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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 19, 1920

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

Nov. 19, 1920


Sheriff Terrill got away all right on the evening train last night with his seven prisoners en route to the penitentiary at Salem, who will serve sentences ranging from 2 to 12 years. The prisoners were handcuffed together in the smoking car of the train and rode all night that way with the sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs McMahon and Schroeder and one other closely guarding.

The wife and baby of David Bearks, who is to serve a 12-year sentence for robbery, and Mrs. Beark’s sister went to Salem on the same train, intending to locate in that city, where the wife plans to obtain employment so as to be near Bearks.


There was excitement at the depot last evening when the train from the south limited came in. The usual crowd of drummers were there, and among them was the popular and jolly Lieut. George W. Cook, of the Cook Coffee Company, Salt Lake City, Utah. When the train came to a stop they all started to get on when Cook saw something that caused him to slacken his walk, and finally stop. He was apparently spellbound, and finally dropped his grips and suitcases and made a dash towards the rear of the train where some passengers were leaving, shouting, “Rozella! Rozella!” And out of the crowd stepped Rozella, beautiful beyond words and dressed in the very latest fashion.

“For the love of six bits — you here?” said Cook. “ Tell me about yourself — what are you doing on this side of the continent? And while you’re at it, kindly explain the reward and running away from home, and the criminal act stuff and —”

“Hold on — catch your breath, and I will tell you all — there goes your train!”

“Hang the train, I’m after $5,000 just now. But first of all, why did you leave home?”

“Because I had heard there was going to be a fancy dress masquerade ball here on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24, and I was determined to come. They say it is to be the gayest and most elaborate ball ever given here, so here I am!”

“Well, if the ball is as grand as all that, guess I’ll stay over and see it too. You said November 24th didn’t you?”

It is reported that Rozella will do most of her shopping in Medford in preparing for the ball.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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