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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 17, 1921

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

Aug. 17, 1921


Federal Officers Assisted by Local Police Spring County-Wide Round-Up of Bootleggers and Illicit Stills — 14 Warrants Issued — Edwards and Goodwin Jailed.

Wholesale arrests and raids of city and county bootleggers and stills were launched at midnight Tuesday with the arrest of James (Shine) Edwards, and John Goodwin, taxicab drivers, and the issuance of warrants for 13 others, including two women, some of whom are said to have fled the city. The round-up, when completed will be the largest clean-up of alleged bootleggers in the history of Jackson county, and more arrests will be made within the next 24 hours.

The preliminary arrangements and collecting of the evidence have been going on for the last six weeks, and were conducted with such secrecy that even the sheriff’s office did not know about it until Tuesday afternoon, when they were informed to be ready for serving of warrants. The story of investigation includes evidence of joyrides and booze parties, the purchase of whiskey, and even includes as a sidelight a hunt for traffickers in drugs, who posed as rich tourists en route to Crater Lake, as a way to smuggle their cargoes of narcotics across the California state line, via Klamath Falls.

Six Federal Agents

Six special agents of the federal government and state, headed by S. B. Sandifer, who bears a special commission from Governor Ben Olcott, to probe local conditions, have been operating in this section for several weeks. They posed as “live one’s,” spent money freely, and bought moonshine and bonded whiskey often. All their purchases were marked and tabulated and will be used as evidence.

Goodwin Out on Bonds

Edwards and Goodwin were arrested Tuesday night, and taken to the county jail, where they were held. Goodwin was released this morning on $1,000 bonds, furnished by friends, and arrangements are under way to secure the release of Edwards under the same sum. The charge is selling intoxicating liquor. Attorney George M. Roberts was retained to defend the men. No date has been set for the preliminary hearing.

The authorities are looking for John Edwards. A trunk, said to belong to him, and containing a gallon jug of whiskey, is held as evidence. It was found on his ranch near Talent. He could not be located this morning by the police or sheriff’s office.

At nine o’clock this morning a squad of special agents, in a high-powered auto left for the Applegate for a raid on a still said to be operating in that section.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com