Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 25, 1919
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Oct. 25, 1919
BIG BOOTLEGGING HAUL IS MADE BY MEDFORD POLICE
Night Policeman Adams while on the lookout for a stolen car last night accidentally ran onto two suspected bootleggers and their valuable cargo of 25 gallons of booze. The outfit was en route from California to Portland, and it was the most important bootlegging capture made here for months.
Two men in a Ford car arrived in the city from the south at 9 p.m. and stopped in front of the Optimo restaurant. While the strangers were inside eating, Adams, who was on the lookout for stolen cars, gave their auto a close scrutiny just as a matter of business. He noticed that the car seemed rather heavily loaded down and when the men came out insisted on a search which disclosed the load of whiskey.
The strangers were at once placed under arrest and the car’s illegitimate contents confiscated. The prisoners described themselves as P. A. Worden, aged 53 years, a cook by occupation, of Portland, and C. C. Zook, a young man who said he was a professional guide in Canadian forests. Worden at once assumed all the blame claiming to own the car and booze and stating that young Zook had hailed him a half mile this side of the California line and asked him for a ride.
Hence when County Prosecutor Roberts heard this statement and Zook’s own story that he was coming here to seek employment on the highway work, and had been a soldier serving with the artillery in some of the heaviest battles in France, he ordered his release. Worden will be arraigned before Judge Taylor Monday.
The booze taken from the auto was contained in three five gallon wicker demijohns and numerous bottles. Also in the auto was found many saloon glasses and other glassware. Evidently Worden was planning to open up a speak easy joint somewhere, or had purchased the outfit from some former saloon keeper. He refused to say where he got the liquor.
The time changes to an hour slower at 2 o’clock tomorrow morning and in order to start the day and week right and not be too early to church and Sunday school in every household tonight at retiring time the watches and clocks should be set back an hour. That’s all there is to it. With the watches and clocks turned back just go about your affairs as usual.
Chas. Wray of Hull, England, accompanied by his wife arrived in Medford last night at the Hotel Holland. Mr. Wray, who is director of the Humber Fruit Brokers, Ltd., of Hull is here to buy apples for the England market. It is his first visit to the Rogue River valley and he is already making business arrangements for a return here next fall.