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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 2, 1921

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

Nov. 2, 1921


The county court in session today is considering the advisability of building a second story on the new county vault now under construction, and using the same as a jury room, in view of the fact that the new law enabling women to act as jurors goes into effect January 1, 1922, and the present jury room is inadequate and does not contain accommodations suitable for the new order. The next regular list of jurors for the February term of court will contain the names of women eligible for service.

The law requires that the county court provide toilets, mirrors, and other accessories for the health and accommodation of women jurors.

The proposed addition to the vault will extend over the northeast corner of the courthouse, and is adjacent to the circuit room, and by cutting a door in the wall could be made into a jury room, and with little additional expense. The present jury room would be divided between chamber for the circuit judge, and larger quarters for the county school superintendent.

The county court at the morning session audited bills for the month, and attended to routine matters.


The retrial of James (Shine) Edwards on a charge of selling intoxicating liquor will be called at the end of the present docket, and Edwards will go to rial this week on the second indictment against him, alleging the same offense.

District Attorney Rawles Moore this morning requested the court to hold the retrial this week, but the court dismissed the plea, upon the grounds that the trial of the case with the present jury list would “be a needless expense to the county, as many of the jurors were disqualified from service.” Many of the jurors heard part of the evidence in the trial that resulted in a disagreement after 14 hour’s deliberation.

It is the intention of the court to use the present jury list to try the Raleigh Matthews case scheduled for next Monday, and to call a new venire for the remainder of the term.

The prosecuting attorney also requested that a continuance be granted in this case, but no action was taken by the court.


Thoughtless boys on Hallowe’en night damaged a number of cars parked on Geneva avenue, whose occupants were attending a social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Davis, by drawing lines and designs on the bodies of the autos with hard chalk which scratched through the varnish. Every car will have to be revarnished.

Among the cars so damaged were the new Buick Six of J. W. Johnson, the new Packard of Vernon Vawter and the autos of Judge M. Purdin and Ed Trowbridge. Another citizen reported to the police yesterday afternoon that the curtains had been cut off his car Monday night in another part of the city.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com