NOTE: This “letter to the editor” was written by Rev. Henrik Plambeck [Nov. 19, 1908] in response to the article “Danes do well at Junction” – see my posting on Jan. 27, 2012
“Writer corrects wrong impression in recent article
Editor Register: A poetical sketch of the Dane at this place has been given in a late issue of your paper, but as it contains several wrong statements, I would like to give a few corrections.
The anonymous writer tells us that Mr. A.C. Nielsen bought an 800 acre farm from Mr G.C. Millett four years ago and then went to Denmark after his own country people — in a few weeks returning with 20 or 30 families; who, as the writer says: “Were struggling along on worn-out farms, eking out a poor living in the cold regions of northern Europe.” and who then were located on the land on from 10 to 20 acre tracts.
The truth about all this is, that Mr. A.C. Nielsen, acting as a land agent, contracted to sell the farm belonging to Mr. G.C. Millett about six years ago. He did not go to Denmark but advertised the land in the Danish newspapers of the country, and in the course of time the Danish settlers came and bought a tract of land from 20 acres on up to be the prosperous Danish colony, that is today. But the Danes
came from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and some other of them from the middle states, there is not a single Danish family located at Junction City that has not been in the country several years before thy came to this place.
When the writer speaks about the cold regions and the worn-out farms in Denmark, he does not know what he is talking about. Truly the winters in Denmark are colder than the winters in western Oregon, nevertheless I think, that this climate is more or less the climate of Denmark than it is in any of the middle states.
The farmers in Denmark do not wear out their land as many an Oregon farmer has done, but they are trying to enrich the soil every year. It is not right to speak about the poorness of the farmers, either, when it is a well known fact that these same farmers exported butter to England to the value of 8,391,856 pd. sterling, meat for 4,266,541 pd. sterling and eggs for 1,277478 pd. sterling in the first nine months of this present year. That is nearly 68 million dollars, and still the area of Denmark is only one-sixth of our own state of Oregon, that tells a different story.
The writer tells us, that some boxes of the choicest apples will be sent annually to the president of the United States and to the Danish royal family –well– that is the first I have heard of the plan, may be such a thing will happen by and by; it will no doubt be appreciated. REV. HENRIK PLAMBECK. Junction City, Ore., Nov. 17, 1908.” Eugene Morning Register Nov. 19, 1908, pg. 3.