Co. Justice & Court Proceedings
... as reported in the 1924 newspapers
~unless otherwise credited, the articles were contributed by Reid R. Johnson for Clayton Co. IAGenWeb
Elkader Register, Thur., 17 Jan. 1924
State of Iowa vs. Charles Miller, holding up persons with intent to rob. Ordered that bench warrant Miller issue for arrest of defendant and that Sheriff bring defendant into court at 10:30 a.m., January 10th, 1924. Defendant appeared in open court and is informed of the charge that he has violated his parole. Defendant appears in open court. Witnesses are examined and defendant makes his statement. Adjudged that defendant has violated the parole granted on March 6, 1922, and the suspension of sentence then granted is hereby cancelled and defendant is ordered committed to the state penitentiary at Fort Madison, Iowa, in accordance with the judgement entered in this court on March 6, 1922.
Elkader Register, Thur., 17 Jan. 1924
Sheriff Chris P. Larson, accompanied by M. E. Munger, took Chas. Miller to the penitentiary at Fort Madison Monday. In March 1922, Miller appeared in court for holding up persons with intent to rob. He was sentenced for a term of five years, but was paroled to the sheriff of Clayton county. Miller violated his parole and in District Court last week Judge Taylor ordered him to Fort Madison. Messrs. Larson and Munger returned Wednesday afternoon.
Elkader Register, Thur., 14 Feb. 1924. Local News Notes column.
A warrant was sworn out Saturday charging Louis Miller with threats to kill or injure his wife and children. Sheriff Chris Larson arrested him Sunday morning and at a preliminary hearing Monday he was bound over to await the action of the grand jury. Not having procured the necessary $500. bond he is still in jail. (Note: Nothing more could be found on this specific complaint. However...see May entries below.)
Elkader Register, Thur., 28 Feb. 1924. District Court proceedings.
State of Iowa vs. Lucian Donlon. Submitted. The defendant found guilty as charged in the complaint. It is further ordered and adjudged that the defendant pay to the clerk of this court on the first day of each month for the benefit of plaintiff for the care and support of the child of plaintiff and defendant the sum of $15.00 commencing on March 1, 1924.
State of Iowa vs. Earl Wescott. Guilty of the crime of bootlegging. Ordered and adjudged that defendant pay a fine of $350.00 and costs of this prosecution, and that he stand committed to the jail of Clayton County until said fine and costs are paid. Bail on appeal fixed at $500.00.
State of Iowa vs. Fred Latteyer. Judgement and decree as per written signed decree. It is ordered and adjudged that defendant is guilty of the crime of nuisance as charged. Ordered and adjudged that defendant pay a fine of $750.00 and costs of this prosecution including attorney fee of $25.00 and that he stand committed to the jail of (next several words blurred) on appeal fixed at $1,000.
State of Iowa vs. Sidney Walters. Same entry as above case.
Elkader Register, Thur., 6 Mar. 1924
Sheriff Nabs Moonshiner.
Monday morning, Sheriff Chris. P. Larson went to Marquette and arrested Dick Perrine for violating the liquor laws. At Perrine's home about 1 1/2 miles north of Marquette 23 gallons of moonshine was found. In a shack on an island near Marquette, Perrine was operating a still, here the officers seized the still, coil and 250 gallons of mash. Perrine was brought to Elkader Monday afternoon and in justice court was bound over to await the action of the grand jury. His cash bond was fixed at $500.00 which he furnished. Sheriff Larson has nabbed quite a number of liquor law violators since his term in office. He is endeavoring to do his duty and enforce the law against the makers and peddlers of this poison product. In district court Perrine plead guilty and was fined $700.00 and costs.
Guttenberg Press, 3 Apr. 1924. District Court column
State of Iowa vs. Tom Ellenbolt. Guilty of the crime of rape. It is ordered and adjudged that he be confined in the industrial School for boys at Eldora, Iowa, until he becomes 21 years of age and that he pay the costs of this proceeding.
Elkader Register, Thur., 1 May 1924. District Court columns
Emma Miller vs. Louis Miller. Plaintiff asks divorce and custody of minor children. V. T. Price attorney for plaintiff.
Elkader Register, Thur., 22 May 1924. District Court columns, probate causes.
Emma Miller vs. Louis Miller. Default. Plaintiff granted divorce.
