Sheriff Tom Grunden, right, holds his nose at the stench coming from a whiskey still discovered shortly before noon Wednesday at 1009 E. Lincoln. Others in the photo are, left to right, Undersheriff Nolen Welch, Lt. Harold Shultz of Guthrie police, and Claud Canning, deputy sheriff. The raid resulted in arrest of two Negro women and a Negro man.
Negro Women Get 30-Day Sentences
© Guthrie Register-News
Thursday, April 7, 1955
Two local Negro women Thursday were serving jail sentences after pleading guilty to charges of possession of a distillery filed Wednesday in county court.
Lula Smith, 28 and Ruth Grefphenreed, 24, each were fined $50 and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail as the result of a sheriff's and police raid on a house at 1009 E. Lincoln.
Officers discovered a small still in the cellar of the house and also confiscated five gallons of moonshine whiskey which were hidden between a mattress and bedstead in a bedroom of the house.
Also arrested was Ernest Wilson, 46, who was charged with possession of whiskey. He pleaded guilty and was given a fine of $100 and costs and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Both fine and sentence were suspended. Wilson said he was just sleeping in the house and "did not know what was going on."
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