Police Chief Edgar Schmitt, who was probably very familiar with fingerprinting, probably never imagined that he would one day be printed himself. These prints were acquired upon his arrival at the prison in Atlanta, GA.
Even the Evansville Germania Maennerchor was mixed up in bootlegged booze. Indiana’s state-wide prohibition law went into effect on 4/2/1918, yet here are receipts from the Mint Springs Distillery (in Henderson, Kentucky at the time) dated as late as June 15th, 1918 for purchases of Old Lager and Falstaff beer. Carl L. Dreisch, Mayor Benjamin […]
The customs collector was responsible for the registration of inland watercraft. Here, during prohibition, a “light-keeper” complains about a ferry carrying liquor. Collector of customs:I wish to inform you that the ferryman at the mouth of Green-River is carrying passengers with-out a licence to do so with-out any life-preservers on board the boat and also […]
During Indiana’s prohibition, the only bridge that spanned the Ohio River between Evansville and Kentucky was used by the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railroad for both passengers and freight and connected Henderson Road on Evansville’s West side to Fourth Street in Henderson.
This newspaper article reported how the Evansville Police Department wanted a motor boat to hunt bootleggers on the Ohio River. When Indiana instituted prohibition in 1918, Kentucky had not. The last sentence states that Chief Schmitt was going to ask the city to purchase a boat for the police department–but they never did. He just […]
The Board of Public Safety had oversight of the police and fire departments. Dubbed “Safers” by the press, it was not uncommon for these and other public officials to also hold positions in private business. For example, Henry Karges was treasurer of the New Vendome Hotel and a member of the board of directors of […]
In anticipation of prohibition coming to Indiana, The Evansville Brewing Association introduced Sterling Beverage–the non-alcoholic “foody” cereal drink. F.W. Cook’s came out with Cook’s Dry Goldblum which tasted like beer but without the kick.
When Indiana ratified the 18th Amendment on 1/13/1919, it had already instituted it’s own prohibition effective 4/2/1918. Here’s Indiana’s joint resolution number 2 passed by the Indiana General Assembly of 1919
Governor James P. Goodrich of Indiana in February of 1917, surrounded by prominent “dry” workers as he signed the state-wide prohibition bill titled “An act prohibiting the manufacture, sale, gift, advertisement or transportation of intoxicating liquor except for certain purposes and under certain conditions” and was signed by Governor Goodrich in February of 1917. This […]
The year 2020 marked the centennial anniversary of what is colloquially known as the Evansville “booze boat” or “whiskey ring” trial.