October 11, 2014

Prohibition, Alcohol, and Saloons in Pulaski County: 1870-1879


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A core belief of the Prohibition movement is that the availability of alcohol directly relates to crime.  Several of the murders I've posted about took place in saloons or near roadside kegs or involved the illegal sale of moonshine in one way or the other. Due to the relationship between liquor and crime, I decided to compile a list of articles that detailed the history of prohibition laws in Somerset and Pulaski County.

These posts, which I have divided by decade, will be an extensive but not comprehensive list of articles relating to this topic, and I will add to it if and when I find additional articles. I've limited the selection of articles to those that are about either local option elections, alcohol laws, efforts to enforce those laws, info about the saloons in town, or public opinion of alcohol in Somerset/Pulaski. If specific crimes are mentioned, I have included the article because it  also contains details about local law enforcement's efforts to enforce the prohibition laws generally.

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[March 22, 1872] -

There has also within the last three months been revivals at the Northern and Southern Methodist and Baptist churches of our town, with about seventy-five or eighty additions.  Our citizens are now manifesting a great interest in the religion and morals of our town and truly has there been a great change. Our worthy Board of Trustees, refusing to grant whisky license the present year, the whisky ring has "played" and not a single case of drunkenness before our Police court in '72. While our physicians and druggists use their prescription power with great caution. Such is the exerting influence of our Good Templars. [1]


[April 12, 1872] -


During the first week of our court, the Hon. Berry Pitman, John S. Van Winkle and J. E. Hays, delivered temperance lectures, all of whom are able and effective speakers, particularly Mr. Pitman, who, from sad experience, can say "beware you moderate dram drinkers." Berry's lecture was a good one and will long be remembered. Our citizens are wide awake on the subject, and intend, if possible, to exterminate the traffic of ardent spirits from our county. [2]


[May 24, 1872] -


I learn from the W. C. T., of Silver Star Lodge at this place, that there will be a temperance mass meeting held in Somerset on the 4th of July next, for the purpose of appointing committees in each precinct and devising means and plans generally for a successful vote on the first Monday in August next, which will expel the liquor traffic and tipler from our county. G. W. Bane, G. W. C. T., and other distinguished gentlemen will be in attendance. The friends of temperance generally are invited to be present on this all important occasion. [3]


[July 26, 1872] -


The temperance convention met some days since in this place. Speeches were made by Col. Morrow, W. B. Moore and others. The object of the meeting being to devise plans, appoint committees, &c., for the purpose of voting retailers of intoxicating liquors out of our county the first Monday in August. [4]


Excerpt from "Kentucky News." http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-08-09/ed-1/seq-2/


"The Source of Crime." http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-08-16/ed-1/seq-3/


[January 3, 1873] -

We had no display of fire-works, but a few guns fired. Only one dance, and not a single bowl of egg-nog--while there was not even in our town during the holidays exceeding half a dozen intoxicated men. And why so great a change? It arises from the fact that we have two societies of Good Templars in our town. Our board of trustees refuse to grant license to retail liquors, and the untiring exertions of our worthy ministers, all exerting such a moral influence that our citizens have become convinced more particularly that whiskey hells are the greatest bane to society and the greatest curse to our community. [4.5]




[January 10, 1873] -


An election was held in our town on Monday last, for the purpose of selecting a Board of Trustees to preside during the present year, which resulted in the choice of M. Elliot, Jno. McGinity, W. A. Collier, H. H. Gragg and W. M. Davis, who are instructed by the vote cast "not to grant any person a license to retail spirituous liquors within the limits of Somerset." There were but two votes cast in favor of granting license.  Does not this speak well for the "mountain city."


Messrs. Cooper and J. H. Beddow will meet in debate at the Gundiff School House on the 22d inst. Proposition of debate: "Does the scriptures tolerate the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage." Beddow affirms, Cooper denies.  We can but predict success for Mr. Beddow. He is an able profound debater on temperance, having the good cause truly at heart, and is ever ready to take the field, hoping to annihilate the greatest of all evils.  Some of Mr. B's recent lectures were masterly efforts doing the cause much good, while we can say we too have a great "Banc" to intemperance right in our midst. [5]


February 7, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-07/ed-1/seq-3/


[February 14, 1873] -

Something Must Be Done!

