Grandfather Joe Phillips, during Raids and Investigations in New York City 1924

The first six letters were undercover investigations conducted in New York City during February 1924 and the last two concern a 1922 letter from Congressman B. Carrol Reece and a 1924 promotion and a letter from a friend, 1929.

My mother always talked of my Grandfather bringing a fellow by the name of Rickey by our house in Old Tazewell back when she was a young girl. He left his card with a Red Cardinal in one corner. Only recently (2013) did I find out exactly how my grandfather knew the Rickey family through researching Branch Rickey's family. His brother Frank W. Rickey, mentioned in four of the letters accessed by the link above, was with my grandfather on probably many investigations during Prohibition. Possibly since the famous Branch Rickey wanted his younger brother out of law enforcement he hired him into the Cardinal organization, found in the book. It may have been Frank W. Rickey who my mother remembered coming by the house. Frank W. Rickey had been acquitted after being charged with murder in 1923 near Monroe, Mich. He began working for his brother Branch Rickey in 1925 as a scout in the southern states. All this is contained in the book "Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman". My grandfather went on to be in charge of Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee Alcohol Tax Division.

There is much information online and in the Official Personnel Files (OPF)for both Col. L.G. Nutt and Ralph H. Oyler. A most formable description of both can be found in Douglas Valentine's "Strength of the Wolf".


The Silver Slipper, the most successful club to be operated openly by organized crime figures.Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan

Wikipedia - Colonel Levi G. Nutt (18661938) was the Chief of the Narcotics Division within the Prohibition Unit of the United States Department of the Treasury from 1919 to 1930, prior to the creation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a registered pharmacist, and led the Division to arrest of tens of thousands of drug addicts and dealers in the 1920s. Nutt's son Rolland Nutt and son-in-law L. P. Mattingly were attorneys for racketeer Arnold Rothstein in tax matters. After an investigation into the relationship in 1930, a grand jury found no criminal impairment of Narcotics Division activities, but Nutt lost his position as chief of the Narcotics Division.





The Western District of New York which encompasses 17 counties: Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung. The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume XLIV, Number 27, 26 October 1923

The Escanabar Daily Press, July 16, 1924

Federal Man Being Charged With Murder
Frank W. Rickey, federal prohibition officer, on trial in United States court, in conjuction with the slaying of Phillip Kalb, during the raid on Kalb's farm near Monroe, Mich., last January 13.

The Escanabar Daily Press, July 24, 1924

Clear Rickey of Murder in Kalb Killing


The Daily Chronical, DeKalb, Illinois, April 1, 1943

Frank Rickey, former Cardinal scout now building a Giant scouting system.



Gangsters poured investment money into the Plantation Club on 50th Street and Broadway, the Club Alabam' on West 44th Street and the Black Bottom on East 56th Street. - Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan



E. A. Larkin - 1929 - Agent work in the Louisville Region under Joe Phillips, Assistant Prohibionist Enforcement Director, at Louisville.

Capt. E.A. Larkin, deputy dry administrator for West Tennessee - 1933

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