Verde Heritage 1918: JEROME; Thriving New Industry is Ruined | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Verde Heritage 1918: JEROME; Thriving New Industry is Ruined | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Because the factory, said to be owned by a Russian, is out of business, parties who owe various sums of money for goods purchased will attempt to evade payment of their debts.

“A manufacturing enterprise which has been extremely profitable since its establishment in Jerome several months ago, in spite of the fact that it has received little or no general publicity, was rudely broken up last evening when 2 busybodies named Fred Hawkins and Charley Smith invaded the plant and carried away the machinery, with all the firm’s records, a quantity of the finished product and some other material not yet in marketable condition. They also kidnapped the factory sales agent.”

“The confiscated machinery was a small but complete still and the property referred to was grape brandy. Alex Folena is the name of the sales agent. It is supposed that Folena was also connected with the mechanical end of the business but this he vigorously denies.”

“Hawkins and Smith took advantage of their positions as city peace officers to interfere with legitimate industry. They have been accused frequently of standing in with the mining companies and their high-handed action of last night certainly indicates that they have a desire to restrict Jerome’s output to copper.”

“The factory was located in a building back of the Pratt second hand shop. When Hawkins and Smith broke in they found Folena in the main part of the plant. The plant consisted of 2 vessels, one standing on a wood stove and the other on a gasoline stove, with a coil of lead pipe between. It was the work of only a few minutes for the vandals to wreck the place completely….

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