Iowa Old Press
Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, June 1, 1923
HOLD FUNERAL OF MRS. GIMBLE AT MT. PLEASANT
Old Resident Who Passed Away in Davenport, Laid to Rest.
Special to the Democrat
Mount Pleasant, Ia., June 1 - The funeral services of Mrs. Clara Smith Gimble were held in the Universalist church Wednesday at 10:30 o'clock. They were conducted by Rev. Laura B. Galer. A male quartet sang two selections. Mrs. Gimble was the grandmother of Frank D. Throop, publisher of the Davenport Democrat, and died at his home while on a visit. She lived at Galesburg, Illinois, to which city she and Mr. Gimble removed from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1894. Mr. Gimble died there in 1895. Mrs. Gimble was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on March 9, 1835, and came to Galena, Illinois, with her family long ago and later the family removed to Peoria, where Mrs. Gimble grew to womanhood and was married in that city to O.J. Gimble. They came to Mt. Pleasant in 1891, as already stated. They united with the Universalist church in 1863 and always remained members of this church. Mrs. Gimble died May 28, 1923, so that she was past 85 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Throop of Davenport and Mrs. W.B. Throop of Galesburg. The relatives who came for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Throop and Marjorie, and Mrs. George Throop of Davenport; Mr.and Mrs. W.B. Throop of Galesburg and Mrs. Roxie Gimble Elder of Chicago. Interment was made in Forest Home cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur Wallbank, Fred Wait, James T. Whiting, E.E. Taft, William Warwick, William Worthington, W.S. Withrow and John H. Jericho.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Crane and Ruth, and Dr. and Mrs. M.C. Mackin start next week for an overland trip thruout the west. They will go as far as the coast and will be gone for six weeks. They will camp and do their own cooking.
W.H.Woodson and daughter, Miss Bertha Woodson leave next week for an automobile trip to Portland, Oregon where a brother of Mr. Woodson lives. They will go south and expect to come home thru Texas. They will camp along the way and fish and take pictures and will be gone until September 1st.
Miss Anna Ford who has worked at the Henry county Savings Bank for several years, will leave room for Los Angeles, California, as she hopes to find more opportunities for advancement in business. Two sister already live out there and the Ford family may all go later. Miss Edna Michner has taken her place at the bank.
Mrs. G.W.S. Allen is here on her way home to Colorado Springs. She has been at Wilwaukee, Wisconsin, visiting Robert and family. Miss Edith Whiting will accompany her to Colorado to spend the summer. Miss Whiting will be back for the school year, but she will teach at Clarinda, Iowa, instead of at Salem where she taught last year.
Will Laughlin is building a fine eight-room house on his farm northeast of town. The interior will be finished in cherry, walnut, and oak and will be one of the finest homes in Henry county.
The Blackmore Brothers are building a new house on their farm, the old Schaffner place, west of town. They intend to make it their permanent home, so are putting in all conveniences.
Mr. C.H. Cook and family of Salem have moved into the William Nagle home the past few days. Mr. Cook is secretary of he Independent Oil company which has made Mt. Pleasant headquarters for the various service stations they are building in southeastern Iowa.
Mrs. Adam Weir is here from Des Moines, a guest at the home of her mother, Mrs. N.J. Davis.
Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
June 7, 1923
BONUS CHECKS RECEIVED AT MT. PLEASANT
J.O. Brown and W.L. Peterson Recipients of the First Gratuities Here.
Mt. Pleasant, Ia., June 7- Bonus checks for the soldiers of the World war are reaching Mt.Pleasant. J.O. Brown, a lieutenant in the 109th ammunition train, and Wayne L. Peterson, a member of the coast guard artillery, were the first two men in Mt. Pleasant to draw them. Jay Brown received the maximum amount of $350 as he was in the service three years.
Mrs. Ina Bennett, county recorder, and her son Henry, leave for Portland, Oregon, tomorrow to visit a sister of Mrs. Bennett. They expect to be gone a month.
Jacob Labelcheck has sold his shoe shop on the corner and will live temporarily on a farm south of town. It is the G.W. Gillaspey farm.
Dr. Mackin and Mrs. Mackin and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Crane and Ruth, leave tomorrow for a trip to the Pacific coast. They drive thru. Dr. Mackin will attend the American Medical society convention at San Francisco.
