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100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition doesn’t stop woman from 62nd arrest on public intoxication charge

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Maggie Mills was arrested for public intoxication for the 62nd time, The Spokesman-Review reported on July 26, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Maggie Mills was arrested for public intoxication for the 62nd time, The Spokesman-Review reported on July 26, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Maggie Mills was arrested for public intoxication for the 62nd time.

How did she manage to get drunk so often, and so regularly, during an era of state prohibition?

The secret came out during her court hearing: She made her own.

Maggie told the court that whenever she wanted something to drink, she put some yeast into her fruit preserves. When the liquid fermented – down the hatch.

She admitted that, just before her 62nd arrest, she had a little bit of peach juice, “which may have had a little yeast in it.”

The judge was not sympathetic and sentenced her to six months in jail. The judge recommended she be taken to the county farm and “told to hoe potatoes.”

From the war beat: Any hope of a quick end to the war in Europe was gone because of an “almost complete collapse of the Russian war machine.”

This key ally was in chaos because of internal turmoil during a series of revolutions, which would eventually lead to a Bolshevik takeover.

“Russians are still deserting in large numbers in Galicia, leaving a virtual free road open for fresh advances by the Germans and Austro-Hungarians,” said a correspondent.

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(From the Associated Press)

2016: Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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