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Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)

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alleged owner, was raided by federal prohibition enforcement officers William R. Harvey and Deputy Raymond Bittinger. A small quantity of liquor was found. Himmler and Lloyd Eckenrode were arrested and charged with sale and possession of liquor. They were given a hearing before Commissioner Anderson. Himmler vehemently denied that he possessed or sold any liquor. The men were held under $500 bond each on a possession charge. Sol Gross was bondsman. According to the federal officers, they went up Bow Street before daybreak and hid on top of a roof near the Himmler property. They said at five o'clock Ed Himmler drove up in his high powered car and waited in front of the garage for an hour, apparently on watch. Later they heard someone whom they later identified as Eckenrode open the garage doors and witnessed a half dozen waiting men that they knew make purchases of liquor and come out smacking their lips. Harvey and Bittinger then got down and went into the garage from the rear and hid. They said more customers came and they saw Eckenrode make two sales of half-pints of liquor to men. After some conversation about a former prohibition deputy again being in town, Harvey asserted Eckenrode commented, "I wonder where that old Harvey is?" Harvey was right back of him and jumped out. The officers say they seized some liquor in the garage after draining fifty nearly empty half pints and several glasses arranged on the improvised bar. Harvey said their search developed several gross of half-pint empties hidden in the building. This garage had been raided repeatedly by police and federal officers. The federal officers had a tip that a lot of election day liquor would be distributed and that a quantity had been brought in motor cars the previous day and hidden in the garage.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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