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Mail Tribune 100, March 12, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 12, 1919


The condition of Harrison Riggs who was shot and dangerously wounded last Monday night by Deputy Sheriff McDonald was reported as favorable at the Medford Sanitarium this afternoon. He is doing nicely and if no complications set in, will make a comparatively quick recovery. The next forty-eight hours will demonstrate whether Riggs is completely out of danger.

The shooting of Riggs has aroused much indignation thruout Jackson county. McDonald, who has been badly upset by Monday night’s affair, could not be found today and it was reported that he has gone to his parents home at Trail for a day or so to restore his shattered nerves.

County Prosecutor Roberts refused to make any comment on the shooting of Riggs, as to the moral right or wrong of it, and lack of judgment shown except to comment that under the circumstances in shooting at the tires of Riggs’ auto and unintentionally and accidentally hitting Riggs, the deputy sheriff was probably within his legal rights.


Portland, Mar. 12 — Plans for making the 1919 Rose festival here a great demonstration were perfected at a meeting of the festival association here last night. A novel method of street lighting and a Shakespearean pageant with an internationally-famous cast are innovations planned for this year. The street lighting scheme consists of hanging iron roses with stems sixty feet long and painted green and blossoms rose colored and 30 feet in width, to be suspended over 40 blocks in the business section. A plan for the presentation of Julius Caesar, with a cast of more than 4,000 persons, and staged in a natural amphitheater on the outskirts of the city, was discussed.


A permanent city band and a male quartet is among the possibilities for Medford in the not far distant future. The Commercial club is quietly working on plans to bring about the establishment of these needed musical adjuncts to the city on a solid financial and artistic basis.


John Pierano, the Portland logger who was arrested from a train Monday night by Speed Cop McDonald for having 11 quarts of whiskey in his possession was fined $50 and costs by Justice Taylor yesterday, which he paid, the evidence showing that he was no bootlegger and that he was taking the whiskey back home for personal use.

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