From the Hickory Daily Record, May 2, 1917
Sheriff J.A. Triplett of Caldwell County, according to the Lenoir News, probably has the distinction of being the only man in North Carolina to remove a blockade still from a river by means of a gig used in elevating frogs from streams. The officer was after frogs and stuck his prongs into the water after a big croaker when it struck a 40-gallon copper still. The catch was satisfactory.