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Mail Tribune 100, April 23, 1921

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

April 23, 1921


An unlooked for commotion occurred at the public dance in Jacksonville last night when ‘Dud’ Wolgamott, a well-known Medford man was placed under arrest by Deputy Sheriff J. J. McMahon on the charge of intoxication and was escorted to the county jail where he was later released on $25 case bail by Sheriff Terrill to appear in Justice court this morning.

Wolgamott did not appear in court but was represented by his attorney, G. M. Roberts, who entered a plea of not guilty and the case was set for trial next Wednesday. The case is attracting much interest.

It is claimed that when the deputy sheriff first placed Wolgamott under arrest the latter attempted to resist and struck the officer, whereupon McMahon knocked him down, and then hustled him away to the county jail. En route there and in the jail it is further claimed that Wolgamott used very abusive language and threatened to kill the arresting officer later on.

Wolgamott, according to the police, feigned sickness in jail. Dr. Sweeney was summoned from Medford, and when the physician was about to shove a hypodermic needle into his body, Wolgamott refused to let him and said: “I am not sick, I am just mad.”


The two army airplanes, which have been in Medford since last Wednesday, waiting for the clouds to go away before resuming their flight from Mather Field to Camp Lewis for target practice there made a start this forenoon, but on reaching the Umpqua divide ran into a snow storm and were forced to come back to the Medford aviation field.

On making the landing here Lieutenant Gardener’s plane was practically wrecked. It was rolling along fast over the field when one of the wheels dished, bringing the big plane to a stop so suddenly that the propeller and practically everything else about the craft was broken.

It was the second plane to be disabled since leaving Mather field last Wednesday forenoon, as when the third of the three planes making the flight, was about 12 miles north of Rogue River, its engine became disabled and Sergeant Andert, the pilot, was forced to make a landing in a field, where this planes has since been, and will be for some time until a new motor or engine arrives from Mather Field by auto truck.

It was not known how much longer the other aviators will be delayed here by the accident of today.


Game Warden Pat Daily headed a raid made to capture alleged illegal fishermen who were believed to be operating below the Golden Drift dam Tuesday night. Daily reports that he saw a boat put a drift net into the water just below the dam, and that he followed it to where is was about to land near the White Rocks. He says that he recognized Si McClung, an old time violator of the fishing laws, and Bob Blackburn, the latter of Jackson County, in the craft, and that he emptied his revolver in the direction of the boat as it made its escape across the stream. McClung has not been seen since, but Blackburn has surrendered himself to the court and has paid a fine of $50. Daily states that he found an automobile in charge of Ren Raimey awaiting the arrival of the boat with its crew. — Grants Pass Courier.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com