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Mail Tribune 100

May 22, 1917


The trial of Mrs. Nancy Strickfadden and Mrs. Dreyfus, formally of Ashland, and Mrs. Garwood, of Seattle, who were indicted yesterday by the grand jury on the charge of setting fire to Mrs. Strickfadden's home in Ashland with intent to defraud the insurance company, is expected to be a hard fought and full of sensational development. Strickfadden's house was burned last March, and several weeks ago accused persons were arrested. At the same time that Mrs. Garwood was arrested in Eugene, N. E. Hemphill of Medford, who had been working for her in connection with the Washington lands selling his game, was placed under arrest. It was claimed he made a complete conversion to the authorities. Several hours later he committed suicide in jail by taking poison.

It is claimed by the authorities that Mrs. Garwood, in their opinion, was one of the leaders in an arson ring that operated extensively on the Pacific coast.


The whirlwind good roads campaign began in this county yesterday afternoon when a delegation of prominent citizens of the city and vicinity assembled at the headquarters of the tri-state good roads association, at the Holland hotel building, and provided ways and means for conducting it.

Speakers were appointed, places at which meetings shall be held were selected, dates given and names of prominent citizens in each community selected to act in conjunction with the committees appointed at the initial meeting yesterday.

Among these present who will take prominent part in the campaign every day until the 4th of June, on which date the people of the state will determine the fate of the $6 million bond venture, were W. H. Gore, joint representative; Mayor C. E. Gates; banker C. W. McDonald; city attorney Fred W. Myers; President Jay A. Westerlund; and secretary Geo E. Boos of the tri-state Association; Geo P. Carpenter; Glenn O. Taylor; D. W. Stone; Judge E. E. Kelly and others.