We are neither a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but we say, emphatically, that something must be done. Here we have, right in our very midst, a most dangerous element opposed to the prosperity of our town, and the freedom of traffic! It is a very insignificant affair now, we admit; but if allowed to remain unchecked it will in a few short months assume giant proportions, and ultimately triumph over all obstructions and override the liberties of a large and prosperous class of our fellow-citizens. If not blighted in the bud, its influence will pervade the entire community, lead to the overthrow of our present city government, and dictate laws that will drive from our midst one of the most powerful sources of revenue and impoverish our town treasury, and increase two-fold our already enormous taxes. But let us come to the point.

Something must be done, and done quickly, to rid ourselves of these treacherous Good Templars! There are about forty persons, male and female, in our midst, who have banded together by the most solemn and binding oaths, and are now arrayed against the liquor traffic. They meet in secret conclave, and it is said their speakers urge war to the knife upon what they are pleased to term the giant evil, King Alcohol. Now, you may think there is no danger in this little band, and that their foolish and frivolous signs, ceremonies, and fancy regalia, etc., is mere child's play, which will cease as soon as they become weary of the game. We tell you there is danger. Just look at the rapid increase of the Order in membership. It had its origin in 1851, and rapidly spread, throwing out and planting its roots, here and there, deep in the soil, and sending its life-blood from city to hamlet, until at the present day they are almost as numerous as the sands on the sea-shore. Look at our neighboring town of Somerset. Why, three years ago Somerset derived an annual revenue of about fifteen hundred dollars from the tax on retail liquor-dealers, and to-day she derives not a dime. Individuals were made to suffer; a dozen houses were vacated; the landlord lost his rents, and the families of the men who followed the liquor traffic were made to suffer. In many instances, it is true, the men who had accumulated fortunes by the traffic turned merchants; but a lively compet[it]ion was the result. But th eworst feature about that place now is, if a gentleman who is accustomed to taking his morning drams visits Somerset, he must, in order to indulge that high moral right, procure a prescription signed by seventeen first-class physicians and three magistrates before he can get a "smile." Why, just look at it, gentlemen! "Suppose a man was to get snake bit;" it's murder in the first degree. In view of such a dreadful contingency, we deem it our duty as public servants to sound the note of alarm. If something is not done to check the growth of this dangerous institution in our midst, we venture the prediction that in less than eighteen months from to-day a temperance ticket will be placed upon our poll-books, the advocates of this damnable heresy will ride into power, and the high right and privilege which you now enjoy, unrestrained by popular prejudice, of a social glass will be ruthlessly snatched from you. The traffic of liquor will be banished from our midst and our chief dependence for liquidating the enormous debt upon our elegant Female College will be taken from us. Lest some may think we are alarmists, we publish below the platform of this institution, which has for its purpose the overthrow of our present government:

1st. Total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors as a beverage.
2d. No license, in any form, or under any circumstances, for the sale of such liquors, to be use as a beverage.
3d. The absolute prohibition of the manufacture, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquors for such purposes-- prohibition by the will of the people, expressed in due form of law, with the penalties deserved for a crime of such enormity.
4th. The creation of a healthy public opinion upon the subject, by the active dissemination of truth in all the modes known to an enlightened philanthropy.
5th. The election of good, honest men to administer the laws.
6th. Persistence in efforts to save individuals and communities from so direful a scourge, against all forms of opposition and difficulty, until our success is complete and universal.

Let all freeman rise up against this common enemy, and cry it down. Let the influence of the religious portion of our community be brought to bear against it. "The Church of God is all-sufficient to protect the morals of the community. If the influences of Christianity are not sufficient to draw men from the wine-cup, no institution of man's origin will accomplish anything." We say shame on the intelligent man who will sign away his right to do as he pleases; and perdition catch the wretch who hasn't the manhood to control his appetite for strong drink. The sooner he puts an end to his existence the better for his family and the community at large. We thank our stars we are not as other men; we can strike glasses with our fellow man whenever occasion requires, and it is good for the stomach--so St. Paul says. We are thoroughly aroused upon the subject, and are cognizant of the great danger that threatens us. If something isn't done immediately, it is highly probable that Judge Port, Colonel Bourbon, 'Squire Bead, and Major Sparkle will embrace the pledge, and as a natural consequence we will follow the popular side. To arms, fellow citizens! Let's crush out the temperance movement, and permit the traffic of ardent spirits to flourish in our midst, and use the large revenue derived from that source in adorning and beautifying our noble little city. We repeat: "Something must be done." [5.5]


