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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 30, 1921

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

Nov. 30, 1921


On warrants sworn out by Gus Larson, the foreman of the camp, Moses Hall, aged about 42, and Anton Olsen, aged about 19, who were arrested on suspicion of being the two bandits who held up and robbed the poker party players at the cement quarry at Hold Hill last Friday night, were arraigned in Justice Taylor’s court in this city Tuesday afternoon.

Hall is part owner and operator of a placer claim near Gold Hill, and Olsen is also from the Gold hill vicinity. From the time of the hold-up it was generally held that local men were guilty of perpetrating the robbery. The charge against Hall and Olsen is robbery while being armed with a dangerous weapon. Their hearing was set for Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and the bail of each was set at $2,500. Hall furnished bail. Attorney George Coffing acted as special state’s attorney at the arraignment.

Gus Larsen and several of the other men who were robbed positively identified the two men under arrest as the robbers, despite the fact that the latter had their faces masked with handkerchiefs.

The robbery is described as follows:

Two masked and armed bandits entered Stagger Inn, boarding house of the Beaver Portland Cement company’s quarry at Zacher, Friday night, and broke up a poker game. While one bandit kept the men covered after they were ordered to take their stand along the walls the other collected their money. Gus Larson reported that $500 he had put out of sight was spared. The hold-up men hurried their operation, one leaving through a window with about $65, while the other backed out the door. Some shots were fired, but no trace of the robbers had been found.


At the request of Governor Olcott for the appointment of someone from Jackson County who he may appoint as a director in the proposed Scenic Preservation Association of the State of Oregon, the Jackson County association at their meeting at Talent elected H. O. Frobach to act in that capacity.

At the preliminary meeting held at Salem some time ago, a committee was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws for the state association. As the Jackson County organization was the pioneer in the scenic preservation movement, its constitution and by-laws was used as a model.

A meeting for the formation of the State Scenic Preservation Association will probably be called at Salem or Portland in January.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com