June 10, 1929

More warrants in opium case

After the raid of an opium den at 425 Wyoming Ave. on June 5, the U.S. attorney’s office issued warrants for Cletus “Hickey” Moore and Betty Moore, also known as Betty Price.

The pair were wanted by federal authorities for alleged possession and use of the drug. Federal narcotics agents said the pair fled during the raid on the Scranton property.

Arrested during the raid, authorities said, were Philadelphia racketeer George Fischer and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Cripe. Also during the raid, the feds seized a large quantity of opium and five opium pipes.

Mrs. Cripe was released from federal custody after she agreed to be a material witness in the case when it comes to trial. Russell Cripe posted a $3,000 bond and was released. Fischer was unable to post bail.

Bootleggers get jail

Lackawanna County Judge George Maxey sentenced two out-of-town bootleggers to 90 days in county jail after they were found guilty of making a beverage found to contain wood alcohol and other dangerous ingredients.

The pair, Joseph LaStella and Joseph Marino, were making their illegal brew in the woods near Old Forge. In addition to jail time, Maxey also ordered each to pay a $250 fine and court costs.


A portion of an American Stores Co. advertisement – June 10, 1929 – The Scranton Times

Shopping list

Ceylon or orange pekoe tea was 60 cents per pound, a pound of coffee was 39 cents, two cans of peas were 19 cents, a 5-pound bag of flour was 25 cents, a 15-pound sack of potatoes was 53 cents and bacon was 30 cents per pound.