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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 6, 1920

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

Nov. 6, 1920


John Doe Indictments Returned Today Cause Sensation — Rumored to be in Connection with Jacksonville Bank Case — County Court is Exonerated by Court’s Decision.

Seven John Doe indictments were returned by the grand jury this morning, with instructions to return the summons by two o’clock this afternoon. At that hour the sheriff’s office had not completed the legal process. The secret indictments are said to be against “prominent Medford men,” and said to be partly in connection with the Bank of Jacksonville failure. There was also an indictment against an unknown party for service.

Twenty-seven indictments were returned by the grand jury this morning against W. H. Johnson, former president of the Bank of Jacksonville, practically all of them being for knowingly stating and publishing false statements relative to the financial condition of the bank, and one for certifying to a check when the drawer of the check has no funds in the bank. The indictments cover the various legal phases of the tangled affairs of the bank, and brings the total of indictments against Johnson to 30, three having been returned when the grand jury recessed before election.

A corrected indictment was returned against Mrs. Myrtle Blakely, county treasurer.

The grand jury filed a presentment with the court, setting forth the facts relative to the county court’s part in handling of funds entrusted to the defunct bank, and asked for an opinion from the bench. The court ruled that under the present law, the responsibility rested with the county treasurer, and not with the county court.

The bail of Johnson was reduced to $25,000, and a decision withheld regarding the demurrers filed in the bank indictments, though some points were settled. Hines, former vice-president of the Bank of Jacksonville, is at liberty on $10,000 bonds.

It has been rumored that the bank cases and the trial of Lark Evans will be postponed until the February term of court, but there is nothing definitely known at this time.


There was another cold, dismal fog today which did not lift until noon. The fog season does not start usually until January, and therefore the fog of the past week is regarded as a temporary weather freak. Fair weather is promised for Sunday.


Armistice Day, November 11th, will not be observed as a post office holiday according to a departmental ruling sent out to all postmasters. Regular collections and deliveries will be made, and the office will be open as usual on that day. Holidays which are observed by the post office are: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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