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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 18, 1921

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

Nov. 18, 1921

MYSTERY OF LOST STUDEBAKER CAR SOLVED AT LAST

The strange case of a valuable studebaker Six car, 1920 model, stolen from John Schweitzer of Hillsboro, Ore., about the middle of last August, having recently been located and discovered by Deputy State Motor Vehicle Traffic Officer J. J. McMahon, has just come to light.

The stolen car was found abandoned a short time later on the Pacific Highway near Gold Hill. It stood there several days and no one claiming it a sign painter in Gold Hill by the name of Memmen took the car and put it in his garage at Gold Hill. A deputy sheriff at Grants Pass notified Sheriff Terrill of Jackson County of the finding of the auto and that official went to Memmen’s garage and looked it over.

It is claimed that Sheriff Terrill did not notify the state automobile department nor the auto insurance company of the find, as is always customary in the finding of an abandoned or stolen auto.

It is further claimed that Memmen the forepart of November borrowed $250 on the car from the Gold Hill bank, and a short time afterwards removed the car out of his garage to Grants Pass and offered it for sale in that city for $1,000. He placed the car in a Grants Pass garage to have repairs made to its rear gears.

It develops that at this stage Officer McMahon in some manner learned of this peculiar car situation, went to Grants Pass, took possession of the apparently ownerless car, and placed Memmen under technical arrest until the matter could be further investigated. In a few days McMahon had succeeded in locating John Schweitzer, the owner, who came to Grants Pass, proved his ownership and took possession. Schweitzer refused to press any charge against Memmen and the latter was released from arrest.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

This morning’s temperature with a minimum of 21 degrees was the coldest of the fall season, and the chilliness was accentuated by a damp fog which rolled into the valley after 6 a.m. and lasted several hours. The coldest previous temperature of the fall season was 27 degrees on the mornings of Nov. 10 and 11th.

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In a series of intelligence tests made in the Medford public schools last Tuesday and Wednesday among the students of the high school and a class of the 8th grade the Terman group of test of mental ability was used by Superintendent Smith. The test papers graded up today indicate that the general showing will be higher than the average usually obtained in such tests. The Terman test was invented by Lewis W. Terman of Stanford University.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com