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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 28, 1920

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

Sept. 28, 1920


Henry Gibson, Reddy Jewelry Store Robber, Makes Getaway From Jackson County Magistrate—Dives Beneath Train After Hand Cuffs Removed for Eating

Spokane, Sept. 28.—Police here today were seeking Henry Gibson, who escaped last night from Sheriff Terrill of Jacksonville, Ore., as they were about to board a train en route to Medford from Missoula, Mont.

Gibson, wanted in Medford on a charge of burglary, dived underneath a train and made off in the darkness. His handcuffs had been removed shortly before, the sheriff said, to permit him to eat.


Gibson was arrested last week in Missoula, Mont., with watches and rings in his possession, the watches bearing the numbers of the watches stolen from the Reddy Jewelry store of this city. Sheriff Terrill left Sunday to bring the man back to this city.

The robbery of the Reddy store was somewhat sensational, entrance being gained by crawling thru a ventilator above the show window. The crook left behind his finger prints on the window, which were photographed, and the Pinkerton Detective agency had charge of the case, being employed by the Jewelers’ Protective association. Between $700 and $800 was stolen, and no trace found of the yegg until he tried to sell one of the watches in the Montana city. Gibson claimed that he purchased the watch.

No clues to the identity of his companion, who boosted him up to the ventilator have been found.


Jacksonville high school will open Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock, when all high school pupils are asked to register and arrange their courses with the new teachers.

E. S. Stultz, the principal, has taught for eight years in standard high schools in Oregon and comes will qualified and most highly recommended by Supt. J. A. Churchill.

Mrs. R. J. Arnold, who will teach commercial subjects, taught last year in Central Point as Miss Thompson, and has also taught commerce and mathematics in the Corvallis high school.

French and stenography will be offered and also other commercial subjects.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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