Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 6, 1919

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

    Feb. 6, 1919


    Judson Bowdre of Pendleton, Ore., who claims to be a sheep herder of Umatilla county, and who while on route home last night from Hornbrook with a suit case filled with 20 half-pint bottles of whiskey was yanked off the train at Medford by Speed Cop McDonald and arrested on the charge of importing liquor into Oregon, pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge Taylor this forenoon and was fined $100 and costs. He wired to Pendleton to his bank to telegraph the amount of the fine, which he expected would arrive this afternoon.

    Bowdre claimed he was transporting the liquor for his own use but the fact that on him was found an expense book itemizing his expenses since he left Pendleton made the arresting officer and county prosecutor think he was representing someone else and might be a professional bootlegger.

    The speed cop as deputy sheriff, boarded train 16 last evening at Ashland on the look out for bootleggers and whiskey smugglers. McDonald noticed Bowdre keep a close eye on his suitcase. When Bowdre left his car for a second, McDonald hurriedly lifted the suitcase and found it to be heavy, thus verifying his suspicions. When Medford was reached he arrested Bowdre and hustled him from the train.


    “All employers of Medford and vicinity should make an extra effort to provide employment, even if only for a short time for returned soldiers” said Milton S. Janes, superintendent of the local federal employment office, today in speaking of a waiting list of unemployed soldiers here for whom he cannot find jobs.

    “It is necessary for these soldiers to find employment of some kind for most of them are broke and a number do not have homes. And more soldiers are coming home daily, together with others who for various reasons have decided to locate in Medford or the county.

    “Everybody should stretch a point to help carry over these soldiers now, for later on there will be plenty of work in the orchards and on farms, besides in the logging camps and mills. The bad weather of the past week, too, has stopped work in a number of orchards.

    “The only job I could find for one soldier the other day was one at dish washing in a local restaurant. Another soldier who is not a resident of this county, who had been five years in the United States army and had served at Chateau Thierry and in the Argonne campaign, where he was twice wounded, is badly in need of work and is willing to do anything. The only thing I could find for him Tuesday was a laboring job for the afternoon at the Denny fruit warehouse. He is able to hold down any working job altho he walks with a slight limp.”

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