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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 8, 1920

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

Nov. 8, 1920


Did any of you motorists who have passed over the Siskiyous on your trips to California ever stop to inquire how these ragged mountains were named?

These mountains recall the days when the only evidence of civilization in the Pacific northwest was represented by the Hudson’s Bay company. It is said that the company had a trading post at the headquarters of the Sacramento river, where the stream was so narrow that it was crossed on six huge stepping stones.

In the language of the French trappers, it was known as the post at the “six caillaux” six stones, and the first American settlers quickly transformed the French words into the American phonetic spelling as “Siskiyous.”


Medford merchants are still congratulating themselves on the fact that George Anderson, the confessed bad check artist, was captured through the alertness and activity of John B. Goodrich Saturday afternoon before he could pass a number of worthless checks in the city. Another check for $36 was found on Anderson after his capture, and he admitted he swallowed another one, calling for a similar sum, and dropped several others on the street during the pursuit.

Anderson felt quite foolish when he learned after his capture by Mr. Goodrich in the Bullis & Skewis lumber yard that the revolver pointed at him by the merchant was not loaded. The prisoner claims that his home is in Canada, where he has a wife and child, that he is a sailor, and was passing checks in an effort to raise money to get home.

Because of the fact that he tried to pick the lock of the city prison cell Saturday evening and that he had torn the iron straps off his cell bed and wrapped cloth around one of them, forming a dangerous club which he intended to use if an opportunity presented to lay low his jailer, leads the police to believe that he is a desperate character. Anderson was removed to the county jail Sunday morning by Sheriff Terrill. His case will be submitted direct to the grand jury.

It developed Sunday that Anderson pretended to be a member of a prominent fraternal order, and on this pretense last week obtained $5 from a member at Grants Pass and another $5 from a Medford member.

Before he tried to pass the worthless check at “Toggery Bill’s” store Saturday afternoon, which led to his arrest, he had tried to pass a similar check at the Deuel store, but suspicion being aroused, Luke Deuel insisted on accompanying him to the Jackson county bank on which the check was draw, where it was learned that “William McAllister” had no account with that bank.

All the bogus checks were drawn on this bank by Anderson, made payable to himself and were signed with the name, “William McAllister.”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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