Texas

Just over 60% of voters in Texas chose to repeal Prohibition on August 26, 1933. That vote was ratified at a convention on November 27. The stories below illustrate the huge problem Prohibition era Texas had with murderous Prohibition agents.

  • Six different men were charged with crimes ranging from assault to murder regarding the death of a Texas man by the name of Clayton in 1921. One of these six men was a Prohibition director, another the chief of detectives.

  • Two Prohibition agents were charged with murder after the killing of a grocer and the wounding of his wife. The two men raided the store and when the grocers, thinking they were being robbed, brought out guns, the agents shot them. One of the agents was described as being drunk.


Sources:

6 MORE ACCUSED IN TEXAS. New York Times (1857-Current file); Dec 23, 1921; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 2004) , pg. 9

TEXAS DRY AGENTS HELD FOR MURDER , New York Times 1857-Current; Apr 10, 1932; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 2004) , pg. 18