‘Largest’ Still Found Near Camden

Federal state and Kershaw County officer raided the largest still ever found in central South Carolina yesterday. This is a view of the camouflaged location. Back to camera, left is one of the men found at the still. Others are George Fender, S. C. Law Enforcement Division; J. L. Dollard, also of SLED; Leslie Moak, a Kershaw County officer; and C. L. McKinnon of SLED.

The largest still ever discovered in Central South Carolina has been destroyed near Camden.

Early Friday, after watching the operation a few miles west of Camden for two days law enforcement officer of SLED ATV and the the Kershaw County Sheriff’s office, moved in on the 11,500 gallon operation.

The still which had an estimated daily output of 460 gallons of Whiskey had been in operation over a period of about three weeks officers said. It was believed to have operated as many as four days a week.

The still located in swamp ravine known as Sander’s Creek. Here along with the still itself officers took 45 gallons of whiskey, a 10 horsepower upright steam (?). Taken into custody were one white man and three Negros. There were arrested at the scene.

US Commisoner John (?), said these men had been (?) in the case.

Steve C Dubose, a white man, Johnny Chamus, Walter Boone Jr.

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and James Addison, all Negroes.

Officers both from the ATV and Sled claim this is the largest still ever seen in central South Carolina. There have been rumors of larger outfits during the old prohibition era, but none of the officers recalls having seen them.

They said this was one o the best camouflaged outfits they had ever taken. Pine trees had (?) and rearranged to hide the still which had been painted with camouflage paint to prevent detection from the air.

1956.01.17 - Largest Still Found Near Camden
January 17, 1956 Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record) Columbia, South Carolina Page 1
1956.01.17 - Largest in Area 11500 Gallon Sill Raided Near Camden
January 17, 1956 Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record) Columbia, South Carolina Page 1

1956.01.17 - 11500

 

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