Brooksville Cracks Down on Speakeasy in 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/13/1901.

On last Wednesday evening Constable Harmon Martin, assisted by Robert Ferrell, arrested and lodged in jail Ralph Howard and Sam Leaf alias John Hogan, charged with running a speakeasy at Brooksville.  When the boys ascertained they were to be arrested, they each made an attempt to escape, one running in one direction and the other in the opposite.  But the officers prided themselves on their running qualities, and each picked his man and ran him down in a fair foot race.  The race between Leaf and Martin is said to have been very interesting, as they had open road for it, and each did his level best.  Ferrell caught Howard, just as he was preparing to jump in the river, expecting to swim to the opposite side.  They were both landed safely in the bastile, and Thursday they were taken before Squire R.M. Marshall, for preliminary hearing.  They waived examination, and in default of bond were commited to jail to await the actions of the next grand jury or until they should give the bonds required by statute.  Col. J.T. Waldo represented the State in the prosecution, having been employed by many of the citizens to do so.  Howard was released on bond Saturday.