Former Redmond mayor convicted of gambling in 1913

Published May 12, 2013 at 05:00AM

Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

May 11, 1913

$150 fine ends gambling case

One of the cases tried before Judge Bradshaw this week that attracted attention and provided amusement was that of the State v. H.F. Jones. Jones is the ex-mayor of Redmond, and was charged with gambling. It will be remembered that he acquired the “ex” portion of his title through the forcible suggestion of Governor West, after conviction in a justice’s court on a charge of gambling, last August.

Despite all the persuasive eloquence of J.A. Wilcox, some time recorder of Redmond who looks like Gladstone and who acted as Jones’ attorney, the ex-mayor was found guilty by a jury of his peers, and the judge fined him $150.

Some of the testimony was entertaining. For instance, W.A. Bell, district attorney, found it necessary to ask Dillon, the detective and the state’s chief witness, “How do you play poker?” Dillon proved himself a good forgetter, but remembered enough to be able to state that when Jones finished he “had no chips to cash in.”

Jones’ quick losses, according to attorney Wilcox, clearly established the fact that he never gambled, as they demonstrated his ignorance of the game. But the jury didn’t seem to take this point of view and wasn’t even influenced by the fact, demonstrated by the defense, that one can’t play poker in Redmond on credit.

The Jones defense was chiefly based on the allegation that the ex-mayor played solely as a municipal detective, to ferret out evidence.

Only a railroad

Modestly tucked away on an inside page, under the caption of “Local Mention,” the following graphic, comprehensive and enthusiastic account of the progress of railroad building to Prineville is found in the Crook County Journal of last week:

“The railroad surveyors are still working out of Metolius but hope to be through on that side of the gap by the end of the week. Then work will be conducted from this end of the line. Everything is progressing smoothly and every indication points to a railroad in the near future.”

There seems every reason to believe that a real railroad actually is coming this time, and Prineville is to be congratulated heartily, as is the rest of Central Oregon — for the development of one section or one community cannot but benefit others. But the point is that some folks are wondering what the Journal would have to say about a really important event like a funeral; of course such a mere trifle as a railroad is worth nothing more than a brevity in a sanely progressive journal.

75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

May 11, 1938

Lava Bears take 13 out of 14 first places in track meet

Sweeping 13 first places out of a possible 14, Bend’s Lava Bears, again bidding for a state championship, swamped Klamath Falls 98 to 46½ here last night in the first track and field meet ever held under artificial lights in this city.

Establishing what is believed to be a district record, the Bears took firsts in the first 13 events run off. The last event finished was the javelin, and as Paul Rukaveno, Bend’s star spear hurler remained on the hospital squad, Yancey of Klamath Falls threw the javelin 146 feet, far under Rukaveno’s mark, to take that event. Rukaveno suffered a badly twisted knee in the Rook meet last week in Corvallis and may not be able to compete for the Bears again this season.

Watching the Bears roll up an all-time record in points for the local field was a large crowd, the biggest to turn out for a track meet in many years.

The night track meet seemed to please most of the fans. All events, with exception of the javelin, could be plainly seen. The javelin hurlers worked on the far side of the field. Two boys directed beams of flashlights across the end of the run, to warn contestants of dangers of stepping over the mark.

Italy parades sea power for Nazi fuehrer

Premier Benito Mussolini treated his guest Fuehrer Adolph Hitler to a gigantic display of Italy’s new sea power today at a gala fleet review in the bay of Naples.

More than 200 warships, including a mass fleet of 90 submarines took part in what Italians said was the biggest navy review since the world war, the ships surpassing in number even if not in tonnage those at the British coronation review of last year.

Mussolini and Hitler had as their post of review the 23,000-ton battleship Conte di Cavour, newly reconstructed at a cost of $15,810,000 and bristling with anti-aircraft guns.

Il Duce had personally approved plans for the review, including innovations in dramatic maneuvers with which he hoped to impress his partner in the “Berlin-Rome axis” and convince him of Italy’s strength in the Mediterranean.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

May 11, 1963

Bend dominates 2nd annual metric track fest

Eight records were broken on new Bruin Field Saturday when Bend High School’s amazing track and field team captured seven events to completely dominate the Second Annual Bend Bulletin Metric Invitational track meet.

Combining overall team balance with the double-barreled winning efforts of Clyde Smith and Herb Hickman, Bend overwhelmed a field of eight opponents to sweep home with a lopsided victory.

Smith and Hickman, winning two events each, accounted for four of the records themselves. Bend posted 138 points and set five of the eight new marks.

Smith shattered the field mark at the same time he set a meet record when he put the shot 52’ 5¼”. Smith, a transfer this year from Taft on the coast, apparently was not satisfied with this one championship effort. He came back late in the meet to toss the discus a half inch farther than the runner-up Harris from Crater.

Hickman ignored rumors that he was the underdog in both the 400 and 800 meter runs, when he dashed home with both victories. He won the 400 with a time of 49.9, and scampered home in the 800 in just one-tenth of a second over two minutes. (2:00.1)

Bend’s ace pole vaulter won as did Bill Hutton in winning both hurdle races.

Coach Hoot Moore had nothing but praise for his athletes. “I’m sure proud of them,” he said after it was all over.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

May 11, 1988

For sale: Millican

It was probably one of the few times Millican had experienced a traffic jam.

Hundreds of cars lined the highway and parked behind the tiny grocery store and gas station of the town along U.S. Highway 20 that boasted a population of one.

More than 400 people roamed around the late Bill Mellin’s property to watch the auction or bid on his estate — whose owner met an abrupt and violent end.

From the back of a pickup truck auctioneer Dennis Turman sold off item after item in the seemingly endless supply of tools, oil filters, wood drill bits, auto parts and tires.

While Turman at a rapid-fire pace, found buyers for the floor jack, grease gun pots, radiator caps and tire tubes, people poked through tables filled with everything and anything.

One table held 1941 Look and Life magazines, a pair of dirty grey lederhosen, two empty leather holsters, an ornate 19th century cash register, an accordion, crockery, rusty tools and gadgets long since obsolete.

John Peterson and Hank Court of Bend bought a lot of the tools and traded with each other. Bernice Durfee of Redmond watched the auction from the sidelines. She wasn’t bidding. “I think it’s great,” Durfee said, “but I have too much of this stuff already.”

Vicki Allen of La Pine stood patiently waiting for the furniture to be auctioned off. “I’m waiting for a few of those antique tables,” she said.

In the store, Mellin’s daughter, Valerie Cornford, bustled about making sure the hot dogs would hold out.

“I’ve been wonderfully surprised by the turnout,” Cornford said. “I’m going to stay here for now. We’ll repaint the store and open it and the gas station very soon.”

Cornford, who said she eventually will return to California to complete her schooling at California State University-Northridge, has the property on the market.

Mellin owned the town for 42 years before he died of a bullet wound to the head in March. A former employee, David Wareham, has been charged with the murder.