The Chronicle -

By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History

Audacious midnight jailbreak by bootleggers' buddies failed, but could have been worse


October 11, 2018

Photo Provided/Bryce Buchanan-ODOT

Around 10 p.m. on the night of Saturday, March 19, 1932 - just a few months before Prohibition was ended - four vehicles rolled furtively into the little Coast Range town of Toledo.

A big, important-looking sedan led the caravan, followed by two large trucks and finally a sleek Buick coupe. In the coupe, two men sat cradling machine guns.

The nine men in those vehicles weren't tourists. They'd come to Toledo to get three of their business associates and bring them back home to Canada, with their luggage.

It wouldn't be an easy rescue, though. Their friends weren't staying in a Holiday Inn....

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