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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 29, 1921 continued

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

Oct. 29, 1921, continued


Caples First Witness

... He [Ernest Caples] said the first time he saw Wolgamott was in front of the Rex Cafe in this city, and that he was walking down the street at the time with Lewis and a man named Penny, a resident of Medford. He said he knew Penny in Portland, and that Lewis and Penny had arranged for a “party” that night, and were endeavoring to procure some liquor for the occasion, and that there were to be girls on the trip.

He said the trio got in a Hudson car and drove to the Jackson street bridge, where they met another car, and that Lewis secured from the driver of the said car a bottle, which was identified as the one offered in evidence by the state as purchased from the defendant. He said Lewis returned to the Hudson he was driving, and which belongs to Sandifer, and placed the bottle in the front pocket of the car, and that they then drove to a point on West Main street, and had a couple of drinks. They then drove back down town, and the bottle was turned over to Sandifer. He identified marks he placed on the bottle at that time.

Under cross-examination by Attorney Gus Newbury, the witness denied that he was a squealer, and also stated that he took no drink from the bottle. He said the last drink he took was the night the state went dry.

The witness denied that in a conversation at the corner of Main and Front streets, a week ago in the presence of Wolgamott, and a man named Bartlett, he had said, after Wolgamott said: “You fellows have nothing on me,” “I know it. I didn’t see you in the car that night on the Jackson street bridge. I didn’t see you hand the bottle to Lewis.”

On redirect examination by the state the witness drew a map of the position of the cars on the Jackson street bridge.


The calling off of the great railroad strike gave much relief to all residents of the city and valley, especially the fruit shippers and orchardists. Up to today 683 cars of pears and 242 cars of apples had been shipped east from Medford. No empty refrigerator cars arrived in the city Friday but from 15 to 20 came stringing in today.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com