VOLUME 04 ISSUE 4 PAGE 11
A look into Our past by Sergeant Ken Neilson
January 16th 1920 prohibition where the farmer was reportedly for a total of 41
went into effect and brought making moonshine. As the sheriff years. Twelve of
along with it a major head ache and his posse roamed the farm those years were
for any honest law man. Such attempting to locate the illegal as the McHenry
was the case for McHenry County booze, the farmer slipped from County Sheriff.
Sheriff Lester “Doc” Edinger who their sight. He then snuck into the During one of
became Illinois’s youngest sheriff pig pen where he kept the illicit his tenures he One of Al Capone’s
in 1922 at the ripe old age of 28. liquid hidden and tipped over the had e v e n gang leaders Hymie
vats. By the time the good sheriff successfully held Wiess arrested by
Sheriff Edinger Sheriff “Doc” Edinger
and his men happened on the pig two of Al Ca-
pen all that was left of the evidence pone’s gang leaders, Dapper Dan
30 speakeasies was a pen full of staggering pigs. McCarthy & Hymie Wiess both
w e r e On another occasion the raid party from the infamous Dino O’Banion
operating in started out during a very cold and gang.
M c H e n r y wintry day. Their target was a rural Listed below are the offices that
County at any Spring Grove farm. They however “Doc” Edinger had held and the
given time. To didn’t get too far due to the heavy dates.
track down snow and drifting. Not wanting to
and raid these 1922 – 1926 McHenry Co. Sheriff
admit defeat the sheriff borrowed a
i l l i c i t horse team and bobsled from a 1927 – 1930 Woodstock Chief of
businesses local farmer. The posse then Police
became a daunting task for the
ventured forth in the open sled for 1930 – 1934 McHenry Co. Sheriff
sheriff since he only had two
the remaining 20 miles. The sheriff 1934 – 1938 McHenry Co.
extra officers. In order to conduct
a raid Sheriff Edinger was forced vowed that he would never do Treasurer
to deputize a posse of extra men. such a thing again since the entire
group nearly froze to death. 1938 – 1942 McHenry Co. Sheriff
In one such incident the duty 1942 – 1963 Clerk of Circuit Court
bound sheriff arranged to raid a Sheriff “Doc” Edinger went on to
& Recorder of Deeds
local farm in Hartland Township distinguish himself in public office
We are looking for past photos, articles, stories etc. on the History of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
Please contact Sergeant Ken Neilsen extension 4730 or Michelle Stechmuller extension 4700