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Mail Tribune 100, April 2, 1921

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

April 2, 1921

JOHNSON WILL PLEAD GUILTY SAYS ATTORNEY

Principal in Jacksonville Bank Case Tired of Litigation — Eager to Start Prison Term — Plea Would Result in 10 Year Maximum Sentence.

Announcement was made Friday by his attorney, Herbert K. Hanna, that W. H, Johnson, former cashier of the defunct Bank of Jacksonville, will plead guilty before Judge Calkins, as soon as he recovers from an attack of flu. Johnson was indicted on 20 counts. It is expected that he will plead guilty on one class of indictments. The maximum term provided by law for the offenses alleged against Johnson is 10 years.

Johnson, according to his attorney, has grown weary of the monotony of county jail, and the strife and tension of legal procedure, and is anxious to begin serving his prison term. He has been in jail for eight months, with only a few respites. During the recent term of court, he was taken to lunch by the sheriff, on days that he was a witness in the civil and criminal cases arising from the bank failure. When George Forester, a forger escaped from the county jail last winter, by beating Jailer Moses over the head with a stick of stove wood, Johnson was instrumental in saving the jailer’s life by imploring his prison mate “not to commit murder.”

Johnson accepts the gloomy prospects ahead of him, philosophically, and makes no effort to dodge the blame that attaches to himself. He has been a valuable witness in civil suits, and this with his previous model life, is apt to gain him favors at the state prison, probably in the clerical department. Johnson is 41 years old, and a graduate of the University of Oregon.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

But a few days more and the valley will be a mass of blossoms as the earlier varieties of pears will then be in full bloom. Here and there a number of trees are in bloom now. The later varieties of pears will be in full bloom in a week or 10 days, and the apple blossoms will be out in about two weeks. “This is the most consistent fruit blooming section I ever saw,” said Floyd B. Young, the frost expert, today. “During my five years of visits here in the spring blossoming time has always come about April 1st.” There is very heavy setting of pears in the orchards, and generally of apples.

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A change in the weather is coming as the prediction for Sunday is fair and cooler, and the air began cooling off a little this forenoon. Friday was the warmest day of spring so far, with a temperature of 76.

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A great many people swear “by” me, some swear “for” me and a few swear “at” me. I do not worry tho, ‘cause I was put in this world to do “good” and “I do.” Dr. Coleman, M. F. & H. Bldg. Chiropractic and Natural Methods.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com