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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 23, 1920

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

Dec. 23, 1920


Four young men, two deserters from the army and two from the bay who stole a new Hupmobile at Seattle last Thursday and fled southward in the car, came to grief at Gold Hill yesterday afternoon thru dodging payment for 10 gallons of gas at Rogue River an hour or so earlier. They are prisoners in the county jail and will be turned over to the army and navy authorities for punishment for desertion and the theft of the car.

Apparently they regard their predicament lightly and say they are glad to be under arrest as they were without money and were hungry. The stolen car was brought to the city today and will be turned over to the Seattle police to be restored to its owner. It had only been run 106 miles, the prisoners say, before they stole it in front of a residence.

On their flight southward the quartet of thieves arrived in the car at Rogue River at noon yesterday, drove up to Fred O’Kelly’s store and ordered 10 gallons of gasoline, which was given them by Miss Lila Martin. Then to get away without payment they ordered a quart of oil. While Miss Martin was getting the oil the four men speeded away in the car, little expecting by so doing that they had started something which meant their quick finish behind prison bars.

Miss Martin at once called Mr. O’Kelly’s attention to the episode, who jumped into his Ford car and began pursuit. He over took them at Gold Hill by beating them to the bridge and placing his car crosswise on that structure. At once the four culprits left their car and took to the brush.

Mr. O’Kelly phoned Chief of Police Timothy at Medford who notified Sheriff Terrill, who was eating at a restaurant with Deputy Sheriff Bradshaw, and the latter two hurried by auto to Gold Hill where with the assistance of Mr. O’Kelly and others, the four men were soon rounded up in the woods without trouble.

The prisoners gave their names as Clarence Henner and Harold Burdick, sailors, from the Bremerton station, and Richard Haas and Herbert Ward, soldiers from Camp Lewis.


Ashland, Dec. 22. — Although this town boasts no skyscrapers, it has a “Flatiron” building, modeled perhaps after the noted structure in New York City. At all events it is a model block, and is one of the fine improvements resulting from the widening of North Main street, near the Plaza. In fact, it well nigh rivals the frontage of the fine new Ford garage, of which it is practically an annex in the way of supplying electric devices and other attachments. Francis Murphy manages this branch of the establishment. One needs to go through the Ford headquarters proper to get some idea of the extent of this big establishment, which covers floor space, represented by approximately 40,000 square feet, with nearly a thousand square feet of skylight. The structure is of concrete and most substantial, the distribution of space and extent of equipment being complete in every detail, the garage being divided into five main compartments. This notable improvement, of which Harrison Bros. are proprietors, cost $30,000, and its owners already are considering a proposition to further extend the limits of their new quarters, which are unrivaled.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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