Once in a while an article from the Durant paper made its way into the Caddo Herald, either because it concerned a Caddo resident, or because it was a “big story”. I think this probably qualified as the latter.
The Durant Democrat, published in the Caddo Herald
April 29, 1921
Still of Prosperous Farmer is Raided
What is believed to have been the biggest and most cunningly concealed still ever operated in this county was raided and dismantled by Deputy Sheriff C. M. Etchison and Constable Reuben Meek of Mead at the home of Henry Golding two miles southeast of Mead Monday morning at 1 o’clock. The still was of 50-gallon capacity and 300 gallons of mash and several gallons of whiskey were taken along with it. Eight large barrels formerly containing the mash were on display at the court house this morning.
It is said that the still has been in operation for two years, but it was so skillfully concealed that officers were not able to find it until last night. Golding, who owns a big farm and a handsome bungalow, has been suspected of manufacturing whiskey and officers have been watching for him the past week. Saturday night they lay and watched the house, but found no clue on which to work. Sunday night Etchison and Meeks returned to make the raid. Golding, supposing himself safe from the prying eyes of the law, worked. In the parlor of Golding’s residence, raising an art square the floor in the parlor the officers found a panel trap door. Under the floor was a cellar, and leading from the cellar was an underground tunnel in which the still was running on full time, as complete a still as was ever run in the days of revenue payments. Smoke from the furnace was directed to go out the kitchen flue. It was in reality a place of industry and production.
With the breaking up of this still, it is believed that the biggest source of the whiskey supply in that neighborhood will be cut off.