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Mail Tribune 100, July 30, 1921

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July 30, 1921

JAIL BREAKER GETS 8 YEARS PENITENTIARY

Judge Calkins Sentences Philip Forester, Local Forger, for Attack on Jailer Moses — Two Other Indictments are Pending

Phillip Forester, the forger, who escaped from the county jail months ago by assaulting Bert Moses, the jailer, and was recaptured recently in Spokane or Seattle where he was taking part in a burglary, was sentenced in circuit court in Jacksonville this forenoon by Judge F. M. Calkins to eight years in the Oregon penitentiary for his assault on Moses at the time of the escape. He pleaded guilty in court Friday to this indictment.

Forester must face two other indictments, to which he has refused to enter a plea before he retains an attorney. It is not known just when he will be ready to enter his pleas. One of these indictments is for uttering a forgery, the cause of his original arrest here, when he was captured after pursuit over the city by John B. Goodrich of the Toggery Bill store, surrendering when Goodrich pointed an unloaded old revolver at him. The other indictment charges his with assault on a jailer.

On account of Forester’s known dangerous character Sheriff Terrill is anxious to get him to the penitentiary as soon as possible, and is expected to take the prisoner to Salem sometime between tonight and Tuesday. The sheriff will breathe easier when Forester is off his hands safely behind the penitentiary doors. It may be that he will be kept in the county jail until the two pending indictments are disposed of, but this is hardly thought probable.

Forester has been kept in the strongest cell in the county jail ever since he was brought back from the north after his escape, under close guard. He served a term in the California penitentiary for forgery.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The usual weekend exodus of Medford and valley people to Crater Lake, Prospect, The Rogue Elk Resort and the hills and streams, began early this forenoon.

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Information has come to the city from the Oscar Huber construction camp on the Siskiyous that the last stretch of paving on the Pacific Highway had been completed Thursday between Ashland and the California line, however, the company, it is said, will keep its construction camp on the mountain for a month yet during which time grading will be done in places to prevent land slides.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com