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Mail Tribune 100

July 10, 1917


Oscar Peterson, familiarly known in town as "Pete" was arrested late last night on the charge of criminal assault. He was arraigned before Justice of the Police Taylor this forenoon and was held in $1,000 bond to await his preliminary hearing before Justice Taylor next Friday.

He is accused of having assaulted Mamie Davis, 14 years old, whose mother says she is but 12 years old, but who claims she is 15, in Medford June 23, last. Peterson is about 22 years old. The girl's home is at Ashland and it is claimed she has been loitering about Medford with another young girl for several weeks.

When the Davis girl was taken before County Judge TouVelle yesterday she asked the judge if she could marry Peterson. The court committed her into custody of the Louise home in Portland, and she left for that institution last night in custody of Mrs. Upton, an attache of the home. The girl will be brought back to the city to testify in court at Peterson's preliminary hearing.

The Stump girl whose home was said to be in Phoenix, was located at her ranch home in the hills between Phoenix and Talent by R. C. Porter, special agent of County Prosecutor Roberts. She was in the party of Ashland joy riders who had an escapade the night of July Fourth, and had been reported missing since the morning of July 5. As a result of this escapade two Ashland young men were held to the grand jury of serious charges. The young man who was with her on the joy ride has not yet been located by the authorities.


With the object of improving the quality of milk supplied to residents of Medford, Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Hargrave will demonstrate to milk producers a simple, homemade farm steam sterilizer for dairy utensils, designed by the dairy division, U. S. department of agriculture. The demonstrations will be held at the Medford Creamery, 115 North Central, from July 12th to July 17th, each business day, between 10 a. m. and 12 p.m.