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Mail Tribune 100, March 21, 1921

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

March 21, 1921

LOCAL POSTMAN HELD UP BY GUN MAN AT 3 P.M.

One of the boldest robberies attempted in Medford’s history came yesterday afternoon when a shabby stranger held up Dwight R. Vimont, auxiliary carrier of the post office with a revolver beside one of Uncle Sam’s letter boxes from which he was collecting mail.

Vimont, who is 19 years old, tall and of athletic build in making his rounds collecting the mail from the boxes in the downtown district, reached the box at the corner of Central avenue and Twelfth street at 3 p.m., opened the box and was just taking the mail out when the robber stepped up and handing towards him a large gold nugget stickpin, said, “Don’t you want to buy this pin? I’ll sell it very reasonable.”

The robber was a shabbily dressed, short and heavyset man of between 35 and 40 years with a week’s growth of whiskers. His nose had the appearance of having once been broken. The pin looked to be a good one, and with one hand full of letters Vimont took it and was examining it when suddenly the stranger showed a revolver against his stomach, jerked Vimont’s keys attached to a chain out of his pocket, and with his other hand felt over the outside of the carrier’s pockets.

“You don’t seem to have much on you,” he finally said.

“No, I just changed my clothes a short time ago and left all my money in the suit I took off,” responded Vimont.

“You beat it now and keep on going, and don’t turn your head around,” said the robber who made not attempt to take any mail.

Vimont obeyed instructions and did not turn around until he had gone a block. When he looked around the robber was gone. The case was promptly reported to the police, but no trace of the gunman could be found. It is thought that the stickpin was either stolen or was the proceeds of a more successful robbery. This is the first holdup in Medford for years past.

Young Vimont was not frightened nor did he think much of the episode until some time afterwards. Then the more he thought the matter over the more unnerved did he become, and he did not regain his usual composure until he had put two chocolate milkshakes under this belt.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

There is no need of alarm over the smallpox situation in Medford, altogether there have only been seven cases in the city since the disease first made its appearance here a month ago, and two of these cases are now cured. Only two public school children were ill with the disease, and one teacher, and these three cases have been on so long now without new cases appearing in the schools and elsewhere that the danger of an epidemic starting seems to have been reduced to a minimum. Owing to the alarming, exaggerated reports in circulation the past two weeks there has been a rush of pupils and their parents to the physicians’ offices to be vaccinated.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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