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This interview is one of a series conducted concerning West Virginia police history. At the time of the interview, Hercil H. Gartin was Cabell County Clerk. He discusses: his personal history; police retirement policies; moonshine and illegal stills; an unsolved murder case and other murder cases; police procedures and department procedures; being promoted and moving up in the police department; Walter Payne (a mayor); how law enforcement has changed over the years; incidents he remembers; servicemen returning from war and the situation in Huntington during wartime; other jobs he has had; crime during Prohibition; reasons why people become police officers; campaigning for offices; and his activities (recreational and business) during retirement.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-375.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-375, Huntington, WV.