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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 26, 1918

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

Aug. 26, 1918


As a southbound freight train was pulling out of Steinman about 9 o’clock last night twelve cars loaded with lumber broke loose and ran wild down the Siskiyous until they reached the water tank at Gregory where they jumped the track and piled up, tearing up the tracks badly and scattering lumber for quite a distance. No one was injured. It was not until this forenoon that the wreckage was cleared up and tracks replaced so that traffic could be resumed over the railroad.

Passenger train No. 14 due here daily at 7:35 a.m. was delayed by the wreck and did not get into Medford until 12:30 o’clock this afternoon.


Chief of Police Timothy who has suspected for a week or more that something was wrong at a house on Pennsylvania street, and had had it under surveillance, decided Saturday afternoon that the time was ripe for a raid, and at 4 o’clock made an unexpected and unwelcomed call. As a result he placed under arrest a 17-year-old girl who has been on parole from a state institution, a married woman from Central Point, and Alber Painter and R. S. Hesselgrave of Central Point.

The men were taken before Judge Taylor where they pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy and each was fined $25 and costs, which they paid.

The women were taken before County Prosecutor Roberts, who gave them a severe lecturing and notified them to appear at his office again today, when further steps may be taken in way of punishment.


Many people from Medford, Central Point, Ashland and the valley generally were busy in the Applegate district yesterday picking the luscious evergreen wild blackberries that line the roadsides. It is estimated that from 50 to 70 autos were lined up where the berries were thickest. There is a plentiful supply of fine blackberries awaiting pickers, and in the next week or two it is expected that hundreds of people will gather in a supply.

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