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Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)

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Constitutional prohibition became effective at midnight on Friday, January 16, 1920. As an example of Cumberland being for or against prohibition, on the November 10, 1916 official returns on the prohibition question in Allegany County, of sixteen Cumberland precincts, the total vote was, wet, 3,132; dry, 1,739. On June 28, 1919, six months before prohibition, a reporter for a local paper took a survey of local saloon keepers, asking them what they would do when the country went dry. The results were that the Fort Cumberland Hotel Bar would close. Joe Weaver's Place was to be run by Mac and Mac, McDonald and McDermott, and would sell soft drinks, lunches, and near beer. The Windsor Bar would close. Cavanaugh's Saloon in the Cavanaugh Hotel would become a soft drink stand. The Acorn Bar and Restaurant would operate as a restaurant only. Glendenning's on North Centre Street just off Baltimore Street would remain open, but serve no alcoholic drinks. Other saloon keepers said they would install a pool table, others would have soft drinks and lunches. Empty storerooms and apartments, especially in the Downtown section, were soon rented by parties, some of whom wished to use them as speakeasies. In the matter of the apartments, all the renter had to do was put in a supply of bootleg liquor and open up for business. The word soon spread that he was in business. In the case of a rented storeroom, the renter had to obtain a city license. The business named on the license was usually a soft drink stand. On March 23, 1920, George H. Longerbeam closed the Stafford Cafe at 53 Baltimore Street. This was one of the leading saloons in Downtown


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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