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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 10, 1921

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

Aug. 10, 1921


Thomas Eddy arrested Monday evening on the complaint of Mrs. Mary Patton, charging him with using profane language and disturbing the peace was discharged by Justice of the Peace Glenn O. Taylor yesterday afternoon. City Attorney Fed Mears appeared for the city, and Attorney Newton Borden for the defense. It was alleged by the complaining witness that Eddy called he “a ___ liar!” Eddy admitted he called her “a darn liar.”

The rumpus started over a pail of potatoes, and the testimony covered a lot of territory. Mrs. Mary Patton testified she bought a house at 1125 West Tenth street from Eddy, and that in the course of an argument she had been classed as a falsifier. Her daughter, Charlotte corroborated her testimony, as did Mrs. Nellie Witherall.

Eddy in his own behalf said that he was digging potatoes, when the women folks started “to tantalize and aggravate him.” He said Mrs. Witherall made a lot of bitter comment, and that Mrs. Patton advanced with an iron bar and threatened to brain him.

He said her husband tried to quiet her but “I saw right away that he had no jurisdiction over her,” Eddy commented.

Eddy testified that after a ten minutes verbal bombardment, Elijah Hurd, a neighbor, appeared, and offered to act as peacemaker, whereupon “we went at it again.” The witness testified that Mr. Hurd told him he had been “a lawyer for 30 years, and knew the law.”

All the witnesses agreed that the ruckus was (minor) and could not be heard across the street, but that “curiosity seekers were thick” during and after the outbreak.


A called meeting of people interested in the work of the county health association and the home demonstration department was held at the public library on Saturday morning. There was an attendance of over 50 people, representing the various sections of the county.

Miss Jane Allen, state advisory nurse and Miss Jessie McComb, state home demonstration leader, were present, both making addresses along the lines of their individual endeavors.

Both spoke clearly on the object of the meeting, which was to strengthen both lines of work, to prevent confusion in the minds of the people, to avoid duplication and to render the most effective service to the people.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com