Pages of History: Still raided, but where are culprits?

By Nita Phillips October 11, 2013 02:25 pm

From the pages of the Crescent City American, October 1928.

Mystery surrounds the capture of a still on French Hill last Wednesday when W. C. Smith, L. R. Black, P. A. Brunk, Claude Willis and W. H. Taylor swooped down on the big manufacturing plant and brought it to Crescent City together with two prisoners.

The still contained three parts, making an aggregate capacity of around 900 to 1,000 gallons. Where the mystery part of the subject comes in is in the fact that there were two men brought in with the still yet the two men are not in jail nor is there any record in the Justice of the Peace’s Office.

Officers of the county freely admit that there was a still found and that arrests were made, yet there are no prisoners and no one has given bail. The justice of the peace states that no one has been brought to his court. 

Gold nugget found

Dan London, who owns a fine mining claim on Myrtle Creek, about 10 miles from this city, picked up a gold nugget on his claim last week that weighted out to $67. Mr. London also had several smaller nuggets, the aggregate find running well over the $80 mark. 

This property has been mined ever since the early 1850s, and there never having been a period of more than a year or two that the property has not been worked with good results. 

Late birth announcement

Sometimes we are a little late in announcing events of the city, and sometimes we overlook them so long they become stale news, but it is never too late to announce the arrival of a baby girl. Miriam Lavella Hollenbeck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hollenbeck, was born Aug. 11, 1928, and if you leave it to us as judges, we will say that she is a mighty fine girl.

Pat’s Place raided

Wednesday evening, while the fire next door was in progress, Assistant District Attorney Paul A. Brunk and Sheriff Jack Breen walked into Pat’s Place on Front Street and arrested the proprietor on a charge of selling liquor. It is said that drinks were being served over the counter and that the officers secured the evidence from the drinks that were being served to the customers.

It is thought that the reason that the arrest was made was that it was thought that an unfair advantage was being taken of a competitor, as the fire was in full progress at the time. 

Waldo almost deserted

The town of Waldo, Ore., 50 miles northeast of this place, known in the early 1850s as Sailor’s Diggings, is now almost a townsite of the past. Recently the stock of the brick store of George Elder passed into the hands of Max Tufts of Kerby. 

The store, since the early days, was the headquarters of those residing in that neighborhood, where past and present events were discussed pro and con. The majority of the old settlers have passed, yet the old diggings still show indications of labors. 

For many years, Chas. Decker conducted the store, and a hotel there, and after his death Geo. Elder took the store over. Waldo is now just a memory. 

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