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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 10, 1921

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

Sept. 10, 1921


The Standard Oil Co. suffered a slight pecuniary loss last night at ten o’clock when a bandit with a red bandanna handkerchief over his face and a six shooter of generous proportions in his hand stepped into their service station on South Riverside avenue and demanded the leather sack full of silver, which T. W. Johnston, operator on duty, handed him without hesitancy.

After securing the money the bandit examined Johnston’s watch, returned it to him and informed him that he was not after the operator’s money or property, but that of the Standard Oil Company. After completing this little speech he left the vicinity of the station hurriedly, running out North Bartlett street.

As soon as he left Mr. Johnston left in the opposite direction and summoned night officer Adams, who with the help of Ben Sieverson and his car, began to patrol North Central, Bartlett and Riverside, but could find no trace of the culprit. The bandit, in the opinion of Mr. Johnston, was a hobo. He was rather poorly dressed, was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall an weighed about 165 pounds. Although the exact loss is not known it is certain that the bandit secured only a few dollars.

It might also be mentioned that some of the people who are familiar with the particulars are of the opinion that the bandit is identical with the man who has been robbing the Standard Oil stations in cities north of here.


Frank Hoffman and Elder E. Gregg, the two young men who acted in a suspicious manner in searching cars parked outside the Elks club last Wednesday night, and were later captured in the depot by several Elks, are now sojourning in the county jail for 30 days, that sentence having been imposed by Judge Taylor on their plea of guilty to stealing a pair of gloves from Court Hall’s car.

Another charge against them is being held in abeyance by County Prosecutor Moore, that of climbing upon and into an auto without the consent of the owner. It is not generally known that this is an offense under a state law, with the maximum penalty on conviction of a $400 fine and a sentence of six months.

C. S. Badgley, the Portland man who attempted to steal Chief of Police Timothy’s car last Wednesday noon, is also in the county jail serving out his six month’s sentence for that offense.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com