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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 27, 1922

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

Feb. 27, 1922


The grand jury that closed its work Saturday filed a report, in which Sheriff Terrill was taken to task, charging that “the sheriff is far from doing his duty, if not actually allowing wrongdoers to escape,” and states that it had appealed to the governor for aid in their probe and that it had been their intention to haul Sheriff Terrill into court to defend malfeasance charges. The governor in response pointed out that conditions did not warrant state action, and that “a remedy was furnished in the recall.” The grand jury also complains that they were unable to work harmoniously with District Attorney Rawles Moore, and recommends that the state law be changes, so “a grand jury may obtain legal assistance as it may desire.”

Sheriff Terrill said this morning that he had no statement to make on the report, as it related to him, but that he might make one later. He claimed that the charges against him were the result of “spite work,” and that every charge brought against him had been refuted. One of the accusations the sheriff said was that “they packed me drunk out of the dance hall at Kingsbury Springs.” “I was with Prohibition Enforcement Officer Sandifer that night and together we chased a speeder, who got away from us,” said Sheriff Terrill.

“We went to the Rex Cafe together and had a bowl of chili together, and that’s all there was to it.” According to the sheriff, Sandifer was a witness in his behalf before the grand jury, not that the speeder they chased refused to appear.

The sheriff also charged “that this whole mess dates back to the Bulgin meetings.”


Routine matters incident to the opening of the February term of the circuit court were completed today by Judge F. M. Calkins, and the first case on the docket is the civil suit of Randall vs. Cass. No criminal cases will be called before next Monday, as most of them are placed first on the calendar. Four women qualified for juror service, under the new law, and two of them were drawn on the grand jury for the year. They are Lula May Penland of Talent, Luella Applegate of Ashland, and Mary E. Kleinhammer of Jacksonville. Mrs. Penland and Mrs. Kleinhammer were selected for grand jury service, Mrs. Kleinhammer being appointed forewoman of the grand jury; the first in the state to date.

Nine criminal cases are slated for trial at the present term. Two of them are the so-called Bank of Jacksonville cases, one of them for burglary, and six are liquor cases, including two retrials.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com