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Mail Tribune 100, April 4, 1919

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

April 4, 1919


H. E. Sparr, chief deputy sheriff of Jackson county, resigned that office Thursday and has returned to his home at Ashland. His future plans are not known.

The position has not yet been filled, but Sheriff Terrill has offered it to Frank Coleman, recently returned soldier of the 65th artillery and former deputy county clerk, and hopes he will accept. M. Coleman has the matter under consideration and his answer is expected soon. He has been helping out in the sheriff’s office temporarily for a week or more. His appointment would prove a popular one because of his wide acquaintance thruout the county and well known ability.

Sheriff Terrill was loath to see Mr. Sparr leave the office and wishes him good fortune in whatever his future plans call for. The resignation was sudden and totally unexpected. Mr. Sparr was formerly secretary of the Ashland lodge of Elks.


At 3:30 yesterday afternoon J. A. Durry and Joe Harrell in a Mitchell Six, made the first attempt to get to Hilt over the Siskiyous. The going was good until they got well up on this side of the mountain where they encountered a sink hole about six feet deep, where the only way to pass was to take the bank on the other side of the road. This they did successfully. After they had reached a point about a mile from the summit, another difficulty in the war was a slide which placed a large boulder in the road. Getting around this consumed some of their time but plowing thru the mud and snow they passed over the summit and arrived at Hilt after getting thru several slides on the other side.

At 6:30 p.m. they started back for Medford and Joe says the way that Mitchell ate thu the snow was marvelous.

Coming down on this side of the summit they found a Cadillac and a Cole Six stuck in a snow slide, and after pulling the Cadillac out the Cole was able to get thru the road thus cleared.

There was much brush and poles used by the parties from California who came over in the morning.

The trip is at this time a dangerous one but in a week or ten days the road should be open for general traffic so the parties who made the trip report after arriving home at 9 o’clock last night.


There is no denying the potency of “Mutt and Jeff,” which is underlined as the next offering at the Page Saturday night. The Laugh Twins, now in their eighth yearly edition, are as attractive and entertaining as ever. This season an entirely new version of the enduring cartoon “kick-ups” is offered and the result is one of the most pretentious and thoroly up-to-date productions ever offered to the theatregoers. The fun, while of the brisk, lively nature, is clean and wholesome. There is not the least suggestion of vulgarity or horseplay, and the situations while side-splitting are not at all improbable.

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