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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 17, 1922

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Feb. 17, 1922


Mangus Hall and his uncle, Florence Hall were arrested yesterday by Prohibition Officer S. B. Sandifer on charges of bootlegging and were taken to the county jail in Jacksonville. The grand jury which is now in session returned indictments against them and each is held on $1,000 bail. Mangus Hall is a local man and Florence Hall, his uncle, is a resident of the Applegate district.

Mangus and a confederate were in Central Point last Tuesday night and at a dance that was in progress there it is alleged that they sold a quantity of moonshine. One of the men who drank some of the poisonous liquid became painfully ill. The man’s fiancée called Special Agent Sandifer and when he arrived enough information was gained to cause the arrest of the two men. The victim of the poison is in a state of convalescence but for a while grave doubts were entertained as to his possible recovery.

The moonshine, which nearly caused the death of one of the indulging persons who partook of it, and caused several others a good deal of discomfort, is alleged to have been made by Florence Hall, the uncle, at his place on the Sterling mine road. The offenders maintain that they were not selling the stuff but were giving it away.

An additional quantity of the moonshine was found buried in Central Point when Sandifer made a search following the arrest of the alleged bootleggers. A gallon and a quarter was found buried beneath the floor of the barn.


Ernest S. “Dud” Wolgamott was indicted yesterday by the grand jury now in session at Jacksonville on a charge of selling intoxicating liquor. The indictment charges that the crime was committed on Feb. 4, 1922.

The last arrest and conviction of S. L. McClenden on a bootlegging charge, for which McClenden was fined $250 and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, came as a result of a sale on February 4th, and it was at the time alleged that he procured the liquor which he sold, from Wolgamott. It is supposed that this last indictment returned against Wolgamott is a result of the last McClenden case.

This is Wolgamott’s fourth arrest on a bootlegging charge. He is under $1,000 bail on this last indictment and was in Medford this morning endeavoring to raise the required amount. This puts his total bail, on all three cases pending, at the $3,000 mark.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com