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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 27, 1921

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

Aug. 27, 1921


Prohibition Agents Leave for North With Warrant for Arrest of Local Man Alleged to Have 18 Cases of Canadian Whiskey — Agents Launch a Systematic Search.

E. S. Sandifer, special prohibition agent for Oregon, and four deputies who conducted a series of raids in this city and county last week departed Thursday, and spent Friday in Roseburg. Sandifer carries with him a warrant for the arrest of Ernest S. (Dud) Wolgamott, who, he informed the Roseburg News Review, is headed for southern Oregon in an auto, with 18 cases of “pure Canadian whiskey.”

Deputies are looking for Wolgamott and his alleged cargo, and a systematic search will be made to the northern border. During his stay in Medford, Sandifer refused to admit that a warrant had been issued for Wolgamott, who was absent from his accustomed haunts two days before the raids started. Friends of the young man stated that he is deer hunting in the wilds of northern California, between Yreka and the coast.

Sandifer alleges that Canadian booze is being transported into Oregon in large quantities, and that he will devote all his energies and forces to putting a stop to it. Among the contraband and bottles of liquor seized in this city, alleged to have been sold by John Goodwin, a taxi driver, was the “Canadian Club” brand. The special agent who secured it, drank half of it up, before it appeared as evidence in the justice court.

According to the authorities, there are five more warrants to be served in connection with the recent raids.

The net results of the raids, the expenses of which are borne by Jackson County were jail sentences and fines to Barney Dufur, James Stone and Isaac Coffman, the first a farmer of the Kane’s creek district, and the last named farmers of the Applegate, who pleaded guilty to owning illicit stills. James Edwards and John Goodwin, local taxi drivers, and Wilbur (Wig) Jacks of Eagle Point, were bound over to the grand jury on charges of selling intoxicating liquor. Besides the above results, a good sized scare was thrown into the local dispensing profession.

Although no further arrests for several days have been made in the campaign by the special state agents to rid Jackson County of bootleggers and moonshine stills, new sensations along this line are looked for almost hourly. The governor’s special agents are still at work in this vicinity and new tips are coming to them daily about the location stills. It has been learned that the officers are especially busy in trying to ferret out two stills between Central Point and Gold Hill.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com