The Hood River glacier. (Hood River, Or.) 1889-1933, July 14, 1921, Image 5

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"Ex-Service Men Attention!"
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help YOU own
your Home
We will co-operate by financing your material until cash is available from
the State. Why delay? SEE US TODAY.
Successors to
Bridal Veil Lumbering Co
PHONE 2181
Hood River Fuel Co.
For the grower of small acreage and limited space forj packing.
(With this SMALL GROWERS' MODEL you can
pack out your crop with the help of your fam
ily with minimum e-xpense.
Wejhave larger models of greater capacity.
We have also
See our
Bavta ipriag bottom Maaoa each side of ths
Mutes tWO ifraden.
Separates each grade Into seven sizes.
Working capacity IM to in pinked boXM
per day. Two or four sorter.
Power required horse power, hut '4 horse
)ower motor recommended.
Can he uperared in a H ft. x H ft. room.
4 far-kern' .Stands furnished.
Write us, or see our agent,
C. M. SBEPPARD, of Willow Flat,
Phone Odell 16x.
353 E. 10th St.
Orchard Ladders
From 6 to 10 ft., 25c per foot
From 10 to 14 ft., 30c per foot
Come early for this shipment of ladders will go fast
at these bargain prices.
Second-hand Man and Furniture Dealer
Third and Oak Streets
Phone 1213
WoodworKing and
Tel. 2-"51 Fourth and Columbia St.
Represented by
1312 13tl. Street. Hood River, Ore,
Teleilione 123
The Stldebaker Line
Cameron Motor Co.
Tel. 34U
Have you ever thought of the
work the Telephone eliminates
during apple harvest ?
Telephone Co.
Hood River Abstract Co.
Real Estate and Insurance
Accurate abstracting of land titles.
Our Customers will find us
endeavoring to make our reg
ular prices in line with the pew
market levels.
Hlf .K FOR 1. Prop
Luther Fair an, after keeping Hood
River in fearful suspense for hours
with his threats of death to Miss Fearl
Miller, daughter of T. J. Miller, Har
rett orcharoiit, whom he shot shortly
before noon Wednesday of last week,
was instantly killed at sunset that
ni?ht by Hermann Pregge, Oak Grove
orchardiat, and citizen member of a
posse that surrounded Fagan.
Unable to rush the ex-convict, appar
ently Obsessi d with the eole desire of
seeking vengeanoa on the family of
Miss Louise Watkins, an older daughter
of Mrs. Miller, who was complaining
witness In the ease here two years ago
that resulted in his conviction on a
charge of attempted criminal assault
and his sentence to the penitentiary,
the posse of officers and citizens re
sorted to a ruse. Fagan had repeatedly
declined to permit the rescue of the
women and bad often reiterated his in
tention of killing them before the inci
dent was closed. When he departed
from the Miller home in the family
auuimouiic ne nau compel lea n-year
old Arthur Anderson, recently brought
here from the Portland Hoys' and
Girls' Aiil Society, to accompany the
party. Fagan was offeree! $50 to it-
lease the boy to the posse. He agreed
to this and as he was approaching
Marshal Hart, who advanced with the
money, Mr. Pregge. stationed a short
distance away, fired the fatal shot.
It was a desperate Jchance for any
but a man with a steady hand anil
possessed at a good markHmanship.
The man left the automobile, from
which he nad previously refused to
hudge, pushing Miss Miller ahead of
him and with his pistol closely pressed
to her hear!, daring the possemen and
officers to make a move. He had
cursed the nirl as he thrust her along,
scornfully telling the posse that her
death would certainly follow any hoc
tile move on their part. He cursed
the citv marshal as he approached the
Two shot? rang out. The top of Pa
gan's head whs blown away, bis brains
scattering in the dust of the roadside.
The fatal wound, in the brain, had
paralyzed the man, and the fears of
the crowd thst he would kill Miss Mil
ler, even though mortally wounded
himseif, were ended. Kven then for a
moment it was thought that the girl
was injured, for as Fagan fell, he con
vulsively drew her partly down with
him, and she emitted a shrill scream.
The firer of the other shot has not
been determined, but it is considered
that Mr. Pregge, well known hunter,
whose aim with the rille is considered
one of the beat in the state, fired the
shot that resulted in death.
Mrs. Miller, her daughter and the
little boy were returned at once to
their home, and the deterimned posse
diepersed. The car had been surround
ed for about two hours, and several
women had joined the throng. Men
from the entire countryside had joined
the pursuit, and firearms of various
descriptions from army rifles to ante
dated revolvers were carried by citi
zen members. The temper of the posse
had reached the point where, had Fa
gan injured one of the women, he
would, it is believed, have been liter
ally torn to shreds. Dr. Kanaga, fam
ily physician of the Miller family, had
joined the posse and was present with
first uid requisites should anyone have
been shot.