[March 14, 1873] -

[In regards to a Lincoln county murder]  No reason can be assigned for the atrocious deed, except that the murderers were full of whisky, the progenitor of nine-tenths of all the crimes committed in the country. Oh, ye rumsellers, could you see and realize that countless thousands of widows and orphans will stand up against you in the great day of reckoning, you would abandon a traffic that is a curse to the community and damnation to your souls. [5.6]


[May 2, 1873] -

We hear the question repeatedly asked, Who is selling whisky in Somerset? and  echo invariably answers Who? There is one very evident fact, that whisky and brandy are being sold in Somerset, and two or three drunken men were seen on our streets last Monday.  It seems to us that the sly offenders could be ferreted out and brought to justice.  If not, a law that can not be successfully enforced had best be repealed, and let us have licensed shops again and get the benefit of the tax.  Yet we sincerely trust that prudence will never again demand the reopening of these "hells" in our town.  It is the duty of all good citizens, as well as the Marshal, to aid in putting a stop to this secret whisky traffic. [6]


[May 2, 1873] -


There will be a temperance mass meeting in Somerset on the 13th of May. Distinguished speakers will be present, and judging from the programme, it will be a day of much interest in Pulaski, and long to be remembered by the friends of temperance. Come one, come all, and join with us. [6]


[May 23, 1873] -


We have a splendid report from the temperance meeting in our town on the 13th inst., it being the 3rd anniversary of the Order of Good Templars in our county; a large crowd was in attendance, manifesting much interest. At 2 o'clock the different organizations of our county formed a procession, and with the friends to the cause, repaired to the Presbyterian church, and were addressed by the Rev. J. W. Currant and J. N. Beddow, in the afternoon, and in the evening, by the Rev. E. Taylor, Rev. M. Bradley and George Shadowen, who were all eloquent and to the point, doing much honor to the occasion.

The Good Templars are in a flourishing condition in our county at present, and we were glad to see them wide awake and laboring zealously to rid our county of the greatest of all curses, and to promote the welfare and prosperity of their good cause. may God speed them and place victory upon each one of their banners. [7]


[January 23, 1874] -


What has become of the two lodges of Good Templars, that were in such a flourishing condition in our town a few months since? Must we say to the people that they are now numbered with the things that were; that these good institutions have passed into the shades of oblivion, and at the very time in the epoch of our State's history that their good example and services are most needed? Fie, for shame! yes, it casts a blot upon the hitherto good name of our town that should be eradicated. Cannot the ladies of our town and vicinity revive the good work? [7.5]


[March 20, 1874] -

County Court.

There was a large crowd in town on Monday, and business lively. Officers and auctioneers selling property of various kinds.

Four or five new candidates for assessor, and rumors of many more.

But little business of a legal character transacted. Perhaps, one or two applications for tavern license in our county with privilege of selling whisky. [8]


[July 10, 1874] -

Where Does the Blame Rest?

For the past five years Pulaski county has borne a name and reputation for peace, quiet and good order that any other county in the State might have envied. Our dram shops had been exterminated and our criminal docket reduced to two or three cases. But the past can now only be remembered for its good, and we must now seek to remedy the evils of the present day.

Our county is now fast gaining a reputation for crime and bloodshed that is ruining her hitherto good name for peace, order and the protection of human life.

Every few days we are called upon to chronicle some desperate deed, that of a cold blooded murder or a justifiable homicide, happening upon the railroad line in our county and the counties south of us, while the perpetrators and offenders are running at large and persisting in their crimes and unlawful acts with impunity. But few arrests have been made either for penal or criminal offenses, and but little disposition is shown on the part of our citizens to bring these desperate characters and law-breakers who are roaming over our country seeking the life-blood of their fellow man, to trial and justice. We hear many of them remark, "That it is none of our business and let the R. R. contractors manage their own men--make their own arrests and see to their own protection. They are to blame for bringing such a class into our county, who are doing so much murder and killing." At the same time some of our native citizens are among the guilty. Others are wild in their denunciations, and boldly assert that "our civil officers are negligent and fail to discharge their sworn duties." In this they are correct to a great extent. Others attaching the blame to whisky sellers and to those who possess a discretionary power to grant or withhold the granting of liquor license. Here we will not take issue with the citizen.

