News from 100 years ago

Mail Tribune 100, June 13, 1918

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

June 13, 1918


Police Judge Glenn O. Taylor who is also Justice of the Peace, announced today that he would soon begin to administer the extreme penalty for violations of the city and state auto laws. This would mean a fine of $50 and costs for a first offense, with confinement in jail for 25 days unless paid. The second offense provides a fine of $100 and 50 days in jail if not paid, and the third offense calls for a fine of $150 and 75 days in jail if not paid.

Two men who were arrested for speeding in the city yesterday by Harold McDonald, the county motorcycle cop, were given fines of $5 and costs, amounting to $8.25 in Justice Taylor’s court today. They are Vick Stephenson, driver of the Eagle Point jitney, who was speeding along North Holly street at 34 miles and hour, and James Leslie, taxicab driver, who was speeding on Riverside at 33 miles an hour.

W. S. Herring of Ashland, who was arrested by McDonald yesterday for speeding in that city was fined $10 and costs in the Ashland police court.

Chief of Police Hittson also made two arrests Wednesday in his crusade against cars running thru the city with their mufflers open.


The thunder storms and lighting strikes in the valley Wednesday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. temporarily wrecked the valley system of the California-Oregon Power company, causing a damage estimated at present at not less than $8,000. Two of the largest transformers were burned out, nearly a score of poles shattered and numerous connections destroyed.

Had it not been for the California power plants of the company, Medford and the entire valley would have been without light and power service yesterday and today. When the system in Oregon was wrecked by the lightning the Copco plant was called upon to furnish the juice.

Lightning struck in a number of places but chiefly at Seven Oaks where two poles were completely destroyed and 13 others were badly split and shattered. The total damage caused by the storm is not yet known and will probably not be developed before Friday.

At the Gold Ray power plant the company lost a 1,560 K. W. transformer of over 2,000 horsepower; also several lead covered cables behind the switch board and an exciter on the big generator.

Between Ashland and Grants Pass approximately 100 fuse blocks and fuses were destroyed, and in several valley towns 8 or 10 distributing transformers were badly damaged and put out of commission.

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