Mrs. William Hobbie was buried Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church. She was a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Fraker, and was only 41 years of age. She had been sick for a year. She is survived by her husband. The services were in charge of Rev. H. F. Gilbert who was assisted by Rev. T.J. Myers and Rev. F.E. Weston. A male quartet sang two selections. Burial was made in Forest Home cemetery.
Dr. Ray Smith of Liberal, Kan., is here to visit relatives. He was married to Miss Dorothy Shields at Eddyville, Ia., June 4th and she is with him. She attended school at Iowa Wesleyan several years ago, so was glad to get here just at commencement time when she would fine former students with whom she is acquainted. Ray is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith, and a brother of Mrs. Hugh Dallner and Mrs. Tom Stiles of Burlington. He says that the wheat crop at Liberal is a failure this year due to lack of snow last winter, but the "row" crops, such as kaffir corn and other things of that nature are coming on finely. He is a graduate of the Palmer school at Davenport and had been at Liberal just a month over a year.
Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Saturday, June 9, 1923
PHONE GIRLS IN SESSION IN WASHINGTON, IA
"Sweet Voices of the Wire" at School of Instruction
By Alex Miller
Special to the Democrat
Washington, Ia., June 1 - The Telephone
School of Instruction has gone away beyond expectations in attendance. At the
initial meeting this morning 50 were present where they expected 25 or 30. They
mostly came by automobile but the Muscatine, Burlington and Davenport people
came on the trains. They are meeting at the Commercial club room upstairs for
their meetings. Miss Barnes of Ames is in charge of the school and everybody is
earnestly working for the betterment of the service. The enrollment the first
day was as follows, and this includes managers and traffic chiefs, as well as
operators. They are:
Cora M. Hopping, Washington, Velma Younkin, Riverside; Mrs. Bessie Gideon, Riverside; F.H. McQuiston, Fairfield; Jessie Johnson, Fairfield; Margaret Dwyer, Fairfield; Carolyn Bowermaster, Fairfield; Cecile Campbell, Fairfield; Hattie Cupp, Fairfield; Della Young, Fairfield; Pearl Gaumer, Fairfield; Mary Shyock, Brighton; Hattie Goody, Iowa City; Laura Peet, Iowa City; Julia Thompson, Davenport; Margaret Sawyer, Muscatine; E.P. Sherman, Davenport; W.A. Matthews, Muscatine; F.M. McDeugall, Davenport; Maud Cutright, City; Caroline Koehler, City; Myrtle Kendrick, City; Cecile Shrader, City; Winona Ollinger, City; Emeline Ward, City; Loretta Clifford, Sigourney; Mrs. M. Schaffer, Pleasant Plain; Margaret Dameron, Winfield; Jennie Turkington, Belle Spangler, Winfield; Mrs. Nelia Heath, Winfield; Eva Heath, Winfield; Lena Schlatter, Wayland; Mae Wolfe, Wayland; Ethel Boshart, Wayland; Zilpha Hesser, Wayland; Cecil Nichols, Wayland; Eva Sodergren, Wayland; Mae Snyder, Kalona; Mrs. M. Walter, Kalona; Blanche Christensen, Burlington; Emma Linneman, Burlington; Marie Ledger, Mt. Pleasant; Grace Scarff, Mt. Pleasant; Mary Todd, Mt. Pleasant; Hattie Van Winkle, Mt. Pleasant; Floyd Steele, Riverside; Marcella Hendrick, City; Mildred May, City; Blanche McFarlane, West Chester; Verl H. Wade, Richland; Mr. and Mrs. John Weldner, Richland.
The meeting continues thru today and tomorrow. On Friday Royal H. Holbrook of Ames gave an address on "Industrial Iowa."
Visit Old Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Eicher drove down to the old home cemetery at the Eicher Church at Noble, on Decoration day in the forenoon and to Iowa City to visit her brother and family, Harry Mount, and Frederick Allenbach, Ed's nephew. Frederick graduates from the university next week or week after. They saw the regatta on the Iowa river in the afternoon. It consisted of boat races, swimming races, diving stunts and such like and made a very interesting afternoon.
Talking of interesting relics in our county,
did you ever hear of the old windless well on the Ott homestead in Riverside?
