Verde Heritage By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1925: STILL BROUGHT IN FROM COTTONWOOD; January 27.
"The huge copper still that Joe Young and Johnny Munds brought from Cottonwood yesterday is architecturally a reminder of the Roman Pantheon." ... This copper vat has a "massive vaulted roof ... big brass screw top and its long writhing worm."
"Jim Akers and George Elliott were accused of being the owners and operators of this still. They were arrested by Deputy Sheriff Young at Cottonwood the night before last, and two other articles taken into custody at the time were a shot gun and a 30-30."
"An overindulgence in the product of the still is said to have been a factor in the publicity which was given to the events immediately preceeding the capture. ... The story is confused, lacks detail, but it includes the report that a celebrant or associate of the party, ... when in intoxicated revels, a quarrel arose, and he was lashed like a vicitm to a tree."
"Having served a search warrant on Akers, the officers started to look for the still and Akers objected. They are said to have manacled his hands around a tree while they went and looked up the apparatus. Akers, the story goes, was there when the officers got back."
"Akers will be remembered as one of the vital witnesses in the trial of Harry Garrison Hall for the murder of Johnson at Cottonwood over a year ago."
(Prescott Journal-Miner; January 29, 1925.)
THREE ALLEGED BOOTLEGGERS LAND IN NETS SPREAD BY VERDE OFFICERS
"J. S. Akers and George Elliott, both residents of the Cottonwood district were brought to the county jail late yesterday by Deputy Sheriffs Munds and Young of the Verde Valley district and are held on charges of having violated the prohibition laws. The officers also brought along a 25-gallon still that was taken at the time the two men were arrested."
"A third arrest on the same charges was made by the same officers early this morning, the sheriff's office has been notified."