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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.
Friday, February 7, 2014

1917: PROHIBITION; 4 Barrels, February.

Verde Heritage

"'DUTCH' JOHN IS IN DUTCH FOUR KEGS. After Four Months of Liberty, Character is Again in Toils for Bootlegging."

"After enjoying but a brief four months of liberty, 'Dutch' John Barents rested again last night in the county jail. In another part of the county jail reposed four barrels --- the immediate cause of the sudden retirement of 'Dutch John' from public life. For his has been practically a public life, it is said."

"The sheriff's office was aware of the fact that there was something that merited attention in the recent tour of Barent to Albuquerque, N. M. Albuquerque, by the way, has almost ceased being regarded, lately, as the metropolis of an adjacent State. It s now listed with Los Angeles, Riverside, Needles, Gallup, Lordsburg and other moist zone centers."

"So, on the return of John Barent to his native haunts, a watch was placed at the station. Not content with this, the officers also stationed themselves on the Jerome Junction road. This precaution was justified, for Barent left the train at Jerome Junction, Sunday, but not rewarded, for he managed to slip into the city without being observed."

"Suspicion attached yesterday morning to four barels, marked 'Household Goods, Glassware, This End Up, Handle Carefully.' They were left in the Wells Fargo office by an Ash Fork train, consigned from one V. Rickett to one Mrs. A. Yetfield."

"Mrs. A. Yetfield turned out to be a person not on the Great Register of Yavapai county, nor in any directory. In fact, it is quite doubtful that Mrs. A. Yetfield exists, at all. A dray was sent for the four barrels by that one, referred to in the beginning of this chronicle, and entitled, 'Dutch John.'"

"So, 'Dutch John' and his barrels were escorted to the Palais de Justice, and while John was entered on the books, one of the barrels was opened. Inside, and carefully packed in excelsior, lay one fine, large, upstanding ten-gallon keg of whiskey."

"It turned out later, that Barent had accosted a number of motor parties Sunday at Jerome Junction, asking them to bring his suitcase into the city. It happened that several perfectly proper parties of Sunday picnickers declined the offer, and fortunately, too, for the suitcase was heavily charged."

"The preliminary hearing of Barent will probably be held before Justice of the Peace McLane this morning. Barent was released on October 4, 1916, after having served eight months and paid a fine of $300 for bootlegging.

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 7, 1917; page 1.)

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