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Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)

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in fines.

During the week of July 3, 1924, eight prisoners admitted violating the prohibition laws following hearings before magistrates. The county jail population was growing again. Sheriff W. Ralph Young feared that if the number continued to grow he would be cramped for room when the federal court convened. At that time, there were several delicate prisoners who had their chocolate milk left for them by the delivery wagons every morning. Some feared they would lose weight in jail. With the heavy steel work and the thick walls, Allegany County was said to have the coolest jail in the summer, especially when the breezes swept down from the Potomac Valley. No electric fans were needed.

On Monday, July 21, 1924, when Dayton W. Lewis, applicant for a restaurant and soft drink license at 516 Springdale Street, appeared before City Council to learn why his license was refused, he found out. Commissioner of Police Harry Irvine told him and did not mince words. "The reason your license is not granted, " the Commissioner declared, "is that as long as I am in the Council I am determined to protect the law abiding and decent people who live on any street from such conditions that have existed for years on Springdale Street near the railroad crossing and in the locality where you want the license." Irvine said the clerk's office informed him that approximately 240 licenses to sell soft drinks had been issued in Cumberland besides those issued to soda fountains. "According to our population we have a soft drink place for every 160 people in Cumberland. Too many, " Irvine said. "Now, I will not say all of these soft drink places are violating the law, but you know as well as I that some of them are using the city soft drink license


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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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