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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 27, 1921

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

Oct. 27, 1921


James C. Murray, well known linotype operator on the Mail Tribune staff kissed a $50 bill good-bye this morning when his Ford sedan which came into his possession some time ago through a little business transaction he made with the local American Legion post, ran amuck until it collided with the fountain in front of the Oakdale street grocery at the corner of West 11th street. Both the fountain and car were wrecked, and Jim’s feelings were badly frazzled.

When he left home for work this morning Murray never felt better or happier in his life and as the sedan glided along he felt so good in the crisp air, he suddenly conceived the idea of stopping at his brother Kenneth’s home, 11th and King streets, and giving him a lift down town.

Leaving the engine running, he hurried into the house for Kenneth, and a moment later both the brothers came out. The car was gone.”Somebody’s stole my Lizzie,” quickly ejaculated Jim. “Land’s Sake, thasso,” responded the startled Kenneth as both strained their eyes looking up and down the street. Finally catching sight of a small gathering around the fountain location at 11th and Oakdale they hurried down to gaze upon the remains of Lizzie and the fountain.

The only explanation of the car starting away by itself is that the emergency clutch slipped.


Alex Sparrow, superintendent of Crater National park is all alone at government camp in that vast bleak region, with a foot or two of snow on the ground save for the presence of Jack Mabin, the caretaker at the lodge, a mile away. This news was brought back to the city late last night by Jack Hemstreet, who had been serving as one of Sparrow’s foremen since the middle of summer, and who left with David Snively, one of the truck drivers and the last remaining laborer, for Medford Wednesday noon. Herman Brown, the park ranger, departed from government camp at the same time with all the work horses for Fort Klamath, except one team.

“We left government camp with a foot and a half of snow on the ground, and in the midst of one of the hardest snow storms I ever saw,” says Hemstreet. “We supposed all the time that Sparrow was going to come with us until at the last minute he decided to stay, saying ‘it takes more than a little snow to drive me back to town.’”

Sparrow will probably stay until there is a snow depth of four or five feet or more, and then will make his way out on a sled drawn by the team of [horses] left with him. It has been snowing more or less since last Saturday at the lake, but until yesterday morning the snow mostly passed away.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com