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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 17, 1922

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

Jan. 17, 1922


The hearing of the case against Luis Garcia for assault with dangerous weapon terminated at two fifteen this afternoon with dismissal. The victim of the brawl, George Grigsby, who faces a bootlegging charge, was not present at the court session this morning and neither was he at his home. He could not be located.

Testimony in this morning’s session of court was that Mr. and Mrs. Luis Garcia, Albert Garcia and Marie Nickerson had been playing at the Shasta and that Marie Nickerson left about ten minutes prior to the time the others left. She arrived at her rooms at 510 East Main and had been there but a short time when three men entered the room. She testified that they had been drinking and that she was not acquainted with them. The men were identified as Grigsby, Nelson and Nichols. Withing ten minutes the Garcia brothers and Mrs. Garcia arrived; the visitors produced a bottle and offered drinks all around. The two Garcia brothers accepted the offer and took one drink each. The girls refrained from taking any of the liquor. Soon the alleged uninvited visitors offered to sell liquor to the Garcias, who refused to purchase it. A little later they (the alleged uninvited trio) became loud and objectionable and Albert Garcia testified that he requested them to leave the house if they felt it necessary to make such an amount of noise. The did not leave and the Garcia brothers, Mrs. Garcia and Marie Nickerson put on their hats and coats and left the house hoping the trip would follow, which they did.

The Garcias and Miss Nickerson went to the Optimo cafe and procured a cup of coffee, started back down Main street toward their rooming house and met the trip at the Page theatre. The entire lot proceeded as far as the house where the Garcias room. While they walked across the bridge, it is alleged, Nichols and Grigsby used exceedingly offensive language in addressing the ladies in their presence. An argument started in front of the house.

Miss Nickerson started toward town after the police and was detained by Nichols. She called Albert Garcia to her assistance and he and Nichols became engaged in a fight. It is alleged that shortly after this Nichols called to Grigsby, “Go get the banjo” (meaning a banjo which had been taken from Garcia’s rooms while he was absent at the Optimo cafe), “and we’ll clean up on the whole bunch.” Grigsby secured the banjo from beneath the bridge where he had hidden it and was coming across the street with it when he and Luis Garcia met. No one saw the actual meeting, as far as has been shown so far. Nichols caught Grigsby as he staggered and helped him west on Main street as far as the Medford Service Station where he collapsed and was unable to go further. At this point the officers arrived and the entire lot were arrested.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com