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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 8, 1920

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

Dec. 8, 1920


Military crosses and honors for bravery and valor during the Great War were bestowed by the allies, upon 149 Oregonians, and three of them hailed from the Rogue River valley, according to a report by the war department.

A posthumous award was made by the government of France to Lieutenant Newell C. Barber of this city, his last flight and fight being described in the following citation:

“An excellent pilot, he has taken an active part in the bombardment since July, 1918, and sustained some hard combat against the enemy patrols on July 21 and August 10. Died gloriously on August 11, 1918, in a desperate combat, where his squadron fought one against two.”

Brigadier General Amos A. Freis, a Medford boy regular army officer, and brother of Mrs. W. T. Greives, was made a Companion of St. Michael and St. George by Great Britain. France bestowed upon him the Legion of Honor. Both are coveted medals. Freis entered West Point many years ago from this section, and was chief of the gas and flame section in France.

The third southern Oregon citizen to be decorated was Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Voorhies, a fruit grower of the valley, who received the Belgian croix de guerre. Colonel Voorhies is a graduate of West Point and was in the thick of the fighting in the Argonne.


The used car annex of the A. W. Walker Auto Co. has added a truck department and hereafter will buy and sell trucks in connection with the cars. This is one of the biggest used car emporiums south of Portland and is doing a big business. George Maple, who has charge of this department, in addition to being an expert in his line, is a live-wire advertiser and contributes the success of his department to advertising and a square deal to all.


A petition for a rehearing in the Lark Evans case in now pending before the supreme court upon application of Prosecutor George Roberts, the petition being filed by the attorney general. Evans was recently granted a new trial. Attorney Gus Newbury for Evans filed a protest to the rehearing upon the grounds that he had not been notified. The case will come up at the next term of the circuit court, unless dismissed in the meantime, which is not likely. Evans is at liberty on bond pending trial, and working.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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