Mail Tribune 100, January 23, 1922 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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January 23, 1922

TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR D. WOLGAMOTT

Ernest S. “Dud” Wolgamott was bound to the grand jury this morning in court under Acting Judge Farrell, charged with unlawful possession of intoxicating liquor. Bail was set at $500. That charge arose from the discovery of six bottles of whiskey early Saturday when Wolgamott’s home was raided.

The original charge was changed from sale to possession of intoxicating liquor. This is Wolgamott’s third arrest for violating state prohibition law. He was convicted once in court and once in circuit court. The third conviction for a charge involving a violation of the state’s prohibition law carries a two-year prison sentence, according to District Attorney Moore.

SB Sandifer, Jackson County Prohibition Special Agent, Night Patrol Leggitt and Sheriff Terrill were called as witnesses by the state. They testified that they saw the six bottles of alcohol, mentioned in the charge, in Wolgamott’s house. Officers Leggitt testified that he heard Wolgamott say to another resident of the North Central home, “Get up —- they’re all here and got us.”

Attorney George Roberts represented the defense and asked that the case be dismissed as there was no evidence the alcohol had been obtained since the Prohibition Act came into effect on February 2, 1917. He argued that if the alcohol had been obtained before that date, its possession by the defendant would have been lawful. Sheriff Terrill, as a witness for the state, said that in a previous search of Wolgamott’s home since the Prohibition Act took effect, no alcohol was found in the house. .

District Attorney Rawles Moore represented the state.

The accused, Wolgamott, was not present at the hearing which was attended by a large number of spectators.

PREMISES AND STAFF

The people of Ashland enjoy a rare pleasure in the form of ice skating. During the recent cold weather, the ponds of Lithia Park froze to a depth of several centimeters and many young people who were lucky enough to own ice skates or be able to borrow them populated the smooth surfaces each afternoon and evening.

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Service stations in Medford and Ashland report that for the time of year and the recent cold weather, there have been surprisingly high numbers of self-drivers passing through the Rogue River both north and south.

—Alissa Corman; [email protected]

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