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Mail Tribune 100, May 16, 1921

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

May 16, 1921


A prominent real estate man passed through our main business street last night carrying a can half-hidden in paper.

An officer stopped him.

“Whatcher carryin’ John?”

“This stuff? It’s worth its weight in gold — believe me!”

Immediately, the officer grew suspicious — and thirsty.

“Whiskey?” he asked sternly.

“Paint,” the realty man answered wisely. “It costs less per gallon and is worth more.”

He produced the half-hidden can — the well know Fuller label proved the owner’s statement.

“You see, Mr. Officer, when I brush a dollar’s worth of paint on my house it boosts the selling value two dollars. That’s why I say it’s worth its weight in gold.”

The officer realized his mistake. With a hearty laugh, the real estate man passed on.

This is Paint-up and Clean-up week.

Get busy. Get busy.

Paid Adv.


Under the very eyes of the owner two men stole the Chevrolet car of Harley Dunn at Talent late Saturday night and started with it for Medford. In the pursuit which followed the thieves wrecked the car at Phoenix and escaped, leaving behind as the only clue a cap which had been worn by one of them.

Mr. Dunn arrived home at 11 o’clock Saturday night, left the car standing in front of his home locked, and entered the house. A moment later he was surprised to hear the car start away and rushing out shouted to the thieves to stop. His shouts only caused them to speed up.

Hastily notifying Harry Mason, a neighbor, Dunn and Mason started in pursuit in Mason’s Chevrolet and in the meantime others phoned to the Medford police to watch for the car.

The race was Chevrolet against Chevrolet with disregard of all speed laws, but the pursuing car apparently was much faster and gained so steadily and consistently on the thieves that the latter in trying to make the turn onto a side road at Phoenix, either intentionally or accidentally, ran into a stone pile. The stolen car, which was insured for $500, and was practically new, is almost a complete wreck.

So far as is known the thieves were unhurt, which is considered miraculous in view of the speed at which the car was going and its wrecked condition. One theory is that the thieves, realizing they could not get away with the theft, left the car and then ran it at full speed into the stone pile.


Final tribute to three of the Medford soldiers who lost their lives on the battle fields of France, will be paid in this city under the auspices of the American Legion, this month. The city hall flag is flying at half mast in honor of these departed heroes.

The services for Private Carl C. Dunham, Company A, 28th Infantry, and Van Allen Cornish, Company B, 23rd Infantry, will be held tomorrow afternoon. The American Legion post, through Commander Frank P. Farrell, has requested that the business houses of the city close as a mark of respect, between the hours of 2:30 and 3:39 p.m. The American Legion will take charge after services at the funeral chapels.

Separate funeral services will be held, with joint services at the grave in the cemetery in charge of the American Legion post immediately afterward. The Cornish funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Weeks & Conger chapel, Rev. E. P. Lawrence officiating. The Dunham funeral will be held at the same hour in the chapel of the Perl Funeral Home.

The funeral services of Russell Simon Hawk, Fifth Marines, killed in action at Château-Thierry, will be held Memorial Day.

Van Allen Cornish was born in Medford, Dec. 23rd, 1890, and his home was in Klamath Falls, prior to his marriage June 3rd, 1917, to Miss Loraine Bliton of this city, and his enlistment in the 23th Infantry, October 4th, 1917. His regiment arrived in France in December, 1917. He was killed in action July 23rd, 1918, at the battle of Château-Thierry, the same battle in which Carl Dunham lost his life.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com