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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 22, 1919

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

Sept. 22, 1919


M. S. Gentry, a well known young orchard and cannery worker created much excitement in the city late Sunday night by being intoxicated and driving a Ford bug recklessly and with more or less speed about the business and other streets of the city.

Night Policeman Adams tried to stop him on the street three times, but each time the befuddled man tried to run over the policeman. The last time he tried it was his undoing, for the officer jumped into a taxi cab and pursued him. Another young man whose name is unknown was in the car with Gentry and was also intoxicated. Adams fired three shots in the air to frighten Gentry, but the only effect was to make him speed all the faster. Out South Riverside raced pursued and pursuer until the former finally stopped his bug, he and his companion jumped out and ran away in different directions. Adams caught Gentry after the latter had ran into a barb wire fence and suffered a badly cut face.

In Justice Taylor’s court today Gentry pleaded guilty to two charges, one of driving a car when intoxicated and the other of driving a car without lights. Because Gentry had been in the army and had served five months overseas Prosecutor Roberts while he contended that the prisoner ought to be punished recommended the Gentry be shown some leniency. Hence on account of this recommendation Judge Taylor broke his invariable rule heretofore of giving every man convicted of driving a car while intoxicated a jail sentence, and fined Gentry $50 and costs. The fine was paid.


Portland, Ore., Sept. 22.— French heels and a tight-fitting skirt were responsible for an automobile accident here yesterday, according to Miss M. D. Copart, who was driving a car which ran into an unidentified woman, inflicting slight injuries.

Miss Copart, in her report to the police said the woman was unable to dodge quickly because of her tight skirt, and then she did start to run she turned an ankle because of her high French heels. The fender of the machine struck the woman in the leg.


The auto of W. L. Lamb of rural route No. 1 which was “borrowed” by joy riders Saturday night from the business part of the city where it was parked, and which was thought to be stolen, was found in a wheat stubble near the Country club on Monday morning. There was a dance at the Country club on Saturday night and it is thought the purloiners of the car took it to attend the dance and were afraid to return to the city with it, and therefore abandoned the car in the field.

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