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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 13, 1920

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

Nov. 13, 1920


Clarence E. McDade, indicted with D. H. Bearks, convicted in the circuit court Wednesday for assault and robbery with a dangerous weapon, changed his plea to guilty before Judge F. M. Calkins Friday afternoon, and with his partners in crime will be sentenced next Tuesday morning at 9:30 o’clock. D. H. McGlown, the third member of the trio, pleaded guilty last Wednesday.

McDade appeared in court dressed in a green suit and cap, and pair of shoes with colored tops. He whitened visibly while seated before the bar. Under the law the trio can be sentenced to from not less than ten years in the state prison. McDade gave the sheriff’s office a written statement detailing his part in the hold up. They were convicted of having held up and robbed four hobos beating their way over the Siskiyous on a Southern Pacific freight train.

In the case of Bearks, the jury was out for 19 hours, and according to gossip around the court house, the jury stood 14 for conviction to one for acquittal for 18 hours. Finally after an all night session the obdurate one yielded. The verdict was accepted by Bearks in a philosophical manner, but his wife who with their little boy were in the court constantly took the course of the law bitterly.

McGlown the third member of the party, is a victim of consumption in a mild form, and is quartered in a separate cell in the county jail.

“Wild Bill” Reed, who was defeated by Joe Bonds at the Nat Thursday night, is an old friend of Bearks, and Friday morning sent over $30 from his share of the proceeds of the contest for the purchase of what few luxuries are allowed in the jail.

District Attorney Roberts is being congratulated on his skillful handling of the case, getting a 100 percent conviction in a complicated case.


Everyone of us want to help humanity, now we have the chance of joining the Red Cross and thereby assisting in relief work of all kinds the campaign started on Armistice Day and the captains and their helpers are working our town in a careful and systematic way.

The Red Cross is the only organization in the county to handle the charitable work of the county. The Jackson County Red Cross operates the only employment bureau in the county. The Jackson County Red Cross is still caring for the soldiers and sailors who are needing care in the matter of filling out of papers for compensation and vocational training.

The offices of the local Red Cross are always open to offer help to anyone needing it. Will you not join the Red Cross in its fourth annual roll call and thus keep alive this work?

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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