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Mail Tribune 100, April 12, 1921

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

April 12, 1921

SHERIFF NOT ON C. H. OWEN’S BOND, PHONE TO BLAME

Due to a misunderstanding over the telephone with the county clerk’s office at Jacksonville Monday noon by which it was understood that Sheriff Terrill had gone on C. H. Owen’s $5,000 bond, this newspaper erroneously published this as fact.

Mr. Owen has not yet secured bond, but that document it is announced will be forthcoming by Wednesday. By law the sheriff of a county could not go on the bail of an accused person even though he so desired. Sheriff Terrill announces that he has had Owen in his custody since Saturday. The sheriff makes the following explanation as to the situation:

“When Judge Calkins lowered Owen’s bail Saturday from $25,000 to $5,000 he placed Owen under my surveillance in order to allow him ample time to get a surety bond, deeming it only fair to do this inasmuch as several local men when they were arrested on similar charges to that against Owen, had been allowed to go under their own recognizance. The law forbids me to go on any prisoner’s or accused person’s bond.

“I have had Owen under surveillance all the time since Saturday, either personally or through a deputy, at the Hotel Medford and elsewhere, and I stand responsible for his safe custody. Owen does not want to get away. He is anxious to stay here and fight the charge against him.

“His attitude ever since his arrest at Salt Lake City has been to get back to Medford as soon as possible to establish his innocence of the charge. In Salt Lake City he at once volunteered to waive extradition papers and even offered to pay his own railroad fare and that of an officer if he be allowed to hurry back to Medford at once.”

The message from Jacksonville was taken by a reporter for the Tribune and was then corroborated over the phone by an employee in the Tribune office. But both apparently mistook “call the sheriff” for “by the sheriff.”

PERSONALS

Prompt action will be necessary to save millions of feet of western yellow pine stumpage in southern Oregon and northern California, according to A. J. Paenicke, insect specialist of the forest service, who is leaving Portland this week for the region infested with pine bark beetle, to get a line-up on the approximate cost of control on government lands to serve as a basis for presentation of an emergency appropriation bill in congress by Colonel William B. Greeley, United Sates Forester. The infested area includes Klamath, Lake and Jackson counties in Oregon, northern California, together with the Crater and Fremont national forests in Oregon, the Shasta and Modoc national forests in California and the Klamath Indian reservation. Several hundred thousand acres are involved.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com