With the greater number of these most damnable and wicked deeds, we condemn the lame laws of our State and blame the framers thereof for the evil consequences resulting therefrom. That of granting hotel and merchant's license all over our country, with the privilege of retailing ardent spirits to any and all applicants, without regard to moral character or other qualifications, but simply upon a little exparte proof generally, which for the time being, seems to satisfy the demands of the statute. And occasionally you may meet with a hotel keeper in the country who endeavors to comply with the conditions of his bond and keep a quiet and orderly house, if such a thing be possible where there is a drinking saloon; but we venture to say that nine out of ten of the along the railroad line would abandon their hotels were you to deprive them of the privilege of selling whisky. So we must conclude that the controlling motive power is the selling of whisky, and not the benefit and comfort of the traveling public. [9]


[March 26, 1875] -

About 2 o'clock last Sunday morning, Mr. Joseph Hammond, one of the proprietors of the "Floating Palace," (a boat used by him as a boarding house, with liquors, fruits and confectioneries, for sale,) went out to tie his boat up higher, as the river was rising, and is supposed to have fallen in and drowned. Mr. Hammond went out without hat, boots, or pants on, and as he staid sometime, his wife awoke his partner, Mr. Harve Hays, and then went to look for him, but could find no trace whatever. There was a raft of logs in front of the boat, and it is thought that he fell under it. Mr. Hammond had lived several years in Wayne county; was a quiet, clever man, and had the respect of the citizens of the Point. We sympathise very much with his young wife, in her affliction. The river rising so rapidly, prevented any attempt dragging for his remains. [10]


[April 9, 1875] -

On the 18th inst., while Parker, Elliot & Co., with the charity (?) that "never faileth," were giving a four thousand dollar "bonus" to C. C. B. & Co.'s contract, some Irishmen had a fight among themselves. Bloody noses the only result, and whisky obtained from back rooms and darkened upper rooms the prime cause.

On Monday, the first day of the Circuit Court, while our marshal was attempting to persuade a lot of drunken rowdies to leave town without further disturbance, one of them drew a pistol and fired at him. This caused the others to desire a chance to show off "blood" that was in them, and the whole of them began firing at the officer, who, as he called for help, attempted to discharge his pistol at one or two of them, but did not succeed. He was quickly reinforced by some of our old and best citizens. After twenty-five shots and one or two foot races, some of the law and peace breakers were jugged, the others escaping to their hiding places. It is something remarkable that so many shots were aimed at Major Elliot, the marshal, and still he passed through all with scarcely a scratch. He proved, however, that he would stand fire, though he was himself virtually unarmed. Only one or two persons were injured during the affray, and they very slightly.

During the night following the difficulty the men escaped from the jail by crawling out through "Leon's Tunnel" (hole in the wall.)

We are glad to know that this difficulty has awakened our people to a sense of the condition to which our town is being brought by a set of men (?) who seem determined to follow this hell-born vocation, bid defiance to all law, and not once consider the welfare, peace or happiness of their fellow creatures.

We have had a temperance consultation meeting, and instructed our trustees to "vote more money and men" to put down the traffic in liquor. Old and young pledged themselves to lend the physical man, if force was necessary. Good women offer to knock the heads out of the "medicine" barrels, and brave men promise to be at hand while fountains are being broken up. We are glad to learn that our State's attorney was present, and promised to use his utmost to bring all offenders to punishment, asking all good citizens to co-operate with him. George, we believe you meant what you said, and the fulfillment of your promise will get you some "aiding and abetting" in your next race.

The business of our Circuit Court is being rapidly dispatched. The Grand Jury appears to be alive to its duty. Citizens are voluntarily telling of what they know of illegal procedure generally. Of these matters you may learn more in the hereafter.


We have learned that one high in authority would like to know who "What Not" is, that he might have the poor fellow taken before the Grand Jury. We would suggest that if he will address What Not, Somerset, Kentucky, he will find out one man who can tell of some of the "medicine" obtained under false pretenses.


