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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 26, 1921

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

Nov. 26, 1921


Gus Larsen’s Crew at Quarry Face Automatics in Hands of Nervous Bandits, Who Overlook Most of $3,200 Cached — $600 on Table.

Gus Larsen’s crew at the rock quarry at Gold Hill were the victims of a holdup last night about 10:45. The men were in the bunk-house and five or six of the fourteen or fifteen of them were engaged in a game of poker with about $600 on the table when two masked men armed with automatics stepped into the room and demanded their money. The men at the poker table arose and as they did so stuffed some of the money into their pockets or raked it onto the floor. About $100 was taken from the table by the robbers.

A careless search was made, but no more money was taken, although trunks in the bunk-house and the men’s pockets contained a total of cash reaching $3,200. The holdup men overlooked much. It is the opinion of the victims and of the police at the thieves were local men as one of them said to one of the victims:

“You had $40 yesterday. What have you done with your money?”

It is also a supposition that the men were not old hands at the game. Had they been, they would have secured more of the money so near at hand. Larsen says that they appeared nervous, being unable to hold the automatics with which they were armed, steady.

Another report in circulation in Medford today as to the holdup is that the man who was acting as banker of the poker game succeeded in getting out of the room and escaping with the money, and that as he was running away the robbers fired two shots at him without result. According to this report, only $65 was obtained by the holdup men, which sum was found on two of the players, and that the banker of the game had from $2,000 to $3,000 in his possession.


Despite the recent disagreeable weather touring parties continue to travel through the country and on their way from place to place register at the city auto camp.


Special scalp treatments, manicures, shampoo, hair dying, etc., given to gentlemen from 6 to 9 o’clock Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Please make appointments. Phone 595-J, Sanitary Beauty Shop.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com