The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 24
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SECTION. B—PAGE FOUR BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER'NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10. I95Q SUCCESSFUr, RAID—Federal revenue agent* uid county officers are shown here .following a suc- 1 cessful raid on one of, the stills that flourished in Mississippi County during prohibition. The officers in •this picture, which-was'taken In 1926, included, (left tp right): Hiram autterfleld, Arthur Sutlerfield, O. P. > Knapp and M, C. Burns, all federal agents; Jim Bass, who was sheriff of Mississippi County from 1926 to •| 1930; Constable Arch Lindsey, who then was a deputy sheriff; a Mr. Keck, federal agent (seated, with fiat '; hi lap); Jim Burns, deputy sheriff and father of Desk Sergeant Dick Burns of the Blytlievllle Police De- .j partment (standing beside Mr. Lindsey); W. E. Johnson, deputy sheriff anrt brother of Dr. 1. R. John.son . of Blytheville; Charley Stiles, -Jess Greer and VVeob Greer, who also were sheriff's deputies. i/923 News Story Describes One \Of Numerous Prohibition Raids 5 A familial- news item in the clays of Prohibition in the Thirsty Twenties was the f oft-repeated story of raids on stills operating in Mississippi County. } r The fact that manufacture and ; cousumption of whiskey .was Ucli- 1 nicully Illegal in those days obvious} ly had little effect on the actual | distribution of it, for such raids ; were numerous. - :j .And this bootlegging was not f limited ton any specific criminal i element, ajf the story betow indi- |citej. This story tells of the arrest ->of a deputy sheriff and a postmas- ji ter In a scries of raids in lira. j ;The following story is indicative ;of still-raiding operations (hat = kept county peace officers and fed, £eral agents busy trying: to enforce 7 the always-circumvented prohibl- ttidn law. It was originally printed fin a Blytheville newspaper dated •; Thursday, Aug. 9. 1923. (This ap- •;'patently was the Daily Blytheville ; Courier, as it Is believed to be the f.only paper published in the city j*t that time.) 7 Thl* clipping was mailed to the ; Courier News by a Luxora resident ^ who did not enclose his or her ( narri*. > .The clipping follows: > ; "Prom July 19th to Julj »th a idetail of 7 prohibition officers from |the 3tat« Prohibition office In Llt- J ; tle Rock, captured 108 men. 10 big !,§tills and a dozen of th« one-gallon pariety, In Mississippi and Polnsett i'tountie*. : ^ "Only ail prohibition officer* ^participated In establishing the. ; above record. They were under the ''direction of H. Sutterflcld, who has /before now won distinction u an : :ab!e enforcement officer because of 'his many successful maneuvers In ; defending the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the ; United States of America. • "Below Ls a story as told by one 'who was fortunate enough to witness every move of these officers iwhile they were at Manila; • "'On Thursday, July 20, we arrived at Big Lake, at daylight, and ; arrested Oren Dean, postmaster, ^merchant, sawmill man, moonshin- 'er and bootlegger. Here we realized the fact that we were in one 'of the hottest moonshine dens that ;«ver existed In the state of Arkan- ;aas. And, too, we knew we had to ; work fast to cover the ground we ;w»nted to. And Just as luck would '.have It, it appeared, that some kind-hearted man or woman had • cut all the telephone wires in the i country, or perhaps in some way ;lhey had just fell apart, which helped us wonderfully, we hurried ' on to an island out in Big Lake about a mile from where we raided I «nd destroyed the Berry-Crow-Bills distillery and arrested Villard Berry, Elba Crow, and George E. Bills. It was at thl? distillery where we came so near having to shoot Elba Crow loose from bis guns. Arrest Deputy Sheriff " "nils distillery consisted of one «0-gallon pot, 600 gallons fermenting capacity, 60 gallons of mash, and five gallons of whiskey. As !soon as the distillery was destroyed we rushed Into Manila, a small town of about 1,000 population, where we had been told we would •meet with a warm reception. Here we arrested H. C. Boling, Sulan Boling, H. E. Boling, H. L. Blackwood, and J K. McMastere, Deputy Sheriff, all on charges of manufac- . luring, possessing, transporting, and jelling moonshine whiskey, and several others we picked up on possession and transporting charges, then soon came a train along and we sent them all to the Jonesboro jail. "The officers worked so rapidly • nd with such certainty that the moonshiners seemed to become bewildered Instead ol getting mad and offering to fight. ; " "The following day, Saturday July 21. we raided the big Dean still. We went out on the lake In push bout*. It seemed to us like *« traveled 10 miles around and between thousands of little Islands, all of which have a name of their own. '' 'Hut at last we saw our guide, ,an old fisherman, heading Into the willows on an Island which Is ,known among the fishermen snd iliunters ns the "Devil's Drag." Not ^« ; word was spoken. Our guide pointed out In the direction of the distillery ,md then he lay down In his liP.it, • "''W« crceped upoa this distil- lery and was within 30 or W feet of it before Jim Dean, the operator, observed us. " 'On a barrel about five feet in front of him lay an automatic pistol and Jim wanted that gun and somehow we tlldn't want Jim ' to have the gun. therefore we Insisted on him putting his hands up and Jim kept hesitating «nd Jim today appreciates the fact that he came near hesitating a secona too long " 'This distillery was