1923: JEROME: Still Operated by Disabled Man; July 2.


"While making his way to a fire at which two boys had quarreled with knives and rocks, J. G. Crowley, chief of police of Jerome, yesterday morning ran into a still being operated at full blast in a house in the neighborhood."

"The still had a hot fire under it, and the mixture had just come to a boil and was bubbling away merrily when Crowley sniffed the air and entered the house. He confiscated the still and its contents and placed the occupants of the house under arrest, the sheriff's office was informed by telephone yesterday. The names of those arrested could not be learned here."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Tuesday, July 3, 1923; page 5, column 4.)


"One copper still, 100 gallons of mash and one distiller were scooped up by the city police in a raid which they conducted yesterday on a Hull avenue house only two or three doors below the building where a still explosion caused a fire."

"The still, an elaborate affair of copper, was going full blast when Jack Crowley and his fellow sleuths paid their little call. Geronimo Rodriguez was sticking right around and attending to business, unlike the neighbor who became absorbed in a Spanish novel and was brought back to earth only when his plant shot skyward."

"Mash to the extent of about 100 gallons was destroyed and Senor Rodriquez spent the night in the city jail. He was taken to the county bastille today."

(Verde Copper News; Tuesday, July 3, 1923; page 1.)


"Geronimo Rodriguez of Jerome is not as bad as his famous namesake, the Apache chief Geronimo, who plagued the lives of early Arizona settlers."

"Geronimo Rodriguez was badly crippled while working a mine seven years ago. Yet he has a wife and six children dependent upon him for support."

"These facts were offered by Rodriguez in his own defense when he appeared before Judge Sweeney in the superior court yesterday morning and plead guilty to a charge of operating a still at Jerome."

"The discovery of Rodriguez' still and bootlegging establishment was made Monday morning by Police Chief J. G. Crowley while on his way to arrest two minors who had been quarreling at a fire. Mr. Crowley ran across the still in operation, watched the process until he was satisfied that the law was being violated, and then took the defendant and his equipment into custody."

"Rodriguez signified to the court yesterday morning that he wanted no attorney. But Judge Sweeney appointed J. E. Russell to defend the prisoner; with an interpreter the hearing was begun."

"The defendant freely admitted his guilt, acknowledged that he knew he had been violating the law of Arizona by operating a still for making liquor, but plead necessity owing to his large family and his unfortunate condition."

"After hearing the prisoner's plea of guilty and his other statements thru the interpreter, Judge Sweeney pronounced sentence."

"He sentenced Rodriguez to be incarcerated in the Yavapai county jail at hard labor, as provided by Arizona law, for a period of two years."

"Rodriguez' face betrayed his opinion of the severity."

"Judge Sweeney continued, 'And the court further orders that from and after the 13th day of the current month, the prisoner's sentence is suspended.'"

"The prisoner's face lighted as the interpreter rapidly turned Judge Sweeney's words into Mexican."

"'And that J. G. Crowley of Jerome be appointed the prisoner's probation officer, and that the term of probation be extended to the full term of two years, provided the prisoner promises to find some means of supporting his family without violating the law.'"

"Rodriguez was all gratitude. He vowed he would immediately seek lawful employment."

"'And remember,' Judge Sweeney cautioned, 'if you are brought back here for violation of your parole, you will serve the full term in jail.'"

"'Say to the senor, his honor,' Rodriguez told the interpreter, 'that I will not be brought back.'"

"And court was dismissed."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Wednesday, July 4, 1923; page 4, column 5.)


"An information was filed yesterday charging Geronimo Rodriguez of Jerome with violating the state liquor law. County Attorney McMurchie was scheduled to press the charge at a preliminary at Jerome today."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Friday, November 13, 1923; page 3, column 3.)


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