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Charles Gaines

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Bartee Haile: Bootlegger first white man to go to the chair

— This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Sidney “Pete” Welk and at least two of his business associates were too busy brewing a batch of their banned beverage on the night of Dec. 2, 1922 to notice the trio of deputy sheriffs creeping up on their still in a creek bottom