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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 4, 1921

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

Aug. 4, 1921

GOLD HILL BOOTLEGGER IS HELD TO GRAND JURY

The first bootlegging arrest in weeks was made last night by Deputy Sheriff I. B. Millard when he took Chas. Randall, a Grants Pass young man in custody on the charge of soliciting, taking and receiving order for the sale of intoxicating liquor outside the Gold Hill pavilion Saturday night, July 30th. At his preliminary hearing in Justice Taylor’s court here today Randall was held to the grand jury on $500 bail.

According to the testimony of R. V. Close of Medford, who had been deputized as an acting deputy sheriff the afternoon of July 30, Randall approached him outside of the pavilion about 11 o’clock that night and asked him if he knew where he could sell 18 bottles of moonshine, and Close said he could not. Then Close saw another man walk up to Randall and hand him $3.50 with the remark, “Here it is.” The witness testified that Randall then talked with three other men, after which he left them and went into the darkness and returned to them in five minutes. In the meantime Close had told Deputy Sheriff Millard of what he had seen and heard, and as Randall approached the three men again the deputy started for him.

Randall on seeing him come ran away, with Millard and Deputies Lee Bradshaw and Close in close pursuit. However in fleeing he dropped or threw away four bottles of moonshine according to the testimony of Millard who was closest to him, one of which fell on the railroad track and broke. Randall outdistanced his pursuers that night, but Deputy Sheriff Millard located him last night and arrested him.

The other three bottles were in evidence at the preliminary hearing today. G. M. Roberts was the attorney of the defense, and County Prosecutor Moore conducted the state’s side of the case.

RIM ROAD AT CRATER LAKE TO BE OPEN SOON

That the rim road at Crater Lake will be clear of snow and open to travel by the last of this week or the first of next week was the news brought down to the city from Crater lake by Seeley V. Hall last night.

He also brought the welcome information that local people or tourists need not fear to go to the lake at any time now as things are running smoothly at the lodge and the management is now in shape to house and feed all comers, and in fact a large crowd. The erection of thirty tent houses already has enabled the lodge to accommodate many more guests. The erecting of more tent houses is going on daily. The lake is enjoying an unusually large attendance right along and while the lodge is at times filled to capacity all comers are now being taken care of.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com