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Mail Tribune 100, March 24, 1921

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March 24, 1921


A verdict for State Superintendent of Banks Bramwell of $2,543.13 against J. E. Bartlett of Medford, was awarded by a jury in circuit court at Jacksonville this afternoon. Bramwell brought action for the recovery of money alleged to be due the Jacksonville bank on a promissory note and overdraft, totaling $3,803.

Johnson Cross-Examined

W. H. Johnson, ex-cashier of the Bank of Jacksonville, began his second day on the witness stand Wednesday afternoon, with recross-examination by the plaintiff’s attorney on the intricacies and details of the Bartlett account, upon which the civil suit for recovery of money by the state banking board is based.

Johnson explained that double charges occurring in the Bartlett account were due to the “pressure of the railroad that wanted money for the bills of lading and the bank examiners were bothering.”

Asked on re-direct examination if Miss Rose Wickham had not “protested” against the balance of overdraft, Johnson first denied and then admitted she had.

E. D. Kahler, deputy bank examiner, was the second witness for the plaintiff, and identified previous exhibits introduced as evidence, and testified that the overdraft of Bartlett was $3,803.35, less $273.50, which was admitted as a “double charge.”

Mr. Kahler said Miss Wickham told him that the overdraft was $500, not $3,800, and that Bartlett had offered to pay that amount in settlement of his account “within the last two weeks.” Mr. Kahler is in charge of the present affairs of the Bank of Jacksonville. Marshall Hooper, former assistant superintendent of banks, now vice-president of the First National Bank of Klamath Falls, called as a witness, corroborated the testimony of Kahler, offering to pay “$500 or $600, what he owed the bank.”

Miss Wickham Testifies.

The first witness for the defense was Miss Rose Wickham, bookkeeper and stenographer for Bartlett, who testified that she had protested to Johnson at statements showing “overdrafts,” and called attention to errors in the account and that her efforts to have corrections made, always resulted in promises to do so, but no action.

A carbon copy of a letter written to Johnson by Miss Wickham was offered by the defense, with the usual objection by the plaintiff. The letter was in regard to settling the bank account, and that an early settlement was desired and that two notes of $300 each would be paid “as soon as the Crater Lake deal was finished, all would be cleared up.” The notes marked “paid” were introduced as evidence. The plaintiff counsel admitted an error of $100 in an overcharge, also a $400 draft not credited. This is in addition to the $237.50 amended in the complaint. Miss Wickham’s testimony was intended to refute that of Johnson.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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