Will Ott, the engineer and his sister, Miss Alma Ott, live there, where they
have lived for years, and they have a well 43 feet deep equipped with an old
fashioned oaken bucket. It is not in reality a windlass but they have two
buckets arranged with a pulley for the rope, and one bucket goes down empty and
the other one comes up full. The well was dug in the early '70s by an
old-fashioned well digger, one Bob Round.
They used a pump in it for some years, but the water wasn't as good, so they took it out, threw it away, and put in this system, so the water comes out as cold as the north pole, and sweet and pure. They use the well also for a refrigerator, to keep their butter and milk cool. It works better than ice. It is just cold enough.
This spring Will knocked a bottle of cream off the ledge into the water, and they had to have the well cleaned out. The water is as clear as crystal, and most delicious, the best drink in the world. It pays to go miles just to drink of out the Ott well. Their father was William Ott, a brother to Dan Ott, who died there. Will Ott, Sr., was an old time physician and rode all that country horseback. He was also a railroad builder, a civil engineer, so he and his brother-in-law, Joe Dudley, really came to Riverside to locate the railroad. They have located a good share of the old B.C. R. & N., now owned by the Rock Island, the Cedar Rapids line. So they were both old-timers. Dr. Ott, who has been dead for years, lies buried in the Riverside cemetery. Wm. Ott and his sister occupy the old home, and a sister lives in Iowa City. They are fine, very much worth-while people, the Otts.
Riverside had a glorious day for Memorial day
services and had a splendid crowd. They have the habit, and have had for years,
of going to the cemeteries after noon, and then they have the speaking exercises
at the hall. This year, they met at St. Mary's hall for the speaking and it was
packed. There was singing by a male trio, and Mrs. Cress gave Lincoln's
Gettysburg address, and Mrs. Dr. Blythe played the "Stars and Stripes
Foirevever" in a manner that made you want to get right out and fight for
America to the last ditch.
The services at the cemeteries were conducted by the W.R.C. and the Ladies' Auxiliary and they were very effective indeed. They have a service to the unknown dead that brings tears to every listener. And the children decorated the graves and all in all, it impressed you that America will not soon forget the soldiers of the Civil war any more than the soldiers of all wars.
Four Comrades Left.
Only four of the old comrades are left. They are John Younkin, Company D. 24th Iowa; T.L. Sims, Company D 24th Iowa; L.E. Grout, Company D, 24th Iowa. Note that these three soldiers were all in Company D. of the 24th. All went out together, served their time together, have lived near neighbors all their lives and are here together yet. C.A. Overfelt was in the Sixth Iowa Cavalry and is the only one who belongs to the G.A.R. any more. He belongs at Washington. He is 68 years of age and still quite spry. They had a guest among them this year. A former resident, also an Iowa soldier, a member of the Iowa cavalry. His name is Chambers Prusel, and he lives at Los Angeles, Cal., and he wished he had been there for Memorial day. He looks young for a soldier.
Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
June 26, 1923
SEEK MAN FOR BEATING A TWO YEAR OLD BABE.
Warrant Issued for the Arrest of Frank O'Neil on Assault Charge.
Frank O'Neil, who is accused of slapping and abusing Johnny Stanage, age two years, living near Nahant, is being sought today by city and county authorities. A warrant charging O'Neil with assault and battery has been filed by Assistant County Attorney John McSwiggin.
According to the story told by authorities, O'Neil, who is courting the boy's mother, was left alone with the boy and his brother and sisters last night. In an attempt to quiet the boy O'Neil is alleged to have slapped him. The force of the blow knocked the baby down a flight of stairs.
Members of the family told Sheriff William Brehmer last night that it was necessary to summon medical aid for the baby.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 1, 1923
MEYER, OWNER OF ROADHOUSE, IS FINED $200
Pleads Guilty to Liquor Charge and Consents to State Injunction
Victor H. Meyer, proprietor of the
"Five Mile House" located north of the city on Brady street road,
pleaded guilty to a charge of keeping intoxicating liquors for sale when
arraigned before Judge W.W. Scott in district court late Thursday. He paid a
fine of $200 and court costs.
In addition to pleading guilty, Meyer also consented to the granting of a temporary state injunction against his roadhouse, barring the presence of liquor. The application for a temporary and permanent injunction was filed by County Attorney John P. Weir.
