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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 21, 1922

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

Jan. 21, 1922


Local Bootlegger Apprehended When Early Morning Search Reveals a Secret Liquor Cache — Search Warrant Secured Late Last Night — John Doe Gives Police Tip.

Ernest “Dud” Wolgamott, who has twice faced bootlegging indictments returned by the grand jury, was arrested this morning on a third charge of bootlegging. The latter arrest was due to the activity of Night Officer Joe Cave and S. B. Sandifer, Special State Prohibition Officer for Jackson Count, and who procured a search warrant and found Wolgamott’s alleged secret cache of liquor for customers in his home on North Central Ave.

The arrest was made by Sheriff Terrill, who accompanied the searching squad of officers, and the information leading to the discovery of the booze cache came from a man who was arrested after leaving the Wolgamott home with a bottle of booze in his possession.

Wolgamott was convicted in circuit court last fall on an indictment for bootlegging and was given a sentence of not more than three months in jail and a fine of $400. This case, however, is pending on a plea for a new trial, during which Wolgamott has been at liberty under $1,000 cash bail.

Wolgamott’s arrest came about thru Night Patrolman Cave putting two and two together, adding the sum and laying the addition and his conclusions before State Officer Sandifer.

When at 1 o’clock this morning Cave saw a man whom the police have long suspected of knowing something about bootlegging activities in Medford, walking along Central avenue, he stopped him and found a quart bottle of whiskey on him. He placed the man who is carried in the court chronicles as John Doe under arrest and conferred with Night Officer Leggett. They then summoned Sandifer by phone from the Hotel Medford, and after a consultation of the three, Acting Justice of the Peace Farrell was awakened at his home at 3 a.m. to issue a search warrant for the search of Wolgamott’s house, sworn out by Sandifer.

State Officer Sandifer then went over to Jacksonville, awakened Sheriff Terrill and brought the latter official to Medford to serve the warrant and make the arrest if the expected evidence was found in the search. Officers Sandifer, Cave and Leggett and Sheriff Terrill visited the Wolgamott home together.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com