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100 years ago today: Arrests made for ‘disorderly houses’ and flash money

From the Oct. 13, 1920 Spokesman-Review. (S-R archives)
From the Oct. 13, 1920 Spokesman-Review. (S-R archives)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Mrs. Blanche Hatcher, the wife of a candidate for the state Legislature’s Sixth District, was arrested on the charge of running a “disorderly house.”

Police raided the lodging house on Second Avenue after they had received numerous reports of drunken parties. They found large amounts of whiskey in pint milk bottles. A chambermaid and a man were arrested on charges of drunkenness.

Her husband was a candidate in the Farmer-Labor Party.

From the crime beat: Ben Price was arrested at a different disorderly house after he flashed a roll of bills and bragged that he had “just sold a ranch for $30,000.”

One of the women became suspicious and convinced Price and two of his companions to accompany her to her home. She sent word to police, who arrived and arrested the three men.

They suspected that Price and the other two men had been involved in the recent bank robbery in Plummer, Idaho.

Police sent for two clerks from the bank, who took a look at the men and declared they were not the robbers.

Price said he didn’t even have that much money. He had wrapped up a few bills around a section of hose.

“I fixed up a flash roll to make a hit with a couple of women,” he said. “I won’t do it any more.”

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