The roadhouse was raided by the sheriff's office a week ago and altho a careful search was made of the premises no liquor was found. Meyer was taken into custody, however, and arraigned on a state charge on evidence obtained by the sheriff's office prior to the staging of the raid.
Meyer was represented at the hearing by Henry H Jebens of Jebens & Butenschoen.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 3, 1923
GOETTSCH IS HELD TO GRAND JURY ON A LIQUOR CHARGE
Charged with maintaining a liquor nuisance in his soft drink bar at 932 West Sixth street, Julius Goettsch was bound over to the grand jury by Magistrate Harold Metcalf in police court Saturday. Goettsch's bond was set at $500.
The bar proprietor pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against him by police following a raid on his place by Officer Pat Dietz and Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs on the evening of May 28, when 27 gallons of hooch were found.
SERVE NOTICE OF INJUNCTION AGAINST "LILL" TANK
Injunction proceedings to prohibit the selling of intoxicating liquors at 612 West Fourth street were served Saturday upon Mrs. Lillian Tank, tenant, and Eva Mengel, owner, by the county attorney's office.
"Lill Tank's place has been raided three times by the police and liquor has been found each time," County Attorney John P. Weir announced.
Hearing on the plea for a temporary writ against the tenant is set for June 14 before Judge W.W. Scott in district court. If the temporary writ is granted steps will have to be taken to make the order permanent against both the tenant and the owner.
Eva Mengel has notified the county attorney's office that she intends to ask Mrs. Tank to vacate the premises immediately.
MONSTER STILL SEIZED SATURDAY ADDS CHAPTER TO RIVER 'LEGGER TALE
Seizure of a big double still, 350 gallons of whisky mash and a quantity of moonshine liquor in a floating hooch manufactory moored at Spencer's Island, opposite Pleasant Valley, Saturday, added a chapter to the story of river rum confiscation developed by Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs and his aides during the last two weeks.
Suspicious looking dark smoke rising above trees on the island caused Frank E. Schutter, wealthy Pleasant Valley farmer and owner of the island, to get in touch with prohibition authorities, who timed their raid for Saturday afternoon. Riding to Pleasant Valley in Mr. Schutters luxurious Cadillac sedan, Mr. Muhs and his squad embarked in a rowboat for their objective, Mr. Schutter acting as pilot, Deputy U.S. Marshal Terence Kinney as steerer, and the prohibition agent as an oarsman.
Picking their way thru underbrush, the raiders came upon the houseboat at the Illinois side of the island. When prolonged knocks on the door of the boat failed to elicit any response, the door was opened. Inside the cabin boat a sight to astonish, even a hardened liquor sleuth met the eyes of officers. Two 30-gallon stills, a double condensing apparatus, stood in the middle of the floor, over a gas store. The rest of the floor was occupied by hogsheads of whisky mash.
Fuel for the gas stove was supplied from a gasoline tank on the roof of the boat. Another gas stove for emergency use, was stowed away in a cubby hole. A hydrometer, used for testing specific gravity of whisky, a 5-gallon jug containing three gallons of the finished product, a small quantity of syrup used for flavoring, and a number of children's toys - sling shots and a miniature boat - were found in corners and on unused sections of the floor.
An ax in the powerful hand of Marshal Kinney made short work of the hogsheads of mash, while the liquor manufacturing apparatus and paraphernalia was loaded into the rowboat and taken to the shore.
"Mayme" Keller, a clammer on Spencer's Island, told Mr. Muhs that the bootleggers had landed on the island on Memorial day or the day after coming from somewhere up the river. He said the party consisted of a man, woman, and two children, a girl and a boy. None of these persons were located Saturday afternoon, altho the fact that the stills were still warm when the raiders arrived was taken as evidence that they had made their departure a short time previous. A small blue rowboat, thought to have been used by the bootleggers, was discovered tied to the Iowa shore.
"The apparatus found in the cabin boat is worth every bit of a thousand dollars," Mr Muhs said after the raid. "This haul makes the total number of stills we have seized since last Wednesday thirteen, and the total number of gallons of hooch taken, fifty two."
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 10, 1923
MOTHER AND 2 DAUGHTERS IN RAID BY COPS
Police to Investigate Unwholesome Living Condition of Girls.
