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Mail Tribune 100, March 22, 1921

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

March 22, 1921

CRIMINAL CASE SWITCHES TO CIVIL ACTION

Criminal Charge Against J. E. Bartlett Dismissed and Civil Action for Recovery of Money is Started by Bank Superintendent Bramwell.

After the criminal action against J. E. Bartlett, the former Medford electrical goods dealer, on the indictment of aiding and abetting a bank cashier to defraud a bank, had been dismissed by the state in circuit court in Jacksonville this afternoon, a surprise was sprung when State Bank Superintendent Bramwell’s civil action against Bartlett for the recovery of money alleged to be due on a promissory note and overdraft to the amount of $3,800 was called.

Superintendent Bramwell is represented in the suit by George Roberts, former county prosecutor, and Bartlett by his attorneys, Gus Newbury and Frank Farrell. Work on selecting a jury was at once started and it is expected the submission of testimony will start late this afternoon.

Liljeqvist Assists Moore

L. A. Liljeqvist, assistant to the attorney general, arrived Monday to assist Prosecutor Rawles Moore in the Bank of Jacksonville cases. This action was taken by the county court upon the request of the district attorney. Mr. Liljeqvist has a wide legal experience, and is rated as one of the leading lawyers of the state. He spent this morning at Jacksonville acquainting himself with the details of pending cases.

Dismissal of indictments against J. E. Bartlett and S. T. Johnson is pending. They were charged with aiding and abetting a bank cashier to defraud a bank. The counts against them rested on overdrafts, and they were exonerated by Johnson, the bank cashier, the chief witness against them, who declared that they were just ordinary business transactions. Civil actions for recovery of money filed against them will be pressed. The case of the state bank examiner vs. Bartlett for recovery of money will be called this afternoon.

The next case on the docket is that of the state vs. Myrtle Blakely, former county treasurer, charged with aiding and abetting a bank cashier to defraud a bank. A jury at the trial of the first count, “malfeasance in office” disagreed.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The members of the executive committee of the Greater Medford club at their regular monthly meeting Monday voted to recommend to the city council the immediate purchasing of the Pacific & Eastern terminal tract for city park purposes. The sense of the meeting was that one of the greatest assets a city can have is a well located auto park, such as can be made by the purchase of this well located property. The well pleased tourist will do far more to advertise the city than tons of literature sent out to the various parts of the country.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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