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Pages of History: Prohibition and politics in Del Norte

From the pages of the Crescent City American, May 1931.

Abatement notices were placed Tuesday on the building on Front Street that is occupied by the High Lead Pool Hall and Tom’s Place, by agents from the United States District Court at Eureka. The orders dated April 17, 1931, charge that intoxicating liquors had been dispensed from the premises. 

The two buildings are owned by J.J. and N.F. McNamara, and the High Lead Pool Hall was operated by Frank Curtis and Tom’s Place was operated by Tom Thompson.

It is rumored that politics is playing its part in the abatement proceedings in these two cases, as it is said that local political enemies of J.J. McNamara are attempting to even up old scores they allege to have existed.

Mr. McNamara was chairman of the Rolph-for-Governor Committee in Del Norte County, and since the governor’s election Mr. McNamara has been in charge of affairs pertaining to the governor’s office in this county.

The federal prohibition agents have been working Crescent City pretty thoroughly for the past two months, and have a made a number of arrests.

Washing windows 

Two of our leading citizens have ventured out on a new endeavor and on Tuesday morning sallied forth on what seems will develop into quite a livelihood. 

Fred J. Kasbohm, Crescent City’s leading jeweler, and Joe Miller, Crescent City’s leading exclusive dealer in ladies’ footwear, are the two who have taken up the new endeavor.

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