on a platform about 12 feet high and was one ot the most complete distilleries 1 ever saw. He had one 500-gaIlon copper pot, and one 200-gnllon copper pot. 3.000, gallons fermenting capacity. .1,800 gallons of mash, and 190 gallons of whiskey. " 'On July 14 we made an Investigation of Uttle River about 12 1923— Compress Interests Merge; Plans for New Press Ended Frcm the March 12 1923, edition interest, placed his O.K. on the of the Daily Blylheville Courier: Wnal Is regarded as the biggest sUoke yet in compress circles was consummated the last of the week, when the local stockholders of the Citizen's Compress purchased the pur cent stock of the Blythevillc compress and warehouse stock held by the. Lesser Goldman Interest's, and abandoned the plans to erect n second compress, which means the local forces will be practically half owners in the Blytheville press. Blythevllle cotton [actors had two members on Hie board ot dl- reclors and are to receive three more, wnlch means they will have a controlling interest In the management of the local press, and 45 per rent ol the stock. S150..per share was paid, the local people having taken 1,125 shares a total of 4168.150. anri $50000 In stock was desired In addition, which could not be had. R. L Taylor, neaci manager of the 34 compresses of the Newberger miles south of Big Lake post office, where we raided and destroyed Pat Patterson's distillery, which consisted of one 400-gallon copper pot, and one 10-gallon copper pot, fermenting capacity 3,860 gallons, 1,500 gallons of mash, and 31 gallons of whiskey. ' Watched Own Still Oesiruyed " 'This distillery belonged to Pa Patterson, and judging from the signs around the distillery it hud been operated at this same set for perhaps a year. We have been told since that Patterson was standing In the woods hear by and watched us destroy his distillery, we have not been able to apprehend him up to date. " 'On July 25 we made an Investigation on "Hog" Island, about two miles out in Big -Lake, where we raided and destroyed a complete distillery which consisted of one 60-gallon copper pot, 600-gallon fermenting capacity, and 200 gallons ol mush, and arrested the owners and operators. Lee Walker, Jim Allen and Nlch Gurnow. " 'In the. Marked Tree. Polnsett county.- n nd Manila-Big Lake, Mississippi County vicinities, we arrested and swore out warrents for 108 men. plans being In Blythevllle on Monday to deliver the stock held by the Lesser-Golamin interests. 1927— Music Festival Held in Luxora Prom the May 11, edition , . of the BIylhevllIe Courier Newa: Luxora, May 11.— One of the most successful meetings the Mississippi County May Musical Festival ever held took place In the high school auditorium here yesterday >nd last night. An extensive program was given In three sections- afternoon and evening. meats were served school cafeteria at forenoon, Refresh- In the high noon to the visiting players. The grades of the public school were dismissed during the programs in order that the pupils might hear the musical renditions. The larg<- auditorium was crowded last night to hear a program given by the «dvanced music pupils of the high schools of the county. The festival for next year will be held at Osceola with Mrs. E. W Edrlngton In charge of arrange• 1923— Knicht's Picture Used in Magazine From (he March I?. 1923. edition of the Daily Blytheville Courier: Last week's frontispiece In. the Country Gentleman, published by the Curtis Publishing Co., featured N -p. Knight, local minager of the compress, on the title page, in a full page photograph, playing marbles with the kids. HI« friends had little difficulty In recognizing hit picture, even to the calloused places on his thumb from thumping marbles. i't.c p'ctur* inows the president of tl'e Blytheville baseball club In a happy pose, plumping his playmates "taw' with the same interest he tickles baseball or tha cotton bale. CITY'S FIRST TAXI—This Model T Ford was Blytheville's first taxi. Owned by Tom W. Jackson, 1( was operated from his livery slable at Railroad and Walnut Streets, where Sullivan-Nelson Chevrolet Co, is now located. This photograph WBS taken in 1914 in front of the livery stable. Shown at the wheel Is E. B. Jackson, who 27 years later was elected mayor of Blytheville and served four terms. In the back seat directly behind the driver Is Tom Jackson. (The Jacksons are not related.) Also in the back, seat Is Dr. L. S. Brlscoe. veterinary surgeon whose "shingle" c»n be seen at top left. Seated beside the driver is Collins Simmons. Standing beside the gas pump (left) is Ed Johnson. The man standing behind the taxi is Identified as Red Evans. J9I5— Bootleg Suspect Shoots Sheriff Prom the August 5, 1915, edition of the Blytheville Courier: Caruthersvllle, Mo., July 31-While attempting to arrest Chas Parker and "Shorty" Masterson, on charges , of bootlegging, about I o'clock Friday evening, Sheriff Mack Stubblefield was shot by Parker and later shot his assailant. Both men were then taken to Jail and given medical attention. For a while there was considerable talk of lynching Parker, but the sheriff's wounds were discovered noi to be dangerous so the mob spirit subsided. Masterson made his escape in the confusion and has not been recaptured. Central Supply Co., Inc. Wholesale Distributors Plumbing, Heating & Industrial Supplies ^ Memphis 3, Tenn. 303 Madison Ave. Phone 37-9504 THIRTY YEARS OF DEPENDABLE SERVICE I IS YOUR GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION OFFERING A COMPLETE LINE OF HARDWARE AND APPLIANCES 21 3 WEST MAIN ST. PHONE 2O15

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