Salvatoro Fiscella and his wife, Frances, ran a speakeasy on South Columbus Avenue in Bennington Park. Their establishment was raided in July 1922 after Officer Nelson Smith heard a man complementing the quality of the drink he just had in the Fiscella establishment. The Fiscellas were arrested and bail was set at $1,500 for Salvatoro and $1,000 for his wife. The Freeport police also found gin and wine filled bottles hidden in a mattress.
"Gets Drink, Praises It; Cop Hears, Then Raid." The Evening World. July 31, 1922, 2. Accessed December 9, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030193/1922-07-31/ed-1/seq-2/.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 9, 2017.
Dominick Ferrara, the proprietor of the hotel at the Casino Pool, was first arrested in October 1920 after Federal agents found several cases of whiskey on the premises. In November of that year, he was acquitted of this charge. Ferrara was arrested again on April 30, 1921. At this time, it was alleged that Freeport police chief John N. Hartman witnessed the Casino Hotel's bartender, John Muro, pour what Hartman believed to be liquor into a glass for a patron. The subsequent raid by police found only 12 bottles of vermouth and a bottle of bitters. The following August, four Prohibition agents raided Casino and found a pint bottle which was half filled with liquor. Ferrara was arrested again.
"Acquits Ferrera of Liquor Charge." Nassau County Review. November 26, 1920, 4. Accessed December 27, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1920-11-26/ed-1/seq-4/.
"Casino Hotel Raided Tuesday." Nassau County Review. October 8, 1920, 1. Accessed December 10, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1920-10-08/ed-1/seq-1/.
"Dominick Ferrara Held for GD. Jury." The Daily Review. May 12, 1921, 6. Accessed December 9, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071431/1921-05-12/ed-1/seq-6/.
"Raiders Obtain Half Pint at Ferrara Hotel in Freeport Friday." The Daily Review. August 27, 1921, 1. Accessed October 5, 2016. Fultonhistory.com.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 10, 2017.
Updated by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2019.
Carrie S. Flint (1868-1944), the wife of mayor of Freeport Clinton M. Flint, was associated with the Women's Christian Temperance Union for 22 years. She also served as president of the Nassau chapter of the W.C.T.U. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Baptist Church and the Republican Club. Her death was precipitated by a fall which caused her to break her hip.
She and her husband lived at 258 South Ocean Ave. and were the parents of a son, Gilbert.
"Carrie S. Flint Dies in Hospital." Nassau Daily Review-Star. August 3, 1944, 22. Accessed December 27, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031113/1944-08-03/ed-1/seq-22/.
WCTU Leaders at Carrie Flint Rites." Newsday. August 7, 1944, 4.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2019.
George W. Florenzie owned a former saloon on Railroad Avenue. It was raided in February 1920. Florenzie claimed that the small amount of liquor seized was for medicinal purposes only. He was represented by George M. Levy.
"Raid Freeport Saloon." South Side Observer. February 20, 1920, 1. Accessed September 30, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn84031784/1920-02-20/ed-1/seq-1/.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 30, 2019.
The Freeport Point Shipyard, located at 405 Woodcleft Avenue, was established by the Scopinch family in 1923; they built 15 vessels for the Coast Guard and 30 boats for the rumrunners. Notorious gangster Dutch Schultz purchased three 42-foot rumrunning boats from Freeport Point. These vessels were replete with three Packard Liberator 500 horsepower, air-cooled engines, bulletproof gas tanks and pilot houses, and room for 600 cases of liquor.
Freeport Point Shipyard (in the Freeport History Encyclopedia)
Okrent, Daniel. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, New York: Scribner 2010.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 24, 2019.