Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)
On November 16, 1922, the famous "little back room" in George Grove's saloon and lunchroom at 10 Little Frederick Street again figured in courthouse history. That morning George Stottlemeyer, an alleged bartender, was tried before a jury on a charge of selling liquor without a license. The state put "Mont" Eyler on the stand, who testified that on the October night in question he walked into Grove's place and the bar was deserted and that he went back into the little back room. He said a man who looked like Stottlemeyer, but he wasn't sure, said "moonshine or bond?" "Gimme twenty-five cents worth, " Eyler said he answered. "I picked up a bottle off the table, poured out a drink, drank it and laid the money on the table, and walked out from the little back room," Eyler testified. J. Philip Roman defended the accused. Several witnesses for the defense, who States Attorney Barnard termed as "hangers-on", testified. They, with Stottlemeyer, denied the sale and said Eyler had asked for a drink on one occasion but had been refused. They denied that Stottlemeyer worked there, but was a casual visitor. There was also an indictment against George Groves.
On the night of January 23, 1923, Federal Prohibition Agent George Hawkins, assisted by deputies Richard Dawson, William Harvey, W. G. Wilt and Frank Bright, and city policemen Cubbage, Crabtree, Schute, Tyson and McFarland conducted a raid at Poole's Garage at 361 Frederick Street. The raid, according to Agent Hawkins, resulted in the capture of one of the largest stills in this section and perhaps the largest in the state. Agent Hawkins destroyed the $8,000 miniature distillery found on the third floor rear of the garage building. In addition to three forty-five gallon copper stills, which were in operation when the officers entered the place, they found six 500 gallon
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976