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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: G

Gordon Marine Club

Gordon Marine Club was a speakeasy located on a houseboat moored at the foot of Gordon Place.  It was raided in July 1929. Proprietor John Jacobson was arrested along with his employee, Joseph Anderwater; both men were charged with maintaining a public nuisance.  None of the guests were arrested.  Law enforcement gained access to the club through the use of a membership card.


"Offensive Ends Lull: Big Store of Liquor Found."  Nassau Daily Review. July 17, 1929, 1. Accessed December 9, 2017. 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 9, 2017.

Greer, Lela R.

Lela R. Greer, a local fortune teller, was arrested after detectives found five bottles of whisky and "an apparatus for making alcoholic beverages."


"Medium Arrested as a Bootlegger." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 7, 1921, 22. Accessed July 20, 2018.


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 20, 2018.

Greve, Ben

Ben Greve, a Freeporter, was a detective assigned to the Nassau County Attorney's office.  Greve was involved in many Prohibition raids in Nassau County.


Suffolk County News. February 17, 1928, 9. Accessed December 10, 2019.


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 24, 2019.