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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 6, 1922

News from 100 years ago
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago
Oct. 6, 1922

John Lusby, a Pelican Bay rancher known to many Medford people with summer homes there, was acquitted by a jury in the federal court Thursday afternoon after one hour and thirty minutes deliberation. Lusby was charged with violation of the prohibition laws, and it was brought out during the testimony that a still “had been sold to somebody at Jacksonville,” and a picturesque sidelight was added with the spectacle of a prohibition enforcement officer taking a drink before the jury and the crowded court room. The official pronounced it moonshine and was alive this morning. Lusby was defended by Attorney Porter J. Neff of this city. F. V. Medyneski, a councilmanic candidate at the next election was called as a witness to corroborate the testimony of Lusby, relative to the large number of bottles around his place. Lusby said they were “brought by hunters and fishermen — it seemed to be part of the game.”


The neighboring city of Ashland like Medford is troubled with a water situation and at the Ashland city council meeting this week Attorney W. J. Moore talked for several minutes on the water situation and urged that the supply be kept clear and free from contamination, but was unable to set forth a definite mode of procedure.

Councilman Joy followed with a talk along the same line and brought the condition which faces the Belleview district before the council, stating that every effort should be lent to get that section under the Talent irrigation district.

He stated that Talent at the present time practically considered itself a part of a district, with Ashland as a center, but if the Belleview district fails to take the water at the present time, it will lose the water for all time, as other districts towards Medford are anxious to get the water and are only waiting to get the chance to grab it, thereby leaving Ashland to hold the bag, for if the Talent irrigation district takes in land nearer Medford, the whole community will lean that way, and in time will be considered a part of the Medford community, instead of Ashland, as it should naturally be. The failure of Belleview to take the water would also rob Ashland of any possibility of getting any water from the district, should investigation show that this should be done for the interest of the city.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com