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Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)

Prohibition Era Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


On November 20, 1924, "Find the mysterious man who brought the buttermilk," was the mandate handed down by the Cumberland City Council to E. B. "Bud" Clark, proprietor of a soft drink saloon on Bedford Street, at a hearing to show cause why his city license should not be revoked. Clark was accused of having a quart glass jug containing colored moonshine liquor under his bar when the police made a raid in September. Through Clarence Shutter, attorney, Clark contended that the liquor was not for sale, but was a gift --a treat -- left him by a farmer whose name he did not know, when the latter delivered him several gallons of buttermilk. If the buttermilk vendor was not produced, Clark's city license would be revoked, he was told.

Following testimony offered by several police that they had found a teapot which had contained liquor in the saloon of Dennis Mankamyer on Virginia Avenue, Mankamyer's city license was revoked. The testimony of the police showed that Mankamyer had a special sewer fitting without a trap back of the bar. If raiding officers came in, illicit liquor could be dumped and the "evidence" ran directly underground to the sewer. Mankamyer was rebuked by the council for his violation of his word that he would not sell liquor when a license was granted him.

On November 24, 1924, the city license of E. B. Clark of 38 Bedford Street was revoked by the City Council following the hearing the previous Thursday. Clark was charged with having a quart bottle of liquor under his counter. He denied the liquor was for sale but was a gift for his personal use. The restaurant and soft drink license application of Elmer G. Beck of 239 Virginia Avenue was also refused.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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