November 27, 2021

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Controversy and Crime a Century Ago

honestyIn the news of a week ago (plus 106 years) I called your attention to a little piece from the front page of the Evening Sun regarding the leaving town of a couple by separate means, she with his boss to Marcus one day and he the next to Spokane. The piece made mention that people would not miss them.

Well in this weeks newspaper we see a reaction to that piece:

The readers of The Sun are fortunate in receiving their paper this week. During the first part of the week a number of threats of arrest for criminal libel were made against its editor. Our accusers, however, cooled off after they had blown off their surplus of hot air, and at present the only damage done is a cracked atmosphere, caused by the violent talking of the man who saw fit to champion the people we were charged with libeling The item in reference to the Millward people stands as it appeared in our last issue. It has accomplished its mission of usefulness.

So it would appear that even then the newspaper was not immune from criticism and contempt. I wonder if the Millward’s ever returned? Perhaps we will find out in a later issue . . .

In the previous article and others I’ve seen mention of Marcus. It would appear to be on the train line not that far from Grand Forks. Which caused me to wonder where it was . . . and now I know. Marcus was in Stevens’s County just to the south of us. It was incorporated in the very year we are covering with all this, 1910. There is a town (pop 184) called Marcus today but that is not the Marcus referred to in these papers. That Marcus is gone like Phoenix is gone albeit by a different calamity. When they built the Grand Coulee Dam the town was submerged in Franklin D. Roosevelt lake. So you might be able to visit it but you’d need scuba gear to do so.

While we’re in Marcus i’ll share with you another piece from the Evening Sun, this a reprint from the Marcus Messenger:

Former Railway Promoter of This City Is Convicted of Theft

Wyle C. Morris, who at one time was a lawyer in Marcus, and who later promoted the Kettle Valley line, running from Grand Forks to Republic, was found guilty last week of stealing $125,000 from the Oregon Trust and Savings bank, of which he was cashier. The theft occurred in 1906. Morris has had a varied career as a lawyer and promoter, but the expenditure of $1,300,000 in building less than 30 miles of railroad over practically a level country was one of his crowning achievements, but was no less spectacular than his escape from the provincial detective when his expose was made by expert accountants employed by the financiers of the railroad. Marcus Messenger.

That’s a lot of money today – back then it would have been a very large amount.

You can find out more in the pages of the Old Newspapers on our site.