Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 9, 1923

May Revoke Parole of Former Soft Drink Bar Proprietor

     William Streeter, 28 years old, former soft drink bar proprietor who attracted public attention some time ago in connection with the discovery of an alleged Tri-City auto theft school, faces a five year term in Anamosa prison besides prosecution on liquor law and larceny charges, as the result of his arrest in the Wohler Flats, 509-515 Ripley street, raided by police last night.
     Five gallons of moonshine liquor, supposed to be Streeter's property, are being held as evidence against him. An automobile tire and a bicycle, which police suspect have been stolen, are also being held. Streeter will be grilled concerning these latter articles, authorities said this morning.
     The liquor was found in Streeter's locker in the basement of the flats by Night Captain Homeyer and Officers Kinney, Schwinden, Dietz, and Alger, when they went to the place last night following receipt of complaints. Streeter claims that the automobile tire, also found in his possession, is the property of Otto Gassman of Rock Island, who lives in the flats.
     Streeter is employed as a fireman by the owner of the flat building.
     Assistant County Attorney John McSwiggin stated this morning that Streeter's five-year-parole, recently issued from the bench in district court, when the man was tried on a larceny charge, will probably be revoked, since Streeter was paroled only on condition that he keeps out of trouble.
     Police intend to turn the liquor case over to Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs, at present out of the city. If this is done, Streeter will be given a hearing before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush in the near future.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 21, 1923

Boys Confess They Bought Liquor at "Soft Drink" Bar

     If Officer George Rogers, of the Davenport police force, had not been walking down Iowa street at 7 o'clock Saturday evening, and if Ray Chanaux, 19, and Clarence Larkin, 18, confessed liquor purchasers, had not been possessed of timorous natures, the soft drink bar of Frank Cavakis, located at Fourth and Iowa streets, would not have been raided and Cavakis himself would not be awaiting trial in police court Monday morning.
     Officer Rogers noticed Chanaux and Larkin, together with a third youth, John Coin, aged 16, emerging from Cavakis' saloon in a suspicious manner. After the three had walked a short distance from the door, they separated, Chanaux and Larkin walking away together.
     "Wait a minute," the office called, hurrying up to them. Without further parley the youths ducked into a dark doorway, and, a second later, Rogers heard the crash of breaking bottles.
     At the police station Chauaux, Larkin and Coin confessed that they had bought liquor in Cavakis' place, paying him three dollars for two pints of moonshine whiskey. Chief Schlueter then ordered Rogers and Officers Carroll, Cuervorst, and Quinn to raid the bar. The officers found about a quart of liquor in various receptacles and took Cavakis into custody on a charge of conducting a disorderly house. 
     "If those birds hadn't acted so suspicious and had not smashed the bottles maybe nothing would have happened," Rogers said last night.
     Cavakis has been released on $100 bond.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 22, 1923

Proprietor Fined $100 and Costs in Court Today

     Officer Joe Gubser, of the Davenport police force, raided the soft drink bar of John Jessen at Fourth and Gaines streets Sunday morning, arresting Jessen and one customer, George Nelson, and confiscating a fruit jar half full of moonshine whisky. According to Gubser, Nelson is bartender for Lil Tank, notorious police character.
     When he entered the saloon, Gubser claims he found five men drinking, Jessen acting in capacity of bartender. All customers but Nelson, who was helpless from drink, were allowed to go.
     In police court this morning, Jessen, charged with keeping a disorderly house, was fined $100 and costs by Magistrate Harold Metcalf, while Nelson was sent to jail in default of costs.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 29, 1923

Sheriff's Deputies and Muhs Seize Home Brew, Hooch and Gin.

     Hoffman pleaded guilty before Judge W.W. Scott in district court this afternoon and was fined $200 and costs. He was accused of maintaining a public nuisance. The fine was paid.
     Harry Hoffman, living in a shanty house at "Webb's Camp" south of the Rock Island tracks in Rockingham, was held to the state grand jury today on a charge of maintaining a liquor nuisance. His bond was fixed at $500 by Justice of the Peace Ralph G. Smith. Hoffman was unable to furnish the required bail and was remanded to the county jail.
     The man was arrested last night by Deputy Sheriffs Frank Martin, Andrew Tumpane and Fred Scharfenberg and Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Muhs following a raid and the seizing of three cases of home brew, three one gallon jugs party filled with hooch, a quart of gin, a quart of rum, and two pint bottles of hooch.
     Names and addresses of six men who were in the house at the time of the raid were taken by the officers and the men released. According to the sheriff's deputies the men gave fictitious names.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 31, 1923

Campaign Started To Clean Rural District of Hooch Menace.

     After seven complaints had been made by residents of Dixon that A. Siercks and son Ferdinand had been dispensing beer and hooch, local Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs and Deputy Sheriff Andrew Tumpane raided the Farmers' hotel at Dixon last yesterday afternoon. The elder Siercks is the proprietor of the hotel and bar which is operated in connection but the younger of the two claimed the confiscated liquor and admitted that he tended bar for his father. They will probably be arraigned before United States Commissioner A.G. Bush last today.
     The liquor was cleverly concealed. The men, according to the prohibition agent, used as clever a means of concealment as he has found. The hooch was in quart ginger ale bottles. The bottles and the labels were clean as if they were new. They were in a ginger-ale case in the storeroom behind the bar.
     The alleged bootlegger had evidently bought a lot of ginger ale and poured it into other bottles. Then while the new labels were fresh had filled the bottles with hooch and replaced the caps. The officials on looking at the case supposed that it contained ginger ale. The Prohibition agent, however, determined not to be thwarted and ordered every suspicious looking bottle opened. When the ginger ale bottles were opened the hooch was found. Consequently every quart ginger ale bottle in the place was tested.
     Siercks, who can barely speak English, had previously said that he had nothing except soft drinks. He felt sure that the contraband would not be found. When it was found and he was confronted with it, he said that it was hooch.
     The son, however, attempted to save his father from arrest and a jail sentence. He stepped to the front and claimed the liquor and admitted that he tended bar. The complaint, however, was made against the elder of the two. Both will probably be arraigned.
     Local Prohibition agents and the sheriff's forces are determined to rid the country towns of the bootlegging menace. It seems to be running wild, if judgment can be rendered on the number of complaints coming from the rural district. Bootleggers, according to officials, seem to believe that safety lies in their isolation, according to sheriffs and government officers.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
February 16, 1923

"Butch" Metzger, 1109 Spring Street, Arrested as Manager of One of the Largest "Distilleries" in History of Scott County Bootlegging; Life of Muhs Threatened When Bribes are Refused.

