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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 18, 1922

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

Jan. 18, 1922


Two losing experiences with the gentler sex have just about convinced Carl Anderson, Medford farmer, that he should resign himself to confirmed bachelorhood.

It was two weeks ago that Anderson came to Portland with a Miss Nan White for the purpose of getting married. He had wooed and won the girl after she had advertised in a Medford newspaper for a husband. She told him she had a big cattle ranch in Montana and he though he was “sitting pretty.”

What transpired after he and the pretty Nan arrived in Portland is all bitter history to Carl. She led him into a Portland department store, where she got his wallet, containing $680 and left for parts unknown. She is still among those absent.

But instead of returning to Medford and the old job on the farm, Carl got funds in some unknown manner and began to drown his sorrows via the moonshine bowl.

It was Sunday night that he got well “gowed” up and went into a cafeteria looking for a good time. At a nearby table sat two attractive girls. Carl started a flirtation. The girls, apparently, were willing to step out a bit.

In order to convince them he could furnish them a good time, Carl pulled out a $100 bill and laid it on the table beside him. The girls became greatly interested. They sidled up to his table to get a better basis of friendship.

When Carl turned his head a moment, one of the girls snatched up the $100 bill and both ran. Carl gave chase, but his legs were a bit unsteady from too much moonshine. He broke through a glass door and tore it down in the chase for the two girls, but after a chase down the street he managed to catch one of them. But he then let her talk him out of calling the police. He permitted her to go with the money.

The restaurant management called the police and had Anderson arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. In police court he gave the name of Eric Peterson, but Deputy District Attorney Mowry recognized him as the Medford swain who had complained of the loss of a bride-to-be and $680. In fact, Anderson wanted the county prosecutor to represent him as his attorney in police court.

In view of Anderson’s recent unfortunate and costly experiences with women, Judge Rossman permitted him to go his way with a $5 fine. He still had $21 left. — Portland Oregonian.


There has been so many calls for the gummed paper dress forms, that the Home Demonstration agent has planned two or three dress form days for Medford women. These days will be the last two days of January or first part of February. The plan is to train leaders in making the dress form. Any woman in Medford who wishes a dress form should phone the Home Demonstration agent, Florence Pool, office phone 920, before the 25th of January and find out about this school. These dress forms are inexpensive, average cost about a dollar. This school will be the only school for dress forms that we will hold in Medford until late in the summer.

If the Home Demonstration agent is not in the office when you phone, give your message and name and phone number to the one who answers the phone.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com