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  • April 19, 1913

  • John Osborne, a carpenter, aged about 45 years, who has resided a number of years in Medford, leaped to his death from the roof of the Hotel Medford at noon today. He struck on the edge of the sidewalk, death being practically instantaneous. Temporary insanity induced by a craving for liquor, which he could not purchase, is believed to be responsible for his rash act.
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  • John Osborne, a carpenter, aged about 45 years, who has resided a number of years in Medford, leaped to his death from the roof of the Hotel Medford at noon today. He struck on the edge of the sidewalk, death being practically instantaneous. Temporary insanity induced by a craving for liquor, which he could not purchase, is believed to be responsible for his rash act.
    A score of people saw Osborne leap to death. The usual noon hour crowd was making its way homeward when Osborne fell. A few were within a few feet of the spot on which he fell. They rushed to his side, but death came with the crash.
    So far as could be learned, no one saw Osborne jump. When first noticed he was mid-air. There is but little doubt, however, but that he jumped, as it would be impossible to fall from the roof, as a waist-high parapet must first be scaled. None of the hotel employees saw him climb to the roof.
    Osborne has recently been a heavy drinker. Yesterday his wife had him put upon the "blacklist," and when he asked for liquor today he was refused. This evidently preyed on his mind to such an extent that he decided to end his craving for liquor with death.
    Osborne is well-known in this city, having been a contracting carpenter here for some time. His wife, Mrs. Olivia Osborne, is one of the leading trained nurses of the city, formerly conducting a hospital here. She is a member of the state board of examining nurses and president of the state association of nurses.
    Osborne leaves two children, Eva J., of this city, and a son who is in California. He resided at 512 S. Oakdale.
    The Mail Tribune strives for accuracy, but when an error of general significance occurs in our news pages, it is our policy to correct it promptly. To report such an error on weekdays, call 541-776-4477 or email the newsroom at news@mailtribune.com.
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