The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., August 2, 1901, page 2


     H.F. Davidson of the Davidson Fruit Co. and G.J. Gessling, secretary of the Hood River Fruit Growers' Union, had furnished the following facts relative to the 1901 strawberry crop:
     "These two shipping concerns this year shipped 32,000 crates of the 40,000 crates of strawberries shipped from Hood River, or four-fifths of the entire crop. They shipped 33 straight carloads under refrigeration, and between 15 and 20 cars by express, or about 50 cars all total. The cash returns to the growers for their 40,000 crates amounted to about $85,000. A deduction up $25,000 for cost of picking and crates leaves the growers about $60,000 above all expenses. The entire acreage in strawberries in Hood River valley and White Salmon is about 350, which would make the average net to the grower above all expenses something over $150 per acre.
     "The output of Hood River strawberries should be gradually increased until we have three or four times as many as we have now. The markets are taking more each year than they did the previous season, and there will be no trouble about the markets increasingly with the production. There was no market this year that got all it asked for. Both of Fruit Growers' Union and the Davidson Fruit Co. made several sales of strawberries for shipment to the Klondyke country, and the berries were reported as arriving there in good condition, and selling at $5 per pound box."

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