Raiding an alleged disorderly house at
423 West Second street Saturday night, Davenport police officers arrested Mrs.
May Lathrop and her two young daughters, Cleo, aged 13 and Marie, aged 15,
besides a youth who gave his name as M. Stanger and his age as 21.
The two little girls are being held at the Juvenile Home for police investigation of the unfavorable living conditions under which they have been reared, while their mother is charged with conducting a disorderly house. Stanger is held as an inmate.
Night Captain Walter Homeyer, together with Detectives Kuehl and Phelan, visited the Lathrop home as the result of numerous complaints. They found the house dark. Mrs. Lathrop was in a bedroom with young Stanger, it is claimed, Marie was pouring out a bottle of hooch in the bathroom, while Cleo was about to leave the house on an errand. All were taken into custody.
On a dresser, police say, they found a glass of moonshine whisky. A small quantity of whisky was also found in the partly emptied hooch bottle.
"We have been getting complaints about Mrs. Lathrop for the last three years, " Night Captain Homeyer stated last night. "Not long ago when Mrs. Lathrop's home at Second and Myrtle street mysteriously burned down, we questioned her and she admitted she had been selling liquor.
"I intend to talk to the two little girls in order to find out what may be done to better conditions."
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 11, 1923
SEEK TO PROVE WALL OWNER OF SEIZED BOOZE
Charges Whiskey Taken At Brother-in-Law's Home Was His Filed.
Charges that Jack Wall was the owner of
booze seized in the garage of his brother-in-law G.U. Davies two weeks ago were
filed with United States Commissioner A.G. Bush by Federal Prohibition Officer
Roy E. Muhs today. The government will seek to prove that Wall was the actual
owner of the 22 cases of whisky, champagne, and other "good liquor."
In the information against Wall it is asserted that the liquor was in an automobile in a garage at 318 and 320 East Twelfth street. Davies lives at 318 and Wall at 320 East Twelfth street.
Wall will be given a hearing before Commissioner Bush in the near future. He was convicted of bootlegging at the last term of the federal court and would be subject to a jail sentence if convicted on this charge.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 12, 1923
WALL HELD TO GRAND JURY ON $2,000 BONDS
Government Secures Bind Over in Commissioner's Court
Charged with possession and ownership
of 23 cases of liquor seized in a garage at 318 East Twelfth street two weeks
ago, Jack Wall was bound over to the federal grand jury on $2,000 bonds this
afternoon after a preliminary hearing before United States Commissioner A.G.
Bush. Wall did not testify.
That the automobile in which the liquor was found belonged to Wall's wife and that the car had been used by Wall himself; that the garage in which the machine was seized stood partly on Wall's property and partly on an adjacent lot - these were the points established by the government.
Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs, State Agent James Risden and Deputy Sheriff Fred Scharfenberg told of the rail on the garage. Attorney Carl Lambach represented Wall.
PROPRIETOR OF BAR FINED IN POLICE COURT
James Trumbo, Colored Saloonkeeper, Fined $100 by Judge.
Sixteen gallons of "spiked" beer and a small quantity of moonshine, found in his saloon at 427 East Fourth street when police raided the place at ?? o'clock yesterday afternoon, secured James Trumbo, colored proprietor of the saloon, a fine of $100 and costs in police court today. Trumbo was charged with conducting a disorderly house.
The raid on the saloon was conducted by Deteceive F.C. Kuehl, of the Davenport police force, assisted by Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs.
Trumboe failed to appear when his case was called by Police Magistrate Harold Metcalf this morning, and his bond of $110 was declared forfeited. Later, Trumbo put in his appearance, explaining that he had thought police court convened at 10 o'clock. He was allowed to plead guilty and his fine was set at $?00 and costs.
'LEGGER PAYS FINE OF $150
William Olson, Caught in Raid on River Shanties, Pleads Guilty
William Olson, arrested by state, county and federal authorities in a series of raids on owners of ??? shacks suspected of violating the 18th amendment, pleaded guilty in district court to a charge of maintaining a liquor nuisance by selling and keeping for sale intoxicating liquors. He was fined $150 and costs by Judge W.W. Scott.
PIPED HOOCH FROM HIS ATTIC TO THE SHED: FIRE GIVES POLICE A CLUE
"Doctored" commercial alcohol was sucked from Harry Puscas garage to his attic, while distilled, drinkable stuff gurgled merrily thru a pipe from the attic to the garage again. It was discovered by Davenport police officers and Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs when they raided Puscas' place at 1013 East Fourteenth street yesterday afternoon.
