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Mail Tribune 100, April 29, 1921

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

April 29, 1921


On a tip from some source that moonshine whiskey was being made on a ranch at Beagle, which was being peddled by a young boy at country dances, Sheriff Terrill yesterday visited the ranch but was unable to find a still or any large quantity of liquor. He however located a quart bottle, it is alleged, of moonshine whiskey, which the wife of the rancher claimed all responsibility for its presence on the premises, it is claimed. Therefore the sheriff notified her to appear in Justice Taylor’s court here this forenoon.

She appeared in court, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of having liquor in her possession, and her trial was set for 10 a.m. Monday. By consent of the sheriff and Assistant County Prosecutor George Codding the woman was released on her own recognizance. She asserts that the only whiskey found was a small quantity found in a pint bottle, which was used for medicinal purposes.


The Boston Board of Health, making a fight against the use of arsenate of lead as a fruit spray, and fruit Growers of the Pacific Coast, including the Fruit Grower’s League of Jackson County are making a fight against it before the Bureau of Chemistry, as attested by the following telegrams, received from Oregon senators. If the plea of the Boston board is sustained it would practically mean the removal of western fruits from the Boston markets.

“Washington, D. C., April 29, 1921.

“H. W. Bingham, President Fruit Grower’s League, Jackson County, Medford, Oregon;

“The Bureau of Chemistry has made no ruling relative to fruit spraying with arsenate of lead. Informal hearing brought about on complaint of officials in Boston. Bureau seems desirous of co-operating with growers at all times.

“CHAS. L. McNARY, United States Senator,”

“Washington, D. C., April 29, 1921.

“H. W. Bingham, President Fruit Grower’s League, Jackson County, Medford, Ore.

“Have had matter up with Bureau of Chemistry. No ruling, as suggested will be made. Instead will issue caution and instructions to use spray properly compounded to leave no excessive residue upon fruit sent to market.”



Portland is to become the headquarters for the maintenance and construction work of all the national parks within the United States, and George E. Goodwin, chief civil engineer from Washington, D. C., is in Portland now look about for office locations, preparatory to the transfer. Removal of this division of the national park service to Portland is being made to facilitate operation, the city being nearest the center of the national park area. As soon as suitable offices can be found, Goodwin will transfer his staff there.


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The San Francisco Journal of April 23, publishes a very appreciative review of Col. H. H. Sargent’s recent book on the world war, “The Strategy on the Western Front.” Among other things it says: “The book which comprises only two hundred and forty-nine pages, including appendixes, is excellent reading, terse and yet interesting, and the distinguished author, a veteran of two wars, by writing it, has added to his already excellent reputation as an authority on military strategy and history.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com