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Mail Tribune 100

May 24, 1917


It developed Thursday that two Grants Pass women were in the car Tuesday night in which Joseph R. Smith and James T. White were joy riding from Grants Pass to Medford, and which was overturned at a sharp turn near the old Myers place a mile northwest of Central Point, killing Smith.

Mrs. George Radford suffered a broken arm and bruises, but the other woman in the car, Mrs. C. H. Eismann, escaped with minor hurts as did White, who is the Grants Pass manager of the Oregon Gas and Electric company. Efforts made to keep secret the presence of the woman in the car were unavailing. It is claimed that the party was enroute to Medford to get some fishing tackle here which belonged to White and that they intended to make a quick trip and get back to Grants pass by midnight. Smith, who was about 40 years old, was driving the car.

No funeral services will be held over Smith's body either in Medford or Grants Pass, and the body will be shipped to Chicago, the dead man's former home, late tonight. The body is at Perl's undertaking parlor where friends can view it up to 6 o'clock this evening when the casket will be closed.

Smith had resided at Grants Pass for about a year past and was interested in mining ventures and had mining interests in the Preston peak district and was manager of the Del Norte county Claimholders association and secretary of the Tri-Metals Mining company. He had no relatives living in this part of the country, but rumor says that he was engaged to a prominent Medford girl, and that the date of the wedding had been set for an early date.


The season has just opened for commercial fishing in the Rogue River and some splendid catches are reported. If you visit the Medford fish market and see the first shipment of Chinook salmon from the Rogue river you would pronounce them some of the finest you ever saw and better still, if you try and order of these fish you will pronounce them the best you ever tasted. The Medford Fish Market is always looking out for the best of everything for their customers.