Saturday, March 8, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 8

March 8, 1901 - In Leroy, (Mower County) Minn., there is much talk over a threatened visit by Mrs. Carry Nation. It seems some friends of Carey, the proprietor of the Senate Saloon, wrote a letter, with Carey’s consent, to Mrs. Nation, asking her to come and smash the Senate. Mrs. Nation took the matter seriously and replied she was about to be released from jail and would come up and “smash” the objectionable saloon.

This, it seems, frightened Carey, and he immediately wired or wrote her not to come. A letter has now been received by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union from Mrs. Nation, saying she has been asked by Carey, the owner of the Senate ”murder-shop,” to come and “smash” his saloon and that if it is no trick she will come and do it and also give a lecture. Much excitement has been created and there is no little anxiety among local saloonkeepers.

The Minneapolis Journal; ”Jokers ‘Called’ by Mrs. Nation”; March 08, 1901,
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