The next dated entry in the scrapbook is from 1932. That’s a pretty big jump, considering the last entry was from 1923. Now, there are many undated entries that may fall between these dates, but I am having a hard time nailing down any definite dates. I was curious what happened during this period of time that wasn’t worthy of being recorded in the scrapbook.
I felt compelled to interrupt the scrapbook entries and focus on the story.
Making a Supreme Court Case Out of It
The other night, my aunt sent me a link in an email and said “Have you seen this?” It was a link to an item in GoogleBooks. My first instinct was that it was unrelated because (1) we’re searching for Gallaghers, which is quite common, and (2) we’re never THAT lucky.
I was wrong.
What she found was the 693-page record of an appeal to the Supreme Court of New York County Appeal Division on a 1929 case involving Billy Gallagher. The case itself is virtually irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but the testimony offered throughout the case from various witnesses is priceless!
My great grandfather’s police department file is resting peacefully on the corner of my desk following a traumatic mission of frantic scanning and digital organizing. Fortunately, nearly every single piece of paper in that file has a date on it, which will make it easy to fill in some of the blanks for Walter. Even better, some of those papers coincide with some of the articles in the scrapbooks.
I will try to weave the testimony from the court case and the police department records into the articles from the scrapbook to fill out the story a little more than I could with just the scrapbooks.
Stay tuned for a story riddled with deception, intrigue, debauchery, and more!