As It Was-Bandon, Ore., Couple Arrested During Prohibition in 1921
In February 1921, Mr. and Mrs. John Coy of Bandon, Ore., ran afoul of national Prohibition by possessing intoxicating liquor.
The authorities became suspicious when Coy hauled about six sacks of corn to his ranch every week for only seven chickens on the Coy premises. An investigation uncovered two liquor jars hidden under a pile of clothing in the bedroom.
As Constable Goodman handed the first jar over to Sheriff Ellingsen, Mrs. Coy seized it, poured the contents onto the floor, and threw the emptied jar at Goodman. The empty jar struck the second jar, breaking off its top, but enough liquor remained to use as evidence.
Test results indicated the liquor contained 19 percent alcohol. Inside a shed, the authorities found a tin wash boiler alongside a10-gallon beer barrel containing cracked corn in a liquid, presumed to be mash.
In court, Mrs. Coy denied the liquor was moonshine, but rather a liniment provided by her mother and the mash was a boiled feed mixture for the chickens and hogs.
The Curry County jury wasn’t convinced. It found Mr. and Mrs. Coy guilty and fined each of them $50.
Source: "Fined $100 On Booze Charge." Gold Beach Reporter, 10 Feb. 1921, p. 1.