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.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
1917: COTTONWOOD Crusade Against Booze; VERDE Building, August.
"As a result of a crusade against bootleg booze and bootleggers, the sheriff's force in Clarkdale is in possession of enough booze in pint quantities to stock an ordinary saloon. Every pay day the booze shipments seem to increase and more and more intoxicated persons are in evidence. The condition has caused the officers to become more alert and every effort is being made to stop the peddling of booze in the valley. Not only are members of the sheriff's force and the peace officers kept busy, but the Indian police are ever watchful." . . .
"Yesterday one of the auto rent drivers running a machine between Cottonwood and Clarkdale was arrested for transporting booze. It seems that on Wednesday night some one handed the young man a check and told him to get his 'tool box' and bring it to Cottonwood and deliver it to a pool hall. The train not arriving until late the following morning, the driver did not get the box until yesterday, and when it was delivered as per his instructions, officers were present to frisk the box, and whiskey being the only contents, Homer Holliday, the driver of the car, was arrested and placed in the Clarkdale jail. At a hearing last evening he was bound over to the superior court in default of $500 cash bond."
"This case will doubtless make the other auto rent drivers very careful as to what they haul for strangers in the future. The box seized by the officers was labelled 'gasoline tonic,' and a number of the people of Cottonwood who were present when the seizure was made, openly averred that gasoline was probably the principal ingredient in the 'bootleg' mixture."
"Cottonwood being a new town, it is only natural to suppose that there would be an effort made to peddle booze here, and the place is being closely watched at all times. In fact, one doesn't know whether he is conversing with a prospective purchaser of real estate or booze."
"When, in the future, the rent machine men are given checks for this character of baggage, the safest bet will be to keep the package in the car until the owner calls for and claims his property, or (if in doubt) turn the goods over to an officer, thus prejuding the possibility of being suspicioned of knowingly transporting booze in the state."
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Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rounseville of Williams, who have been here for the past few days seeking a suitable location for the establishment of a drug store and bakery, announce that there are several locations in sight, but that they will perhaps be several days deciding upon the most advantageous of the different places in view." [They selected the lot on the northwest corner of Main and Mason (now Pinal), the current location of Olive Oil Traders.]
"If building activity continues on the Ellefson sisters 80-acre homestead adjoining Cottonwood, that town will have a business rival for sure, and it will become necessary for Cottonwood to reach and annex her, all-same Los Angeles system. Besides the new restaurant building now in the course of construction, James Callanan and Walter Lamberson of the Verde Hill Cigar Co., announce the prospect of the building at an early date of several more structures to house a gents' furnishing store, a furniture company and second-hand store, (and perhaps an ice-skating rink,) the latter, however, only being talked about. On September 1, J. H. Pearson, now with the Little Daisy barber shop in Jerome, will open up a similar business in the front corner of the Cigar Co.'s pool hall. Jimmy and Walter are well known and popular and they want 'the world to know' that they are not trying to hand Cottonwood anything but are boosters for their nearest postoffice address."
"One side of the 300-foot bunk house at the temporary townsite of Verde has now been completed and work is being rushed on the other 300-foot duplicate. The carpenter force at the U. V. Ex. is about the busiest set of workmen in the district at the present time."
(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, August 24, 1917; page 5.)