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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: 1924

1924 - March

The Klan burned a 25 foot high cross in front of a South Main Street restaurant that was believed to be selling liquor.  A note nailed to the door read, "Beware, the eye of the Klan is on you."

Two prior raids on the restaurant by Federal officials found no liquor.  


"Exploring the Jungle of Politics in Nassau." The New York Times.  March 16, 1924, 14. 


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 18, 2019. 

1924 - February

The proprietor of  Roslyn's Mansion House, J. Bloder, was arrested near Woodcleft along with two others when their automobile was found to have a gunnysack full of bottles of whisky.  

That same night, three men were arrested at the fishing station of John H. Holloway, 40 South Main Street, after a bottle of whisky was found on one of the men. 


"Freeport Dry Raids Net 6 Prisoners." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 29, 1924, 30. Accessed December 18, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 18, 2017. 


1924 - April

Federal agents and local police arrested Freeporter Charles Brower and Edward Reynold of Baldwin after their motorboat was caught carrying a large stock of liquor.


"Notes from Neighboring Villages."  The East Hampton Star. April 25, 1924, 4. Accessed December 13, 2017.

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

1924 - April

A Brooklyn Daily Eagle headline calls Freeport "The Rumrunners Port."


"Call Freeport the Rumrunners Port." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 26, 1923, 2. Accessed February 5, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February, 5, 2019.

1924 - June

Two federal agents brought two violators of the Volstead Act to Freeport to be arraigned by Judge Albin N. Johnson.  The accused were Charles Schneider and Charles Richenburger, both of Elmont.


"Freeport Federal Agents Seize Two in Elmont." The Daily Review. June 9, 1924, 1.  Accessed July 15, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 15, 2019.


1924 - November

John Sheehan of New York City was arrested for violation of the Volstead Act in Seaford and brought to Freeport.  Judge Albin N. Johnson released hin on $500 bail and an appearance ticket before the federal commissioner.


"Arrest John Sheehan in Seaford Alleged Violation Volstead Law." The Daily Review. November 26, 1924, 1. Accessed July 11, 2019.

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

1924 - October

Federal Prohibition agents housed two prisoners at the Freeport Police Department overnight before taking them to Brooklyn for arraignment.  Agent Charles Comstock arrested William Hoffdencider of Grand Avenue, Baldwin for selling and possessing liquor in Freeport.

Agents McArthur and Burtis arrested W. H. Elkington of Long Beach on Grand Avenue, Baldwin for selling and possessing alcohol in Baldwin.


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

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