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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: 1923

1923 - April

New York State Trooper Frank Kober seized a rowboat containing 22 cases of Scotch at Freeport Point on the evening of April 20, 1923.  During the raid three motorboats escaped.  John Kelson of Roosevelt and Charles Bassa of Freeport were arrested.  Assisting in the raid were special deputies Lefferts Williamson, Arnold Youngen, and Benjamin Greve.


"Miss Motorboats, But Get Rowboat and Scotch Whisky." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 21, 1923, Accessed December 8, 2017. 7.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 8, 2017.

1923 - May

Dominic Doniano and his wife Mary were convicted of possession of liquor.  The alcohol was found buried in the basement of their home in Bennington Park. Dominic was sentenced to prison for one year and fined $1,000. Mary was sent to county jail for ninety days.


"Man and Wife to Jail for Having Liquor." Brooklyn Times Union. May 17, 1923, 11. Accessed June 7, 2022.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 7, 2022.

July - 1923

Federal agent, Izzy Einstein raided the Sea Breeze Restaurant.  Thirteen cases of whiskey, eight cases of champagne, six cases of gin, and several cases of beer were confiscated.  Sea Breeze owner and a helper were arrested.


"Izzy Makes Raid on L.I. Hotel." The Standard Union. July 16, 1923, 3. Accessed June 7, 2022.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 7, 2022.

1923 - December

Federal agents picked up eight men from the Freeport Police station and charged them with transporting liquor.  Those arrested included: Otto Kruger of Lynbrook; Fred Twiner of West New York, NJ; Ernest Maznica of Hoboken; Joseph Brunelli of West New York, NY; Harry Anderson of New York City; James Fontanna of Brooklyn; and George Schell of Freeport.


"Federal Agents Make Big Haul." The Daily Review. December 31, 1923, 6. Accessed July 11, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 11, 2019.