    FROM a Methodist Sunday school to a bootleggers' den, accompanied by all of the viciousness of the manufacturer of illicit liquor, a place where some of the most vile hooch in the Tri-cities is made - thus reads the history of the building at 1109 Spring street. It is now a double house, the basement of which is, or was until the raid last night, used for the manufacture of sugar hooch.
     The place was raided at 11:30 o'clock last night by a squad of city police, led by Night Captain Walter Homeyer and Local Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs. It proved one of the biggest raids in the history of bootlegging in Scott county. Floyd "Butch" Metzger is in the Davenport city jail, charged with being the proprietor and manager of this mammoth distillery, and several of his confederates and co-workers face arrest before nightfall.
     The officers, after they had smashed their way into the building, were threatened with violence. Metzger, according  to one of the officers, made the threat that he would "bump off" Muhs who was the cause of his business being so suddenly interrupted. The manufacturer of the hooch tried in every way possible to bribe the officers. 
     In the basement of the building were found three stills, each of a 20 gallon capacity. Two of them were in operation. Nine hundred gallons of mash, two 100 pound sacks full of sugar, 18 pounds of yeast and two kerosene stoves were confiscated by the officers.
     J.P. Mohr, his uncle, who lives in the other side of the double house, admitted that he was implicated with him, but as yet no charge has been filed against him. A hole or door, contrary to a city ordinance, had been cut in the dividing wall in the basement, allowing the men to utilize the two basements for their illicit business. It was in the Mohr basement that the sugar and yeast were found. He admitted ownership of the sugar and yeast and also of the building. He further admitted that he owned the property and that he knew what was being done in the basement.

Metzger Well Protected.
     Complaints regarding the place and the business conducted by Metzger have come to the attention of city police and prohibition officers for several weeks. He seemed well protected. Nothing of a definite information against the man was obtained until yesterday afternoon. It was then that the raiding party was formed. It was Officer William Henneley who secured the information and swore to the complaint.
     After repeated efforts on the part of Metzger to fix it up with the officers "out of court" had failed and he saw his entire manufacturing plant destroyed and himself lodged behind bars, he is said to have threatened to "get" Muhs when he got out. He also said that he would get the one who made the complaint.
    While the raiding party was in the building the telephone rang. City Detective Kuehl answered the phone. It was a call for "Butch". During the course of the conversation Kuehl heard Metzger say "it is too late. They are here now." Police believed that it was a tip off to Metzger that there was to be a raid conducted. Police as well as federal officers are attempting to trace the call and find out if possible who is protecting the hoochmakers of the city.
     Metzger, when asked if he had not been tipped off earlier in the day admitted that he had received just such a phone call about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He said he paid no attention to it, however, as he felt secure.
     The building in which the alleged den of viciousness was found was a Sunday school chapel of the Methodist Episcopal church until several years ago when it was remodeled into a double dwelling house. As per the city ordinance regarding double houses, a fireproof wall was built in the basement to divide the two apartments. This is the wall that was cut to allow space for the business of manufacturing liquor.
     The man in all probability ill be arraigned before United States Commissioner A.G. Bush late this afternoon.
     When interviewed at his cell in the jail at 1 o'clock he made the statement that the only reason he was "knocked off" was because of Henry Moeller.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
February 25, 1923


     A residence brewery suspended operation and a local saloon failed to keep it's weekend supply of home brew, Saturday evening, when police officers Dietz, Schwinden and Lodge, together with Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs deducted that a truck load of empty bottles, taken from the Clancy saloon, Fourth and Gaines street, had contained something decidedly more efficacious than soda water.
     As the result of this deduction, Walter Light, 721 Taylor street, will be arraigned before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush on a charge of liquor manufacture, while George Clancy, proprietor of the bar, has decided to plead guilty on a charge of conducting a disorderly house and take his fine of $100 and costs in police court Monday morning.
    Not satisfied with the above evidence of their perspicacity, the officer and Muhs took time out to raid the residence of Mrs. May Arnold, 1125 West Second street, arresting the genial Mrs. May Mrs. Harry Carry, wife of the addict whose murder created a sensation some time ago and who gave their names as John Philps, Frank  Miller and Louie Englehecht.
     Empty whisky bottles scattered about in the Arnold home and a half-pint of hooch concealed in a bed showed that a liquor party had been in progress, police allege. Mrs. Arnold is charged with conducting a disorderly house, while her guests are held as inmates.
     It was early in the evening that Light was noticed loading bottles at the Clancy bar. When the bar was raided seventy-five pints of home brew, claimed to have been delivered there by Light, were found.
     Following the saloon raid, the officers raided Light's home, in the kitchen they found a brewery, consisting of 84 gallons of beer in process of fermentation, a supply of malt and hops, and 200 pints of the finished product.
     The Arnold raid occurred in the interval between the saloon and brewery raids.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
February 26, 1923


     A DUCKING for several police officers, a naval battle on the Mississippi, a melodramatic burlesque on Washington crossing the Delaware and on Eliza escaping over the ice and the seizure of some of the "moonshine" that shines on the Gin-Gin-Gima Shore were all features of a booze raid in the wee small hours of Sunday morning which resulted in the arrest of Roy Sampson.
     Captain Walter Homeyer and Officer Gerdts were the unfortunates who were immersed in the Father of Waters as they wandered about Sampson's houseboat oft City island.

Story of the Raid.
     Officers Homeyer, Gerdts and Joe Gubser, headed by Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs started for the houseboat off City island at the foot of Myrtle street about midnight. They arrived at the boat by walking the ice and demanded admittance at the front door.
     No welcome was extended however so they attempted to push in the massive door without success. Then Muhs and Gubser used a railroad tie as a battering ram to gain admittance. But while the officers were forcing an admittance at the front door Sampson had made his departure by way of the back door.
     "He was standing in a row boat with a bar in his hand" Muhs declared. "With his high boots, a bandana handkerchief and other accoutrements, he looked like a school history picture of Washington crossing the Delaware.
     "I fired two shots at the water and ordered him to paddle back to the houseboat. Needless to say he did so."

Call a Life Guard.
     Meanwhile the officers were meandering about the boat. Captain Homeyer decided to do an Eliza crossing the ice and assist Sampson up the stream. He stepped off the deck onto the ice.
     The ice broke with a slow gurgling sound and Homeyer was next heard in the water. Then Gerdts, rushing to his assistance, also slipped into the stream. They laughingly climbed onto the deck of the boat. Neither had been more than waist deep in the water. Sampson was taken into custody.
     In the houseboat officers found a 25 gallon still and 300 gallons of mash for making "moonshine" whiskey.

