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Mail Tribune 100, July 2, 1921

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

July 2, 1921


James L. Burke Arrested for Attempting to Pass Check on Local Merchant Proves to be Deserter from U. S. Army.

A message received by Chief of Police Timothy this morning from the commander of the army post at Vancouver instructed him to hold James K. Burke on the charge of desertion from the army and robbery. This was a very easy task for the chief to perform, as Friday afternoon in Justice Taylor’s court Burke was bound over to the grand jury in $500 bail for forging a check, and is a prisoner in the county jail.

Burke arrived here several days ago wearing an army uniform, assumed the name of Hanson, and to raise money forged the name of Ray Toft to a check for $20, which he tried to pass at Davidson’s cigar stand. The clerk, however, called up Ray Toft by phone and leaned that the check was a forgery, whereupon Burke seized the check from his hand and hurried away. He was later found and arrested by Patrolman Adams. It was learned that he also tried to pass the same check, or another of a similar nature, on a Medford rooming house.


The Salem merchants put on a “Big Bargain Day” Friday with unusual success, the city being filled with people many of whom traveled 20 or 10 miles to take advantage of the bargains offered. Fifty merchants run one special bargain for that day, each one offering a different article, all in one big three-page ad. There were many other bargains offered by the merchants in separate ads. As a result of the huge success the sales will occur twice a month.

Corvallis and other up-state papers have made huge success of these sales, the people always responding.

Medford merchants should have a meeting at once and put on a united campaign of this kind. They have done it successfully before. The association has not had a meeting for some time but should have one at once and get busy.


The Trigonia well is now down approximately 1,350 feet, drilling in slate and a heavy blue clay, which makes most difficult drilling, because of tendency to “mud” the bit and stick. The change underlying the black lime and sand was to be expected, and it brought a slight increase in gas. The oil shows continue. There will be no drilling Sunday.

Sylvester Patterson, of Ashland has been chosen president by the board of directors, and S. I. Brown of Medford, vice-president.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com