September 19, 1912

The Sheriff of Howell County couldn’t understand how Ben Bugg, a prisoner serving out a fine for bootlegging, was always drunk. Then he found that Ben’s friends were getting booze to him through a funnel and tube.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.