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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 4, 1920 Continued

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

Dec. 4, 1920 Continued


Mabel Goodan, sentenced to the state prison from this city for forgery, and who attempted suicide when a romance behind prison bars collapsed, is well known to the local police. She led a hectic career here, and one of her most dramatic episodes was a pitched battle with Chief of Police Timothy in Prosecutor Roberts’ office, while trying to evade compliance with a war time regulation. At one time, she also threatened to sue the city for alleged false imprisonment.

According to the police, the girl is 19 years of age, and has been married four times. Portland and Salem papers refer to her as “the girl of mystery,” who refuses to tell her real name. The authorities claim she uses the quartet of nom de plumes gained by matrimony, when occasion arises, which accounts for the cloud about her identity, but is no “mystery.” She was employed as a waitress in local restaurants, was fairly good looking, and wore her hair bobbed. She is also described as “chunky.”

When engaged with Dan Goodan, young auto truck driver in bad check operations in this city, the Goodan girl posed as a daughter of a Crescent City banker, and used the name of Woodcock. She passed over $200 worth of bad paper locally, and then fled with Dan Goodan in an auto. They continued getting “easy money” with forged checks until they were trapped in Colorado and brought back by Sheriff Terrill.

The police also attribute the downfall of Goodan to Mabel, claiming that up to the time he became enamored of her, he was a hardworking youth, with no bad habits. Goodan, who is serving a sentence at Salem, tried to kill himself when he learned that his supposed wife was writing letters to a paroled convict.

The police also say that the woman’s attempt at suicide was no surprise, as she often made the same threat here.


The state fish commission, under the direction of Superintendent J. W. Berrian of the Butte Falls hatchery, will erect egg racks near the mouth of Antelope creek to collect steelhead and establish an “eyeing” station at Squaw lake for cutthroat trout eggs. Both will be completed in time for the spring runs.

The eggs collected at the Antelope racks will be taken to Eagle Point where water rights have been secured for an “eyeing” station, after which the eggs will be shipped to the Butte Falls hatchery, or any other point the state fish commission may decree.

The water conditions in Antelope creek are ideal for egg racks, and the new improvement will result in saving thousands of fish, that would otherwise die, or be prey for snakes, turtles, and other natural enemies. The water goes down in the late spring and summer, and leaves many fish stranded in the low water. The fish will be collected in the racks while spawning, and afterwards freed. The steelhead does not die after this function, as does the Pacific coast salmon.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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