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 The Price of Crime in 1928

From the Archives:

What was the most frequent charge processed in Thurston County court in 1928? Read on for the answer and other details of crime and justice in our county almost 90 years ago. Information is extracted from the Sunday, July 1, 1928 edition of The Olympian.

$11,261.77 Collected in Justice Court


During the first six months of 1928, 193 persons in Judge Walter Crosby’s justice court of Thurston County in the form of fines on 22 different charges, paid the sum of $11,261 [about $135,000 in today’s dollars]. Possession of liquor was the single charge having the largest following with 60 cases for a total of $4,839 collected in charges. Although there was but five cases of liquor manufacturing, persons involved contributed $1,882 in fines.

Drunken Drivers Hit


Persons driving while intoxicated numbered 32. First offenders were usually given $50 fines and had their licenses suspended for six months. Although it is necessary to give but a 90-day suspension, Judge Crosby affixed an extra period to give offenders time to learn better.

Champion Cusser and Geoduck Shooters


One person was found guilty of using indecent language and given a suspended jail sentence to leave the county. A witness declared that although he had followed the seas for seven years he had never heard such an enlarged yet specialized vocabulary.

Three of the ten persons charged with violating fish and game laws were taken on the count of “shooting” geoducks out of season. Another was fined for killing frogs.

Only Three Assault Charges


Third degree assault charges claimed two offenders who contributed $110.50. One man was fined $100 for committing second degree assault. There was but one person found guilty of disorderly conduct and fined $15.50. Offenders who did not pay fines were placed in the county jail to work out the fines.

By Keith Eisner

"Demon Rum" was the problem in 1928.