June 8, 1913

Virgin Basom, the 15-year-old Phoenix boy charged with assault with a dangerous weapon upon Julius Wattenburg, a Medford youth, was given a hearing before Juvenile Judge TouVelle this morning, and after taking the testimony of several boys on each side the case against Basom was dismissed.

According to the testimony, Wattenburg and four other boys went down to Phoenix last Wednesday in search of work. Not finding any other employment, they repaired to the banks of Bear Creek in search of a swimming hole. Here they found Basom and two younger brothers repairing a fence. Young Wattenburg, having previously declared that he would "lick the first Phoenix kid" he met, precipitated a fight with the Basom boy and attempted to take a hammer, which the latter was working with, away from him, and in the scuffle that followed, Basom struck Wattenburg on the head with the hammer, inflicting a dangerous scalp wound.

A number of citizens of Phoenix testified to the good character of Basom, and the boy companions who were with Wattenburg admitted that they had started the trouble.

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W.T. Grieve and E.E. Kelly this morning filed a complaint before county Judge TouVelle charging W.J. Boosey with litigious insanity, and as soon as the defendant is apprehended will be given a hearing on his mentality.

District Attorney Kelly stated this morning that Boosey's mentality had been so seriously impaired by his years of continuous litigation that he was no longer a safe person to be at large.

A number of years ago Boosey got into a lawsuit over a roadway strip on the south boundary of his land near Jacksonville, although the actual value of the land in controversy was not over ten dollars, the ease was taken to the state Supreme Court and the judgement rendered against Boosey was there sustained. Boosey, however, would never conform to the mandate of the Supreme Court and has been arrested several times for contempt of court.

Boosey recently served a jail sentence for pointing a loaded shotgun at C.C. Sanderson, who was at that time owner of the property adjoining the contested road strip. It is also alleged that Boosey has made numerous threats against others.

The county court recently condemned a road through the land adjoining Boosey's tract, granting Boosey's claim in the hope that the long, drawn-out bickering and contention would be dropped, but after establishing this line, Boosey fenced off the new road and again obstructed the highway.


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