Elkader Register, Thur., 10 July 1924
For some time the brazen disregard of law by so-called "soft-drink" parlors at McGregor, Guttenberg and some other points in the county has been rumored. It was stated that drinks of hard liquor were sold openly over the bar and that in addition open gambling was carried on at the Earl Westcott and Grover Bills places in McGregor. Coming to the attention of the authorities some special agents were sent to this county to uncover the activities of the soft-drink parlors, bootleggers and others. They got the evidence and on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the trap was sprung. Five state agents, four federal agents, Sheriff Chris Larson, Deputy John Kluth and some local assistants rounded up the following:
A. Montour, Garber
Earl Westcott, McGregor
Ed Bruckner, McGregor
Bob Hill, McGregor
Grover Bills, McGregor
Allen Milks, McGregor
James Kelley, McGregor
Ben Batche, Guttenberg
John Dorweiler, Guttenberg
John Cassutt, Guttenberg
Frank Walsh, Guttenberg
Wm. Seipple, Garber
All were arraigned yesterday before Justice Flanagan and put under bonds of $1,000 each to await the action of the grand jury on the charge of maintenance of a liquor nuisance.
Oscar King, of Clayton, who got in bad by destroying some of the evidence is also under arrest and will face a charge of contempt of court.
In addition to the above we understand that several more will be arrested today, but their names cannot be secured as yet. Of those arrested Earl Westcott and James Kelley have previously been before the court on a similar charge, and we understand one or two of the others have been before federal authorities. John Cassutt is one of Jefferson township constables.
Elkader Register, Thur., 24 July 1924
State Agent Stoner of Waterloo, assisted by Sheriff Chris. P. Larson, Deputy Sheriff John Kluth and Marshall Tom Kilfoil raided the farm of Fred Eggert in Garnavillo township last Thursday and found 100 gallons of mash, five gallons of "hootch", still and several coils. Eggerth was taken before Justice J. L. Flanagan and was bound over to the grand jury under $1,000 bonds.
Elkader Register, Thur., 30 Oct. 1924. District Court column.
State of Iowa vs. Alex Kann, Defendant pleads guilty to charge of maintaining a nuisance, fined $300 and costs. Bond on appeal $500.
State of Iowa vs Adam Sawvel, Pleads guilty to charge of maintaining a nuisance, fined $500 and costs. Bond on appeal $750.
State of Iowa vs Almon Hines, defendant pleads guilty to charge of maintaining a nuisance, fined $400 and costs. Bond on appeal $500.
In the following cases which were considered by the grand jury, no indictments were brought and defendants were discharged:
State of Iowa vs James Kelly
State of Iowa vs Theo. Fry
State of Iowa vs Allen Milks
State of Iowa vs Earl Wescott
State of Iowa vs Barney Hill
State of Iowa vs A. A. Montour
State of Iowa vs Ed Bruckner
State of Iowa vs John Cassutt
State of Iowa vs Mrs. Helen Roy
State of Iowa vs Frank Walsh
State of Iowa vs Ben Pache
State of Iowa vs John Dunfer
State of Iowa vs John Dorweiler
State of Iowa vs Wm. Seippel
State of Iowa vs James Thurn
Elkader Register, Thur., 30 Oct. 1924. District court column.
State of Iowa vs Beit Connell, defendant pleads guilty to charge of resisting an officer, sentenced to pay fine of $250 and cost. Bond on appeal $500.
State of Iowa vs Alex Kann. Defendant pleads guilty to the charge of maintaining a nuisance, Fined $300 and costs. Bond on appeal $500.
State of Iowa vs Joe Farrell, defendant pleads guilty to operating an automobile while intoxicated, fined $200 and costs. Recommended that auto license be suspended. Bond on appeal $300.
State of Iowa vs Ralph Basquin, pleads guilty of crime of deserting his children. ( Previously...From the Elkader Register, Thur., 24 July 1924. "Sheriff Chris Larson went to Primghar Saturday and brought back Ralph Basquin, who is under indictment for deserting his wife and family. Basquin formerly lived near Strawberry Point.")
State of Iowa vs Adam Sawvel. Pleads guilty to charge of maintaining a nuisance. Fined $500 and costs. Bond on appeal $750.
State of Iowa vs Almon Hines. Defendant pleads guilty to charge of maintaining a nuisance. Fined $400. and costs. Bond on appeal $500.
Elkader Register, Thur., 18 Dec. 1924. District Court column.
State of Iowa vs Grover Bills, liquor nuisance, defendant plead guilty, fined $600 and costs.
State of Iowa vs L. G. McMahon, liquor nuisance. Submitted to jury, defendant found "not guilty."
State of Iowa vs Grover Bills. Liquor nuisance. Defendant plead guilty. Fined $600.00 and costs.
State of Iowa vs L. G. McMahon. Liquor nuisance. Submitted to jury. Defendant found "Not Guilty."
State of Iowa vs Linas Berns, desertion, defendant plead guilty, sentenced to imprisonment in reformatory at Anamosa for not to exceed one year. Paroled in custody of secretary of Iowa Board of Parole, conditioned that he forthwith pay all costs of prosecution and live with and support his wife. Defendant to make such reports as said officer may designate.
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