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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 26, 1921

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

Oct. 26, 1921


The night joy riding party of two men, who are Southern Pacific railroad firemen, and four women, all from Ashland, came to an end at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when their big Dodge touring car ran into an American Laundry company motor delivery wagon at East Sixth St. and North Central, ripping a rear wheel off the wagon and otherwise damaging it. It is claimed that the Dodge car also almost collided with the corner of the building at the northwest corner of Sixth and Central.

Directly after the auto collision the four women hurried away from the scene. They are chronicled in the police report of the affair as “The four Jane Does from Ashland.”

Chief of Police Timothy arrived at the scene in time to place the two men under arrest on the charge of intoxication, and locked them up in the city prison until noon, when they were released under $20 cash bail each to appear in police court Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock for their hearing, and after they had agreed to pay all the expense of repairs to the laundry wagon. They were arrested under the names of John and James Doe, as they said if their real names were known, they would lose their jobs with the railroad.

They admitted the joy ride had been on since early Monday night. The bottom of their car was covered about two inches deep with peanut shells and cigarette stubs, the police say.

No state charges could be preferred against the men because of the absence of County Prosecutor Moore at Jacksonville, he being busy with grand jury affairs and circuit court trials.


So far as could be learned this forenoon the wind storm of last night in Medford and the valley did no serious damages in the orchards, although some apples were blown from the trees. In some orchards from 80 to 90 percent of the apple crop has been picked, but as a general rule the apple picking is only about half over.

The series of gales which blew from early in the evening until midnight, were the hardest that have been experienced in the valley for a long time, rocking houses and blowing over everything portable out of doors. The wind velocity could not be determined, as the wind measuring instrument in the local weather office is broken, a fact which was not discovered until this noon when County Agent Cate, the local weather man, went to read the wind velocity for the past 24 hours.

The wind had more velocity at Phoenix and the south end of the county, than in the Medford vicinity, and was followed by a downpour of rain which measured .44 of an inch here.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com