Stories tagged: prohibition
Sun., Jan. 26, 2020
You might guess that heavy mountain snow would be bad for loggers — but you would guess wrong.
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
On this day 100 years ago, the nation officially went dry.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020
The pool table has fallen silent. The liquor bottles, many half full, remain at attention. But, the padlock on the door and the massive “For Sale” sign at one of …
Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
The county’s “dry squad” would receive renewed resources to battle bootleggers and moonshiners in 1920, promised Spokane County Sheriff George L. Reid.
Thu., Nov. 28, 2019
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union had already won its war on liquor. Now it was renewing its assault on another vice, cigarettes.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019
H.L. Myers gave his profession as tailor, but he had a second vocation: whiskey distiller.
Thu., Nov. 7, 2019
Now that Prohibition was the law of the land, Spokane was acquiring four new deputies to enforce it. They would be under the direction of John M. Rogers, Prohibition agent …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019
Monday marks 100 years since Congress passed the 18th Amendment that started Prohibition, which banned the production, import, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition opponents work to repeal of state booze ban; Deer Park mayor caught speeding
Those opposed to prohibition did their part when it came to signing petitions, but Seattle prohibition opponents… not so much.
Sat., June 1, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: S-R defends Navy’s women clerical workers; Stantons buy shares in Washington Trust
The Spokesman-Review editorial page came to the defense of “yeomanettes” – women hired by the navy for clerical work during the war.
Sun., May 26, 2019
The national prohibition committee chair, Virgin Hinshaw, has appealed to church leaders across the nation to set aside June 8 to preach about the dangers of alcohol and then circulate …
Wed., March 27, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators consider manslaughter charge for driver in deadly North Side crash
A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.
Sat., March 2, 2019
We need to re-direct the crime-causing resources of our prohibitions, and re-direct the resources toward controlling and institutionalizing those who cause harm.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Prohibition was declared on a nationwide scale when the U.S. Congress formally enacted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
Mon., Jan. 28, 2019
Spokane’s fledgling history museum was preparing to excavate the skeleton of what it hoped would be “one of the largest mastodons ever unearthed,” on Hangman Creek.
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions
The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018
As officials began distributing whiskey to treat the flu, Spokane City Hall was besieged by men “who declared their wives were dying and their children seriously ill and that a …
Wed., Oct. 3, 2018
One current Spokane police officer and one ex-officer were in jail, charged with stealing whisky.
Tue., Sept. 25, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies
A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …
Mon., Sept. 24, 2018
An expose of a bootlegging scheme resulted in the arrest of a prominent local barber and the suspension of Spokane police officer.
Fri., June 1, 2018
Until recently, whiskey tourists in Kentucky had been allowed to sniff the aromas of bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they couldn’t legally ship bottles home.
Tue., May 22, 2018
A total of 26 pints of whiskey were entered into evidence in a Spokane bootlegging case, but eight of the pints mysteriously disappeared before the trial was over. The women …
Wed., April 11, 2018
Spokane County Sheriff George Reid stopped an auto in Mead. Inside were three men, including “well-known” building contractor R.W. Hackett. The sheriff had been tipped off that the car was …
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
One Spokane police officer. E.I. Prather, was dismissed from the police force, while another, V.B. Benaway, was reinstated after a civil service hearing. Both officers had been charged with seizing …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wife disputes doctor’s claim that he gave man prescriptions for liquor to ease broken leg pain
Two stories in The Spokesman-Review illustrated the difficulty of enforcing the state’s prohibition laws. In the first story, Spokane County Sheriff George Reid said that he found evidence that one …
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
Word spread through Spokane – the “boys” were coming through for a brief visit. Two long trains puffed into the city carrying four cavalry troops from Spokane. They had been …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017
Two small boys, age 8, found a can of gasoline on the back porch.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition causes headaches for Catholic churches needing sacramental wine
The state’s prohibition law was having an unintended consequence. Churches were having trouble obtaining sacramental wine. Catholic Bishop Augustin F. Schinner of Spokane said that “local authorities in some of …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
The touring vaudeville performers at the Pantages Theater arrived with their own special baggage car, containing all of their luggage and props.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition doesn’t stop woman from 62nd arrest on public intoxication charge
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?