from the Lowell Tribune, May 23, 1940, page 1
Also in the Clipping Files at the Lowell Public Library--LH--"Crime and Criminals"
LOCATE HUGE STILL IN WEST CREEK TOWNSHIP LAST WEEK THURSDAY
Many West Creek people were greatly surprised last Thursday morning when they learned that during the early morning hours several government men had raided a still on the old Seims farm, occupied by Arthur Bixenman.
The story, as we get it, is that some time ago Mr. Bixenman leased the barn on the farm to some men who said they wanted it to store some goods in until they could be put on the market. Thinking that the men were on the level he leased the barn to them. They continued to use the barn. They leaked out to the government men that the barn was not being used for legitimate purposes, hence the raid last week. We understand they found 150 gallons of liquor ready for the market and a lot of mash in the huge vats that had been installed.
The men operating the still were all out of Chicago and several of them were caught at the still and arrested and landed in jail. The government men also took Mr. Bixenman to Chicago, but later he was released on bail and returned home. The only charge against him, we understand, is that he rented the barn to the men.
John Stuppy was at the farm to get Mr. Bixenman's son to work for him when the government men arrived, but after questioning him he was released.
Later the men charged with operating the still will be brought to trial.