Seize Houseboat.
     Yesterday afternoon Officer Muhs returned to the houseboat and found that someone had been in the place and straightened up the mess. He had suspected Sampson had a confederate so he promptly threw all the liquor and mash into the river.
     A government lock was placed on the door and a notice of seizure posted. Officers said that Sampson did not use the place for a residence.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
February 28, 1923

18 Pints of Liquor Hidden Between Sheet and Blankets.

     Hidden between the sheet and blankets of August Schadel's bed in his rooms above his soft drink parlor at 301 East Third street, Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs found 18 pints of whisky in a raid staged at 11:30 o'clock this morning.
     Descending to the soft drink establishment they took Schadel into custody and found two more points on his person. Officers Leo Cuervorst and George S. Rogers assisted Muhs in the raid.
     Schadel was given a hearing before United States Commissioner A.G. Bush at 2 o'clock this afternoon. He was granted a continuance until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning and held on a temporary bond of $500. He entered a plea of not guilty. Attorney Henry Jebens appeared for the defendant.
     This is the first time that the Schadel place has been raided.


Muhs Winner in Dispute About Local Aridity
Booze Found in Northwest Davenport Clinches Argument.

     "I told you so!"
     Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs did not use this expression today, mainly because he is much too well-bred to glory in the defeat of a fellow law-enforcer, even if that defeat is incurred only in an argument.
     Yet as the liquor sleuth sat in Police Chief Schlueter's office at the city hall this morning, there was an unholy expression of triumph on his countenance.
     By means of three cases of home brew and a beer bottle half full of moonshine he had irrevocably shown that Northwest Davenport is not so arid as Police Captain Walter Homeyer once contended, and, in fact, proved by two fruitless saloon raids.
     But now the epic struggle between Mr. Muhs and the captain is over. Northwest Davenport is wet - perhaps not with a capital W, but wet enough to score the telling tally for the government.
     To make Mr. Homeyer's defeat more ignominous, the raid in which the home brew and hooch was obtained, last night, occurred practically across the street from the police official's residence - the Ziebarth bar, located at Fourteenth and Washington streets.
     When Mr. Muhs and Officer Pat Dietz, of the local police department, entered the Ziebarth saloon about 6 o'clock last night they saw the bartender, Henry Ziebarth, in the act of pouring out a drink of liquor for a customer, they claim.
     "Put down that glass!" yelled Mr. Muhs, and his order was promptly obeyed. Then he and the officer subjected the place to search. They found the beer and hooch behind the bar.
     Henry Ziebarth was arrested and this morning was assessed  a fine of $100 and costs on a charge of keeping a disorderly house. He was arraigned in police court thru agreement of city and government authorities.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 5, 1923

Early Morning Visit to Petersen Home Bears Much Fruit.

     The soft drink bar of Walter V. Petersen, 1801 West Seventh street, maintained its reputation for "softness" but Petersen's residence next door fared not so well when Officers Schwinden, Dietz and Lodge raided it on a state liquor search warrant early this morning.
     Three hundred pints of home brew beer were found in the cellar of Petersen's home and were hauled to the police station in the patrol automobile. It is alleged that beer manufacturing paraphernalia was also found in the cellar.
     Prohibition Agent Roy Muhs, who accompanied the officers on the raid, gave Petersen's bar "the once over" but reports he could find no intoxicating liquor.
     According to the officers, Mrs. Petersen poured 15 gallons of a mysterious liquid into a catch-pipe when she heard them knocking on her door.
     No arrests have yet been made.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 8, 1923

Soft Drink Parlor Caters to All Classes of Trade

     Everything from bottled in bond to the mooniest of moonshine was found by Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs in a raid on the W.C. Murray bar at 227 Perry street late this morning. It was evident that the establishment catered to all classes of "the trade."
     Seven quarts of gin, four quarts of bottled in bond, five pints of moonshine, five half pints of moonshine, two pints of alcohol, three gallons of alcohol, one gallon of moonshine, 13 quarts of moonshine, some essence of gin and a small quantity of whisky coloring were seized in containers of various sizes and descriptions.
     A water pitcher and five glasses smelling to heaven of alcohol were also seized. All of the illicit liquor was found in the back room with the exception of a small bottle behind the bar.
     This is the second time that the Murray place has been raided. Murray was fined $100 by Judge Wade at the last term of the federal court. Officer Pat Dietz of the local police department assisted Muhs in the raid. Mr. Murray will be given a hearing before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush tomorrow morning.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 11, 1923

Raid Brewery and Two Bars; Get Big Haul
"Gampy" Powers' Place Also Yields Quota of Booze and Men

     More than two hundred bottles of home brew beer, thirty eight gallons of beer in process of fermentation, a quantity of hops and malt, a bottle capper and other liquor apparatus was seized by Officers Hennelly, Snider and Gubser, of the local police department at the resident of W.J. Burke, 508 1/2 Harrison street, Saturday night.
     Burke, who was arrested will face trial before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush on charges of possession and manufacture of intoxicating liquor, according to Federal Prohibition agent Roy E Muhs. The man was arrested some time ago for keeping a disorderly house, and was fined $100 and costs in police court.
     When Burke was brought to the police station last night he was booked for keeping a disorderly house, and four men gave their names as J.F. Dunn, Tom Malone, Earl Wills, and R. Smith were arrested as inmates. Burke was released on $110 bond, but was later arrested on authority of Mr. Muhs. A pantry in Burk's kitchen was found filled with beer in bottles when police raided the place. A thirty gallon crock and an eight gallon crock, containing fermenting beers were also found. Six bottles of beer in a paper sack, evidently ready for removal, were found on the kitchen table, it is alleged the four men had been drinking. Four empty beer mugs standing nearby.

Raid Rohde Bar.
     The soft drink bar of Richard Rohde, 109 West Fourth street, was raided by Mr. Muhs, together with Officers Hennelly and Gubser, just before the Burke raid was staged. A thoro search of Rohde's place revealed a pint of moonshine whiskey concealed in a closet. Rahde was arrested on a city warrant, and will face trial in police court for keeping a disorderly house. No inmates were taken.

Ahrens Bar Nabbed.
     At the bar of Louis Ahrens, 1611 West Fourth street, the same squad found seventeen pints of beer, a quart of moonshine, another quart bottle half filled with moonshine, and a half pint of hooch. The bartender was in the act of pouring out a drink for a customer when the raiders entered.
     A quart of moonshine was found cleverly concealed behind an old board on a stairway leading to the cellar. The other liquor was found behind the bar.
     Ahrens was arrested for keeping a disorderly house. His place was raided on a city warrant.

