Frank Tomski was charged with the sale and possession of hard liquor while having only a malt beverages license. Prohibition had been over for four years, but the black market never went away. He paid a fine of $300 to avoid three months in jail, but he was arrested on the same charge later in the year and sent to the Alleghenny workhouse for six months. The morning he was taken away, his son, Chester, was sent to Huntingdon reformatory for stealing cars. Frank’s wife was left to run the farm and look after the other eight children.
Two years later, Frank fell ill and was dead within the day. He was fifty-eight.Sources: New Castle News (3 April 1937, “Sentences Are Passed”; 16 October 1937, “Mains Sentenced To Penitentiary For Three Years”).