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February 8, 2016 / Joanne Yeck

Dillwyn: Illegal Whiskey

Buckingham County: Courthouse

Buckingham Courthouse, Photo by Joanne L. Yeck

The expulsion of “The Buckingham Outlaws” from the county did not curtail the sale of illegal whiskey.

On November 20, 1908, Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch reported that I. M. Moss, of Dillwyn, was tried for selling whiskey without a license. He was fined $50 in costs and put under a bond of $500 for twelve months.

Was this Isaac Moss, who was about eighteen years old? If so, his father, attorney John R. Moss, was likely displeased with his son.

Unsurprisingly, the illicit trade of whiskey did not cease. On September 4, 1910, The Times-Dispatch reported another raid near Dillwyn.

Raid Blind Tigers.

Dillwyn, Va., September 3. — The most important raid made in recent years on the violators of the revenue laws in Buckingham county was accomplished here on Wednesday, when, by the energy of the officers, six alleged offenders were hauled into the courts of Justices Taylor and Kenney.

For years violators of the law have been selling whiskey in this community.

When court was called this morning there were twenty-seven witnesses to testify to the fact that they had purchased liquor. Those who were convicted were Henry Taylor, Jim Worsham, Nannie Newton, Rosa Jemerson, Robert Taylor and Martha A. Oliver.

Each was fined for the first offense in the sum of $50 and put under a $500 in bonds to keep the peace for twelve months.

It was going to be a long “war on liquor” until 1933, when national prohibition was repealed.


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  1. Mary Carolyn Steger Mitton / Feb 8 2016 9:19 am

    Apple trees and other fruit trees were popular for reasons other than “fruit is good for you” and making jams and jellies.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 8 2016 10:32 am

      I’m beginning to realize the many products for fruit!

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