Arrest "Gampy" Powers.
     Late Saturday afternoon officers Gubser and Snider entered the shanty of James "Gampy" Powers, member of an alleged holdup gang rounded up by police some months ago. The officers found two pints of whiskey. Powers, together with four other men who gave their names as Joe Murray, James McCarthy, John Smith and J.H. Patterson were arrested. Powers is charged with keeping a disorderly house while the guests are held as inmates.
    Powers' shanty is located the the foot of Fillmore street.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 14, 1923


     Amost Judisch, graced with the epithet "slippery fish" by police officers, fell into the toils of the liquor law in his soft drink bar, 329 West Second street, at 11 o'clock this morning when he was outwitted by an elaborate police plot designed to cut off every possible avenue of evasion.
     As a result of his arrest, Judisch, who leaped into prominence in the Detective Henry Moeller graft case when he accused the ousted officer of taking hush money, will be given hearing for liquor possession on sale before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush at three o'clock this afternoon.
     Disguised as a thug, in civilian overcoat and cap, his face unshaven, Officer Patrick Dietz succeeded in seizing one of the most important bits of evidence against Judisch -  a pint pitcher filled with hooch - when he entered the saloon this morning. Samples of beer on draught were also taken for analysis.
     Police say that Judisch has, on previous occasions, foiled raiding officers by dumping liquor so that it could not be used as evidence. In order to obviate such an occurrence this morning, every detail of the raid was worked out in advance
     Federal Prohibition agent, Roy E. Muhs, together with Officers Lodge, Schwinden, Dietz, and Detective Kinney participated in the raid.
     Dietz, in disguise, was the first to enter the saloon. Finding he was unrecognized, he edged up behind the bar where once Rohde, a bartender, was standing. Dietz pushed Rohde out of the way, discovered the pitcher of hooch, and then handed his search warrant to the bartender.
     Rohde, realizing that Dietz was an officer, attempted to destroy the pitcher, but his efforts were in vain and it was seized.
     Meanwhile, the other bartender, Charles Calhan, now under liquor indictment with Jack Wall and Orey Shea in Federal court, was being held on the telephone by Detective Kinney, while Judisch was busily engaged in conversation with Officer Schwinden in front of the saloon. Muhs and Lodge were sitting in an automobile watching developments.
     After Dietz had secured the pitcher, Officer Schwinden informed Judisch that his place was going to be raided. "All right, go ahead," said Judisch, not perceiving that the raid had already been staged.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 23, 1923

Henry Jaeger, Bar Proprietor, Gets Fine of $100 and Costs.

     Raiding the soft drink bar of Henry Jaeger, 1221 West Third street, and Jaeger's adjacent residence at 1217 West Third street, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Officers Joseph Gubser and Walter Snider, together with Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs seized four pints of moonshine whisky and arrested Jaeger.
     Arraigned in police court today on a charge of keeping a disorderly house, Jaeger was fined $100 and costs by Magistrate Harold Metcalf. The man is also obliged to pay for two search warrants issued on his place - a matter of $8.85.
     Two pints of hooch were found in Jaeger's bar by Mr. Muhs, while the officers found two more pints in Jaeger's residence.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 23, 1923

Seek 250 Gallons of Liquor, Lost, Strayed, or Stolen in City

     Some 250 gallons of grain alcohol, valued at $2,500, is "lost, strayed or stolen" in the city of Davenport. As a result of the disappearance Albert Rohlk, Maysville saloonkeeper, will probably be quizzed on the harboring of two men who were carrying this liquor from Chicago to Des Moines by automobile at his place for two nights when the case for revoking his parole comes up tomorrow or Monday.
     It was the big snow storm of a week ago that forced the two men transporting the large quantity of "joy water" in a Buick and in a Cadillac car to lay up over the night at Maysville, according to information obtained by prohibition officers.

Muhs Makes Raid.
     Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs got wind of the liquor stores at Maysville and planned the recent "bob sled raid" on the Rohlk saloon in that town. Despite the clever plan devised by Mr. Muhs and the secrecy with which the raid was carried out, the liquor was carted away before their arrival.
     Mr. Muhs learned after an investigation that the alcohol had been hauled back to Davenport.
     A series of rapid-fire raids on local soft drink parlors and other places where it was believed that the liquor might be stored, followed, but so far it has not been located.
     So "somewhere in Davenport" there are 250 gallons of grain alcohol resting uneasily as the strong arm of the law gropes nearer and nearer. The big question is "where" and this may be answered at the Rohlk hearing.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 28, 1923

Charles Crull, Living West of City, Arrested on State Charge.

    Charles Crull, living on a small truck farm west of the city on the Telegraph road, was arrested today on a state warrant following a raid conducted by city, county and federal agents and the seizing of a quantity of "moonshine" whisky, some mash and paraphernalia used in the manufacture of the whisky.
     The raiding squad, composed of Deputy Sheriff Pete Kuehl and Federal Prohibition Agent Roy Muhs, seized four five-gallon jugs of "moonshine" whisky, one three-gallon jug of whisky, one gallon of mash, one 20-gallon copper kettle and one 1?-gallon copper kettle, a two-gallon crock, two funnels and three-fourths of a pint of coloring.
     Crull was lodged in the Scott county jail pending hearing on the state charge.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 28, 1923

All Pay Fines of $100 and Costs in Police Court Today.

     As the result of liquor raids by Officers Kuehl, Peterson and Snider, together with Federal Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs, early last evening, three business men were each fined $100 and costs when they were arraigned as keepers of disorderly houses in police court this morning. Those fined are William C. Cannon, proprietor of a restaurant at 322 East Third street, E.A. Wilson, proprietor of a barber shop at 324 East Third street, and Howard Banks, keeper of a soft drink bar at 2228 East Eleventh street.
     Officers Kuehl and Peterson were the policemen who raided the Cannon restaurant. When he saw the officers approaching it is alleged, Cannon seized a pitcher containing moonshine whisky and threw it into a garbage can in a rear room of his place. The pitcher was recovered and was found to contain a small quantity of hooch. 
     Two quarts of moonshine whisky were found by Mr. Muhs and the same officers in Wilson's barber shop. The liquor had been secreted in an ante-room, it is claimed.
     Banks' bar was the third establishment to be raided. According to Mr. Muhs, Banks had poured out two drinks of whisky for customers when the raid too place. This whisky, together with a pint bottle of whisky behind the bar, was seized as evidence.
     In police court today, Cannon and Banks entered ready pleas of guilty. Wilson, however, was not so sure, and hesitated, maintaining that he was not selling liquor at his barber shop and protesting against being described as the keeper of a disorderly house. Magistrate Harold Metcalf informed him that he could take his choice between pleading guilty in police court and receiving a fine of $100 and costs, or of being arraigned before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush with the possibility of being bound over to the federal grand jury. Wilson decided to take the police court fine.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 30, 1923

