Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2013

100 years ago: Cobbler gets 11 months in jail for liquor sales

February 27, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 27, 1913:

"The heaviest police court fine on the records of the Lawrence court was passed yesterday afternoon against C. V. Williams, a north side cobbler. Williams was convicted yesterday afternoon of violations of the prohibitory law on eleven counts and assessed a fine and the costs and sentenced to the city jail for a term of 30 days on each count making the total fine and jail sentence $1,124 and 11 months. Williams, known on the north side as 'Crit' Williams, has been conducting a small shoe shop at 302 Rhode Island. He dispensed soda water on the side to increase the profits of his business. Recently complaint was made to the authorities that refreshments were not limited to pop and that whiskey was being sold at the place. Last Friday the place was raided and although the officers found but a lone pint of the forbidden beverage Williams was placed under arrest. The complaint that was filed against him charged ten sales of liquor and the maintenance of a nuisance. Williams entered a plea of not guilty. Yesterday afternoon he was tried. A total of twelve witnesses were summoned by the city. Most of these witnesses were farmers living north of town. When placed on the stand every one of the witnesses testified that he had at one time or the other bought whiskey from the north side cobbler. The court promptly declared the defendant guilty of all the charges that had been brought against him and assessed the minimum fine as provided for in the ordinance, which in this case was not a very light one. Williams immediately began the serving of the jail sentence which if the entire sentence is served will hold the cobbler in the city jail until the 25th of next January."


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"Williams, known on the north side as 'Crit' Williams, has been conducting a small shoe shop at 302 Rhode Island."

Did R.I. St. once run into N. Lawrence?

copyright 5 years, 1 month ago

I once saw an old map of North Lawrence that included a short stretch of street marked "Rhode Island"(street extended to the river).

LadyJ 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, I have heard that the river's boundaries have changed over the years. In fact I remember some years back the city (or county) auctioned off a parcel of land that is now under the river. I think it was for unpaid taxes but not sure. Yes, someone bought it just for fun.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 1 month ago

100 years ago , didn't Lawrence have different names for the streets? to what we know them as today, and maybe Rhode Island did have that name then .

fiddleback 5 years, 1 month ago

  1. Drink cobbler's whiskey and puke on shoes every night until they're visibly damaged.
  2. Take shoes to cobbler for repair, get more whiskey.
    Sounds like some brilliant vertical integration to me!

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