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On October 3, 1924, the case of DeWarren DeHaven and Frank Himmler, tried jointly on a charge of possession and sale of liquor, was heard before a jury in Federal District Court. DeHaven, on the stand, admitted having rented a small garage from Harry Himmler on Bow Street, and that he had whiskey and sold whiskey from an improvised bar. Frank Himmler denied any knowledge of the liquor or the sale. His denial was corroborated by a brother, Harry Himmler. A federal agent told of making a purchase of a pint of liquor from DeHaven on June 16 after he had asked Frank Himmler to get it for him and Himmler told DeHaven to let him have a bottle. Federal Deputies Luther Hopwood and Raymond Bittinger told of conditions around the garage. Federal Prohibition Officer William R. Harvey testified he found the garage doors barred and that he threw his weight against a door and broke in with the warrant in his hand and that Frank Himmler grabbed him, tore the warrant from his hand, and that Harvey reached back, drew his search light, and cracked Himmler over the head several times. He broke his hold and grabbed a jug of liquor from DeHaven's hand. DeHaven, he declared, was trying to pour it out. The raid was made by federal officers assisted by city police. The police corroborated Harvey's account. DeHaven, for the defense, was cross-examined by United States District Attorney Amos W. W. Woodcock in regard to the garage. DeHaven said he rented the small building adjoining Himmler's blacksmith shop and paid $10.00 a month for it. DeHaven told of buying his liquor from a farmer in Pennsylvania and that it was delivered to him "at different places" in a taxicab. "Of course, you don't know his name," said the court. Harry Himmler, a blacksmith and a brother of Frank Himmler, said Frank worked for him in the blacksmith shop. He denied he ever saw any


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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