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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 21, 1921

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

Oct. 21, 1921

2-HEADED SNAKE FOUND ROGUE R. NOW AT CARNIVAL

While driving through the country about seven miles from the town of Rogue River, Mrs. Gunning Davis stopped her car and descended the bank of a small creek for the purpose of getting some water for her car. As she descended the bank she noticed a small snake and at about the same time Darrell Garmon, who was fishing along the creek noticed it and picked it up discovering that it had two heads; whereupon Mrs. Gunning Davis gave the lad $20 for the possession of the creature, and brought it to Medford.

Anyone wishing to see it may do so by paying a slight fee in addition to the regular admission price to the Australian Entertainer’s show with the Levitt-Brown-Huggins Carnival, as the snake is now being exhibited here.

The two heads of the snake move independently and the little creature which measures 9 inches in length is perfect in every respect save for the superfluous head. Both heads are perfect and of equal size.

So far as can be learned this is the only specimen in captivity. The representative of the Mail Tribune who viewed the snake will vouch for the genuineness of the two-headed feature.

CARNIVAL PLEASES LARGE CROWD HERE

A large crowd of local and out-of-town people filled the grounds of the Levitt-Brown-Huggins Carnival located on North Fir street of this city yesterday and last night. This carnival is being held under the auspices of the Buckhound circle of the Medford Elk lodge. The dare-devil motorcycle performer has supplied one of the main features, while large crowds have enjoyed the wrestling matches held in connection with the show.

The Levitt-Brown-Huggins carnival is one of the most complete Southern Oregon people have enjoyed. The carnival will not leave Medford before Saturday night.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The fact that the city council had established a municipal woodpile on which all vagrants would be sentenced to work had a wonderful effect in driving the idle floaters in Medford far away, and in deterring others from stopping off here. Word has traveled fast in the hobo world that Medford is a good place to steer clear of. Chief of Police Timothy visited the jungles along Bear creek this forenoon and found only two men there, who had just arrived in the city and were washing up and preparing to leave again on the first freight train.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com