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Mail Tribune 100, April 22, 1921

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

April 22, 1921

$50 IN PRIZES FOR BEST WINDOWS IN H. PRODUCTS WEEK

Medford merchants are being offered cash prizes by the Associated Industries Association of Oregon for the best decorated windows of Oregon made products.

There will be prizes for the three best windows — 1st, $25; 2nd, $15; and 3rd, $10. The windows are to be judged from their educational value, artistic arrangements and advertising value. The educational value can be best illustrated by saying: If there is a display of woolen products, the arrangement could show a fleece of wool in grease, a fleece of wool scoured, kitting yarn from which the fabric is made and so on up to the finished product. The window trimmer would, of course, have cards which would describe and make plain the various steps.

This offer should be an inducement for the Medford merchants to put an extra effort on a display of Oregon products. Merchants display and advertise goods made all over the country for 51 weeks in the year and it is only a very modest request that Oregon be given prominence during one of the 52.

If possible exhibits should be in place so that the general public could inspect them next Sunday, however, exhibits should all be in place by Monday, April 25th and remain in the windows for a week.

25 ADDITIONAL INDICTMENTS IN J’VILLE BANK CASE

In the neighborhood of 25 additional indictments and civil suits arising out of the failure of the Bank of Jacksonville, will be returned by the May term of the grand jury, convening May 16, according to Assistant Superintendent of Banks E. D. Kahler, in charge of the affairs of the defunct institution. The criminal indictments will be wholly upon reconsideration of true bills already returned, asked and granted at the last term of court.

The May term of court will convene for the petit jury May 23, and a large docket is pending. Among the cases to be tried are those of Mrs. Myrtle Blakely, former county treasurer, whose trial at the last term of court resulted in a hung jury. The charge is malfeasance in office, arising out of the failure of the Bank of Jacksonville, and one of the witnesses to be called by the defense will be Will H. Bennett, former state superintendent of banks, now living at Pendleton, Oregon.

Another case to be tried, postponed from the last term of court is that of W. F. DeWitt, an Ashland jitney driver, indicted for manslaughter as the result of the death of Mrs. Nona Jennings of this city in an auto accident on the Pacific Highway near Talent last Christmas Eve.

The trial of C. H. Owens, former orchardist, now interest in Utah and Wyoming oil projects, indicted in connection with the failure of the Bank of Jacksonville, is also likely to be called at the next term of court.

It is also expected that “Dutch Pete” Stauff and Frank Kodat, charged with an attempted robbery of the Gold Hill bank last week, will face a jury at the May term of court.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com