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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 15, 1921

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

Jan. 15, 1921


As was generally expected none of the four bootleggers arrested in a local hotel last Wednesday night, showed up for their preliminary hearing at Jacksonville before Justice Bagshaw at 10 a.m. today and the identity of John and James Doe is still unknown to anyone but Sheriff Terrill and County Prosecutor Moore. It is understood that these two men are not regarded as bootleggers by the officials, but merely came to Medford with the other two men, Stewart and Hill, which names are regarded as fictitious, who are thought to be bootleggers.

So strong is the evidence against Stewart and Hill, who put up $500 cash bail for their appearance at today’s hearing, that when they did not appear, Justice Bagshaw declared this cash bail forfeited and it was at once turned over to County Treasurer Walker. Thus the county is $500 richer. As to the cases of the two Does, one of whom is a former lieutenant colonel in the army and is a member of a prominent Pacific coast family, and the other of whom is also said to have a clean record, it seems that they got in touch with County Prosecutor Moore in Portland yesterday relative to their Medford arrest.

Anyhow, on recommendation of Prosecutor Moore, their cases were continued for several days by Justice Bagshaw, and it is understood they will come here for trial. Hence their cash bonds of $150 each, which they put up after their arrest, were not declared forfeited.


Much interest has been manifested by local mining men in the fact that Tom Norris’ Gold Ridge gold quartz mine which has always been a rather fair producer, and which he bonded a year ago to Lew Ross, the Nevada mining engineer, C. C. Clark and a number of other Medford men, has been developed into a big winner. The mine, three miles south of Gold Hill, was first located by Mr. Norris in 1912. He took several thousand dollars worth of ore out and worked it for several years, until he took the contract for transporting the mails between the depot and post office in Medford.

The men to whom he bonded a year ago have cut the ledge 390 feet deep and made cross cuts, until now there is from $50,000 to $150,000 of free milling gold quartz in sight. Recent assays made show the ore runs in value from $4,400 to $6,510 a ton.

Now Mr. Norris is kicking himself several times daily for having parted with this wealth producer for a $10,000 bond.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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