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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Cornero liquor information... Reply with quote

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October 30, 1916 – Tony M. Cornero, 2736 Gough street, was booked as the leader of a gang of jitney bandits in the San Francisco area. Cornero allegedly admitted to holding up Horton Phipps and Samuel Maxuck in Golden Gate Park. Both men were approached by Cornero who was accompanied by;
    Thomas Bernstein, 1336 California street.
    Isadore Sharpstein, alias Harry Evans 2688 Bush street.
    James Karl alias Smith, a former boxer, 1840 Steiner street.
    Joseph Burke, 1880 O’Farrell street.
    Bernard Hyland


December 26, 1926 - 38 members of a Pacific coast liquor smuggling ring are indicted by a United States grand jury charging conspiracy to violate the national tariff act. The indicted included the entire list of stockholders in the Canadian Consolidated Exporters corporation, leaders in the export of Canadian liquor to the pacific coast. Most prominent among the indicted were;

    Marvin E. Schouweiler - who was the subject of a federal income tax lien for $250,000. 2 counts.
    Walter Marion Thompson - The most active member of the combine charged with 3 counts.
    Russel Whitelaw - head of Canadian Consolidated Exporters corportation. 2 counts.
    Tony Cornero - Los Angeles bootleg king. 1 count.
    Archibald McGillis, Alex Frasier, John W. Lloyd, George Norgen, Albert L. McLennan, B. Morrison, F.R. Anderson, R. Swanson and J. D. Vosper.


April 6, 1927 - Ships used to transport Canadian liquor along the Pacific coast are seized by the government who cited their illicit use as reasoning. The Chasina owned by Tony Cornero, The Hakadato owned by Marvin Schouweiler and the Principlo owned by San Francisco liquor smuggler Joe Parente.

June 29, 1929 - The ship Przemsyl a rum running vessel once seized after it's captain and crew surrendered it to United States authorities at New Orleans in an attempt to collect a bounty on rum ships, was forfeited to the government under provisions of the customs law. The ship's crew later launched an unsuccessful attempted to steal the ship and it's cargo of German liquor. They were sent back to Germany where they were imprisoned. U.S., authorities later seized the ship after it appeared off the California coast loaded with liquor. The liquor was believed to have belonged to Tony Cornero and authorities attached a tax lien on the ship but were forced to release it to a Hamburg broker after he claimed ownership of the vessel.

1930 - While serving a two-year prison term for conspiracy to land liquor, the Bureau of Internal Revenue returned $304,930 overpaid on previous taxes

July 1930 - The federal government files a tax lien in the amount of $29,000 against Frank Cornero on a load of liquor seized off the Orange County coast in 1925.

February 1931 - Frank Cornero is acquitted on a liquor smuggling charge. The case arose from a liquor seizure at Balboa in November 1927.

April 1931 - Frank Cornero's two year liquor smuggling sentence is dismissed by the U.S. District Court of Appeals.

October 1932 - Frank and Catherine Cornero are indicted on conspiracy to violate the prohibition act following the seizure of two truck loads of liquor at a warehouse.

December 1932 - Frank and Catherine Cornero plead guilty to the charges arising from the October liquor seizure. Both are fined $500 each.

January 1933 - Louis Corerno pleads not guilty on prohibition related charges.

January 23, 1934 - Judge George Cosgrave foils a government attempt to collect $15,000 in back taxes from Frank Cornero by dismissing their case.

Frank and Tony Cornero were later charged with kidnapping Tom Cavett, District Attorney Buron Fitts' chief investigator. The charges arose after Cavett hailed Frank's speed boat and demanded to be taken to the Rex, which Fitts was in the process of raiding. Frank reportedly detoured giving Cavett a personalized tour of Santa Monica bay, which is a story in itself. Frank's multi-hour tour earned him and his brother an indictment.

When Tony appeared in court to answer the charge of kidnapping, he launched into a long explanation on Santa Monica bay which he pointed out was a misnomer due to the fact that it is actually a bight. The charges were later dismissed.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Louis Stralla Reply with quote

Louis Stralla was and remains the least known of the three Cornero-Stralla boys. Equally adept in business or political arenas, Stralla managed to have himself elected as the Mayor of Mt. Helena, California a small town located in the Napa Valley which doubled as the site of the Napa Wine Company. Stralla began leasing the Charles Krug winery upon repeal and used it to amass an inventory of some 400,000 gallons which he shipped to New York where it was sold through distributors associated with Joseph Di Giorgio and Horace O. Lanza. Stralla would purchase the facility out of foreclosure from Krug in 1940 for $14,000. He sold in August of 1947 to J. B. Cella, the president of Cella Vineyards for an impressive sum. Stralla had built the winery operation up to a capacity of $2 million gallons. He installed the most modern distilling equipment then available as he produced varietal and high quality dry red and white wines. Cella later used the distilling equipment in the production of beverage brandies. As a contingent of sale, Cella agreed to purchase grapes from the 1,200 acre vineyard retained by Stralla. After the completion of the sale, Stralla continued to act in an administrative and advisory capacity for Cella in the operation of the facility.

Louis Stralla was intimately connected with his brothers illicit activities long after repeal. In the '30s and '40s he owned a pieces of the REX, the LUX and the TANGO gambling barges. He also ran a Ukiah, Calfornia resort known as Lane's Flat. Lane's Flat served as the headquarters for a group that made a concerted effort to organize the slot machine racket in California which was exposed in the late '40s. Among those taking part were James Mulligan, a former LAPD officer and Fred Grange. For years to come the name of Louis Stralla could be found in association with some of the larger business deals in and around the Napa Valley. The Cella, Gallo, Mondavi and Martini wine operations, the St. Helena and Calistoga Wine Company and the Bank of America., were all touched by Louis Stralla. For his contribution to the area, a water treatment plant carries his name in that area today
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the Mondavi Family bought Krug outright in the early 40's.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:45 pm    Post subject: Stralla Reply with quote

No sir that is what I thought until I was directed to an oral history tape held by the Napa Valley historical society. In it Stralla details his exploits in the Napa Valley wine industry. His involvement actually predates repeal when he rented or better yet had an arrangement where some of the area wineries bought and processed his grapes into wine, tonic and grape juice which was easily converted into wine once exposed to air and the fermentation process started.
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