|Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune|
Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune
Wednesday, July 14, 1920
It is hard luck, indeed, when you happen to have the same name as an alleged thief, especially when you have some heartless friends to ask foolish questions. This is the little pet peeve of E.T. Allen, city street commissioner, who poured his tale of woe into the ears of Officer Cal Schrieber. It seems that Mr. Allen's front name is Ernest, and a man by the name of Ernest Allen, who works at the Zoahringer garage on Front street, was arrested Monday for the theft of an automobile tire from a man in Columbus Junction.
Friends of the street commissioner called him up on the telephone when they read of the arrest and offered to bail him out, it is said. He wants it distinctly understood that he did not steal any tire, or at least that he was not arrested for any such theft. He couldn't use a Ford tire on "Dobbin" he declares.
So Uncle Ernie still had a horse for transportation in 1920, and there is another man by the same name in the town. That is good information for a researcher . . . I wouldn't want there to be another mix-up in Muscatine.