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Mail Tribune 100, May 30, 1919

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

May 30, 1919


Two Yreka young men, members of the U. S. navy home on furlough, are in jail today as a result of an attack on Chief of Police Timothy last night, during which the chief was badly choked by one of them.

The chief was just returning from the city prison at 10 p.m. after having arrested four men for flirting with girls at the carnival. When on North Fir street, between the Big Pine Lumber company plant and Dr. Helm’s office he heard two young men talking loudly in the dark and one was heard to exclaim: “If we could get another bottle I’d stay over here tonight.”

The officer at once approached the young men and feeling in their pockets and finding a pint bottle on one he said to him, “You will have to come with me.” Then the other man who was about six feet in height suddenly reached his arm around the chief’s neck and drew it tight, choking him severely. The chief could not even gasp and no one else was in sight. Then the other man warned the assailant to stop or he would choke the chief to death. At this the assailant slightly loosed his hold and Timothy managed to break loose and stepping back drew his revolver. Then both said they would go with him to jail. As the jail was full the chief turned the prisoners over to Sheriff Terrell to lodge in the county jail at Jacksonville.

This morning the chief’s throat was so sore he was unable to eat, and this forenoon he spoke with difficulty. The prisoners were taken before Prosecutor Roberts this forenoon and several charges were sworn out against them. They will probably not be arraigned in court until tomorrow. Both boys, who are about 19 years of age, were considerably worried today over their predicament, especially as their furloughs are about up and they fear a court martial if they do not get back to duty in time.


J. W. Berrian, superintendent of the Butte Falls hatchery, was in Medford on business and to visit the family today. He has 200,000 baby cutthroat trout that are doing nicely. Mr. Berrian says the hatchery is being improved all the time and will be second to none in the state in time.

If you are interested in outdoor life, in fishing or want a good place to spend the day picnicking, you should drive up to the hatchery and see what a wonderful transformation has taken place in two years, under Mr. Berrian’s management, and the splendid showing he has made with such limited funds, and enjoy the day at one of the picturesque places in the county.

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