Hotel Serves as Jail for Women in 1920

March 13, 1920 – The Oregon City Enterprise

Release is Given Nurses Who Robbed Woman at Hospital

Mrs. Virginia Shindle and Miss Gwendolyn Sherwood who confessed to robbing Miss Ruth Elliott of clothing at the Oregon City hospital and also taking a watch and pawning it in Portland, and have been held here since their arrest, were released Friday after the clothing was returned and the watch redeemed from the pawnshop. They also paid costs arising from the affair.

Friday Deputy Sheriff Meads and W. H. Shindler, husband of one of the women, went to Portland and recovered the watch and the clothing was also returned the same day and the women released late in the afternoon.

The two women had been employed at the hospital a short time but gave up their positions and returned to Portland. No suspicion was caused by this until the clothing was missed and they were at once suspected. Officer Meads arrested them in Portland and they have been in the custody of Constable Fortune. As there were no provisions in the county jail for women the two were taken to a hotel, the constable taking their shoes and part of their clothing at night to secure their safekeeping.

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