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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: H

Hale, Frank J.

Frank J. Hale (1892-1972) was a chief intelligence officer with the Federal Prohibition Enforcement Department and worked on Long Island and, specifically, in Freeport with James R. Kerrigan.

Hale was born in San Francisco and began his career as a Vaudeville dancer.  He served in as a Prohibition agent for five years. After leaving the Prohibition service, he began publishing an anti-President Hoover weekly publication, Politics.  In 1928, Hale was investigated for graft while working as a Prohibition agent.

Hale later became president of the National Yeast Company and returned to show business as a producer and theater owner. He opened a theater in Palm Beach. Hale was the founder and president of the Palm Beach Company.

Hale died in 1972 at the age of 80.



"Foe of Hoover Got Graft as Dry Agent, Sargent Aide Says." The New York Times. May 29, 1928, 1.

"Frank Hale Dies; Playhouse Owner." The New York Times. December 21, 1972, 38.

"Liquor Planes Take 75 Cases Each Trip." The New York Herald. December 13, 1922, 3. Accessed December 13, 2017.

"Trap For Rumrunners." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 22, 1922, 10. Accessed December 16, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 13, 2017.

Hall, Leonard

Leonard Hall (1900-1979) was the sheriff of Nassau County during the Prohibition years.  He led many raids of local speakeasies.

Hoffdencider, William

William Hoffdencider, a resident of Baldwin, was arrested in Freeport in 1924 for selling and possessing liquor.  He was arrested by Prohibition agent Charles Comstock.  Hoffdencider was held in the Freeport jail overnight before being taken to Brooklyn for his arraignment.


"Federal Prisoners Held for Volstead Violation." The Daily Review. October 20, 1924, 1. Accessed December 23, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2019.