogue River valley put $250,000 into thiv
enterprise. It should be understood that it was not
necessary to obtain money in Rogue River valley in
order to build a sugar factory, but it was felt and
deemed important that local people bo financially
interested in the new industry so that it would have a
full measure of local support, to help insure its suc
cess. As the undertaking was a large one, and not
enough time was left before the growing season oP
19.15 to work out a business plan that would enlist
the support of the necessary capital aiftl obtain the
necessary beet contracts, the mutter was deferred.
We were satisfied with the result of our first efforts,
because of the splendid reception accorded us by
your people, and because of the promise of Bishop
Nibley that he was ready and willing to go ahead for
the season of 1916.
Since iho beet meolangs that were held last Jan
uary in Medford under; the auspices of the commit
tees of the several commercial clubs of the valley, wo
have kept right on working on the plan and wo can
now announce that we are ready to go ahead if yqii
land owners will raise the beets, and we respectfully
ask the Commercial clubs of Ashland, Medford, Cen
tral Point, Gold Hill, Rogue River, Grants Pass and
other places in the valley, and all its citizens, to help
us obtain the necessary 5000 acres of beet contracts.
We have recently obtained the necessary guaran
tees of local financial support and the backing of
capitalists, who will build a factory under certain
conditions that they exact, and tho first and most
important of these conditions is that tho acreage that
will bo devoted hereafter to beet culture must bo
signed up at once.
Copies of beet contracts can bo obtained at any
of tho Commercial clubs or at. the headquarters of
the Sugar Company in Medford Hotel, Medford, and
."Josephine Hotel, Grants Pass, or will be .mailed on
request. We will have a soil and beet expert who
will visit your land without expense to you and give
you such information as you desiie about beet cul
ture, and tho headquarters at Medford and Grants.
Pass will bo in charge of tho undersigned, who aro
thoroughly familiar with the culture of beets and
the manufacture of sugar.
The form of the contract wo ask you to sign isi
the same as that made by the beet growers of Utah
and Idaho, who sell beets to the Utah-Idaho Sugar
Company, and the prices paid to you growers will
be the same as paid in Tdahoand Utah, and the price
will bo the same F. O. B. at any and all railroad sta
tions on the Southern Pacific between Ashland and
Merlin or any station on the Oregon and California
Last spring we caused beet seed to be widely dis
tributed in your valley, and some of it was planted
and beets have been grown. These beets have since
matured and samples have been tested and condi
tions observed, proving to our satisfaction that beet
culture and the manufacture of sugar in your valley
will be profitable and should be, its, greatest iildus
" 1ry. Numerous tests have also bejen made of the dif
ferent soils in the valley, and tho result is that wo
are convinced that thcro is at least fifty thousand
acres in Rogue River and adjaceirt valleys adaptable
to beet culture. ,
The climatic conditions have been pronounced
ideal, and the patches of beets planted have con
vinced us that a fine quality of bjects can bo growu,
and that the tonnage and percentage of sugar will
average larger than in the other sugar beet districts
4 which we have knowledge.
Just as soon as Rogue River valley proved Up to
be an ideal country for beet culture and the tostsk of
beets was available, the question of the construction
of a beet sugar factory was taken up with SaltLako
City capitalists, who arc familiar and interested in
sugar securities, and the result was that tho Oregon
Utah Sugar Companv was organized with a paid-up
capital of $100,000 and a $500,000 issue of first mort
gage bonds has been provided for construction pur
poses, and a bank credit of $200,000 to $400,000 to
annually handle the crop and sugar has bceil ar
It is up to the farmers of Rogue River valley to
sigiwip part of their lands for beet culture. Their
action will determine whether or not the sugar in
dustry in Oregon is started in Rogue River valley or
elsewhere, as the stockholders of the Oregon-Utah
Sugar Company have made up their minds to go into
the sugar business in Oregon, and tho Rogue River
valley.Js its first choice, and if the acreage cannot
bVBbtaincd. the Company then will decide on Ump
qua or Willamette valleys.
The location of the plant and its site will be de
cidofl by tho directors as soon as the acreage is signed
lip and passed on. No matter where the exact lo'ca
tion is, the farmer can deliver h heels to convenient
loading stations on the Southern Pacific and Califor
nia and Oregon Coast railroads, and the price of
beets F. O. B. cars will be the same as though deliv
ered at the factory.
. As soon as the beei contracts nn signed up, the
Company proposes to establish permanent places of
business in Medford and Grants Pass, for the con
venient handling of the business of both ends of the
TO MAKE SUGAR WE HAVE TO HAVE THE
BEETS AND BEFORE BUILDING A FACTORY
AND ISSUING BONDS WE MUST BE SURE OF
THE BEETS. YOU ATTEND TO THE BEET
RAISING PART AND WE WILL ARRANGE
A number of important factors enter into tho--sugar
business and the building of a factory in a new,
. First Tt must bo certain that enough beets will
be raised to keep a sugar factory running.
Second To arrange contracts in time to have the
plant built and ready. (September 1, 191G, in this
Third The national tariff question and the pros
pects of a market for sugar at reasonable prices.
Fourth The consummation of the preliminary
financial arrangements that have been made to carry
out the plan as soon as it is definitely decided upon.
, Fifth Satisfactory freight rates must be ar
ranged for; and contracts must bo made for lime,
coal, coke and wood and other necessities used in
Sixth The beet seed question is a vital one this
year;;as the German supply is now cut off. We can
got seed if we decide on the amount and place the
order for it at once.
