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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 23, 1922

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

Jan. 23, 1922


Ernest S. “Dud” Wolgamott was bound over to the grand jury this morning in Acting Justice Farrell’s court, on a charge of unlawfully possessing intoxicating liquor. The bond was set at $500. This charge grew out of the finding of six bottles of whiskey early Saturday when Wolgamott’s house was searched.

The original charge was changed from selling to possessing intoxicating liquor. This is Wolgamott’s third arrest on a charge of violating the state prohibition law. He has been convicted once in justice court and once in circuit court. The third conviction on a charge involving an infraction of state prohibition law provides a two year jail sentence, according to District Attorney Moore.

S. B. Sandifer, Jackson County Special Prohibition Agent, Night Patrolman Leggitt and Sheriff Terrill were called as witnesses by the state. They testified as to having seen the six bottles of liquor, mentioned in the charge, in Wolgamott’s house. Officers Leggitt testified that he heard Wolgamott say to another resident of the house on North Central, “Get up ---- they are all here and have got us.”

Attorney George Roberts represent the defense and moved that the case be dismissed as there was no proof that the liquor had been obtained since the prohibition law went into effect February 2nd, 1917. He contended that if the liquor had been obtained prior to that date that its possession by the defendant would have been legal. Sheriff Terrill as a witness for the state testified that on a previous search of Wolgamott’s home since the prohibition law went into effect no liquor was then found in the house.

District Attorney Rawles Moore represented the state.

The defendant, Wolgamott, was not present at the hearing which was attended by a large number of spectators.


Ashland people have been enjoying a rare treat in the form of ice skating. During the recent cold weather the ponds in Lithia Park froze to a depth of several inches and many young people who were fortunate enough to own ice skates or to be able to borrow them populated the smooth surfaces every afternoon and evening.


The service stations of Medford and Ashland report that for the time of the year and the recent cold weather there have been a surprisingly large number of auto tourists passing through the Rogue River both north and south.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com