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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 11, 1921

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

Jan. 11, 1921


Sheriff Terrill is looking for the dispenser of moonshine that nearly killed a citizen of Jacksonville Saturday night, after he had imbibed a bottle of it. When the citizen recovers sufficiently to talk he will be questioned. The sheriff’s office also has a report that a colored gent at Ashland drank moonshine and wandered “into the shadows of the valley of death,” before he had been pumped out. According to the sheriff the moonshine now being delivered is made of grain, and highly effective, the distiller not understanding the fine point of getting rid of the poison therein.

A man giving the name of Wilkie and carrying letters of recommendation from Portland peace officers and Willamette valley counties and towns, came to town Saturday and claimed to be a federal narcotic agent. He also bore a letter signed with the names of Prosecutor Rawles Moore and Sheriff Terrill. These he presented to C. W. Ashpole, Sam Richardson, Ed Gore and other businessmen in an effort to get credit or borrow money. The names of the local authorities were forgeries, and it is thought that all were.

Sheriff Terrill was advised of the man’s activity, and caught him near the city jail. He gave him a lecture, and ordered him out of town. Afterwards it was discovered that he had been presenting the fake letters, and displaying a deputy sheriff’s badge.

Among other things the stranger claimed to be looking for stills.


According to Sheriff Terrill the burglars who robbed the Leever and Cowley store in Central Point Sunday night were local talent, and a pair of auto gloves, sold at Christmas time by the Model Clothing store is the clue. The sheriff’s office is also endeavoring to link up the crime with the theft of an Overland car from in front of the Rialto theater, and found on Riverside avenue early Monday morning with one tire missing and no gasoline. The car belonged to the Foothill orchards.

The burglars left the gloves behind and Sam Richardson and Ben Plymale recall selling the gloves, which are of a peculiar make, but cannot remember to whom. They were found on the floor of the store.

The theory of the authorities is that the burglars were “smarty kids,” who stole the Overland car and robbed the stores as a sort of lark. The fact that they took several boxes of chocolate confirms the belief. Besides, it is thought that no first class crook would stop in the middle of his work to eat three cans of shrimps.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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