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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 26, 1922

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

Jan. 26, 1922

MEDFORD STILL OPERATOR GETS JAIL SENTENCE

William Brown, who was operating a still in his residence on West Ninth street was taken into custody last night and entered a plea of guilty to unlawfully manufacturing liquor before acting Justice Farrell this morning, The court sentenced Brown to a fine of $50 and a six month’s term in the county jail.

Night Patrolmen Cave and Leggett, Special Agent Sandifer, Sheriff Terrell and Deputies Forncrook and Farlow made the capture, a whiskey still in full operation, 20 gallons of corn mash and two gallons and six pints of whiskey. An order for the destruction of the confiscated goods has been issued by the court.

About two weeks ago suspicion of Brown was aroused in prohibition ranks and men were detailed to follow him and determine his place of residence. Brown evaded the officers who followed him three different time before they found his residence. Since discovering his residence and the location of the still it has been watched nightly in anticipation of its resuming operation. Last night operation was resumed for the first time since the cold weather and as soon as the distilling began word was sent to the officers who made the raid. Attorney Newton Borden represented Brown and made a plea for leniency. Attorney Georg Codding represented the state.

County and local officials feel that jail sentences are the only way to stop the liquor traffic, fines being regarded as mere items of expense.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

In “Mazama,” the annual of the Pacific Northwest mountaineering society by that name, are several articles and photographs of interest locally. One is the story of the Mazama club’s annual outing the past season from Crescent Lake to Crater Lake over the “Sky-Line” trail. This story is well illustrated with several excellent photographs of Diamond Lake, Mt. Thielsen and Crater Lake. The story pays a fine and deserved compliment to Mr. Will G. Steel, who was one of the founders of the club, and was recently elected to honorary membership; to Judge C. B. Watson of Gold Hill, who addressed the club at the lake telling of his first visit to the lake in 1873; and to Mr. Sparrow, park superintendent. The high praise given Crater Lake, as one of the wonders of the world, is well worth reading.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com