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A petition in equity and attached exhibits for the case of T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company, Plaintiff, vs. Shrader P. Howell, Federal Prohibition Director of Missouri, Defendant. In this petition, T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company asks the court to settle a dispute with Howell, who issued the company an order “that [their liquor] permit… is revoked and canceled.” The petitioner reaffirms “that it at all times in good faith conformed to the provisions of the National Prohibition Act.”

Date: 
December 3rd 1920

A subpoena in chancery for the case of T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company, Plaintiff, vs. Shrader P. Howell, Federal Prohibition Director of Missouri, Defendant. This subpoena commands Howell to be present at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City on December 23, 1920 to answer for the claims made by the T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company.

Date: 
December 6th 1920

An answer to the petition in equity for the case of T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company, Plaintiff, vs. Shrader P. Howell, Federal Prohibition Director of Missouri, Defendant. In this answer, Howell denies the plaintiff’s claims and “prays that the decision and order of the defendant as said Prohibition Director be affirmed and that plaintiff’s petition be dismissed at plaintiff’s cost.”

Date: 
December 23rd 1920

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 3956: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni, defendant. The defendant is charged with selling, "for beverage purposes," a quart of wine, and being in possession of two quarts of wine, in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Date: 
May 22nd 1920

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 4071: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni and Joseph Di Giovanni, defendants. The defendants are charged with manufacturing four thousand gallons of wine, and, in a second count, possession of that wine and an additional four gallons of alcohol, in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Date: 
October 23rd 1920

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 4071: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni and Joseph Di Giovanni, defendants, summarizing the facts of the trial, including the defendants' pleas of guilty.

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October 29th 1920

Information for the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that the current charge of possession of whiskey is Charles S. Gargotta's second offense, per Frank Cunningham, Federal Prohibition Agent.

Date: 
April 20th 1921

Commitment in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document notes that Charles S. Gargotta was charged with "Violation of the Act of October 28, 1919," also known as the Volstead Act, and has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 days in the Jackson County Jail.

Date: 
April 25th 1921

Commitment in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4182: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document notes that Charles Gargotta was charged with "Violation of the Act of October 28, 1919," also known as the Volstead Act, and has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 days in the Jackson County Jail, "to commence at the expiration of sentence imposed in [Case] No. 4163."

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April 26th 1921

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta was found guilty of "the offense of Violation of the National Prohibition Act," and sentenced to serve six months in the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia, Missouri. The document also includes a certification of Gargotta's delivery to the Pettis County Sheriff on December 7, 1921, to begin serving his sentence.

Date: 
December 3rd 1921

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4639: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. E. Dunigan, Federal Prohibition Agent, Joseph Lusco was in possession of "a certain quantity of intoxicating liquor," i.e. one half pint of whiskey, on July 30, 1921, in violation of the National Prohibition Act. Dunigan also supported in his deposition Lusco's additional charges: a second count of selling a half pint of whiskey to Clyde Rayburn, and in a third count, a half pint of whiskey to E. L. Kellerstrass.

Date: 
November 21st 1921

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4182: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. E. Dunigan, Federal Prohibition Agent, Charley Gargotta was in possession of a half pint of whiskey on December 29, 1920.

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April 25th 1921

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta is charged with three counts of selling whiskey: one half pint to Henry Fulton, two ounces to Harry Hall, and another two ounces to Set Carson on July 5, 1921. He was also charged, in a fourth count, of a second offense of possession of "intoxicating liquor."

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November 10th 1921

Verdict in the trial for Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta was found guilty in the first count and fourth counts of selling and possession of "an intoxicating beverage," i.e. whiskey, and not guilty of the second and third counts, also of the sale of whiskey. The verdicts are signed off on by N. C. Ewing, Foreman of the Jury.

Date: 
December 2nd 1921

The U. S. Declaration of Intention and Petition for Naturalization of Eert Ubbe Iwerks, father of Ubbe Eert "Ub" Iwerks. Ub Iwerks worked closely with Walt Disney during the beginning of their careers in animation in Kansas City. The petition for naturalization contains a record of Ub's birth date and place. Although Eert arrived in the United States from Germany in 1869, he did not file for naturalization until shortly after World War I.

Date: 
July 5th 1921

One motion and two orders for the case of T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company, Plaintiff, vs. Shrader P. Howell, Federal Prohibition Director of Missouri, Defendant. In these documents, the plaintiff motions to reinstate the case in equity and the court orders the same.

Date: 
January 27th 1922

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 5928: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. The defendant is charged with the sale and possession of "one-half pint of whiskey" and "maintain[ing] a common nuisance" at 212 Independence Avenue.

Date: 
May 10th 1923

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 5676: United States vs. Jake Binaggia, Frank Fondana and Tony Dibanata, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of Arthur L. Curran, Federal Prohibition Agent, Binaggia, Fondana, and Dibanata were in possession of five gallons of whiskey on December 18, 1922.

Date: 
April 13th 1923

Search warrant issued for "the premises of John Doe (true name unknown) at 100 Delaware Street, alleging that "intoxicating liquor has been and is now being illegally kept, bartered and sold, in the pool hall and soft drink parlor" at that address. The search warrant was executed on February 28, 1923, and was relevant to Criminal Case No. 5676: United States vs. Jake Binaggia, Frank Fondana and Tony Dibanata, defendant.

Date: 
February 28th 1923

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 5676: United States vs. Jake Binaggia, Frank Fondana and Tony Dibanata, defendant. The document summarizing Tony DiBanata's hearing before George D. Beardsley, United States Commissioner. DiBanata was held as "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1000, and ordered to appear in U.S. District Court on April 23, 1923.

Date: 
March 5th 1923

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