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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 25, 1922

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

Feb. 25, 1922

PHOENIX RANCH RAIDED, OWNER MAKES ESCAPE

As a result of the raid on the Park Rooms Thursday night, Preston Phillips ranch near Phoenix was raided Friday night and a large amount of mash, liquor, still and other accessories taken by the county authorities.

Sheriff C. E. Terrill, Deputy Forncrook and S. B. Sandifer left this city shortly after 8 o’clock. On the way out they picked up Phillips in a Phoenix pool hall and he accompanied them to his place and unlocked the door.

The worm of the still and three mash barrels were found at once and a careful search for the liquor began. Deputy Forncrook was in the corner of the room examining some boxes, Sheriff Terrill was extricating the worm from the barrel in which it was installed and Sandifer was looking under the bed in another room when he looked up and asked Preston a question. No answer to the query was heard and the officers found that the moonshiner had skipped. They went to the door and tried to pierce the thick blackness of the night but could see only a few feet. The sounds of Preston’s footsteps as he ran could be heard and when he had reached quite a distance from the house he stumbled over a sleeping cow which was wearing a bell. The cow emitted unearthly sounds and rattled the bell in a lively manner but the path the fugitive had taken was through thick brush and the officers were unable to pursue him successfully. About two gallons of liquor were found last night.

Deputy District Attorney George Codding accompanied the officers to the moonshiner’s house this morning and all the property in the house was confiscated, loaded upon a county truck and listed by Mr. Codding. A search for the remainder of the still was conducted this morning and a large amount of the brushy land near the Phillips house was explored. No trace of the apparatus was found. Shortly after the search commenced however, a five gallon keg, half full of moonshine was discovered in the bushes along the small creek near the house, by Sheriff Terrill. A short time after this find had been made by the sheriff, S. B. Sandifer began searching two piles of laurel boughs which had been freshly cut and had been piled behind the house. The first of these netted nothing, but in going through the second pile a full sized barrel, half full of moonshine was found. This bring the total amount of the liquor found to a point between 30 and 40 gallons.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com