The Adults in this Street Scene are Anna Reisner, Mr. Zimmermann, and E.O.Shepherd. Here is what various historical documents reveal about the speechifiers:
• "On motion the Recorder's action was upheld by a unanimous Vote of the Council in the matter of Ordering the Saloon of John Owens closed on the 20th day of January upon the Information made by Mrs. Anna Reisner that She believed if said Saloon was not closed that her life was in danger." --Town Council Minutes Jan. 20, 1896.
• Mr. Zimmermann is an orator, logical in his argument, and has a pleasing and entertaining delivery. He pictured the youth in all his tenderness, then the young man as he is taking the first glass, following him down to the ditch and the finished product of the saloon." --Sherwood News-Sheet March 6, 1912
NOTE: In other words, speaking in the idiom of the prohibition movement, Zimmermann described the evil effects of booze upon America’s youth.
• "Scarcely a day goes by that Governor West does not receive in person or by letter the tearful petition of some wife for help in keeping the saloons from selling liquor to her drunken husband. They plead helplessness, and say they are mocked at every turn when they try to save their husbands from themselves and the saloon. The cry of hungry children and the tears of destitute wives accomplish little or nothing, the governor is told over and over again. The husbands continue to get liquor.” --E.O. Shepherd, Sherwood News-Sheet July 23, 1913.
"Old Sherwood Town" is only nine blocks in size, yet it represents a very large chunk of what America was about during the turn of the 19th Century. The physical Trail winds through these nine blocks. It begins and ends at the Sherwood Heritage Center. (Also take a look at our 2006 Web Page!)
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