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Bits lor I Breakfast By R. J. HENDRICKS peace- bv it em- Jefferson has a 1-23-38 1-23-38 1-23-38 1-23-38 1-23-38 colorful history and j natural adTantages that 1 make certain great future: e ( Continuing from yesterday : ) Ton all know Joaquin Miller's great poem, inspired by bis Quaker Quaker father, who hated war, who carried an unloaded gun across the plains la the great Immigration of 1852. when it seemed the whole country was moving west in coyer coyer ed wagons, beginning: j "The bravest battle that ever was fought; Shall I tell you where and . " when? On the maps of the world yon will find it not; j It was founght by the mothers men." I S S And yon know hit "Columbus beginning: "Behind him. lay the gray Azores, Behind the gates of Hercules; Before him. not the ghost of shores; - -J -J : Before- Before- him only shoreless seas. The good mate said: 'Now must we pray, i Tor lot the very stars are gone. Brare Adm'r'L speak; what shall I may? 'Why, say: "Sail on! sail on! and on!'" I ',) And some of you know his Passing of Tenneyson," and many other poems that placed the boy who wintered in Parrish Gap in the charmed company of. the Immortals. X hare oared the best for the last. The. trump card tor Jefferson's Jefferson's future greatness, or the one that can, be made the trump card, rs the tact that Oregon's flax and linen industry in an ambitions way was born here. Mrs. W. P. Lord, whose husband became the ninth governor of the state of Oregon, attended the 1S7S Centennial celebration at Phila delphia, held in honor of the hun dredth anniversary of our nation's birth.. She saw there samples of fiber flax from her own state exhibited in competition with samples from the flax growing lands of the world. And she noted that the 10 Judges, having applied the various tests of the experts, gave the first prize to the samples sent from Oregon, and that to these samples was accorded first place on all the nine points considere d on length, strength, life (spinabillty), and the rest. It is even said that the decision on every point was unanimous !- !- From that day forward, Mrs. Lord was a flaming evangelist for Indus- Indus- 30 the on It the it the the The hurt time like long one of the Oregon flax and linen tries, and for the complementary hemp industry. She lived! to see some development. She died -Sun -Sun day, July S, 1924, and on the following following day the first flax pulling machine was unloaded in Salem. She had aeen progress, .but not nearly as great strides as her devotion devotion deserved? as discoveries in the period warranted. j , Mrs. Lord had fully convinced E. H. Harriman, great railroad organiser and builder and! financial financial seer and wizard, of the feasibility feasibility of these industries in this valley if for the benefit of his railroads only, in the additional freight and passenger business they would bring, directly and in- in- rairectiy. s s s xiaa war nm an lived as lone as Mrs. Lord lived, she would have had her soul entranced with an Oregon flax and hemp and linen business of a hundred million dollars dollars a year; perhaps double that volume, before it plumed . Its fUght toward the fields of! asphodel asphodel beyond the stars. As surely as we today meet in Jefferson, whence the winning flax samples were sent to Philadelphia ia 1876. Mr. Harriman was all ready to go, when the death angel's dark plume touched his cheek. The fruition of his plans needed only a word from aim. And it would have proved a paying investment, beyond beyond even his specifications. He died September , 1909. Mrs. Lord had assurances from one man. Dr. Diemel, in case of Harriman's plans being perfected, of a mill in Salem that would have more than doubled the j capital city's population. j It Is too long a story to tell now the one of the growing of the flax here, and Its processing here that produced the samples that won against the world at Phila derphla. The land on which was produc ed the prize flax Is about three miles northeast of Jefferson's business center; In the Parrish Gas district on the H. A. Johnson Johnson donation land claim. Iti Is first or medium bench land that is. above the Santiam bottom land. It is In the historic Chehulpum val ley. I The flax was raised by Charles MiUer aad Jesse Parrish, who had formed a partnership in the enter prise. The second named partner was a nephew of Or. E. E. Parrish, of th 4 covered wagon; immi gration. Miller was a son of Isaac Miller of the 1S4? covered wagon immigration; aad he himself had joined the 1849 California -gold -gold rush, and come on to Oregon the following year. (Continued on Tuesday.) I And So To When Buddy In protest,-When Bud As His And Bnt He To He'd To He Twas Are I And, In-- - .1 I the One way the for visit later, convey they man this the not sky he liked It I the near good to was farm was this had sending this was of pocket by had and not by as is in

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  1. Statesman Journal,
  2. 23 Jan 1938, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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