Mail Tribune 100, October 26, 1921 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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October 26, 1921


The nighttime party of two men, who are South Pacific Railroad firefighters, and four women, all from Ashland, ended at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when their large Dodge passenger car struck a wagon American Laundry Motor Delivery Service at East Sixth St. and North Central, tearing a rear wheel off the wagon and otherwise damaging it. It is claimed that the Dodge car also nearly collided with the corner of the building at the northwest corner of Sixth and Central.

Immediately after the collision, the four women hurried to leave the scene. They are recounted in the police report of the case as “The Four Jane Does of Ashland”.

Police chief Timothy arrived at the scene in time to place the two under arrest for intoxication and locked them in the city jail until noon, when they were released on bail. $ 20 each to appear in police court Thursday afternoon. at 2 hours for their hearing, and after agreeing to pay all laundry cart repair costs. They were arrested as John and James Doe because they said if their real names were known they would lose their jobs at the railroad.

They admitted that the ride had been running since Monday morning. The bottom of their car was covered about two inches deep in peanut shells and cigarette butts, police said.

No state charges could be brought against the men due to the Moore County District Attorney’s absence in Jacksonville, busy with grand jury cases and circuit court trials.


From what was known, last night’s windstorm last night in Medford and the valley did not cause serious damage to the orchards that morning, although apples were blown from the trees . In some orchards, 80 to 90 percent of the apple crop has been picked, but as a rule, apple picking is only about half.

The series of gales that blew from early evening until midnight were the harshest in the valley in a long time, tipping houses over and sweeping away everything that is carried outside. The wind speed could not be determined because the local weather bureau’s wind measuring instrument was out of order, a fact that was only discovered this noon when County Officer Cate, the local meteorologist , went to read the wind speed for the last 24 hours.

The wind was faster in Phoenix and the southern end of the county than around Medford, and was followed by a downpour of rain that measured 0.44 of an inch here.

– Alissa Corman; [email protected]

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