Sometimes the things I find in the paper are serendipity- lucky accidents. Today is a case in point. I was searching the Durant Weekly News for an obit and came across an interesting article about the Jefferson Highway, which I will type and pass on to one of the Jefferson historians. When I got home from the library I noticed that on the same page as the highway article is this court report. Now I will have to check back in the Herald for news of the incident mentioned. (If you just want to read the Caddo item, it is the last one.)
January 14, 1916
County Court Doings
County Court has been in session this week and dispatched many criminal cases. Friday morning the court will commence on the heavy docket of civil cases. The following criminal cases were disposed of:
Claude Holland, carrying weapon; dismissed on motion of State.
W. A. Cooper, convicted of violation of the prohibition law; mandate of Criminal Court of Appeals, affirming conviction, spread on record.
Ed Simmons, violation of prohibition law; jury verdict of guilty; fifty dollars find and thirty days in jail.
J. M. Shirling, charged with being a fugitive from justice; dismissed on motion of State.
Tom Burrows, pointing a gun; plea of guilty; $10 and costs.
Harrison Jenkins, public drunkenness; plea of guilty; $25 and costs.
Bert Youree, violating prohibition law; plea of guilty; $100 fine and thirty days in jail.
Walter Tidwell, violating prohibition law; dismissed on motion of the State.
J. H. Kelly, carrying a pistol; plea of guilty; $50 fine and thirty days in jail.
Bert Bell, violating prohibition law; plea of guilty; $50 fine and thirty days in jail.
Bert Bell, violating prohibition law; dismissed on motion of State.
Elmer and Vestal Matthews, violation of prohibition law; acquittal.
John Murphee, violating prohibition law; plea of guilty; to be sentenced later.
Henry O’Dell, carrying a weapon; plea of guilty; $25 and costs.
Norman Diffey, violation of prohibition law; acquittal.
Lester and Howard Martin; dismissed as to Howard Martin; Lester pleaded guilty to violation of prohibition law and was fined $75 and given thirty days in jail.
Tom Collins, abandonment; Attorneys Dwight and Hoke were appointed by the court as counsel for the defendant. Trial by jury resulted in a verdict of not guilty.
Much time was spent Wednesday and Thursday on the case of Charley Thompson, Gordon Gregg, Wm. Huddart, and C. T. Hazeltine, charged with violation of the prohibition law. This is the case that grew out of the capture of an automobile load of booze, being captured at Caddo several weeks ago. Two of the defendants, Gregg and Huddart, entered pleas of guilty, the other two preferring to risk their fates with the jury. The case was in the hands of the jury as the News went to press.