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Mail Tribune 100, July 29, 1918

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

July 29, 1918

RECKLESS DRIVER SMASHES 2 AUTOS BESIDES HIS OWN

C. J. Perrine, the Ashland clothing merchant, enjoyed the novelty Sunday evening of being in two automobile accidents in the Medford business district in an hour, of which he was the cause. No one was hurt but his own car, a Hudson and two others were damaged. Perrine paid for the repairs on the cars.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Front street, he was backing his car up to the curb at the Nash hotel and ran it into the Paige auto of Federal Employment Agent M. S. Janes, which was in charge of the latter’s brother, H. B. Janes. This car was damaged.

Without waiting to see what the damage was, it is claimed Perrine drove away. A number of citizens notified Night Policeman Walker who in turn notified Motorcycle Cop McDonald. The two officers were still searching for Perrine when and hour later Perrine, in turning from West Main street into North Oakdale, ran into the curb and struck the Ford car of Bert Stancliff, which was standing at the side of the street. This collision put Perrine’s car out of commission as the left front wheel was badly wrecked. The Ford car was considerable damaged, and had it not been that the larger car struck the curb first would have been completely demolished.

Following this accident, Perrine went to Ashland with a friend after the police had notified him to appear at the chief of police’s office here at 8:30 a.m. today (Monday). Perrine at a conference with the owners of the two damaged cars and Acting Chief Timothy this morning put up money to completely repair the cars, which for the Stancliff car was $50, and no charge was preferred against him.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Roy Pruitt, the automobile dealer, had a dispute in his office this forenoon with H. L. Vandermark, a former employee at the Pruitt garage, which culminated in Pruitt hitting Vandermark with his fist and knocking him thru the plate glass window to the street. Vanfermak’s injuries consisted of glass cuts over the left ear and on the left hand, which were dressed at the sanitarium. Pruitt’s hand was split open from contact with Vandermark’s jaw, so hard was the blow struck. Vandermark announced after his injuries were dressed that he would try and have a warrant sworn out thru Prosecutor Roberts for Pruitt’s arrest.

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