Monte and The Law

October 20, 2013

Unk Location, Monte, 019

During Monte’s life, he had several encounters with Johnny Law.

One early encounter involved him and a long time friend being picked up in Peoria, Il as juveniles. It is unclear, but this encounter either included being picked up while trying to procure alcohol or trying to find an illegal poker game in a bad part of town. Unk Loc, Monte, with ducktails, playing cards, Mom's photos081 Another encounter was for a traffic infraction in late1960’s in the town of Banner, Il. Back then, this town had an explosive population of around 250. During this era, traffic scofflaws would be carted off to the Banner Township Hall and required to appear before a justice of the peace.

Mostly, Monte was respectful of those law officers deserving respect.

During the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, a somewhat rougher crowd would frequent the Banner Fire Department due to members of the fire department deciding to insert a keg of beer in a procured refrigerator. This included a beer tap and CO2 tank. It’s an ironic thing to imagine when it comes to volunteer firemen hoping for emergency calls with the thought of tapped beer awaiting their return. One day in the area of the firehouse, one of the more questionable guests came close to running over Monte’s grandson with a motorcycle. Plied with a certain amount of alcohol himself, Monte had stern words with this much younger man. The local sheriff’s department was called and somehow an older and frailer man was issued citation for disorderly conduct for trying to protect his grandson from that of a reckless younger man.

Around this same period, Monte and Sharyl became more vocal when it came to local politics and suspected irregularities when it came to local politicians and their practices.  Both of them and others started to attend township meetings seeking answers, which resulted in heated debates, the contacting of law enforcement officials and several articles in local papers.

At one point, Monte’s spirits were slightly raised when a federal agent expressed interest in possible federal infractions, however, Monte soon found out local issues lacked “sex appeal” to keep the action span of “the Feds” focused long enough to improve the local quality of life.

Later in his life, while leaving the tavern formerly known as the 9/24 Club, Monte, driving when he should not have been, struck and knocked over a heavy wooden road sign. The sign shattered his windshield and dented his hood, but he kept on going until the gasoline safety shut off in his Ford station wagon caused his vehicle to stall along the edge of the highway. Monte then walked home. Later in the evening, a Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy located Monte at his home after finding his damaged vehicle. Monte, still irritated over his much earlier disorderly conduct citation, was too wily to accept the deputy’s invitation of a seat in the back of his squad car. He told the deputy he was certainly drunk at the present time, but was sober hours earlier when the raccoon ran out in front of his station wagon, causing him to strike the road sign. He added, he was so upset about that inconsiderate raccoon it had caused him to come home and start imbibing at a much heavier and quicker pace.

The deputy ended up writing him several citations, none of which included DUI and informed Monte he would be on the look out for his station wagon.

When Monte’s son learned of this, he fabricated a tale of having a prosecutor friend from another jurisdiction contact Monte’s county seat on Monte’s behalf for a quick resolution.  His son simply called the local prosecutor’s office and asked what would happen if Monte plead guilty and afterwards called Monte and told him about the sweet deal offered for the plea because of the invented special influence, hoping to instill more responsibility when it came to his behavior.

During the last few years of Monte’s life, Monte’s behavior was being covertly reported back to his son by a cousin. Monte was stunned over the accuracy of the information his son was receiving and while consorting with one of his drinking partners, the two of them tried to figure out the identity of the spy, eventually latching on to the wrong person. Monte would rant over the incorrectly identified spy, describing this person in the most foul of descriptive words, however, over time, reprimands by his son had less and less impact (when Monte’s daughter Kathy was alive, for a time she had some influence on his more uncouth behavior, often referring to Monte as, “You asshole!”).

Peoria, road trip, Monte, Kathy, 636In the end, Monte simply declared he wanted to have as much fun as possible in the limited time he knew had above ground and went about his own way of doing so.  Monte, later Idaho trip, drinking beer at bus stop, 629Montie, guitar, Far North canoe trip 179

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