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Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 5, 1923
TWO MUST FACE GRAND JURY ON LIQUOR CHARGE
H. LOPPE AND F. ALGER BOUND OVER BY U.S. COMMISSIONER BUSH
Henry Loppe, proprietor of a soft drink
bar at Second and Myrtle streets, was bound over to the grand jury this morning
by U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush. He was charged with illegal possession of
Loppe's bar was raided last Thursday by Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs, Police Officers Dietz and Lodge accompanied him on the raid. It is claimed that the officers had to force their way thru the doors to gain entrance.
Fred Alger, who it is alleged is part owner of the resort, was also bound over to the grand jury. His bond was set at $500. It is claimed that Alger, on seeing the officers enter the building, began to dump the bottled liquor into a sink. Alger, however, claims he was just a patron.
Twenty-nine pints of hooch in small containers and five empty five gallon jugs were found by the raiding party.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 7, 1923
TAKE LICENSE FROM SALOON; RAID RESULT
"Soft" Drink Bar Ceases Existence on Order of Mayor Mueller
An order which will make it impossible
for Herman Loppe, proprietor of a bar at 1040 West Second street, to sell soft
or any other kinds of drinks in the future was given Police Chief Charles
Schlueter by Mayor Alfred C. Mueller today. The mayor has revoked Loppe's
Loppe was recently bound over to the federal grand jury under $1,000 bond on a liquor charge, following a raid on his place by Federal Agent Roy E. Muhs, together with Officers Dietz and Lodge. Loppe's bartender, who, it is claimed, was endeavoring to dump a quantity of hooch at the time of the raid, was also bound over to the federal grand jury.
According to Chief Schlueter, the Loppe bar has had five different proprietors and has been raided three times. Mayor Mueller considers the bar a nuisance.
FIND HOOCH IN SALOON; COPS CATCH KEEPER
A gallon of hooch found in the back
room of his soft drink bar at 502 Harrison street in a raid this morning secured
the arrest of "Buck" Kniphals, the proprietor, on a city charge of
conducting a disorderly house. No inmates were arrested. Kniphals will stand
trial in police court tomorrow morning.
The raid was conducted by Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs and by Officers Dietz and Schwinden, of the police force, as the result of numerous complaints that drunken men were clogging the alley in the rear of the saloon.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 9, 1923
OFFICER TRYING TO FIX UP BOARDER'S TROUBLE FINDS HENHOUSE STILL
Maybe it's because Mrs. George Petrof,
3243 Harrison street, is a Czech, whereas George himself is a Bulgar; maybe its
the age-old domestic dispute about who shall wear the trousers that's to blame;
maybe it's only a case of George's looking on the Mule when its White.
Anyway, George doesn't stand much of a chance of making a batch of nice, liver-corroding hooch with those two sacks of sugar his obliging boarder gave him instead of the board bill.
Because Officer Walter Snider, who dropped in at the Petrofs at 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon to settled a little question of household supremacy, found George's cunning wash-boiler still and two kegs of rye mash.
Now George is scheduled to tell all to U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush.
It happened this way:
The Petrofs had a boarder. He was an amiable boarder, and it pained him to watch George and the Mrs. wrangling, day in and day out, on the question of whether a Czech is more masterful than a Bulgar or vice versa. Whenever he'd pay Mrs. Petrof his board bill, arguing that he, and not his lawful wedded ought to hold the purse strings. And when George would get the board money, Mrs. George had a few things to say.
The Boarder's Plan
Finally, the boarder hit upon a plan, to fix things and restore tranquility. George needed some sugar because he was getting ready to make a gallon or two of Lighted Lamp cocktail. And the boarder owed George and Mrs. Petrof some money. What was more simple than to buy George two 200-pound sacks of sugar, expecting all friction to be obliterated in a rolling tide of moonshine? That's exactly what the boarder did.
But it didn't work. George took the sugar, but kept right on asking for payment from the boarder, and, when he didn't get it, took the boarder's best suit and socks, declaring that he would keep them until he got a cash payment.
At the end of his rope, the boarder called at the police station Saturday afternoon and told his troubles to Sergeant Henry Nagel. He demanded an officer to help him get his clothes and Sergeant Nagel furnished Officer Snider.
The Beans are Spilled.
When Officer Snider arrived a the Petrof domicile, Mrs. Petrof met him and started to explain just why Czeco-Slovakia didn't agree with Bulgaria. "He says the boarder wouldn't pay the money he owed us, but the boarder bought him two big sacks of sugar so that he could make hooch!" she exclaimed.
