Convicted Bootlegger Flies the Coop in 1915


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/19/1915.

Bootlegger Escapes

For the first time in several years a conviction in an unlawful retailing case was secured.  Sam Kelley, who stood indicted for selling rhubarb wine, was found guilty after a jury trial lasting several hours.  Court adjourned for the day Tuesday evening with the jury out and unable to agree.  The jury was held over and Wednesday morning it brought in a verdict of guilty.  But during the time between sessions Kelley left town, he not being under bond or in custody of the sheriff.  When the judge called for Kelley to stand up for sentence it was found that he was gone evidently fearing an adverse decision.  The offence was committed at the Farmers' Institute at Mt. Zion last year and the only witness for the state was Isaac Hersman, of Jesse's Run.  It was shown that the rhubarb wine had a powerful kick and would bring the results.

A capias was issued but the sheriff was unable to locate Kelley before adjournment of court.