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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 4, 1921

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

Feb. 4, 1921


The authorities are somewhat reticent about giving out information on the case of Carl Dusenberry, the Gold Hill soft drinks establishment owner, arrested recently on the charge of having intoxicating liquor in his possession, but it now seems that this arrest is connected with that of Horace Greer who was arrested shortly before for operating a still and making whiskey at his island home two miles above Gold Hill.

The charge against Dusenberry was withdrawn in Justice Taylor’s court yesterday by the county prosecutor, to enable the federal authorities to handle the case, and Dusenberry was at once taken in charge by a deputy United States marshal and was to have been arraigned before F. Roy Davis, United States commissioner, this afternoon.

According to information given out following the arrest the charge against Dusenberry grew out of finding a quantity of hard cider in his place. But according to the Gold Hill News, Greer after being arrested by Deputy Sheriff Joe McMahon confessed to making whiskey in his still and to selling it to Dusenberry.

In United States court at Portland on Wednesday Greer was sentenced to serve three months in jail, and according to the Portland papers he presented the federal authorities with a list of the people to whom he sold his moonshine. Greer pleaded necessity, stating his family had to be supported and that he made the whiskey to earn a living, but the plea had no effect on U. S. Judge Bean, who sentenced him.


Patronize home and build up pay rolls by insisting on having brooms made by Rogue River Broom Works.


In the state legislature yesterday twelve members of the House of Representatives recorded themselves as being opposed to legislation that would make criminals of persons who operated or patronized punch boards or nickel-in-the-slot machines. Messrs. Carer and Sheldon of Jackson County were among those who voted against the bill, which was passed by a vote of 44 ayes to 12 noes.


A prize waltz at Talent, Friday night. The Hub Shoe store of Medford will give a fine pair of shoes to the lady of the winning couple.


Insurance agencies of the city are receiving checks from their home offices to cover the losses sustained in the basement fire in the Liberty building a month ago.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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