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Mail Tribune 100, April 17, 1919

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

April 17, 1919


A burglar who was about to begin tapping the safe in Dr. L. Bundy’s office in the Deuel building last night was prevented doing so by the unexpected appearance of Dr. J. D. Rickert, whose office adjoins. After Dr. Rickert closely questioned the intruder the latter left the building on the double-quick.

This morning the suspected man was seen in the S. P. depot just as the north bound passenger train pulled in, by Dr. Rickert who had gone to the depot to mail a letter. The doctor hurried to find Chief of Police Timothy but by the time he had found the chief the train had stopped and passengers were getting off and on. The burglar was not seen to get on the train and seemed to have disappeared entirely from the depot vicinity. No trace of him has since been found.

When Dr. Rickert was about to enter his own office at 9:30 last night he noticed that Dr. Bundy’s office was open, and stepping inside and switching on the light was surprised to find a stranger sitting there in the dark. All about the room there were scattered burned matches, especially around the safe. Demanding of the man what he was doing there the burglar replied that he was there to see the doctor. He then departed.

The man was undoubtedly after the supply of dental gold in the office. Last night’s was the fourth attempt made to rob Dr. Bundy’s office but only the first was successful, $80 being obtained. A description of the burglar was sent to all the surrounding towns and cities so that the police can keep a watch for him.


The following extracts from the Oregonian show that the Jackson county delegation was not overlooked at the recent highway commission meeting nor the county’s interests forgotten:

Assurance was given that as soon as possible the Crater Lake road section from Medford to Eagle Point, 12 miles, will be paved, Jackson county offers one-fourth the cost; the government promises 50 percent and the state is asked for one-fourth. The county is willing to do the contract. Government action will be the only delay on this project.

“I’m the man that defined ‘hard-surface,’ ” admitted W. H. Gore, banker of Jackson county. “You’ll find paving very explicitly defined in the 1919 road law. I put it there. With that definition there is no longer any doubt on the subject,” and Mr. Gore grinned as he rambled around the Imperial lobby. Mr. Fore was a member of the roads and highways committee of the house.

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