Man, Accused of Maintaining Liquor Nuisance, Fined $500

   Roy E. Crull, arrested by city, county and federal agents following a raid upon his home west of the city on the Telegraph road, was fined $500 and costs in district court late Thursday by Judge W.W. Scott. Crull pleaded guilty to a state charge of maintaining a liquor nuisance. Several gallons of "moonshine" whiskey, hooch, mash and a number of utensils used in the manufacture of the booze will be destroyed.
     The man was unable to pay his fine and was ordered committed to the Scott county jail for a period of five months. He was represented in court by Attorney L.E. Roddewig.
     The fine is the largest in a liquor case in district court in several years.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; April 8, 1923

Arrest Dozen in Two Houses of Ill Fame – 
Find 3 Quarts of Liquor

     Paying a Saturday night visit to the respective establishments of Lil Tank and Clara White at 612 and 614 West Fourth streets local police officers brought a number of young gentlemen callers, the hostesses and a small quantity of booze to the police station.
The liquor was found at the White place. Charges of conducting houses of ill fame will probably be made against the women in police court.
Night Captain Walter Homeyer and Officers Dietz, Lodge, Rogers, Schlueter, Werner and Schroeder conducted the raid.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa;April 25, 1923

Officer Gubser Makes Small Liquor Hall [sic] in Lone Attack.

    Robert Heuer, proprietor of a soft drink bar at 1040 West Second street, was fined $100 and costs by Magistrate Harold Metcalf in police court this morning following the finding of half pint of moonshine whiskey behind Heuer’s bar at 7:30 o’clock.
Heuer’s place was raided by Officer Joseph Gubser, of the Davenport police department, who charged the man with being the keeper of a disorderly house. Heuer pleaded guilty to the charge.
     Officer Gubser states that police have received many complaints about the Heuer bar.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa;May 4, 1923

Arrest Here Bares Activities of Great Bootlegging Ring
Richard Walsh, “Master Mind” of Ring That Shipped Large Quantities of Grain Alcohol and Bonded Liquor Into Davenport, Arrested by Prohibition Officer R. Muhs – Leaking Trunk Leads to Seizure.

     Activities of a gigantic Philadelphia booze ring that has shipped great quantities of grain alcohol and bonded whisky into Davenport during the past eight months were bared yesterday by the arrest of Richard Walsh, alleged “district manager” for the ring in this territory. He is a former Philadelphia man.
     A leaking trunk consigned to “M. Scanlon,” recipient of all the booze shipments to Davenport, led to the arrest of Walsh and the discovery that the trunk contained 21 pints of whisky that has been seized here in many months. “Scanlon” also received the grain alcohol which was seized in a raid on the Walter Hummel garage several days ago.
     This morning another box consigned to the mythical Scanlon was seized by Federal Prohibition officer Roy E. Muhs at the American Railway Express offices in the Rock Island station. The liquor was shipped as “belt dressing” from the Oriental Manufacturing company of Philadelphia.
     Walsh was held on $1,000 bonds by United States Commissioner A. G. Bush pending his preliminary hearing on May 22. He is a man of medium height with iron gray hair and the appearance and self-assurance of a business or professional man.

Credit to Muhs
     Credit for uncovering the activities of the eastern booze ring, in Iowa goes to Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs, who trapped Walsh after the arrest of Hummel several days ago had convinced him that “conditions in Denmark were not up to standard.”
Some 30 quarts of alcohol in boxes consigned to Scanlon were seized at the Hummel place. It was learned that similar shipments had been received by the same Scanlon for a long time but that he had never called for them in person.
     Then came the incident of the leaking trunk which was received at the express office.
     Taking a man who had seen the owner of the trunk with him, Mr. Muhs boarded the 2:26 Rock Island train from Chicago at Moline yesterday afternoon and “spotted” Walsh. When they arrived in Davenport Officer Hanlon of the police department was at the station and     Walsh was placed under arrest. The check for the trunk and the key that unlocked it were found in his pocket.
     At first Walsh asserted that he had found the check for the trunk on the train but after the key had been found he admitted that it belonged to him.

Method of Distribution
     Walsh did not make his headquarters in Davenport but apparently came here frequently. The shipments for Scanlon were called for by different people at various times, according to the express company officials.
     Alcohol was taken to places like the Hummel garage for distribution of the bonded whisky himself, according to the theory of the officers. He would secure a room at a local hotel and pass the whisky out to his agents there, at the same time making collections for alcohol. It is probable that a number of his assistants will be arrested.
     The whisky bears a Canadian stamp, but it is believed that it is forged.

Goes to Des Moines
     Federal Prohibition Officer Muhs will go to Des Moines within the next few days to confer with the United States attorneys and prohibition officers on the prosecution of the case. It is possible that charges of conspiracy or of violation of the interstate commerce act by false representation of shipments will be filed.
     Walsh was represented before the United States commissioner by Attorney Carl Lambach. The $1,000 bond on which he was released was furnished by W.J. Bryson.
     Authorities at Philadelphia will be notified of the seizure of booze here and it is probable that the arrests here may lead to the uncovering of a booze ring of nationwide scope.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; May 6, 1923

Fourteen Arrested in Disorderly Houses Attacked by Officers

     Fritz Ziebarth’s lugubrious recital of how he had been robbed of five dollars in the establishment of Mrs. Agnes Thiel, 328 ½ West First street, Saturday afternoon led to a raid on the Thiel place which netted four prisoners last night. As a follow-up police entered the Mrs. Mildred Brennan house at 422 ½ West Second street, arresting seven men and three women.
     Ziebarth, who lives in Fishertown, told Chief Schlueter that he had bought several drinks at Mrs. Thiel’s place and that, when he dropped a five dollar bill as he was paying his debt of two dollars, the woman grabbed the bill from the floor and refused to give it back. Ziebarth’s disclosure of conditions at the Thiel place caused the raid.
     When police officers Homeyer, Kuehl, Hennely, and Phelan walked in they found two men and two women, who gave their names as F. Blakemore, J. Spencer, Ruth Woods and Hezel Wiese. The four were arrested on charges of immoral living.
At the Brennan place a party was in progress when the officers called. The men and women were sitting at a table with a pint of hooch in evidence. Those arrested gave their names as Al Rush, J. Wiels, J. Russell, Al Johnson, George Morrison and Rose Murray. Mrs. Brennan was taken into custody as the keeper of a disorderly house, while her guests were booked as inmates.
All those arrested in the raids will be tried in police court Monday morning.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; May 22, 1923

