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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 20, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Aug. 20, 1921


Rock, Coffman and Dufur Plead Guilty and are Given Heavy Sentences by Justice Taylor — Fines Range from $100 to $500 — Jail Sentences One to Three Months.

Jail sentences and fines were imposed upon three men, all pleading guilty to moonshine operations in this county, and caught in the raid net the last three days, by Justice of the Peace Glenn O. Taylor, this morning.

J. M. Rock, an Applegate rancher, pleaded guilty to having liquor in his possession, was sentenced to three months in the county jail and to pay a fine of $450.

Isaac Coffman, another rancher of that section, was sentenced to serve two months in the county jail, and pay a fine of $250.

Bernard Dufur, a farmer of the Gold Hill district was sentenced, on a plea of guilty to one month in the county jail, and fined $100.

The court in passing sentence said jail sentences were in accordance with a statement made in open court, several years ago, that jail sentences would be given all violators of the liquor laws, where it had been shown commercial sales had been made by the defendant, that there was nothing in the pending cases to show grounds for any change.

Sentence was passed upon Rock first, and, immediately afterwards Attorney George Roberts, filed a motion to be allowed to change the plea of Isaac Coffman, from guilty to not guilty. This was denied. The court held that granting the motion would only add expense to the county.

Loaned Still to Others

Bernard Dufur received the lightest sentence of the trio. Dufur had sold no moonshine, the court said it had been informed, but loaned his still to neighbors, who engaged in a little bootlegging, as a side issue to prospecting and farming. Dufur denied that he had loaned his liquor making contraption, but said they had stolen it.

Rock Family Destitute

Rock, who received the stiffest sentence, announced afterwards that it would be necessary for the county to care for his wife and two children during his incarceration, as he had no funds.

The sentences are the heaviest meted out in years for violations of the liquor laws.

Attorney George M. Roberts, counsel for James Edwards and John Goodwin, charged with selling intoxicating liquors, set for preliminary hearing next Monday morning at 10 o’clock, filed a motion with the court, asking that the state be forced to tell the name of its chief witness, who is to date known as “John Doe.” The motion was denied.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com