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Mail Tribune 100, March 13, 1922

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

March 13, 1922

MOONSHINE LEADS TO PISTOL ACTION AT LOCAL HOTEL

David Cronemiller of Jacksonville was arrested this morning, about two o’clock by Patrolman Leggett and Cave on a charge of having liquor in his possession. He spent several hours in the city jail and was released this morning on $100 bail.

Cronemiller entered the Hotel Holland last evening at about 8:30 and went over to the cigar counter and frightened the girl behind the counter by drawing a huge automatic and brandishing it about in a careless manner in addition to making loud and incoherent threats. Night Patrolman Adams was called but when he arrived Cronemiller had departed.

Cronemiller returned to the hotel about 10:30 and stayed for about 15 or 20 minutes. During this stay he was as meek as a lamb and caused no trouble.

According to Chief Clerk Gardner, Cronemiller returned about 12:30, and again began the gun flourishing demonstrations. Two of the guests at the hotel entered and as the door closed behind them Cronemiller asked one of them if he cared to drink. The receiver of this attractive offer declined. Cronemiller put his hand in his hip pocket, according to the clerk, drew forth his gun, jabbed the man who had refused his offer in the ribs with the muzzle of the fun and forced him to drink. He came over to the clerk’s desk and at the point of his gun forced the clerk to order, by telephone, a meal from the Rex Cafe.

The bellboy had just finished work and came out of the basement door in shirt sleeves when the gun brandisher confronted him and ordered him into the check room, where he poked the gun in front of his face and demanded liquor. Something attracted Cronemiller’s attention and the boy left the hotel without his coat or vest and ran all the way to a downtown rooming house where he resides.

Cronemiller watched every move made by people in the lobby and whenever the clerk took the elevator for the upstairs or whenever a move was made he followed with his gun. He left the hotel and the night clerk, Monty Hamaker, called the police, also the chief clerk, Gardner, who swore out a warrant for his arrest and about 2 a.m., the police called saying that they had arrested him on Main street. Cronemiller had climbed into his car in front of the hotel and had driven down the street to the place where he was arrested.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com