Raids by Police and Prohibition Agent Staged Last Night

     Raids on the soft drink bars of W.T. Perry, 711 West Second street, and of Frank Schultz 922 West Second street, yesterday afternoon and evening, resulted in the arrest of Perry and Schultz as keepers of disorderly houses and the confiscation of a small quantity of hooch.
In police court this morning the proprietors pleaded guilty and were assessed fines of $100 and costs by Police Magistrate Harold Metcalf.
The raid on Perry’s bar was conducted by Officer Pat Dietz of the local police force, and by Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs at 4:30 o’clock yesterday. There were two customers in the place at the time of the raid. A pint of moonshine whisky and several whisky glasses were found in a rear room of the saloon, the officers claim.
     Dietz and Muhs found a half pint of hooch and whisky glases behind Schultz’s bar when they raided it at 9 o’clock last night, the assert. It is claimed that Schultz dumped a pitcher of moonshine liquor when he saw the officers enter his bar. The confiscated hooch remained in the pitcher.

Rockingham has declared war on hooch parties and disorderly houses within the corporate limits.

     Four men and one woman, arrested in a raid Sunday night, were arraigned last night in the court of Justice of the Peace A.H. Kohlhammer and assessed fines ranging from $25 and costs to $75 and costs.
     Joe Balluf, who was booked on a charge of keeping a disorderly house was fined $50 and costs of which $25 was suspended upon the condition that he clean up the premises and refrain from staging any more parties.
     Beryl Thompson, who was accused of bringing hooch to the party, was fined $75 and costs and $50 of the fine was suspended. His wife, Nellie Thompson, mother of five children and the only woman in the party, was fined $25 and costs. The justice suspended $20 of the fine. Ben Rollason was fined $50 and costs and $45 of the fine suspended pending good behavior. Frank Weaver, the fifth member of the party, was fined $25 and costs, and $20 was ordered suspended.
     The party was raided by Marshal Homer Ashcraft.

     Victor H. Meyer, proprietor of the “Five Mile house”, located north of the city on the Brady street road, is in the Scott county jail awaiting trial on a charge of maintaining a liquor nuisance as the result of a raid upon the roadhouse conducted last night by Sheriff William Brehmer. No liquor was found by the officers although a careful search was made of the roadhouse and the buildings adjoining.
Meyer will be arraigned before Police Magistrate Harold Metcalf late today or Friday according to County Attorney John P. Weir who is in charge of the prosecution.
     The raid was made by the sheriff on the strength of a story told the police by James Royer, 1812 Harrison street, who was arrested Sunday night in company with Jake Killion and R.W. Anderson on a charge of assaulting a watchman following an attempt to steal tires off trucks belonging to the McCarthy company. In his story to the police, Boyer claimed that the party had visited the roadhouse in the afternoon and had purchased several drinks.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; May 29, 1923

“Sponge Squad” Seeks to Dry the Mississippi in Big Booze Drive
Prohibition men are “mopping up” the Mississippi Valley today. Federal and state agents were united in a great clean-up trip from Buffalo to LeClaire in which they were raiding houseboats and riverside shanties where bootleggers held forth.
     Working on both sides of the river in what is perhaps the biggest “sponger squad” venture ever attempted from Davenport, the prohibition officials hope to choke off he supply-places of Tri-city hip liquor distributors.
     Twenty-seven warrants, most of them calling for the arrest of that well known character, John Doe, were sworn out by the deputy sheriffs before they started on their Volstead mission late yesterday afternoon.
     Sheriff William Brehmer headed the county officers, while James Risden of the state prohibition force and Federal Prohibition Officer Joseph Terrill were also the raiders. It was reported that a similar campaign,also directed by federal agents, was being carried out on the other side of the river.

Three Under Arrest
     The following were arrested last night and today as a direct result of the raids:
     William Olson, who lives in a shanty house east of Hollywood Inn. The raiders discovered considerable “hooch” and “home brew” in Olson’s place.
     Harry Hoffman, who lives near Olson’s place in Rockingham township, was not at home when the raiders visited the place. He was arrested today by the Davenport police and turned over to the custody of the county and state authorities.

Shortest Bar in World
     Sabin Bray, also living along the river front in Rockingham township, was taken into custody. Bray, according to Deputy Sheriff Fred Scharfenberg, who headed the raid on the place, boasts the shortest bar in the world. He had a counter not more than three feet in length. What the bar lacked in size it more than made up on the quantity and quality of “wet” goods on tap, according to deputy.
     The home of Anna Drake, also in Rockingham township was next on the list. A quantity of liquor was seized but no arrests were made.

Followed by Trucks.
The raiding squads were followed by trucks to cart away the liquor. The four raids conducted by Deputy Sheriff Scharfenberg netted a truck load of beer and hooch. Other trucks were busy throughout the major portin of the night hauling the liquor to the federal building and county jail.
     Raiding the soft drink bar of Julius Goettsch, 932 West Sixth street, Officer Patrick Dietz, of the Davenport police force, assisted by Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs and State Inspector Risden, securing a large quantity of moonshine liquor at 6:30 last evening.
     In a room opening off the barroom at Goettsch’s place, the raiders found receptacles respectively containing 15 quarts, four pints, 9 ½ pints, five gallons and one gallon of hooch.
     Goettsch was given a continuance until Saturday morning when arraigned before Police Magistrate Metcalf this morning. He is held under $500 temporary bonds. 

    Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 1, 1923

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

     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.

    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.

     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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

     "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

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.

Currough Raided.
     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.

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 o'clock.
     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

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

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

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

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.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 3, 1923

Arrested by Officer Roy Muhs for Second Time in Past Month
     Otto Gassman can now look forward to the autumnal visit of Federal Judge Martin J. Wade with pleasure for he will face that stern old gentleman on two counts of liquor possession instead of one as a result of a raid at 522 West Eleventh street made by Federal Prohibition Officer Muhs last night.
     He served 60 days in jail over a year ago for violation of the liquor laws. Several weeks ago Gassman was arrested and bound to the federal court after a raid on a shanty in a hollow near Eleventh and Ripley street. Last night several quarts of liquor were found at his residence.
     No charges will be filed with the commissioner on this count but the additional evidence will be presented to the judge.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 8, 1923

Injunction Proceedings to Follow Raids Conducted by State and County
11 Are Under Arrest
Crow Creek Inn, Hollywood Inn and Helen Van Dale's Resort Searched.