FACTS ABOUT THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
We think a few facts about the sugar industry
.wil) be in point and interesting. Last year tho sugar
manufactured in Utah had a value of approximately
$9,000,000. The money paid out directly to farmers
for beets amounted to about $4,250,000. A similar
stale of affairs exists in Idaho, and tho output in
Utah and Idaho will be increased this year nearly
40 per cent.
This year (54,000 acres of beets were grown in
Utah (compared to 45,100 aeres last year); 40,000
acres in' Idaho and over 100,000 acres in Colorado.
In Colorado tho value of tho sugar industry ranks
along with its gold production. .1)0 YOU 'WANT
THESE CONDITIONS DUPLICATED IN ORE
GON AND HAVE ROGUE RIVER VALLEY THE
HOME OF THE INDUSTRY AND 1JE A GREAT
SUGAR CENTER, A THING TIIA'l SALT LAKE
CITY NOW ENJOYS?
The tjugar industry benefits all classes of people
and all other business. The Sugar Company will im
mediately bring prosperity to the fanners, as it is a
cash crop, and their crop is sold to the sugar com
pany before the seed is planted. A sugar factory
giytjs employment to labor, teamsters, and stimulates
the transportation business generally. It uses largo
quantities of coal, wood, limestone, power, etc. The
building of our factory in Rogue River valley will
put more than $1,000,000 of new outside monoy in
your banks every year. It will give the farmer a
good loan value for his lands. The industry is a big
tax payer, and, what is more, it puts now life in tho
whole business community and new money to do bus
iness with. Each year your communities that raise
beets will get richer and the lands used for beet cul
The si)gar industry will also stimulate tho live
stock industry. Your valley will have cattle, hogs
and poultry to sell in abundance. New industries
will spring up such as more dairies, mcat-packin'g
houses, canneries, etc. Big canneries with home
made sugar and syrup means a market for fruit that
now goes to waste.
THERE IS ONE FEATURE OF THE SUGAR
BUSINESS YOU PEOPLE OUGHT TO KNOW,
AND THAT IS THAT THE SUGAR BUSINESS IS
A MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS.
You cannot go into the sugar bushicss profitably
without resources of more than a million dollars.
If you want to go into the sugar business you will
find that by the time you make up your mind to build
a factory and obtain the necessary beet contracts you
are out $10,000, and by the time you aro ready to let a
contract to build a factory, you will have to havo
$100,000 in hand, and the cost of tho factory and ap
purtenances runs from $500,000 to $000,000, and, it
requires from $200,000 to $400,000 (according to size
of crop) to pay farmers for the beets and carry-the
sugar until it is sold.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS ARE GOOD
Tho now Company's Officers and Diroctors aro air
responsible men who understand tho sugar business
and already havo a largo sum invested in it, and havo
snado monoy out of the sugar industry.
Tho Directors of the Oregon-Utah Sugar Com
pany are: C. W. Nibley, capitalist, who is probably
the largest individual factor in the great sugar indus
tries of Utah and Idaho; O. C. Bcebe, cashier and
manager of the Zion's Savings Bank and Trust Com
pany and vice-president of tho Utah Savings &
Trust Company; Rodney T. Badger, vice-president
and manager of Utah State National Bank; Bishop
David A. Smith, capitalist; and Harold Reed Smoot,
investment banker, all of whom reside in Salt Lake;
and George E. Sanders, president of Tho Roguo River
Public Service Corporation, and Alex, Nibley, secre
tary of Oregon-Utah Sugar Company.
Tho officers of tho company are: C. W. Nibley,
President; George E. Sanders, Vice-President; O. O.
Beobe, Treasurer; Alox. Nibley, Secretary, and F. S.
Bramwcll, Field Superintendent. All of these offic
ers aro personally familiar with and acquainted in
Rogue River valley, and Mr. C. AY Nibley has been
identified with tho development of Eastern Oregon
for the past .'10 years, and lived in Baker, Oregon, for
IT IS NOW SUARELY UP TO YOU PEOPLE
OF ROGUE RIVER VALLEY TO DECIDE' IF
YOU WANT THE OREGON-UTAH SUGAR COM
PANY TO GO AHEAD AND BUILD A SUGAR
FACTORY IN YOUR VALLEY AND ESTAB
LISH A GREAT INDUSTRY IN YOUR MIDST.
IT MEANS THE INITIAL INVESTMENT OF
ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
More capital in other industries will follow, and
it will soon increase tho taxable value of Jacksou
and Josephine counties, an amount which is easily
estimated at $10,000,000. It appears to us that all
Roguo River valley needs is more industries that
will bring in new money and employ the people it
now has, and those who will come when a state of
, The Oregon-Utah Sugar Company is willing, M'
you will grow beets, to locate in your valley because
of your superior climate and natural conditions for
bcot culture, and because the sugar business is, gen
erally speaking, only profitable in countries that are
liberally peopled, aiid which have a good geograph
ical location, and that are well developedin other '
words, a section like Rogue River valley, that has
passed tho pioneer stage. ARE YOU NOW WILL
ING TO CfO IN FOR A BIG INDUSTRY THAT
WILL HOLD UP YOUR REPUTATION
Any information von desire will bo supplied at
our headquarters in Medford and Grants Pass.
F. S. BRAMWELL,
, Of the Oregon-Utah Sugar Company,