Two fifty-gallon tanks, one for the rubbing alcohol which Puscas purchased at small cost and the other for the "finished" product gained after the alcohol had been pumped from the garage to the attic, distilled and then allowed to run back to the garage, were found buried a foot under the ground in the garage when Officers Dietz, Kuehl, McDermott and Muhs visited at the hooch factory at three o'clock.
Twelve gallons of alcohol, some distilled to rid it of impurities and some still drinkable were discovered by the raiders, who claim Puscas has been operating for three or four years.
The distilling apparatus could not be found, but officers claim they discovered broken parts of it. They assert that Puscas destroyed his still because he feared city or governmental influence.
Firemen who extinguished a small blaze in Puscas' attic last week discovered the still, it was made known today, and reported its existence to police. The attic fire was caused, it is alleged, by the heater under the still.
"The arrangement was the most novel I've ever seen, " Officer Pat Dietz said this morning. "Puscas had it fixed to that vehicles could load up with booze in the garage and nobody be any the wiser. He pumped the rubbing alcohol up to his attic and the distilled stuff flowed down to fill a tank in the garage."
Puscas was arrested on a charge of manufacturing liquor and will be arraigned in U.S. Commissioner's court. He was lodged in Scott county jail by police following his arrest.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 15, 1923
FIND BOOZE IN RIPLEY STREET HOLLOW SHACK
Otto Gassman Arrested by Police; Must Face Federal Charge
Between 10 and 15 gallons of hooch was
found in a shack alleged to belong to Otto Gassman in the hollow near Ninth and
Ripley streets Thursday evening and as a result Gassman was taken into custody
today by the police. Federal charges against him will be filed in the court of
United States Commissioner A.G. Bush.
Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs and Police Officers Kuehl, Henley and Schleuter made the raid on the hollow shack. Gassman fled from the scene when the officers approached but was picked up later in the evening by Officers Katz and Geerts.
Several days ago Prohibition Officer Muhs seized a pint of whisky at Gassman's home. Gassman was held on bonds by the police. It was reported to the police that the shack belonged to a man named Marion Rogers but that the liquor belonged to Gassman.
Fred Currough's soft drink parlor at 329 and 331 East Third street was raided by Federal Prohibition Officer Muhs and Detective Kuehl yesterday and a quart of gin seized.
He was given a hearing before Police Magistrate Harold Metcalf this morning and fined $100 and costs on a charge of conducting a disorderly house.
HUSBAND, WIFE AND GUEST ARE TAKEN IN RAID
Fine Wife for Keeping Disorderly House; Hubby is Jailed.
In a raid featured by one man's narrow
escape from death when his automobile plunged over a 60 foot bank, last night,
Officers Kuehl, Hennelly and E. Schlueter seized 15 gallons of hooch and
arrested Mrs. George Osborne, alias May Miller; her guest, William Anderson,
colored; and the woman's husband, who figured in the automobile accident. The
raid was staged at the Osborne home, 918 Ripley street, between nine and ten
The police officers were engaged in searching the place when a crash was heard outside. Rushing out, Officer Hennelly discovered that Osborne, in his Buick touring car, had plunged backward into the hollow sloping to the front of his house at an angle of 60 degrees.
Osborne was placed under arrest for driving an automobile while intoxicated. His wife and the colored man, alone in the house when the raiders entered, were respectively charged with keeping and being an inmate in a disorderly house. The liquor was found in a shed at the rear.
In police court this morning Mrs. Osborne was fined $10 and costs, and Anderson $5 and costs. Osborne was sent to Scott county jail for a term of 15 days.
The defendants told Magistrate Metcalf that they had been enjoying a party at the Osborne home last night. Osborne, they claimed, took Anderson's girl home, being absent as a consequence when the raiders arrived.
"It surely was a miracle that Osborne escaped death," Officer Hennelly said today. "He must have been backing up his car when it fell over the bank. When I saw it a wash machine was hanging on its hood."
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 18, 1923
FIND HOOCH IN BARREL BURIED IN BARN FLOOR
State Booze Charge to Be Filed Against Henry Voss
About forty gallons of hooch were found
in a barrel buried in the floor of a barn at the Henry Voss residence at 1723
Division street by Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs and Police Officers
Pat Dietz and Clark Lamont in a raid early this afternoon.
