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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 31, 1921

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

Oct. 31, 1921

WOLGAMOTT IS GUILTY OF BOOTLEGGING

Jury in Circuit Court, After Hour and Half Deliberation, Return Conviction in Second Moonshine Case — Shine Edwards to be Tried Again This Week.

The jury in the case of Ernest S. (Dud) Wolgamott, returned a verdict of guilty at 11 o’clock this morning after one hour and 30 minutes deliberation.

The jury took four ballots, the first three standing ten for conviction and two for acquittal. On the fourth ballot an agreement was reached.

The jury after an hour’s deliberation returned to the box and requested that the testimony of Ernest Caples, principal witness for the state be read to them. Caples testified to the sale of a bottle of whiskey to a man named Lewis on the Jackson street bridge on the night of August 4th. The state contended that Wolgamott made the sale.

A number of women from this city were in the court room this morning during the instructions of the court.

There are two more indictments hanging over Wolgamott, one being scheduled for trial this week, and the other near the close of the calendar.

Shine Edwards Up Again

James (Shine) Edwards, who was tried on a charge of selling intoxicating liquor last week, in which the jury disagreed after 14 hours’ deliberation, will face a jury again this week for the same offense. It has not been definitely settled whether he will be tried on a new count or given a re-trial.

The third of the bootleg cases to be tried at this term of the circuit court will be called in the morning. It is the case of the state against John Goodwin, Medford taxi driver, charged with selling intoxicating liquor. Goodwin operated a taxi from the Rex Cafe.

There has been some talk of hiring assistant counsel to help District Attorney Rawles Moore try the bootleg cases, and County Judge Gardner said this morning, that the county court was ready to furnish the prosecutor extra assistance whenever he asked for it, but, as yet, had made no such request.

The trial of the above cases will probably occupy the attention of the court all this week, and bring the trial of Raleigh Matthews, charged with second degree murder for the alleged fatal shooting of Wilbur (Wig) Jacks at Eagle Point last September, up the first thing next week.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com