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Editor’s note: This is Part IV of an ongoing series examining the “Orchards” era of the 1900s in the southern Willamette Valley. The Chronicle is proud to publish the first excerpts of Pat Edwards’ new book, “Picking The Orchard Clean."

PHOTO PROVIDED A historic image of the Fruit Lands arch – once the gateway to Creswell.

In 1910, a magazine published in Hood River, Ore., called Better Fruit, contained a letter-to-the-editor from “E.R.L.” that spoke of a conundrum . . .

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