     Closing of at least 3 roadhouses in Scott county thru injunction proceedings was forecast Saturday by county officials following a series of raids conducted the night before by state, federal and county authorities on Hollywood Inn, Palmer's Inn and Crow Creek Inn in which eight men and three women were arrested, including Helen Van Dale, former queen of the old Rock Island underworld and reputed head of an inter-state vice ring. Considerable whiskey, wine and hooch was confiscated.
     The following were arrested and later released from the county jail on $500 appearance bonds pending their preliminary hearings in Justice Merle F. Wells' court:
     James (Brick) Munro, proprietor of Hollywood Inn, John Allen and Fred McCarty, booked as bartenders and helpers at the inn.
     LeRoy and Ed Gadient, proprietors of the Inn at Crow Creek, located two miles east of Bettendorf.
     Helen Van Dale is held as the proprietoress of Palmer's Inn, located across the road from the Hollywood Inn near Nahant. Edna Smith and W.W. Bennell, found at Helen's place, were booked as inmates. Helen's case is set for hearing on July 18th.
     In addition to raiding the three road houses, the authorities also visited the river shacks of Harry Hoffman and Sabin Bray in Rockingham township. Dora Reide, who was found at Hoffman's place, was booked as an inmate. Both Hoffman and Bray were arrested. Hooch was found at both places, the authorities say.
     Hoffman and Bray's places are not considered roadhouses by the authorities for the reason that both buildings are mere shacks and do not enjoy the class of patronage associated with Hollywood, Palmer's or Crow Creek Inn.
     Hoffman and Bray were arrested several weeks ago when federal and state authorities "mopped up" the river banks on both sides of the stream. Both pleaded guilty and also consented to the issuance of permanent injunctions against their places. Both stand a chance of being cited into court on contempt proceedings as a result of the raids.
     County authorities have no accurate check on the amount of the liquors seized and will not have until early this week. At the Hollywood Inn the raider secured a three gallon jug of hooch, two and one-half quarts of hooch a gallon and a pint of wine.
     A ten gallon keg of whiskey was discovered at Crow Creek Inn together with eight bottles of hooch. A small amount of liquor was found at the Helen Van Dale place and also at Hoffman's and Bray's.

Following Complaints.
     The raids were the results of repeated complaints made to the city and county authorities. State Agent James Risden, who assisted Sheriff William Brehmer in Friday night's raids, declared Saturday that the state would invoke the injunction law and close the properties for a year. County Attorney John Weir announced that injunction proceedings would be filed as soon as the preliminary hearings have been held and his office notified of the evidence secured against the resorts. 
     An attempt was made earlier in the year to secure injunction proceedings against Crow Creek Inn. The proceedings against Hollywood were started at a time when "Diamond Joe" Maloff was operating the resort. He disposed of the place to Munro and the injunction proceedings were dropped.
     In the Crow Creek Inn case a hearing was held before Judge W. W. Scott and a temporary restraining order was denied the state on the ground that the evidence of illegal sales was insufficient.

Running Young Girls.
     That the resorts are responsible for much of the delinquency to be found among the younger girls of the city and county is claimed by State Agent Risden. He claims young girls are invited to parties in the resorts and encouraged to drink.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 9, 1923

     Friday, the 13th, is the date set for the hearing of six of those caught in the liquor raid last Friday night. The hearing will be in the office of justice Merle F. Wells at 9 o'clock. Those who will appear are Sabin Bray, John Allen, Doris Reed, Harry Hoffman, Joe McCarthy and "Brick" Monroe.
     The cases of Ed and Roy Gadient of Crow creek inn will be heard at 10 o'clock. Attorney Wm. Chamberlain to represent them; and on the 16th will be heard the cases of Helen Van Dale, Wm. Benell and Edna "Dimples" Smith.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 11, 1923

Walter Sievert Held as One of Proprietors of Crow Creek Inn.
     Walter Sievert, who is accused by county and state authorities of being associated with Ed and LeRoy Gadient in the operation of Crow Creek Inn, scene of a raid by officers last Friday night, was taken into custody Tuesday night by Sheriff William Brehmer and State Agent James Risden on a warrant charging illegal possession of intoxicating liquor. Sievert was released on bond pending a hearing before Justice of the Peace Merle F. Wells.
     Coincident with the arrest of Sievert, the sheriff and state agent also re-arrested Ed Gadient on a state charge of carrying concealed weapons. Information against the man was sworn out in Wells' court by the state agent who claims Gadient was carrying a "sap" in his pocked the night of the raid.
     Gadient was also released on bond and his hearing in Wells' court was postponed until July 18.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 15, 1923

Federal Officer and Police Visit East Locust Street Residence.

     Samples of home brew beer seized at the home of Emil Briga, 115 East Locust street, in a raid Friday afternoon, will be analyzed by federal chemists to determine their alcoholic content. The liquor was destroyed after samples had been preserved for examination and for record.
     About 175 gallons of home brewing beer and some 10 gallons of beer in a process of fermentation were seized at the Briga home by Federal Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs and Detective Pete Kuehl and Officer Pat Dietz of the police department.
     That the raid was made as a result of complaints of alleged sales of liquor about the premises was the statement of the officres.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 18, 1923

Bound Over to Grand Jury Under $1,000 Bond; Helen Van Dale, Edna Dimples Smith, and W.W. Benell of Palmer's Inn Plead Not Guilty

     HARRY HOFFMAN, arrested at his shanty boat during the night raid of July 7th, arraigned before Justice Merle F. Wells this morning, on a charge of maintaining a liquor nuisance was bound over to the  grand jury under $1,000 bond. This was Hoffman's third offense and the state counsel, Walter Newport, declared that an attempt would be made to have him sentenced for three years in the penitentiary in accordance with a recent statute making that the extreme penalty for a third liquor offense. Hoffman was represented by Attorney William Chamberlain.
     Helen Van Dale, said to have been the "sweetie" of former chief of police Tom Cox of Rock Island in the halcyon days of revelry and extortion pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Justice Wells this morning. Edna "Dimples" Smith and W.W. Benell, who were taken with her in the July 7th raid on Palmer's inn, likewise pleaded not guilty. Their case is up for hearing again this afternoon. J.P. Pedersen is their attorney.
     Sabin Bray, another shanty boater, captured the same memorable night, obtained a continuance till Friday morning when his case came up this morning. Ed Gadient, LeRoy Gadient, and Walter Sievert, who were taken at Crow Creek Inn on July 7, waived preliminary hearing this morning and were bound over to await the action of the grand jury. Their bond was fixed at $500. They were represented by attorney Chamberlain.
     The cases of J.A. Monroe, Fred McCarthy and John Allen, of Hollywood Inn, were up for hearing before Justice Wells late Tuesday afternoon. They were bound over to the grand jury also and their bond was fixed at $500. County attorney John Weir represented the state and Harold Thuenen the defendants.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 19, 1923


     HELEN Van Dale, who with Edna "Dimples" Smith and W.W. Benell was caught in the raid of July 7, after a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning and afternoon and this morning, at the office of Justice of the Peace, Merle F. Wells, was bound over to the grand jury. Her bond was fixed at $1,000. This was furnished by Nick Coin.
     Edna "Dimples" Smith and Benell, who, as in the case of Helen Van Dale, pleaded not guilty, were likewise bound over and their bond was set at $500 each. W.J. Bryson and Nick Coin furnished bond in their cases and al three were released.

