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Mail Tribune 100, May 21, 1921

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

May 21, 1921


The Mail Tribune and the Geo. A. Hunt Co. played host this morning at the Page theatre to the kids of the city, presenting the movie, “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch,” to the largest outpouring of boys and girls in the history of Medford. The Page was packed and jammed from orchestra pit to the last row in the gallery. The youngsters enjoyed themselves, and registered their approval of the program by cheers — the traditional method of youth in short pants and pigtails when pleased.

Miss Grace Brown gave a number of selections on the Wurlitzer for the guests in which the brass band attachment of the big organ was brought into play to their great delight.

This is the first of a series of pictures to be given every two weeks to which the little folks will be invited by this paper and the theatre management.


Eight indictments were returned by the grand jury this morning, four in connection with the failure of the Bank of Jacksonville. Two “John Doe” indictments, said to be in connection with the bank failure were also returned.

Mrs. Myrtle Blakeley, former county treasurer, was indicted on a charge alleging “aiding and abetting a bank in making a false entry in the books with intent to deceive a person appointed to examine the affairs of such bank.” The count embraces new features, and takes the place of an indictment, resubmitted to the grand jury, upon the request of the district attorney at the last term of court.

At the March term of court, Mrs. Blakeley was tried on an indictment alleging “malfeasance in office,” which resulted in a jury disagreement. At the next trial, the attorney for Mrs. Blakeley will subpoena Will H. Bennett, former state bank examiner as a witness. Bennett is now an official in a bank at Pendleton, Oregon.

R. D. Hines, former vice president of the Bank of Jacksonville, was indicted on three counts, one containing the same charges as those embraced in the indictment against Mrs. Blakeley, and two for alleged “receiving of deposits in a known insolvent bank.”

Indictments alleging burglary were returned against Pete Stauff, known in police circles as “Dutch Pete,” and Frank Kodat, as a result of an attempt to rob the Gold Hill bank last April. The bank officials were “tipped off,” and posted a watchman in the bank building who opened fire, as soon as they entered the building. At the preliminary hearing the men offered an alibi that they were in their rooms in this city, at the time of the crime. “Dutch Pete” admits a prison record, and is said to be a tough customer.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com