The officer pricked up his ears. " Oh, he makes hooch, does he?" Snider said slyly. Then he started to investigate, and, sure enough, there was the wash-boiler still in the hen-house! Nearby, in another shed, were the two kegs of rye mash.
So, George was brought to the police station, but he didn't stay there long. Mrs. George, leading two little Czech-Bulgars, arrived shortly after he did, and informed Chief Schlueter that she was afraid to stay in the house alone. Chief Schlueter let George go home for the night, but ordered him to show up promptly Monday morning, when the commissioner interview will probably take place.
LIQUOR SEIZED IN HIS SALOON AND HIS RESIDENCE
Raiding Party Visits Home and Saloon of Moonshiner Simultaneously.
Raiding the saloon and residence of
George J. "Pike" Clancy at the same time, Saturday afternoon resulted
in finding a cache of illicit booze in both places. The Clancy saloon located on
Fourth and Gaines streets was raided by Federal Prohibitions Officer Roy Muhs
and Officer McDermott and the Clancy home, 412 Brown street, was raided by
police officers, Pat Dietz and Schwinden.
Bottle flies, who were sitting about the Clancy bar endeavored to tip off the residence that the place would be raided. But the tip was a futile attempt. The officers were already there.
The raid on the bar resulted in the officers finding a case of beer, a gallon of hooch, and number of empty jugs and bottles, and a capping machine. Officers, who raided the home were rewarded with a five gallon jug of hooch and a case of home brew.
As this is Clancy's third offence in dealing with illicit booze it is probable that he will be tried in the Federal court. His two previous arrests fell under a violation of the city ordinance while the third charge will mean Federal prosecution.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 21, 1923
HOFFMAN WILL FIGHT CHARGE OF CONTEMPT
Doris Reid Gets $200 Fine; Henry Auerochs $500 Fine
Henry Hoffman, owner and operator of
Hoffman's Camp which was closed by court order for one year, will probably fight
charges of contempt of court which are pending against him before Judge F.D.
Letts. Hoffman appeared with his attorney, Carl Lambach, before the district
court yesterday afternoon and was granted a continuance this afternoon.
While Hoffman announced a determination to fight, his companions, who were arrested in the booze raid on his place at the time injunction papers were served Wednesday afternoon decided to "take their medicine".
Doris Reid was fined $200 and costs while Henry Auerochs, better known as "Roxy", was given a $500 fine. They were in a cottage at the Hoffman camp at the time of the raid.
A temporary injunction restraining "Roxy" and the Reid woman from the sale of liquor was asked by County Attorney John P. Weir. Judge Letts set Oct. 3 as a time for the hearing on the temporary injunction. The county attorney is also asking a permanent injunction at the next term of the district court.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 25, 1923
THIRD OFFENDER IS VISITED BY FEDERAL AGENTS
Quantity of Beer and Hooch Is Taken in Raid on Pete Bien
In a raid at 2:15 o'clock this
afternoon on the soft drink parlor of Pete Bien, 1901 Rockingham road, Police
Officer Pat Dietz and federal agents including Roy Muhs found two one-half
barrels of alleged beer and a small quantity of hooch.
The raid was made under two federal warrants. One for the first floor of the building and one for the second floor. Bien's place was raided some time ago on a federal warrant and later on a city warrant. This is his third offense.
It is claimed by the officers that Bien dumped a quantity of hooch in a sink when he saw them entering the building.
Most likely Bien will face United States Commissioner J.G. Bush tomorrow morning on the charge of having illegal liquor in his possession.
Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 30, 1923
POLICE RAID THIEL PLACE; ARREST FOUR
Try, Try, Again Motto of Cops Who Finally Secure Their Arrest
For a long time, Officer Hennelly and
Detective Phelan, of the Davenport police force, had suspected that all was not
as it should be at the residence of Mrs. Agnes Thiel, 326 West First street.
Saturday afternoon, the pair proved it by arresting Mrs. Thiel, affectionately
known as "Ag", together with Ethel Cox, Ella Overton, George Rupp and
Walter Mooney, as keeper and inmates of a disorderly house.
According to police reports, illicit liquor predominated in Saturday's raid. Mrs. Thiel and her guests will face trial in police court Monday morning.
A week ago Detective Phelan and Officer Hennelly raided the Thiel residence and found Mrs. Thiel snugly tucked in bed, her eyes closed so tightly that the glare of two flashlights could not open them. "You're always welcome, boys, whenever you want to come up. There's nothing wrong here," the woman declared, as she ushered the officers down her front stairs at that time.
Submitted by C.J.L., Nov 2007
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