SCAM ALERT: Harry Higel Murder Suspect Rube Allyn was Director of Publicity for Old Indian Trails Association Highway Scam in 1920 Out of St Pete. In June 1920 Harry Higel murder suspect Rube Allyn, from his office in the Detroit Hotel St Pete, was the Director of Publicity for the 'Old Indian Trails Association' that sought the building of a highway from west coast seaport Vancouver in British Columbia Canada to Miami Fl with part going through Tampa, St Pete, Bradentown, Fort Myers, over 4,000 miles, NEVER HAPPENED. Turns out the 4,000 mile intercontinental Old Indian Trails Association "highway" was a scam, there never was any such highway in 1920 or 1921. It was all cooked up by L. A. Whitney, Chester Val-Rez aka Valrez, and Rube Allyn, the "highway" never broke ground, it never existed, it was a scam. Chester Val-Rez and Rube Allyn were “Irish Travellers" fraudsters, swindlers, con men. In July 1920 L. A. Whitney was appointed the first President of the 'Old Indian Trails Association', he was also Secretary of the Pinellas County 'Board Of Trade' for several years. Chester Willington Val-Rez aka Valrez, and Rube Allyn scammed thousands of dollars out of unsuspecting business men all over the state of Florida.
The 'Old Indian Trails Association' highway SCAM was a play on words for the REAL Old Spanish Trail highway built about 100 years ago. The REAL Old Spanish Trail, when it was completed in 1929, was 2,743 miles of brick, asphalt, concrete, and wooden plank, and it crossed the southernmost states from East to West. It stretches coast to coast on a all southern route that mimics I-10 today. The REAL Old Spanish Trail highway went all the way from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California. Mobile, Alabama was where the first meeting of businessmen interested in building the REAL Old Spanish Trail highwaymet, in 1915. At the time, there was no formal, federal system of interstate highways; instead, businessmen and activists from the Good Roads Movement (Harry Higel was a stalwart of such) were banding together to advocate and fundraise for roads where none had been. The Florida portion of the Old Spanish Trail follows the route of the authentic Spanish trail from St. Augustine Fl to Pensacola Fl and the southern Alabama state line near Mobile. The REAL Old Spanish Trail highway never reached or came anywhere near Tampa, St Pete, Bradentown, Sarasota or Fort Myers or Kansas! Chester Val-Rez and Rube Allyn were “Irish Travellers" fraudsters, swindlers, con men.
When the 'Old Indian Trails Association highway' national director Chester W. Valrez and "Jim" where in Oberlin KS on April 22nd, 1921 looking for cash membership subscription in the Old Indian Trails Association highway, a telegram indicated that there was an state arrest warrant for them and to hold for pick-up by the Sheriff of Decatur County. Turns out there were 5 County Sheriff agencies hunting national director Chester W. Val-Rez aka Valrez and "Jim". Rube Allyn was the Director of Publicity for the 'Old Indian Trails Association' in St Pete Fl all through 1920, right up till he was arrested for the murder of Harry Higel on Jan 7th, 1921
On March 17, 1920, Old Indian Trails Association highway promoter Chester Willington Val-Rez was arrested by Deputy Sheriff R. B. Forman of Natchez Mississippi for passing bad checks. Chester Val-Rez had been in Natchez Mississippi several months ago and collected considerable money for the Lone Star Highway Association, play on name of Old Indian Trails Association highway, he also passed bad checks in Mobile. So besides scamming business men out of thousands of dollars for the non-existant nationwide highway, Chester Val-Rez was passing bad checks at the hotels where he was staying, Sheriff's in Texas were also looking for Val-Rez.
