Mail Tribune 100, March 22, 1920
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March 22, 1920
MEDFORD WOMAN LEAVES CHILDREN AFTER ESCAPADE
A married woman of Medford who deserted her husband and two young children last Wednesday, after she and another Medford woman had been in a joy riding escapade with two Portland traveling salesmen, became reconciled with her husband on her return to the city last Saturday night from Sacramento, and the family left Sunday for another part of the state.
The erring wife and mother returned to the city thru the efforts of Chief of Police Timothy, who had worked on the case since last Wednesday. The other woman was released into the custody of her father, and the two traveling men will probably be arrested on a state booze charge when they return to the city. Their joy ride taxi bill of $25 is still unpaid.
The quartet started their joy ride Tuesday evening, which ended at about 3 a.m., Wednesday, during which much booze obtained at Ashland, was consumed. Wednesday forenoon the wife fearing discovery of the escapade by her husband and possible arrest, too, left her children, aged 3 and 6 years, with an acquaintance, drew $470 out of the joint bank account of herself and husband, and pretended to go to the Sacred Heart hospital in a taxi on account of illness.
She dismissed the taxi at the hospital steps and after it had gone returned at once to the city and with the other woman left that night for Sacramento. The husband in the meantime arrived home, missed his wife, soon located the children where their mother had left them, and was told she was in the hospital. Inquiry quickly developed that the woman had not been at the hospital and he also soon learned about the money drawn from the bank.
The wife was worried about the situation here and wired back Friday from Sacramento to the woman the children had been left with about the children’s care and asking if her husband “was on.” The temporary caretaker of the children took the telegram to Chief Timothy who after consultation with the husband wired back in the caretaker’s name the following message: “Have not wired husband. Come at once on account of the children. Important.”
The worried wife and mother quickly wired back that she would be home Saturday evening. She and her woman companion were passengers on train 16 Saturday evening, got off at Ashland, came to Medford on the interurban and went home at once.
In the meantime the husband and Night Policeman Adams who were watching at the depot, when they saw that the two women had not arrived here on the trains from the south went to the erstwhile broken up home where the two women were found. The wife and mother still had $400 of the $470 she had drawn from the bank. The reconciliation followed and the family left yesterday for Klamath Falls.