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Mail Tribune 100

June 18, 1917


The end of the famous Ashland arson case came Saturday afternoon when Judge F. M. Calkins in circuit court sentenced Mrs. Nan L. Stickfadden and Mrs. L. Dreyfoos, her sister, to from three to five years in the state penitentiary, and to pay the expenses of the state, amounting to $500 in the trial fo Mrs. M. M. Garwood.

However, the two women will not have to serve their sentences in prison as Judge F. M. Calkins paroled them to the charge of the penitentiary parole office at Salem, in whose custody they will be until pardoned or released. They left for Salem last night on their own recognizance to report to the parole officer.

The two women, it will be remembered, when their trial was called in circuit court recently, pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to defraud an insurance company by attempting to burn down the home of Mrs. Strickfadden in Ashland, and then turned state's evidence and testified against Mrs. Garwood, when she was placed on trial. They placed all the blame for the allged conspiracy on Mrs. Garwood. At Mrs. Garwood's first trial the jury was unable to reach an agreement, and on her second trial the jury acquitted her.

Mrs. Garwood will return to Seattle in a few days and again engage in the real estate business.


  • It will be sad news to quite a number of Medford girls to learn that the boys of Company I are regular lady killers in the various towns along the Southern Pacific in which they do guard duty. Medford is only the company headquarters. It is said that many of the soldiers have a girl in each town or village. Private E. W. Chapman was married last week at Glendale to Miss Viola Briggs of that town in the presence of the members of the immediate family and intimate friends. The Company I men on duty at Siskiyou entertained the ladies of that mountain hamlet recently with dinner.