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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: 1932

1932 - March

Prominent Freeport attorney, George Morton Levy, during speech before the Freeport Exchange Club stated, " "If prohibition had ever been enforced, it might have been a good thing, but it has had a fair trial and it appears that it cannot be enforced.  There are more speakeasies than there were saloons, and vile liquor is plentiful."

Source:

"Urges Dry Law Repeal to End Federal Deficit." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 31, 1932, 28. Accessed December 9, 2017. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/57401765/?terms=speakeasies%2B%22freeport%2Bexchange%22.

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

1932 - March

Prohibition agents reportedly emptied the contents of 10,000 bottles of beer into the Great South Bay after the illegal stock was found in a raid at the All-American Fishing Club in Freeport. 

Souces:

"What Now? Drunken Fish?" Patchogue Advance. March 18, 1932, 10. Accessed December 10, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn86071739/1932-03-18/ed-1/seq-10/. 

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

1932 - April

Two Freeport speakeasies were raided. James Tiernan of 142 Broadway was arrested after his establishment at 154 South Main Street was raided. Elmer Bechtold the proprietor of a restaurant at 230 Arthur Avenue, was also arrested during a raid on his establishment.

Source:

"Trio Held in Three Nassau Dry Raids." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 11, 1932, 22. Accessed December 18, 2017. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/58224268/?terms=freeport%2Braid.

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

1932 - April

Freeport Police raided to establishments in Bennington Park Freeport and made 14 arrests for drinking and gambling.  The officers involved were patrolmen Lefferts Williamson, Edward Dixon, Ralph Yongen, and Herbert Pearsall.  The first raid took place at 3 Benson Avenue where Susan Whoriley was arrested for disorderly conduct and fined $10 by Judge Albin N. Johnson.  Others arrested at that location included: Johnny Tyson, James White, William Colburn And Arthur Bazzele.  There sentences were later suspended and charges against Bazzel were withdrawn.  The second establishment raided was 132-A East Sunrise Highway.  Sarah Roberts was arrested and pled not guilty for maintaining a public nuisance.  Her attorney was Moxey Rigby. Others charged were Edward Haymer, William Colburn, Albert Roker, Cleophus Jones, David Henfield, Alphonso Burke and Bennington Moss, and Harvey Graham.

Source: 

"Freeport Police Raid 2 Place." The Nassau Daily Review. April 25, 1932, 2. Accessed July 13, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071428/1932-04-25/ed-1/seq-2/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 13, 2019.

1932 - May

Federal agents raided a roadhouse on Mill Road located opposite the Freeport Municipal Stadium.  James Martino, the proprietor, was arrested, booked at the Freeport Police station, and released on $1,000 bail.  The agents confiscated 500 quarts of home brewed beer.

Source:

"Federal Agents Raid Freeport Roadhouse." The Nassau Daily Review. May 4, 1932, 8. Accessed July 11, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071428/1932-05-04/ed-1/seq-8/.

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