I found this article interesting, not because of who was on the jury, but because of the “crimes” they were considering, especially the last one. Many of us are old enough to remember when stores were allowed to be open on Sunday but were not allowed to sell certain items and had those covered with sheets.
The Caddo Herald
October 30, 1914
Grand Jury is at Work This Week
The grand jury for the October term of the Bryan County district court convened Monday morning, being composed of the following gentlemen:
Clipper Hamilton, Calera, foreman
A.N. Leecraft, Colbert, sec.
Joe Bloodworth, Calera
J.D. Haynes, Durant
R. C. Edelen, Mead
R. H. Carraway, Caddo
H. D. Burton, Utica
Jim Teague, Wade
Frank Dyer, Durant
A.F. Manning, Caddo
B.F. Fox, Bee
W. H. Bacon, Colbert
The charge of Judge Hatchett covered a wide scope, and will give the grand jury much work to do. The judge charged them specially of the crime of selling cigarettes and cigarette papers, stating that it was unlawful. Betting on elections received the attention of the court and he instructed the body to hunt out the violators of this law and return indictments. Betting on elections was conducive to corrupt elections stated the court. The jury was instructed to look into the embezzlement of funds for minors, orphans, or widows; and also to look into violations of gambling laws and to investigate whether or not there are any gambling houses here or elsewhere in the county. The charge called attention to the various forms of crime, among them being the usual gun toting and booze peddling questions, but the court took occasion to sate that the county officers had been very diligent along these lines.
It is understood that the grand jury will investigate several stores in the county in regards to selling goods and for working in their places of business on Sunday.
Several prominent citizens have been before the body already.