As we were: Sheriff’s office investigates public drunkeness

By From page B2 | January 07, 2013

Deibert Ken


65 Years ago

Jan. 8, 1948

3 Fined $25 Each For Furnishing Liquor To Minors

An investigation of the public drunkenness of two girls, aged 13 and 14, and a boy, 15, was concluded last weekend by the sheriff’s office with the result that three youths were fined $25 each on charges of furnishing liquor to minors.

The three were Wallace Prindle 19, Jack Abbot, 19 and Ralph Wilkins, 18, the latter given a thirty-day jail term suspended for one year, before Justice of the Peace T. F. Lewis.

A fourth youth was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Deputy Sheriff Elwood Wentz reports that the case opened with the discovery of two girls and the boy on the streets of Placerville and obviously under the influence of liquor. The three were found by city police, and when it appeared the liquor was obtained out of town, the sheriff’s office entered the case.

Wentz reports that a case of beer was stolen from a truck near El Dorado by three older men and given to the children.

The deputy sheriff also asked that the ages of the three who were prosecuted be published in answer to some charges that the men were “juveniles”.


110 Years ago

Jan. 3, 1903

Social Happenings

The annual New Year’s party given be Native Sons, Thursday evening last, was a social if not a financial success. The attendance was not up to the usual numerical standpoint, but those who did attend enjoyed themselves to the utmost. The supper given at the Cary House was unusually fine. The following were awarded prizes: Best dressed lady, Miss Lulu Castle, “Morning”; best dressed gentleman, T. F. Lewis, “Prince”; best sustained characters, lady, Miss Bessie Ross and gentleman, Geo. Flurchwtz as “Reubens”; Fred Irwin as “Rip Van Winkle” received special mention …

A number of the gentlemen friends of Geo. H. Hofmeister enjoyed his hospitality on Tuesday evening at a “Smoker,” an occasion we are told, when gentlemen meet for a few hours of uninterrupted pleasure …


Ken Deibert

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