The moonshine was in a five gallon jug at the bottom of the barrel. Hundreds of empty jars and bottles were strewn about the barn floor.
According to Officer Dietz Mrs. Voss, wife of the man who is alleged to be the owner of the liquor, dropped a pan of hooch on the ground when she saw the officers approaching the house.
State booze charges will be filed against Voss.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 19, 1923
MILKMAN PAYS $200 FINE IN LIQUOR CASE
Henry Voss, 1723 Division Street, Consents to Injunction Order.
Henry Voss, 1723 Division street,
proprietor of a milk route, pleaded guilty in district court today to a charge
of selling intoxicating liquor. He was fined $200 and costs by Judge W.W. Scott,
who advised him to confine his activities in the future to the milk business.
A permanent injunction restraining Voss from selling or keeping for sale any intoxicating liquors was granted the state by the court. Voss consented to the issuance of an injunction, the violation of which would serve to bring him into court again on a contempt proceedings.
Assistant County Attorney John McSwiggin appeared for the state. Voss was not represented by counsel.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 20, 1923
IOWA'S BIGGEST STILL SEIZED IN CELLAR ON WEST SEVENTH STREET
Lace Curtains Hide Fact That House at 1030 West Seventh Street is Vacant and That Windows Are Covered with Card Board Until Neighbors Become Suspicious - Federal Men and Police Officers Seek for Owner.
Two of the biggest stills ever seized
by federal officers in the state of Iowa - one of them with a 100 gallon
capacity - were seized in a vacant but camouflaged residence at 1013 West
Seventh street late yesterday afternoon. As a result police and federal men are
searching the city for the supposed owner of the stills today.
One of the most ingenious bootlegging plants ever uncovered here was discovered when Prohibition Officer Muhs and Police Officer Pat Dietz and Detective Pete Kuehl broke into the Seventh street house yesterday.
Lace curtains on the windows had given them the impression that the place was used as a residence but on entering they found it bare and unoccupied. Cardboard tacked over the windows behind the lace curtains guarded the place from inquisitive eyes.
In the cellar the officers found the two huge stills. The house is extended into the side of a hollow so that the basement is built out of the ground. Here was set up the 100 gallon still believed to be the largest ever seized by federal men in Iowa and also a 75-gallon still.
It is said with this equipment it would be possible to turn out 175 gallons of hooch every 24 hours.
Some 40 gallons of hooch was found in eight five-gallon jugs and besides this there were 100 gallons of rye mash. In the back yard there were trenches in which the exhausted mash was buried.
Arrest an Accident.
Capture of this immense bootlegging plant was partly accidental.
Officers Kuehl, Muhs and Dietz were riding out on other business about 6:20 o'clock last night when they smelled the alcoholic odor coming from the residence at 1013 West Seventh street. Neighbors told them that no one had been seen to leave or enter the place in two months.
The officers went to the court of Justice of the Peace Merle F. Wells and secured the warrants under which they conducted the raid.
It was learned by police officials this morning that Roy Haskins is the owner of the place where the liquor was seized. He lives at 1320 Jersey Ridge Road. Haskins will be interrogated by the police. It is believed that he rented the place to another party.
Officer Dietz and Mr. Muhs were investigating circumstances of the still case late this afternoon, but had not yet succeeded in verifying the identity of the owner. The only clue to be discovered so far is the name of the man who rented the house. His gas bill amounted to $75 a month, investigation has revealed.
Sam Moore was reported to have ordered a gas meter put in the Seventh street residence and he is being sought by the police.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 24, 1923
KAISER GIVEN A CONTINUANCE IN LIQUOR CASE
Charged with Ownership of the Seventh Street "Mystery Still."
Arraigned before United States
Commissioner A.G. Bush as part owner of the stills found in the residence at
1013 West Seventh street, Edward L. Kaiser was given a continuance until next
Saturday. He was released on $500 temporary bonds furnished by S.A. Sergeant.
Attorneys Carl Lambach cross examined police officers to learn why they connected Kaiser with the stills seized. Harry "Jock" Manwaring was found to the federal grand jury on a similar charge in the same case.
Kaiser entered a plea of not guilty.
Submitted by C.J.L.
Iowa Old Press