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Mail Tribune 100, April 17, 1922

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

April 17, 1922

DIM LIGHTS OR PAY A FINE, IS OFFICIAL EDICT

All motorists of Medford and vicinity are warned if they desire to escape paying fines to strictly adhere to the state law which compels the dimming of lights on approaching another motor vehicle. State Motor Traffic Cops McMahon and Perkins have just received orders from headquarters to pay special attention to such violators, and they gathered in four men on this charge last night who were fined in Judge Taylor’s court today.

Two of the offenders, Frank Holzgang and Lloyd A. Moss, were fined $10 each because they violated this law in the country district, both violations having occurred between Medford and Jacksonville. It is regarded as much more dangerous to travel in failing to dim lights in the rural section, than in town. The other two offenders, Gain Robinson and Nijah Roberts, failed to dim their lights in town, and hence drew fines of only $5 each.

G. E. Bahr, a traveling salesman from Portland, was found guilty at his trial today before Judge Taylor of speeding on West Main street, in the wake of the fire department which was en route to a fire Saturday, and was fined $25 and costs. He also drew a fine of $5 and costs for operating a car without a license plate. Bahr had pleaded not guilty, and acted as his own lawyer at the trial.

When arrested by Deputy State Motor Traffic Officer McMahon, whose speedometer showed that he was speeding along behind the department at 30 miles or over, Bahr got into a wordy argument with McMahon and refused to say whether or not he would report for trial in police court today. Whereupon McMahon in accordance with the law’s provision in such cases put Bahr’s automobile in hock until after the trial was over. The law provided that a car can be so held in lieu of a bond of $400, the maximum fine upon conviction on a speeding charge.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Workmen today began installing a new motor and dynamo for the elevator in the federal building, and in giving that lift a thorough overhauling it took the government just six months to make up its mind to authorize this needed repair and improvement.

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Tonight will be another one of worry for the orchard men as the prediction if for a heavy to killing frost in the morning, and they hope that conditions will change by early evening, as has been the case the past two nights, to remove this danger to the fruit crop.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com