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Mail Tribune 100, July 29, 1920

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July 29, 1920


Applegate Youth, After Eluding Federal Authorities for 3 Years, Surrenders to U. S. Marshal and Pleads Guilty in Federal Court at Portland

Portland, July 29. — Alfred Fattig, alleged draft evader from the Applegate country in Jackson county, who for the past three years has lived the life of a hermit in the Siskiyou mountains in southern Oregon, today appeared before Federal Judge Bean and pleaded guilty to a charge of draft dodging. He was sentenced to nine months in the county jail.


Alfred Fattig is well known in the Applegate district, and for many months eluded federal officials searching southern Oregon for draft evaders. According to report Fattig recently appeared in the Applegate valley fully armed and dressed in a suit of buckskin of his own making.

Over three years ago during the war Alfred and Chas. Fattig, brothers living in the Applegate section near the head of Williams creek, after signing their questionnaires refused to report for duty when summoned by the Jackson county draft board, and moved back into the mountains where they hid during the war.

Several days ago Alfred Fattig, who is about 25 years old gave himself up at the sheriff’s office, saying that he was glad to take whatever punishment was coming to him as he had been greatly worried all this time over his draft evasion and constantly feared apprehension. He said he knew nothing of the whereabouts of his brother who has also been indicted by the federal grand jury at Portland on a draft evasion charge, as they parted about a year ago and he had not seen or heard of him since.

Fattig was taken to Portland this week for trial by a deputy United States marshal.


Word has been received here by District Fish and Game Warden Dailey from Captain Bergdoff, state game warden that he will forward 300 Chinese pheasants here within the next ten days for distribution thruout Jackson county. Mr. Dailey says that he and Ed Walker will endeavor to distribute the birds in such places where they will be least liable to be shot during the pheasant hunting season, and that if any one wants several of the birds for his farm or ranch he can obtain them by making such requests of himself or Mr. Walker.


James Grieve, the Prospect merchant and landlord who was in the city this morning states that his hotel is doing a record business with the local people and tourists stopping off en route to Crater Lake. Mr. Grieve thinks that the tourist travel by auto to the lake will continue to the last of the season despite the gasoline shortage thruout the country, and says that the auto travel would be almost double if it were not for the fear many tourists feel that they might not be able to get sufficient gas in this section. So far there has been plenty of gas in Medford and vicinity to enable the auto tourists to keep moving.

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