February 25, 1913

In a room in a local hotel, huddled in a corner, the lifeless body of T.B. Inham, whose family connections and former home are unknown, was found by a maid this morning when she entered the room to make it up. The police were notified and an investigation made, the result of which established conclusively that Ingham had died of natural causes, possibly heart failure. His body was removed to the morgue, where it is held pending an attempt to learn something of his past.

On the body was found an Ingersol watch. Not a single letter or a cent of money could be found. He had paid for his room in retaining it.

Ingham was but slightly known here. It is believed that he was a chimney sweep, and it is known that he traveled up and down the line occasionally.

He arrived in Medford this time Thursday or Friday (Feb. 20 or 21, 1913).


As the result of a motorcycle accident on the Ashland Road yesterday afternoon, Fred Purdin, son of M. Purdin, attorney, of this city, lies today at the Sacred Heart Hospital recovering from painful injuries about the head and broken collar bone. His escape from instant death is considered miraculous. No complications are expected by the physicians attending him.

Young Purdin was returning to Medford after spending the day at Ashland. Passing the Gore place near Phoenix he ran up behind an automobile driven by L.E. Wakeman of this city.

Mr. Wakeman was approaching a wagon and turned out to pass it. As he did so Purdin, running fast, passed him and shot across the road in front of him. The rear wheel of the motorcycle either skidded or struck a rock, Purdin plunging into the ditch by the side of the road. Mr. Wakeman turned his machine into the ditch, breaking his steering gear in doing so.

Young Purdin was rushed to the hospital. The injuries to his head were scalp wounds only. Ribs on his left side were fractured and his collar bone broken. Dr. E.H. Porter attended him and stated today that there was practically no doubt of an early recovery.

Judge Purdin today stated that from all accounts of the accident no one but the boy himself is to blame. Fast running with a tendency to take a chance is blamed.

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