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Mail Tribune 100, July 15, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago
July 15, 1921

Prosecutor Moore is making out the papers necessary to bring Phillip Forrester, the forger and county jail breaker, from Seattle where he is held on a second degree burglary charge, the authorities there having wired Sheriff Terrill yesterday that although they had a good case on Forrester they were willing to give him up to the Jackson County authorities for prosecution.

As soon as these papers are completed Sheriff Terrill will leave for Seattle to bring Forrester back. Because of the known dangerous character of Forrester, and the long trip back the sheriff will take along with him to help guard the prisoner, Bert Moses, the county jailer. They will stop at Salem to get requisition papers from the governor’s office, and will take along with them to the Vancouver barracks a deserter from the army under arrest here.

It is still a source of wonder that so desperate a man as Forrester proved to be after his arrest, allowed John B. Goodrich, the Medford merchant, to bluff him into surrendering by flourishing an empty revolver.

The capture of Forrester at Seattle, is of particular interest at this time, because his flight was the subject of inquires by the recent special session of the grand jury. Sheriff Terrill in his appearances before the inquisitorial body was asked what he had done to secure the capture of Forrester. Sheriff Terrill produced correspondence to show that he had distributed many circulars and pictures of the prisoner, and that he had used all efforts to return the man.

It was through one of these pictures and description received at Seattle that Forrester was identified as the man wanted here.


Explanation of the rumor in Medford last Wednesday afternoon that an airplane had fallen on Bald Mountain is contained in the Eugene Daily Guard as follows: “Eugene was agog this afternoon with rumors that an airplane of the forest patrol had fallen on Bald Mountain 25 miles south of Oakridge. Later checking up proved the story to be false. It seems that the ranger at the Black Hawk station had seen a plane dip low over the mountain and go out of sight. He thought it had fallen. Later, however, it soared up again and came on to Eugene. It was the Medford patrol plane making its regular trip over the forests of the state.”

Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com