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  • 100 years: January 16, 1914

  • County Clerk Gardner Thursday refused a marriage license to Tom Witt and Phebia Witherell, age 15 years, stepdaughter of A. Walsh, upon the refusal of the mother to give her consent and that the girl was not of age. Witt is held in the county jail upon a statutory charge alleged to have been committed against the girl, and th...
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  • County Clerk Gardner Thursday refused a marriage license to Tom Witt and Phebia Witherell, age 15 years, stepdaughter of A. Walsh, upon the refusal of the mother to give her consent and that the girl was not of age. Witt is held in the county jail upon a statutory charge alleged to have been committed against the girl, and the ceremony would have meant freedom to him. Friends of Witt have been working for some time to consummate the marriage.
    Instead of going to the altar, Phebia will probably go to reform school as soon as the confusion regarding her age is cleared up. Friends of Witt maintain that she is near twenty, while the family Bible of the Walsh's show she was born in 1897. A rival of Witt's for the hand of the girl is collecting data on the birth records.
    Phebia wept when the marriage license was refused. Her mother gave her consent, but changed her mind when the courthouse was reached.
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    Burglars, presumably tramps, entered the farm home of Ed Gerie, midway between Talent and Phoenix, while the family was absent Thursday evening, and stole two suits of clothes, a pair of shoes and a sweater. The local police have been notified. During the last week a number of chicken coops in the neighborhood of Talent and Phoenix have been raided.
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    With the exception of Multnomah and Marion counties Jackson County leads the state in the amount received from motor vehicles from January 1 to December 31, 1913. Jackson County will receive from the state for road purposes $1,911.27.
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    Dr. Clifton Fremont Hodge, one of the foremost educators of America, whose nature study works are standard school books, began a series of lectures at the library yesterday afternoon. Dr. Hodge is a very fluent and charming talker, with his subject at his finger ends and able to tell it so that his listeners sit spellbound.
    He talked on civilization and animal industry yesterday afternoon, and traced the supremacy of man over the brute creation up through the ages to the pressent time, when with powerful microscopes we are now subding the unseen animals that menace our lives — germs.
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