As we are writing, constant firing of guns and pistols is going on in town by a lot of worthless loafers, who do it to disturb and aggravate the good people of the town. We propose that good men unite to stop this.   WHAT NOT. [11]


[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 9, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-04-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 9, 1875] -


[April 16, 1875] -

We desire to report the fact that the Good Templars appear more sanguine of success than heretofore, and we must say of them, that we think they have accomplished great good in our town, the effects of which, will be lasting. One man has broken the pledge since the re-organization, but this will very naturally occur, and must be met by a decided vote for expelling all violators. A large number have attached themselves to the Order lately, and we, too, soon shall propose to put our shoulder to the wheel. More than a hundred indictments were made by our late Grand Jury, most of them for selling "medicine." The liberties of the people are fast departing. So "mought" this ever be. [12]


[April 30, 1875] -

I like to read the Journal because it is a home paper, gives the news in Lincoln and adjoining counties. I was well pleased with the spirit of your correspondent "What-not," as exhibited in his letter in repremanding those who engaged in selling poisonous stuff at the back doors in his town. Wish he would come and preach to the wicked town of Cuba, where the stuff is sold on Sunday, and Saloon doors open as on other days, and the keepers of the poison play cards with their customers for ale. If he would, and tell them, except they repent, they shall all get into trouble. Oh, shame, where is thy blush? A few years ago, our neighborhood was noted for morality; was very uncommon to see any one drunk, especially a citizen. Then we had no grog-shops; no one sold intoxicating liquors in this voting precinct. Then we had order, peace and good morals; but alas, the authorities have permitted a few men to deal out to our citizens that which tends to destroy the peace of our neighborhood. Many unlawful deeds are committed. Why our Courts have overlooked this part, we cannot tell. The nearest Grand Juryman lives eight miles from here, and has not been to Cuba in five years, when there is more disorder on, and near the Railroad line than anywhere else in the county. We think one-half o the Grand Jury should have been from along the line; we hope they will not neglect our end of the county longer. We desire a rigid enforcement of the laws on any and all who dare to violate them. We pray our Court not to permit an[y] one to sell spirits in our parts longer, we enter a solemn protest against it, because it has a tendency to injure the morals of our community; it destroys peace, and brings confusion in Church and State. Oh, that the time would soon come when this evil of evils shall be banished from our country. Who cannot see that the use  of ardent spirits is the cause of most of the troubles that come up in our county. Let all who desire to see good times, discountenance the sale or use of the world destroyer. So mote it be. [13]


[July 16, 1875] -

While upon this subject we would gently hint that there is a licensed establishment not far off from Somerset that is doing more to rot the character of our young men than all things else. And we promise, that as What Not is silent, we will inform our good citizens how they have night gatherings, at which there is drunkenness, shooting, and throwing stones, and that too by persons whose mamas are proud to know that they have such good boys.

As half of your correspondent is interested in the welfare of a brother, we claim the right to seek any information upon this point and make it known when necessary -- but suffice it to say it would make our good people open their eyes were a panorama of all the doings of this community to pass before them. And further there are two or three individuals yet upon the stage of action who can boast as many years energetically spent in dragging noble-hearted young men into the great gulf of intemperance from which they cannot to-day liberate themselves. Such can but look forward to a terrible doom int he great finale that is to settle the doom of the human race. [14]


[July 16, 1875] -

It is said that on a mile and a half of Cumming's work on the railroad, there are as many as eight whisky shops, and all of them not licensed. Where are those whose business it is to enforce the law? It appears that if we were a "high" official that we would take great pride in calling out militia enough to recover this territory from King Alcohol. [14]


[September 3, 1875] -

We have visited the Eastern and Southern portion of the county, and find each of these are inhabited by a prosperous, happy people, and the soil is far from being poor.  The only licensed whisky shop we found in the county, is near Somerset, and is said to be made so foul with the odors of whisky, that is enough to make Jupiter hold his nose as he passes over it, wending his way through illimitable space.    PURGATOR. [15]


[June 23, 1876] -

Now, ye whisky venders, is your chance. The Trustees of Somerset have decided to grant license for the retail of ardent spirits, and have fixed the amount for license at $1000 per annum! A finer opening for money making could not be well imagined. The capital required would be a mere matter of nothing; one thousand dollars to buy your license with, and fifty dollars for a barrel of "rot gut," and you are ready to open your "shebang." Don't every body come. [16]


