Bio: Poppe, John (1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Poppe, Beilfuss,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) March 5, 1953
Poppe, John (Jailed - 1953)
Going to Jail for 40 days, John loses his belt
and other things - with nothing to do but to hold up is pants, John
Poppe of the Town of Seif has started to serve a jail sentence of
40 days. His decision to sit it out followed a sentence
pronounced upon him by Bruce Beilfuss, the Circuit
jailing of Mr. Poppe proceeded strangely from a warm and friendly
atmosphere in evidence when he was arraigned. The Judge knew
John of old; had had dealings with him in official capacity and
definitely remembered him as a substantial farmer and solid
citizen. So when Mr. Poppe pleaded guilty to a charge of
selling beer to minors, the Judge was in a mellow mood, giving
weight to reputation of old and to the fact that this was a first
appearance in court. Therefore he gave John a fine of $75, with an
alternative of 40 days in jail.
This, along with an injunction on the
responsibility of a tavern keeper, was not calculated to lead into
a critical situation.
Mr. Poppe was in no appreciative mood. He said something
about others selling beer and getting away with it. He seemed
to mean that he regarded himself as set upon. So John was
escorted from the court room in an atmosphere more frigid that had
been created by the court.
Sheriff Dobes escorted John across the Path of Sighs to the jail,
John warned Mr. Dobes that he had better feed him very well or John
would make complaint. He talked like the official he used to
be and was no more. This made no hit with Sheriff Dobes,
whose wife is a prize cook and who feeds the prisoners the same
food as goes upon the family table.
when Sheriff Dobes got Mr. Poppe into the jail, he "frisked" him
just like he frisks all of his boarders. Upon John he found a tin
of salve, a bottle of mineral oil and an electric razor. He
relieved John of these, in spite of John’s warning that if
the sheriff kept the bottle, he must see to it that John gets two
spoons of oil per day.
As for the electric razor, John told the sheriff that he shaved every day, and that he certainly wanted to keep the razor. But Mr. Dobes told him that the jail cells are not provided with places into which to plug the electric razor. The jail was built before the days of electric razors and has not been brought up to the standards of daily-shaving prisoners like Mr. Poppe. (What happened next was missing from this amusing article. Dmk)
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