Cordova Mines has always prided itself on its successful mining and its wide variety of community facilities - two churches, a first class school, general stores (one owned by the mining company) a post office, butcher shops, drug store, bakery, refreshment parlor, livery stable, Orange Hall, shoe repair, photographic gallery and a large company boarding house.
But that was not enough for "One-Armed Maloney", who was trying to cope during the prohibition years. With no saloon in town, and plenty of thirsty miners, John Maloney, according to one newspaper article (no date), found a cunning, profitable career, avoiding the strong arm of the law.
"There is a building on skids beside the boundary line road (Vansickle Road) with "Jim Dandy" stamped clearly over the door, but it is known as the "PLUG" where strong spirits are sold. (Real Whiskey),"
"How the authorities in Havelock (Peterborough County) get wind of this is a mystery. They start for Cordova by horse and buggy, or democrat. Word is received at the "Plug" via the grapevine that the authorities are on their way. When they arrive, the building is across the road in Hastings County. Same thing happens when the Marmora authorities arrive."