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Mail Tribune 100, March 29, 1921

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

March 29, 1921


The entire joyriding Doe family of Ashland came to grief in Medford at a late hour last night when they fell into the clutches of the local police on charges of intoxication. The widely known party consisted of four women, two of them married, and four men. They refused to give their names and consequently the local officers had to fall back on the time-honored cognomen of Doe.

The well-dressed joyriders arrived in this city in a large Buick car, singing and shouting and otherwise hilarious, thus disturbing the peace and contentment of a large section of the city and the slumbers and composure of the night police. When the latter closed in on the party the joy changed to grief. The women cried, and there were heart-stirring appeals to be allowed to go home — dear old Ashland — and they never would be seen here again, etc.

Patrolmen Hemstreet and Adams then called up Chief Timothy by phone and he consented to accept cash bail for the appearance of the party in police court here at 10 a.m. today. Then the officers allowed two of the John Does to hire a taxi and go over to Ashland long enough to raise bail money, keeping the four Jane Does and other two John Does as hostages. They returned an hour later with $120 cash and a railroad man’s check which they declared was all the cash they could scare up at that time of night —i t was then about 2 a.m.

As this made $15 cash bail for each member of the party it was accepted, and the frightened and now thoroughly sober men and women were allowed to depart home. Of course not one of them showed up in Judge Taylor’s court today and the city and county is therefore $120 or more better off.

But more grief awaited the erstwhile joyriders at Ashland, for while they were on their way to that city the Ashland police called up Medford by phone and declared their intention of arresting the party for joyriding, singing and shouting on the Ashland streets before they came to Medford.


An “explosion” occurred in Jacksonville Monday morning when T. L. Devore, a resident of the county seat dumped a wagon load of tin cans on the area on Jackson creek, recently cleared by Col. H. H. Sargent and aides. A “Verboten” sign had been posted, and when the outrage was discovered, excitement reigned on California street, and a warrant was issued for Devore’s arrest. Devore said he did not know the old dumping grounds had been discontinued. After a debate, a compromise was reached in which Devore agreed to haul away the tin cans and not do it anymore.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com