315 Gallons of Liquor Captured at
Alderson Advertiser December 20, 1929
has been termed the greatest liquor haul ever made here was
accomplished last Monday night when State Policeman Postem, assisted
by Constable Roy Brown, took into custody at Alderson a new
Chevrolet truck bearing a cargo of 315 gallons of liquor. The truck
came from the east and was headed west toward Hinton when the
capture was made. The driver of the liquor vehicle made good his
It was shortly after eleven o'clock when Postem and the constable
were in the central part of town. The observed the truck passing
through, and Postem's suspicions became aroused as to the nature of
its cargo. He and Brown immediately followed the truck across the
bridge and passed it a short distance down the Hinton road.
Evidentially the bootlegger recognized the officer and when he
reached the alley that joins the Hinton road with Maple Avenue, at
E. R. Fletcher's residence abandoned the vehicle, leaving the motor
running and the truck going at full speed. The State Trooper was
unable to stop his car then because the truck was stalled in the
mud. Postem did stop his car as quickly as possible and gave chase,
but the man had disappeared. It was later learned that the driver
is thought to have gone east on No. 2 that night.
liquor was nicely put up in sixty-three five gallon cans, which
completely covered the truck's floor space. The truck bore West
Virginia license tags, and they correspond to those issued to A. L.
Read of Glen Morgan. The license, however, were issued for a
Sterwart truck while this one is a Chevrolet, and it is believed the
tags had been stolen by the rum runner. (No kidding - what great
police work!) It is also thought that the consignment came from
near Roanoke, Va., and was being sent to Beckley and Hinton for the
holiday demand. The truck along with the liquor was confiscated.
Now at this point dear reader things were looking up for a great and
happy holiday in Alderson, but alas that was not to happen.
On Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock a crowd of about 200 people
witnessed the pouring of the liquor in the sewer in front of the J.
N. Alderson Clothing Company, During this process many sorrowful
expressions were heard and it is said that after the officers left
one or two thirsty souls made a vain attempt to secure a 'nip'
directly from a little which had backed up in the gutter."
Car Deserted Carrying 115 Gallons of
Alderson Advertiser December 27, 1929
second major liquor haul almost within a week at Alderson was made
last Tuesday night when 115 gallons came into the custody of local
state police. The new Ford coupe, from which the bootleggers ran,
was found at the John Clay farm by Messerís. John Clay and Dana
Ayers, and they turned it over to the state police. (This is
beginning to sound a little fishy to me)
The two young men were returning to their homes on the Wolf Creek
road and when they approached the John Clay farm observed the car in
the driveway there. Upon inquiring what was wrong the occupants
replied that they had stopped to repair their chains. However, the
young men noticed that the chains were intact, and when they
mentioned this to the run-runners, of whom there were two, both men
fled in the darkness. This was the last seen or heard of from
them. Clay and Ayers then drove the liquor vehicle to Alderson
where it was turned over to the state police.
Yesterday afternoon the cargo was poured into the sewer at
Alderson. The other cargo caught last week here on the
Hinton-Alderson road consisted of 315 gallons, which makes a total
of 430 gallons of Christmas booze taken this year in this vicinity.
It is believed that the bootleggers stopped where they did to repair
a leak in one of their whiskey cans."
You might say 1929 was a very good