[July 7, 1876] -

The "fourth" was very generally observed here, as a holiday, both by the citizens and railroad men, and the new bar-room in Somerset did a thriving business. Mecca says he is getting some of that Thousand dollars that he paid for license, back. There is, however, not much more drunkenness than before, for then, equally as much whiskey as now, was sold on the sly. [17]


[July 14, 1876] -

The Temperance Mass Meeting that was advertised for Monday evening last was largely attended.  The ladies, who are ever found where they can do the most good, graced the meeting, by their presence in quite large numbers.  The object of the meeting having been explained, Prof. Newel was made chairman, and Jos. B. Rucker, Secretary.  Resolutions were adopted, censuring the Trustees of Somerset for granting license to sell whiskey in the town limits, notwithstanding the fact that the sense of the voters of the town had been taken, and had resulted in declaring against it, a committee was appointed, consisting of Revs. Duke Slaven and J. R. Peebles, and Mr. W. B. Hansford, to draft the necessary rules and regulations for the establishment of what is to be known as the "Sobriety League," and report at the next meeting of the body, which occurs next Monday night.  Other businesses of less note was transacted and the meeting adjourned. [18]


[July 14, 1876] -

It was our pleasure to hear the defense of a member of the Board of Trustees who was accosted by one of those sarcastic blather-skites for granting whisky license in the town. The offended party was one of those enthusiastic Temperance men, whose business it is to proselyte the world with his doctrine, and examine the records of men to see wherein they have lacked or done amiss; but to prove the consistency of his faith, he openly asserted that he would give ten dollars to see a full blown grog-shop on the East side of Main street. Ah! ah! There will be three in operation in a few weeks, and why does he want the fourth?

In granting license, we believe that the authorities did a judicious act. It will bring $3,000 revenue into the town treasury. The town can now afford to employ a good officer who can keep order in spite of the whisky. It will demolish those pretended Drug Stores, which, for the last twelve months have supplied every demand with mean liquor. It will enable the town to carry on public improvements, and thereby invite emigration. It will gratify peaceable citizens who, for months and years have borne with the contempts of an illegal traffic, to feel that they are once more surrounded by the protection of a respected government. Necessity has forced this course. The lawless and the indifferent are the parties to be censured, and not those in authority, whose minds are subject to change for the protection of the people, and to confront the many shapes and tides of evil.

Up with the revenue and down with the drug-man, is the present platform, and we believe the mass of thinking citizens are satisfied--a reformation that this town has needed for some time. [19]


[July 21, 1876] -

The temperance mass meeting that adjourned over from last Monday night week, met again on Monday night, and received the report of the committee appointed to draft the regulations for "sobriety League." Worthy Chief Templar, Bain, was to have addressed the meeting, but telegraphed that he could not arrive in time to fill is appointment. Notwithstanding the efforts of the temperance enthusiasts, bar rooms continue to increase and multiply in Somerset. The town trustees pursue the even tenor of their way, lending a deaf ear to the vote of censure and howl of indignation raised by the teetotalers. [19.5]


[July 28, 1876] -

On examination of the charter for the town of Somerset, the Trustees found that they had no right to require a tax of more than $500 per annum of retail whisky sellers. The license has, therefore, been reduced from one thousand dollars to that amount, and the bar-keepers are happy. [20]


[August 11, 1876] -

Leaving Rev. G. we went next to the capitol of the county, Somerset, which place we must say, is a very quiet town considering two, if not more, bar-rooms there in full blast. [21]


[August 11, 1876] -



If there is a town of its size in the State that can get up more excitement over a petty election than Somerset, we would like to hear from it. Monday, a Sheriff, a Constable and a town Marshal were elected, and the usual amount of whisky, quarreling and shooting was indulged in. [22]


[October 19, 1877] -

The Republican mourns the fact that although Somerset is a local option town, there is nearly as much whisky sold now at the back door as was formerly at the front. That's the case in all the local option towns. [23]


[November 23, 1877] -

Mrs. Wilson, the wife of a wagoner has started a movement in Somerset that will prove more effective than either the Murphys or Good Templars. She goes in for the blood of naughty Saloon keepers and lays them up with broken skulls. James Whitehead, a bar-keeper, now lies in a dangerous condition, the result of one of her freaks. [24]


[February 8, 1878] -

Thanks of Good Templars.

