Moonshine Trade Investigated in 1921

(12/04/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/18/1921.

No Whiskey Sold in County

Greater interest was shown in the deliberations of the grand jury than is usual.  It was whispered around that an investigation of the making and vending of corn whiskey would be conducted, and sure enough, invitations to come before the grand jury were issued by the Court.  When the word leaked out that the writs were in the hands of the sheriff, there was a great exodus of those who have favored the raisin-jack venders with their patronage, and for once the supply caught up with the demand.  It is said that the principal figure among the boot-leggers complained bitterly because the Court had broken up his business for a time.

However, the few that did get before the grand jury had memories like some of the plutes at time for making up tax lists, and not one could remember of having purchased any hooch in Calhoun county.

One witness, Golder White of Brooksville, refused to answer questions proposed to him by the investigating body and was sent to jail for several hours on a contempt charge.  He was later released, after the grand jury had been dismissed, on giving bond to appear before the next grand jury and answer questions.


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