100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish: Two Men Get 60 Days and $300 on Whiskey Charge

On Saturday night, March 18, 1922, Sheriff J.E. Currie and Deputy Henderson Jordan, along with town marshal J.W. Boddie, arrested Homer McGuire on the pubic road about 2 miles east of Arcadia “between J.R. Austin’s place and Saline bridge.”  The officers found two quarts of whiskey in his possession.  He was charged with transporting liquor for beverage purposes.  On the following Thursday, McGuire was arraigned before Judge J.E. Reynolds where he pled guilty.  Judge Reynolds sentenced him to 60 days in jail in addition to a fine of $300.00 plus court costs.  If McGuire failed to pay the fine, he would have to serve 12 months in jail and work on the public roads.

On the same morning in court, Lisso Cathey appeared on charges of manufacturing and selling liquor.  He pled guilty and received the same sentence as McGuire.  Since it was springtime, the court ruled that at after serving 10 days of his sentence and paying the fine, Cathey’s sentence would be “suspended until after crop time, when he would be required to serve the remaining 50 days.”  

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Businesses in Arcadia requested a camp ground for tourists.  They pointed out that “when our graveled highways are completed,” tourists will be passing though Arcadia.  If they had a camp ground, they contended, many of the tourists would take advantage of the camp ground and stop over for two or three days.  While there, the tourists would buy provisions for the next leg of their trip. 

“Automobile Associations and Tourist Bureaus all over the country advertise these camp grounds for the benefit of their members,” they said, “and the advertising the town would get out of a place of this kind would be worth a great deal more than the cost.  Now let’s get busy, secure a location and get the ground in readiness so that we will be prepared for the summer tourists.”

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