3 months after his arrest in Natchez Mississippi on bad check charges Chester Val-Rez and his pal Rube Allyn are in Sarasota Fl on Saturday June 26, 1920 running their Old Indian Trails Association highway scam. Chester Val-Rez and his pal Rube Allyn left Sarasota Sunday morn June 27 and went to Tampa to meet with the Board of Trade. Sarasota mayor Harry Higel had been influential with the U.S. Corps Of Engineers to get roads built on Siesta Key. Harry Higel as mayor of Sarasota was involved in getting streets paved and building roads and promoting the area, legitimately. I wonder if Harry Higel found out that the Old Indian Trails Association highway was a scam and confronted Rube Allyn about it. Either way Rube Allyn was the con man's con man to the end.
Rube Allyn was the poster boy for the 'Old Indian Trails Association highway' SCAM from Vancouver CA to Miami Fl in 1920 but he could not even traverse a road to his own house on the northern tip of Siesta Key because his neighbor Harry Higel had erected a fence across the road that led to Rube Allyn's house, talk about irony. Rube Allyn must have been extremely irate when he came back from St Pete late at night on Thursday Jan 6th, 1921 and found the gate locked on the fence that blocked his way to his house on the northern tip of Siesta Key. After Harry Higel was murdered early in the morn on Friday Jan 7th 1921 the Sarasota council members pushed even harder to separate itself from Manatee County, sighting the ineffective investigation of Higel's murder by the Manatee County Sheriff Dept and Bradentown Public Officials. It should have been a slam dunk to indict murder suspect Rube Allyn but it turned out to be a farce with the Manatee County Grand Jury issuing No True Bill after a 10 minute deliberation, a real 'Kangaroo Court'. Sarasota County Centennial 100 Years is July 2021, mishandling of unsolved murder of Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel by Manatee County Grand Jury caused split form Bradentown Politicians.
OLD INDIAN TRAILS MAGAZINE by RUBE ALLYN failed in early 1921 because promoter Chester Val-Rez had been arrested for fraud and bad checks in several southern states and the editor Rube Allyn had been arrested for the murder of former Sarasota mayor Harry Higel on Jan 7th, 1921. The Old Indian Trails Highway itself was a scam it never existed, it was perpetrated by Chester Val-Rez and Rube Allyn who both kept any of the cash payments for subscriptions.
Harry Higel along with local businessmen A. B. Edwards and R.W. Grinton from the Sarasota Trade Board were active in the 'Good Roads Movement' from at least 1913. Harry Higel was one of the "good roads" supporters in the construction of better roads between Sarasota, Venice, Bee Ridge and Fruitville. Harry Higel would have called out Rube Allyn when it was found that the Old Indian Trails Highway association was a scam, no such highway ever existed! As of June 1920 Harry Higel murder suspect Rube Allyn, from his office in the Detroit Hotel St Pete, was the Director of Publicity for the 'Old Indian Trails Association' that sought the building of a highway from west coast seaport Vancouver in British Columbia Canada to Miami Fl with part going through Tampa, St Pete, Bradentown, Fort Myers, over 4,000 miles, NEVER HAPPENED.FLORIDA NEWSPAPER DELIVERY SYSTEM IN 1920's WAS HANDS ON: In the US the heyday of print newspapers was during the early 20th century, (1920's). The 'paperboy' was often a young person's first job, perhaps undertaken before and/or after school. Most large newspapers like the Tampa Tribune and St Pete Times had an early AM delivery and an evening PM delivery directly to your house. There was also the newsboy or newspaper hawker who would sell newspapers to passersby on the street in urban areas, like in Tampa or St Pete in 1921, with very vocal promotion. 'Newsboys' were common when multiple daily papers in every city and as many as 50 in New York City alone competed in the 1920's. The number of 'Daily Newspapers' in Florida was 33 in 1921. The St Pete Times was/is the largest daily newspaper in Florida it began publication as a twice daily in 1920. In 2012, the St. Petersburg Times changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times to more accurately reflect the geographical area it served. Then, in 2016, the Tampa Bay Times bought its long-time rival, the Tampa Tribune, which then ceased publication. The Sarasota Times newspaper in 1921 was a weekly published on Thursdays and then mailed by USPS to your house with subscriptions of $2.00 per year, not very timely news reporting.
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