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Fed. Agents Raid Places in County

Source:Minocqua Times, Friday October 5, 1928

Federal prohibition agents were working in Oneida county over the week-end, according to the Rhinelander Daily News.

Sheriff Lloyd Brooker, Deputy Sheriff Don Briggs, and three federal agents conducted a series of raids in the county Saturday and Sunday and as a result of their activities two Oneida county residents will appear before a United States court commissioner in Wausau this morning to answer federal charges against them, one man will appear in municipal court here Tuesday to answer a state charge, two drunken Indians are sleeping in the county bastile, and officers are seeking the man to have sold the red men liquor.

The first place visited Saturday by the officers was the cabin of Louis Ecker of Muskellunge Lake in the town of Newbold. A 10-gallon keg of moonshine was found there, according to the officers. Because Ecker is an ex-soldier and in poor health, Sheriff Brooker obtained permission from the federal agents to file a state charge only against Ecker. He will appear in court here Tuesday morning.

Returning to Rhinelander, the five officers paid a visit to Aleck Shaaltis place in McNaughton, and he too will go to Wausau this morning. It is claimed officers found a bottle of moonshine and some beer at his place.

Sunday afternoon, the officers went to McCord and arrested two drunken Indians, confiscated two pints of moonshine, and attempted to capture the man alleged to have sold the Indians liquor. He escaped by out-distancing Sheriff Brooker in a foot race over hill and dale, mostly through woods and underbrush.

Two Indians were said to have been too intoxicated to talk, and are booked at the jail merely as "Sitting Bull" and "Rain-in-the-Face"" until they are able to give their real names.

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