The final incident of the afternoon's
episode, the most stirring that has
ever occurred in Hood Kiver. took
place on a rather isolated road a short
distance from the Oak Grove store and
but a few miles from the Miller home.
Fagan, who was recently leleased
from the Oregon penitentiary, came
here over a month ago. He visited
Mr. Miller Wednesday morning as the
latter plowed corn on his ranch. He
demanded the whereabouts of Miss
Watkins. On his first visit he desisted
and left after Mr. Miller told him that
he would inquire by letter of the wom
an if she wished an interview with
him. He returned shortly before noon,
and when Mr. Miller declined the in
formation ho sought drew his pistol.
Mr. Miller says he felt no fear, think
ing the man was bluffing and would
not shoot. He declares that he dropped
his reins and started toward the ex
convict when the latter, formerly hold
ing the gun, its muzzle pointed aloft,
dropped it level with his body and
pulled the trigger. Mr. Miller's action
in turning sideways to drop the reins
is all that saved him from a serious or
possibly fatal wound. As it was the
bullet was deflected by a rib of the
right breast and glanced off into his
arm. The wounds were only superfi
cial. Even then, Mr. Miller says, he
felt no fear and would have grappled
the man had his right arm not been
rendered useless. Realizing that he
was in the power of a man who might
lie demented, he allowed Fagan to
force him to accompany him to his
home. The woundB of the injured man
were I I-'ding terribly and raian
finally permitted Mrs. Miller to call a
physician. An effort was made to
reneh Dr. Kanaga, and when he was
not available Dr. M. Thrane was
Dr. Thrane realized on arriving that
the stories Fagan himself told and
forced the family to give the semblance
of substantiation were untrue. He
was informed that the uietol wound
j had been accidental, his revolver hav
I ing been discharged while Fagan was
cleaning it the bullet striking Mr.
Miller. His questions finally aroused
Fagan who threatened the physician.
He eventually rjermitted the doctor to
, leave for town with Mr. Miller, but
announced that he would kill all the
family if the sheriff were informed.
Dr. Thrane informed Sheriff Johnson
immediately on reaching the Cottage
hospital, where the wounds of Mr.
Miller were dreased. S. G. Oxborrow,
a near neighbor of the Miller family,
was dispatched to drive by the Miller
home in his automobile. He discov
ered that the entire family had depart
ed in the Miller car. The alarnvwas
at once sounded ami the chase began.
The countryside and neighboring points i
were notified. Trace of the car, well !
known throughout the valley as its
make was unusual and as it bore die- i
tinguishing marks, was soon obtained.
, f orcing Mrs. Miller to drive, while he
1 occupied the back seat, with his pistol
j pressed against the girl, Fagan at first i
beaded uth. He had Mrs. Miller
cross Tucker's bridge, and then fear-!
ing that the gasoline supply would be
come exhausted he made ber turn back
to the West Side and a supply of fuel
was secure.) at Rockford store. They
were eighte.j i abort time later.
For nearly six hours the young girl'
was in constant fear of her life, and
the mother was in an agony of bus
pensc. Fasn, they say, constantly i
menaced them, cursing and abusing
them and rtpeatirg over and over again
his threats of death if thev refused to ,
give him n of the whereabouts of !
the other daughter. Miss Watkins. It
apparently was bis idea to escape with i
them and force Mrs. Miller to drive
him to the daughter in the car.
Fagan km a brawny, brute of a man, ,
38 years old. He was red-headed and
j his face bore a repelling scar. His
vengeful looks at the time of trial here
attracted notice. He is said to have
declared vengeance then.
Fagan followed Miss Watkins here
from California. The latter, a trained
nurse, had been superintendent of a
hospital at El Centro. The man's at
tentions there, it was declared at the
trial, had caused her to leave and come
to Oregon. He is alleged to have con- j
stantly hounded her here. The at
tempted assault created no small sen-1
sation at the time of its occurrence.
Miss Watkins at the time was employed
as a nurse by the Cottage hospital.
Fagan on returning here told auuain-
tances that he was determined to get
revenge on the young nurse. He de
clared that officials at the penitentiary
bad informed him that a condition to
his parole necessitated his submission
to an operation for sterilization. While
he was under the influence of the anes
thetic, he declared, he was emasculat
ed. The man apparently brooded over
the operation and was determined in
his mind that Miss Watkins was re
sponsible. An examination of his body,
brought to an undertaking establish
ment, revealed that his story as to
emasulation was correct.
