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.