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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 14, 1922

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

Jan. 14, 1922


L. R. James was given a preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon in acting Justice Farrell’s court on a charge of larceny involving 16 sacks of flour stolen from the Central Point mills. The flour was stolen from the mill warehouse on the night of September 24th last and at the time of the robbery Deputy Sheriffs Forncrook and Millard examined the mill and discovered that the lock on the door had been broken and the flour taken to a side door and hauled away in a wagon.

Previous robberies had taken place and always the same brand of flour was taken, “Snowy Butte.” One of the former robberies took place in the first week of February, 1921, when three sacks were taken, and the other on April 29, 1921, when the amount was somewhat larger.

At the time of the April robbery wheat was also stolen and Deputy Sheriff Forncrook accompanied by Sheriff Terrell followed the trail of the wagon by a string of wheat left by a torn sack. This trail led toward the Gall Creek district where James was living at the time and suspicion fell on him.

Shortly after school stated last fall James and his wife and family of five moved to Medford and recently they moved again to a house about one-half block from the end of West Second street. When they moved it was noticed that they transported a large amount of flour from one place to another. Day before yesterday the house at the end of Second street was searched by Deputy Millard. Fourteen sacks of flour were discovered and James was placed under arrest. The flour was the same brand as had been stolen from the mill.

James testified that he always laid in a good supply of provisions in the fall as he had a large family and believed in buying when he was in a position to do so, thereby guarding against a winter without employment. He denied having stolen the flour and says that he can prove an alibi; namely that he was in Medford all night on the date of the robbery.

The defendant was bound over to the grand jury on his own recognizance on the condition that he report once a week as to his whereabouts.

The family is in poor circumstances and James was unable to furnish bond.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com