A jury impaneled by Coroner Sifton
Thursday night returned a verdict of
justifiable homicide. The formal ver
dict merely mentioned that the man
was shot by members of a sheriff's
liosse in order to effect the rescue of
Mrs. T. J. Miller and her daughter,
held by Fagan under repeated threats
of death.
Undertaker Anderson apcertained
from state prison records at Salem that
Mrs. S. li. McCulley, Pagan ' I grand
mother, resides at Fort Gibson, Okla.,
who was informed of the tragedy and
asked her wishes as to disposal of the
A dispatch from Salem indicates that
Pagan 'a pardon partly resulted from
recommendations of Sheriff Johnson.
The news item states that Sheriff John
son wrote a letter declaring it his be
lief that the minimum term would be
sufficient for the man. Mr. Johnson
says the only recommendation ever
made by him was written on the formal
blank which accompanies every prison
er committed to the penitentiary.
"1 did," says Sheriff Johnson, "rec
ommend in this document that Fagan
should receive parole on serving the
minimum term. The law itself pro
vides this, in case of good behavior on
the part of the prisoner, liut 1 believe
the parole board should have communi
cated with me subsequently and have
conducted a more thorough investiga
tion, in order to ascertain all local cir
cumstances governing the case."
It developed at the inquest that it
was reported to the sheriff's office sev
eral weeks ago that Pagan had not
only threatened the Miller family, but
others engaged in a trial that resulted
m his conviction.
Two shots were fired at Fagan, ac
cording to testimony at the inquest.
The name of the other markamau was
not revealed.
The possemen who first overhauled
the Miller automobile included C. C
Anderson, Walter Walters and Glen
Sloat. Mr. Walters, who knew the
paroled convict, approached close to
the car and appealed vainly to him to
release the women. The men, trailing
he car down the isolated road, sudden
ly overhauled it as they turned a curve.
They were halted by the desperado's
threats to shoot.
The coroner's jury consisted of the
following citizens: L. N. Hlowers,
F. S. Kelly, F. A. Cram, W. J. Maker,
G. A. Molden, W. M. Stewart.
Acting on instructions from the dead
man's aged grandmother, Mrs. S. R.
McCulley, of Fort Gibson, Okla., Un
dertaker Anderson Saturday buried the
body of Luther Fagan. As the grand
mother is said to be in destitute cir
cumstances, the county, it is presumed
will pay the cost of the burial.
A new brand, "Har None," will be
added to the Hood Kiver apple ship
ments this fall. C. A. Malboeuf and
Fordham H. Kimball have chosen the
new name and will market their apples
under it. The new company will han
dle extra fancy and fancy apples. A
yellow bar, carrying the brand name,
is placed between two heavy blue bars,
for extra fancy labels. On the upper
blue background appear the words,
"Hood Kiver," in white block letters.
The lower blue bar bears the word
"apples" in white and the firm name.
The red bars replace the blue for the
fancy labels.
The coloring and design of the new
labels cause them to stand out clearly.
The new firm will handle apples both
in export and domestic markets.
The Baptist Church
Pine Street, near 12th
Or. K. Herbert I linden, Pastor,
Residence, 1 107 Pine Street, Phone 2723
Sunday Scliool at 10 a. m.
Public Worship at 11 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Ep worth League at liO p.m.
Prayer Service Wednesday at 7.30p.m.
Rubber Stamp Ink at Glacier office.
The Ideal Grader
Immanuel Lutheran
9th and State Sts.
No services Sunday. Pastor attend
ingj convention at Seattle. Sunday
school at It. 45.
P. Btlgendawf, Pastor.
We have been marketing Ideal Graders for
the past six years.' They have grown more
popular each year.
Our machines are a favorite in all North
western fruit sections. We have shipped them
in numbers to foreign apple districts,
The 1921 model of Ideal Grader is ready
for distribution. It will carry a number of
improvements. We mention at random some
of them: The machine can be adjusted for
sizing while in operation. Two adjusting
screws do the work. Our new sorting table
is a feature that will be noticed at once.
We hope to place as many as possible of
the machines we manufacture in Hood River
and for this reason would urge that local grow
ers give us their order at once, in order that
we may include them before we are booked
to the limit of our capacity.
Tel. 5832
Here's why CAMELS are
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Such things do not improve the smoke any more
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If you want the smoothest, mellowest, mildest
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from cigaretty aftertaste,
It's Camels for you.