At a meeting of Mountain Home Lodge No. 1,153 I. O. G. T., held at Somerset, Ky., Friday evening, January 25th, 1878, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That our thanks are due and are hereby tendered to the Hon. John S. Vanwinkle and Judge M. H. Owsley for the able manner in which they advocated and defended the cause of "Total Abstinence" and "Local Option" in our town on Thursday evening of this week.

Resolved, Thatwe request the publication of these resolutions in the INTERIOR JOURNAL, Danville Advocate Lancaster Alpha and Somerset Reporter.

W. B. PETTUS, W. C. T.,
W.A. MORROW, R. S.  [25]


[February 13, 1878] -

No Wonder there is So Much Crime.

It is well known that some Kentucky Circuit Judges and Attorneys associate, drink and gamble with men of very bad characters--sometimes with outlaws. It is also well known that some of our Judges and Commonwealth's Attorneys are drunk half the time they are holding courts.

Now is this not a shame upon a civilized people? Is it not a direct insult to law, order, decency, and respectability? No wonder there is so much crime. No wonder criminals are acquitted with convincing proof directly against them. How can we expect justice at the hands of such officers--men who regard office only as a means of profit to themselves and a cloak to hide their own low characters.

Dignity and honor seem indeed to be rare virtues among some of the judiciary of Kentucky. -- Somerset Reporter. [26]


[December 12, 1879] -

Since stopping here I have taken notice of an evil existing which is patent to the most casual observer. It is the practice indulged in by saloon keepers, druggists, &c., keeping open doors and vending their commodities of trade on the Sabbath. These practices--immoral and illegal as they are--have been let run to an alarming extent. Drunkenness on the streets, and even rows and brawls were not infrequent. I understand now, however, be it said to their praise, that the city council have donned their official robes and determined by strength of the law to beard the monster in his den and relieve Somerset of the just odium heretofore bestowed upon. Go on, gentlemen, you are in the right groove, you now have your hands upon the monster, never let go until you exterminate him and make for yourselves a name and fame co-equal with that of Theesus, who slayed the monster Minotaur, and conquered the Centaurs. Wage a war of extermination and receive the plaudits of a grateful public. [27]


[1] Alert. Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 22, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-03-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[2] Alert. Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 12, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-04-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] Alert. Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 24, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-05-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] Alert. Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  July 26, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-07-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[4.5] Excerpt from "From Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 3, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-01-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] Alert. Excerpt from "From Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 10, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-01-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[5.5] "Something Must Be Done!" The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[5.6] Excerpt from "From the East End." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 14, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[6] Will C. Curd. Excerpt from "Pulaski Column." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 2, 1873. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-05-02/ed-1/seq-5/

[7] Will C. Curd. Excerpt from "Pulaski Column." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 23, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-05-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[7.5] Will C. Curd. Excerpt from "Pulaski Column." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 23, 1874. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-01-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[8] Will C. Curd. Excerpt from "Pulaski County Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 20, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-03-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[9] Will C. Curd. Excerpt from "Where Does the Blame Rest?" The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 10, 1874. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-07-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[10] Gallatin. Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 26, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-03-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[11] What Not. Excerpts from "Letter From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 9, 1875. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-04-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[12] What Not. Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 16, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-04-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[13] Littleman. Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 30, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-04-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[14] Salt and Pepper. Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 16, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-07-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[15] Purgator. Excerpt from "Stanford to Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 3, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-09-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[16] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 23, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-06-23/ed-1/seq-2/

[17] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 7, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-07/ed-1/seq-2/

[18] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 14, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[19] (Columnist describes his visit to Somerset.) Excerpt from "Mount Salem." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 14, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[19.5] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 14, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[20] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 28, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[21] Excerpt from "Casey County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 11, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-08-11/ed-1/seq-2/

[22] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 11, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-08-11/ed-1/seq-2/

[23] Excerpt from "Pulaski County Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1877. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-19/ed-1/seq-2/

[24] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 23, 1877. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-11-23/ed-1/seq-2/

[25] "Thanks of Good Templars." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 8, 1878. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-02-08/ed-1/seq-1/

[26] "No Wonder There Is So Much Crime." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. February 13, 1878. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1878-02-13/ed-1/seq-1/

[27] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 12, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-12/ed-1/seq-3/


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