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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 14, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years agoDec. 14, 1920


Had not Chief of Police Timothy come over to the east side of the city Monday afternoon to serve a summons in a court case, he probably never would have found a Stevens car stolen at Whiteswan, Wa., long ago, by Earl Dawson, the same man who stole Bert Thierolf’s Chandler car, which had been brought to Medford in October, since which time it has been concealed in the city.

Also the accidental finding of this car clears up the mystery of how the thief was able to boldly take the Thierolf auto from Medford to Salt Lake City, where it was reportedly located and recovered. Dawson simply transferred the license plates from the stolen Washington one to Mr. Thierolf’s auto, which fooled the officers all along the line as they were looking for a stolen Chandler car with an Oregon license.

Several days ago Chief Timothy received a telegram from Seattle authorities to the effect that the Stevens car, which had been stolen from Peter Queen of Whiteswan, Wa., early in October, was thought to be located somewhere in Medford.

The chief and other policemen had looked the city over carefully for the car for several days without result. Just as he was returning from serving a summons on the east side yesterday afternoon and taking a short cut Chief Timothy happened to see a part of the car sticking out of a wood shed, investigated and found it to be the stolen Washington car.

It seems that Dawson arrived with the car in Medford early in October and worked for several weeks in an orchard here at picking apples. He lived in a house on the same street on which the car was found and just before stealing the Thierolf car early in November went to a neighboring family saying he was called away from Medford for a time, asked and was granted permission to leave his car in the old shed.

The family was innocent of the whole situation and having no use for the shed accommodated Dawson in a neighborly way. First dispatches from Prosser, Wash., where the auto thief was arrested and confessed to taking the Thierolf car, gave his name as Earl McDonald.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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