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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 18, 1919

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

Dec. 18, 1919


The latest developments here in the oil situation are that the drilling rig will be here in a few days, and the coming development work is attracting wide attention and applications for stock are beginning to come to the Trigonia Oil and Gas company from various distant points.

The drilling rig which the company recently purchased has been shipped by steamer to Astoria from Walport, Ore., from where it will be shipped by rail to Medford.

Among the latest applications for stocks from the east is that of Louis D. Heess, 1012 Fifth avenue, Altoona, Pa., who writes to E. W. Liljegran, secretary of the company, under date of December 8, as follows: “In view of the fact that I own a small ranch near Medford where I intend to make my home, I am naturally very much interested in the present operations which are being conducted on either side of my ground in drilling for oil. With the above idea in mind I enclose a check, amount $100, for one hundred shares of stock. ... Trusting this application for stock will receive your favorable consideration, and that I may have the pleasure of dealing personally with you in the future, I am very truly yours. ... LOUIS D. HEESS, 1012 Fifth Ave., Altoona, Pa.”


Rawlins, Wyo., Dec. 18. — “Hello Bill. “Howdy Cap.” These were the greetings exchanged between Warden Brine and William Carlisle when the latter was returned early today to the Wyoming state penitentiary after a period of liberty extending over several weeks following his escape from that institution in November. During the time that Carlisle was at liberty he held up a Union Pacific train and was finally shot and captured two weeks ago by the sheriff who was pursuing him.

Carlisle told the prison authorities today that he was feeling fine with the exception that the wound in his lung bothered him somewhat. He also told Warden Brine that he had reformed, as he had managed to pass thru Medicine Bow, Wyo., the scene of his latest train robbery, without repeating the offense against the Union Pacific.

The bandit will be placed in the prison hospital until he recovers from the effects of his wound, and he will then be assigned to duty in the shirt factory.


The Jacksonville street car which since the big snowfall of last week has only operated from the end of West Main street to Jacksonville and return, will continue to use the West Main street terminus until the rails on the street are free from ice and snow, which at the present rate of thawing will probably be two days yet. As soon as possible J. T. Gagnon, president and manager will have the locomotive of the Medford Coast railroad run over the Main street tracks to crush and clear away the ice, and thereafter the street car will come down town as usual.


The superstitious and credulous people of Medford, and they are not few in number, actually breathed sighs of relief when after midnight last night the world had not come to an end, as some man had predicted. Such people were more or less uneasy and apprehensive all day Wednesday.


The annual hog guessing contest is on at the market of Nichols & Ashpole. An immense dressed porker is hung on a hook in the market, the weight of which the public is invited to guess on.


In this week’s Saturday Evening Post, the leading article, “Good Old America,” by Elizabeth Frazier, is illustrated by a large half tone picture of Wizard Island as seen from the Crater Lake lodge.


The shipping of the remainder of the apple crop to the eastern market was begun today, as the railroads have just lifted the embargo on fruit shipments which had been in effect ever since the big general storm thruoutthe country. Twelve cars are being loaded and more empties are expected daily. It has been impossible as yet to determine just how much of the apple crop which was being held for shipment was damaged by last week’s hard freeze. It is thought that few of the apples in storage in Medford were frozen tho some were frost bitten, and that not to exceed 20 cars were frozen which were in storage at the orchard properties.

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