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Mail Tribune 100, March 10, 1921

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

March 10, 1921


David Bearks, sentenced to 12 years in the state prison for participation in the Siskiyou freight train hold up a year ago, is a model prisoner, according to information received by the sheriff’s office from the prison warden, but D. H. McGlown and Clarence McDade, his pals in the crime, are hard boiled. Bearks’ wife is employed in a Salem restaurant. Bearks has many friends in this city, who are interested in his securing a parole, at the end of his minimum term, three years.

McDade, according to information received locally, is highly unruly, and in a recent smoker held at the prison, defeated Bearks in a lively bout. Bearks was a prizefighter before his employment as a brakeman on the Southern Pacific out of Ashland south, and was known in the ring as Kid West.

Another prisoner from Jackson county listed as “model” is “Red” Black. He was sentenced to three years for stealing a Chevrolet car in Medford, and while in the county jail escaped by hitting the jailer over the head with a stick of wood. He was captured several weeks afterwards in a cabin in the Steamboat district.


The members of the Medford Chamber of Commerce at their forum yesterday noon recommended to the board of directors that they arrange for an “Oregon Products Week” in the near future by the appointment of committees who will take charge.

At the suggestion of A. G. Clark, manager of the Associated Industries of Oregon, the week of April 25-30 would be most acceptable as similar campaigns would then be conducted at Ashland and Grants Pass.


A number of mining men have promised to make a display of minerals from this section for the International Mining congress which is to be held at Portland on April 5 to 10 and should any information be desired as to what the exhibit should consist of, they should confer with the management of the Chamber of Commerce.

Exhibits, which mining men desire to have the Chamber of Commerce ship for them, must have the exhibit assembled and delivered to the exhibit building on or before March 25.

The mining congress at Portland is to be one of the most important ever held and this district with its extensive mineral deposits cannot afford to overlook the opportunity of displaying the latent resources found here.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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