Sweetie Couldn't Deliver.
     It looked for a time as if "Dimples" might have to go to jail, and she said she was willing to do this. She called up her "Sweetie," who appeared to have a flat pocketbook, but Bryson and Coin finally consented to furnish the necessary coin.
     State investigators testified that at Helen Van Dale's Gardens, otherwise known as Palmer's Inn and the Auto Inn, they had called for straight whisky with sideboards on." This drink turned out to be a tumblerful of hootch.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 20, 1923

Justice Merle F. Wells this morning dismissed the case of Sabin Bray, shanty owner, who was taken in the raid of July 7. No liquor was found on his premises, and there was no evidence of his having sold liquor.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 29, 1923

Soft Drink Bar Proprietor Will Face United States Commissioner.

     At 5:30 o'clock Saturday evening, Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs and Officer Patrick Dietz secured a search warrant for the bar of Arnold Wessel, 408 Cedar street, at the office of Justice Merle F. Wells.
     At 6 o'clock, Wessel was on his way to the police station with a gallon of hooch, found behind his bar and in his barn by the raiders.
    Charges of liquor possession have been filed against Wessel, and he will be given a hearing before U.S. Commissioner A.G. Bush early this week.
     According to Mr. Muhs, Wessel's place has been the objective for four or five raids, all of which proved fruitless because of Wessel's uncanny ability to scent the approach of the law, dumping his contraband.
    "The Wessel raid is a record one, considering the time when we got the search warrant," Mr. Muhs said last night.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; August 13, 1923


     Because he sold hooch in coffee cups at the Mississippi Valley Fair Sunday, Charles "Cracker" Meyer faced charges violating the national prohibition act in the court of the United States Commissioner A.G. Bush today. He was arrested by Officers Kuehl and Rogers of the police force and Prohibition Officer Roy E. Muhs.
     Meyer operated a stand with hot dogs and coffee as a side line - right on the Midway at the Fair. But it was whispered about in circles believed to be interested that the coffee, while somewhat expensive, was very drinkable coffee indeed.
     In fact, the percentage of "caffeine" was so great that those who took two cups went reeling away in the best of spirits. Police Officer Lodge noted this phenomenon and did a little mental addition, - he put two and two together.
     Then, in company with Officers Kuehl and Muhs, he paid an official visit to the stand and examined the "coffee". It was fortunate that they came when they did. Business had been so good that only a half pint of "moonshine" was still in stock when the stand was raided according to the information filed in the commissioner's court this morning following the raid of Saturday evening. He is charged with the possession of three gallons of liquor.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; August 21, 1923

Proprietor of Northwest Davenport Saloon Assessed Heavy Fine

     Two ounces of moonshine whiskey in a water glass behind his bar - just two meager drinks-put in motion the machinery of the law and resulted in a fine of $100 and costs for Ed Ehlers, proprietor of a saloon at 1502 West Locust street, in police court this morning. The charge was that of conducting a disorderly house.
     Ehlers' bar was raided by Prohibition Agent Roy E. Muhs and by Officer Patrick Dietz at 8:00 o'clock last night. According to Mr. Muhs, Ehlers is known as "the king of Northwest Davenport."

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 5, 1923


     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 intoxicating liquor.
     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

"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 license. 
     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. 


     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


     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.

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

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

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

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.

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; October 10, 1923

Her Home a Brewery, Girl Causes the Arrest of her Father in Raid

     HELEN SCHNITTGRUND, 15 years old, isn't a tattler - she only wants to be decent. When she found life couldn't be decent in a home which her father and mother converted into a brewery, she got out. That was three weeks ago.
     Helen didn't say anything to authorities about her father's threats to kill her or about the beatings she received at the hands of her mother. She kept quiet about the booze, and continued to  turn her miserable little weekly pay checks into the family hooch fund.
     But last night, when her mother and sister tried to force her to return to them, Helen told police what she knew. Then Magistrate Harold Metcalf issued a search warrant for the residence of Henry S. Schnittgrund, 1311 West Sixth street. Officers Elmer Schlueter and George S. Rogers found eighty gallons of beer when they raided.
     The father paid a fine of $100 and costs after trial for keeping a disorderly house, in police court this morning.
     Circumstances which led to the raid, were accidental. Mrs. Schnittgrund telephoned the police station early last evening, that her daughter refused to come home. Policewoman Inger Estes asked the woman to make a report in person. At the station her story aroused suspicion and an investigation was made.
     Mrs. Schnittgrund and her other daughter, it developed, had called at the home of Mrs. Lily Stender, 1524 West Eighth street, where Helen was spending the evening while her sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry Schnittgrund, 811 Sturdevant street, with whom she had been staying since she left home, was visiting her sick husband at  the hospital.
     Determined not to return to the brewery, Helen had run into the bathroom of the Stender home when her mother and sister entered the place, and had held the door when they attempted to open it. It was then that Mrs. Schnittgrund sought the aid of police in forcing their daughter to obey.
     "They don't care anything about me - it was just my pay check they wanted," Helen told Mrs. Estes afterwards. "They take every cent I earn and buy stuff to make liquor. When I was staying at home, my mother even took four dollars I got for a birthday present out of my prayer book and spent it.
    "I wanted them to save money and buy a house but all they did was to make booze. My father said he would kill me if I ever told on him. Both my father and mother were drunk a good part of the time. I couldn't stand it, so I left.
     "I worked in a home for awhile, and then, Tuesday, I got a job at Mrs. Eva O'Bannon's place, 611 Iowa street. I guess the folks hears about it and wanted to get my money from the old job."
     Helen doesn't have to worry about what will become of her now, police officials say. Her case will be presented in Juvenile court this afternoon, with the probable result that she will be allowed to live her own life in the future.