Distilleries of Shepherds Seized By Eckle, Alamance, NC, 1883

year 1883

March 15, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

Gleaner, March 8th: We learn from the Patriot that Deputy Eckle seized two illicit distilleries in this county* on last Friday, the property of Perry L. Shepherd and T.L. Shepherd. They were in full blast and the whole lay out was captured. The two Shepherds were carried to Greensboro, and gave bond for their appearance at court.


[The 1880 census for Coble, Alamance, NC, shows P. L. Shepherd (Perry Lindo Shepherd from other records) with an occupation of distiller. Unfortunately his gravestone in Guilford County shows he died in 1885, birth in 1855, only 29 (he had not had his birthday yet). I did not find records on T.L. Shepherd or Deputy Eckle easily.

*I have found references in other newspapers to the “Alamance Gleaner,” so I think “this county” refers to Alamance, NC.

There was a “Greensboro Patriot.” So, it looks like a Greensboro paper reported the arrests, the Alamance paper picked up the story from the exchanges, their interest being that the distilleries were in their own nearby county, and then the Scotland Neck, Halifax County, paper picked it up from the exchanges, I guess because distillery operation was an interesting crime story?]


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