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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 1, 1919

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

Dec. 1, 1919


Two young boys who stole the Dodge roadster of G. H. Smith in Medford last Saturday night and were captured inside of an hour later with the car after an exciting chase in Ashland streets are prisoners in the county jail and their cases were to come before the juvenile court this afternoon. The youths are Keith Draper of Roseburg, 16 years old, who ran away from home a week ago and Buckley Taylor, 17 years old, who is also supposed to be a runawayboy from Washington state.

Mr. Smith, who resides at the Hotel Holland, and is a representative of the Goodyear Rubber company, was calling at the home of relatives on South Grape street on Saturday night when he heard the thievesdriving his car away from in front of the house. At once he called up the Ashland police and hurried to the Medford police station where he reported the theft. Deputy Sheriff Wimer and another deputy sheriff who happened in the station at once jumped into an auto and started for Ashland.

In the meantime the Ashland police were on the lookout for the stolen car when the latter arrived in that city en route to Californiagoing at a speed of about 50 miles an hour. Not knowing positively whether it was the stolen car the Ashland police decided to arrest its two occupants for speeding, anyhow. The auto thieves were pursued in two cars, a Maxwell and a Hudson super-six. One of the autos got in front of the fleeing car and the police called on it to halt. The two boys in making a sharp turn in an endeavor to cut around to safety killed their engine, and were quickly caught.

About this time the two deputy sheriffs arrived on the scene from Medford and took the prisoners in charge.

The father of the Draper boy arrived here from Roseburg this forenoon and stated that he would do nothing toward getting his son released, as the youth had been wayward and he felt he could do nothing more with him. When the boy left home he had between $80 and $100 with him.

The two arrested youths had been in Medford for about a week in search of work, and were being aided by the county nurse and Red Cross chapter officials.


The spirit of Yuletide is with us again and the merchantsof Medford are going the limit this year to make it a real old time Christmas, full of the spirit which so appeals to old and young alike.

Tonight at 7:30 the show windows of all the stores will blossom forth brim full of desirable holiday merchandiseboth useful and suitable for gifts at prices within the reach of all.

Do not fail to come down town and help start the ball rolling, bring the little folks for Santa Claus will be on the streets of Medford tonight. The streets are decorated with Christmas trees to help add to the spirit so if you fail to turn out tonight you will miss a treat. Medford and her merchants will usher Santa Claus into our midst tonight. Come and join us for it is Yuletide time.

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