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"Shut This Saloon Down!"

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 Here is what various historical documents reveal about the speechifiers: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.

4 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

The women were frustrated and knew they had to take things into their own hands. Their public outcrys from 1910 to 1914, bolstered by E.O. Sheppard and Mr. Zimmerman finally changed the law in 1914. Months later the entire state of Oregon was dry.

Anonymous said...

First, the women of Oregon got the right to vote in 1912. That was, as you say, pretty progressive! Then on Nov. 6, of 1914, Sherwood became a dry town. By 1916, the women of Sherwood were running the election board. Yes, pretty progressive for a bunch of old biddies!!

Anonymous said...

Why was Anna Reiser such an important woman in Sherwood? Why not Mrs.Smock?

JayCee said...

Mary Ellen Smock and Anna Reisner were probably best of friends. They are both equally important to the history of Sherwood.

They used to go to meetings to close the saloons down, while their husbands went to the saloons and wished they didn't have to go home again.

But the saloon was close at 12:00 and when Mr. Reisner got home his daughter would be sitting up for him. She'd feed him soup at 1:00 in the morning.

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