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Mail Tribune 100, June 13, 1921

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

June 13, 1921

2 AGED CITIZENS STAGE BOUT OVER CONTESTED LAND

John Antle, age 76, and James Bowling, age 72, both hale and hearty, indulged in a fistic encounter Sunday, over the ownership of a lot on West Main street. The gray-haired battlers were arrested by Chief of Police Timothy under the city ordinance “to punish and prevent riots, and disorderly conduct,” and are specifically charged with “conducting themselves in a violent and disorderly manner, contrary to the peace and dignity of the county of Jackson, and the state of Oregon.”

Bowling appeared before Justice Glenn O. Taylor this morning, pleaded guilty, and was fined $10 and costs. Antle reserved his plea until 2 o’clock this afternoon. He is defended by Attorney Gus Newbury.

The youthful pair are neighbors, and Antle was cutting grass on the disputed land with a scythe, when Bowling appeared, and, according to the story, ordered him off, and, it is alleged he was armed with a club. Upon Antle’s refusal to depart, Bowling declared, “I’ll put you off.” Antle dropped his scythe and prepared to defend his territorial integrity. Then the fracas started.

A vigorous encounter ensued, in which Bowling was pasted on the nose with a snappy right, and Antle received a clout across the wrist with a fir stick with knots on it. Mrs. Bowling is said to have rushed to the assistance of her mate. Other neighbors rushed to the scene and separated the combatants. The damage was trivial.

During the rumpus somebody telephoned Antle’s boy Dick, who went out and informed his Pa that “only cats and dogs fight,” and “little boys must be kind to each other.” Harmony was restored without trouble, and the riot stilled faster than it started.

Antle holds a deed to the disputed property and his plea in court will be that he acted in self defense in defending his property.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Superstitious people are very careful about their movements today, as it is the 13th of the month.

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Bob Burkhardt, a Danish boy who has lived in this country 19 months and who is scoutmaster of troop 20, San Francisco, is so far the leading one of 12 contestants walking to Seattle and back, and if he wins gets a year’s tuition at the University of California. Bob spent Sunday night as a guest at the home of D. E. Millard, the local scoutmaster, and played several piano solos at the Christian Church last night which were much appreciated. In the walking contest he is averaging 35 miles a day. The contest started May 1st from San Francisco but was held up a week when a contestant sprained an ankle.

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A large crowd of relatives and friends is expected to gather at the depot at 5:40 p.m. tomorrow to witness the departure of Company A, the local National Guard organization, for the annual Oregon National Guard encampment at Camp Lewis. The company’s two coaches and baggage car will be attached to the regular northbound passenger train departing at that hour.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com