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Mail Tribune 100, April 19, 1921

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

April 19, 1921


At the conclusion of the preliminary hearings of Pete Stroff, alias “Dutch Pete,” and Frank Kodat, the alleged Gold Hill bank burglars, before Justice Taylor late Monday afternoon, the two men were bound over to the grand jury on $2,500 bail each, and taken back to the county jail, as neither could furnish bond.

The hearings, which were begun yesterday forenoon, consumed much time, as Frank J. Newman, attorney for the prisoners, conducted a vigorous cross examination of all the witnesses for the purpose ostensibly of bringing out as much evidence as possible held by the state. George Codding, assistant county prosecutor, conducted the state’s side of the case, and it is said succeeded in holding back considerable important evidence in his possession.

A feature of the afternoon session was the disclosure on the witness stand by Sheriff Terrill of the fact that he had found small skeleton keys on each prisoner when they were searched after their arrest, by which most any ordinary lock could be picked.


The Trigonia oil well, now being drilled in Jackson County, had penetrated an asphaltum bed, often called oil tar deposit, beneath which in California, oil is usually struck. A hard rock crust is under the asphaltum, which is said to protect the oil from being forced out of its bed by specific gravity. Stockholders in the well are sanguine of success. — Portland Journal.


The grading crew of the Schell & Calbert construction company are now inside the city limits on the last lap of the highway in this county. The “hot stuff” gang is operating near Foots Creek and are making two miles per month which will complete the highway in this county in August. — Gold Hill News.


Men with a vision are the builders of communities. They build not for themselves, but the generations that follow them. No city or any great undertaking was without the vision of some men and no realization of the so-called big visions was ever accomplished without a thoroughly organized effort. This was the theme of an address made by J. D. Allen of San Francisco at the Chamber of Commerce Good Fellowship dinner at the Christian church last evening. He complimented the Chamber of Commerce for its success during the past year and urged that their ideals be set high for the future.

The retiring president, H. L. Walther, reviewed the work of the past year and used the term that “this was what was accomplished” and not as in so many instances where annual reports are made by saying “we would like to have done” or “we hoped to do” this and that.”

W. J. Warner as chairman of the membership expansion campaign presided, and the evening was enlivened by snappy dialogues between Alex Sparrow and “Standard Oil” Walker, opposing majors in the membership campaign.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com