The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 26, 1919
SALES ACQUITTED OF STEALING GOODS FOUND IN HOUSE
In the trial against Roy Sales, charged with purloining auto accessories from the stock of the A. W. Walker Automobile company while he was an employee of that concern, the jury in circuit court this morning brought in a verdict of not guilty. The case went to the jury late Tuesday afternoon with instructions for the jury to report its findings at the opening of court today.
The verdict was no surprise to the prosecution or any of the persons who attended the trial, in view of the non-positive evidence given by the witnesses for the prosecution. The alleged stolen goods were found in Sales’ home with sale tags still attached to the articles. Sales testified that he had never seen the goods in his home and did not know of their presence there until after his arrest.
A. W. Walker on the witness stand could not identify the property in question as taken from his stock and could not positively swear as to the cost marks. Joe Wilson, now of Portland, but who was at that time an employee of the Walker company, was almost equally uncertain. Both he and Walker had written out the tags, but each could not swear positively as to whether the property found in Sales’ home was from the Walker company stock.
The other charges against Roy Sales which also grew out of the unexpected return home of his wife last summer from Eugene will be tried next week.
Immediately after the jury had reported in the Sales case today the civil case of the Denny Fruit company against George Woolf was placed on trial. This case was expected to be finished this afternoon.
Thursday morning the case against Ray Toft, the Medford loan broker, on the charge of selling a bottle of whiskey to William Smith, will be placed on trial.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
Letters received in the city today and yesterday from Camp Lewis state that the Medford boys of the 65th artillery plan to spend a day or a large part of a day at Portland, going to that city immediately after being mustered out of service next Friday, and that they will come home in a body next Sunday, probably on the train which arrives at 9:14 a.m. that day. Letters and telegrams have been sent the Medford unit to have all the local boys get together at Camp Lewis and decide as to what time they will come to Medford and above all to come home in a body.
Medford owners of autos are much interested in the bill which passed the Oregon house on Tuesday levying a road tax of one cent a gallon on gasoline and one-half a cent on a gallon of distillate.