Monday, December 8, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 8

December 8, 1910 – Deputy D. Patten of Akeley and Deputy James M. Quinn of Brainerd, under order of William Eugene “Pussyfoot” Johnson (an American Prohibition advocate and law enforcement officer), have closed Brainerd’s 27 saloons. No disorder attended the closing. In giving the saloonkeepers orders to close Deputy Patten said he was a United States officer; that the saloons should close; keep out all patrons; lock the doors and box up and ship the liquor supply as quickly as possible to the wholesale houses. The saloons expected the closing and had only small stocks on hand.

Ten Strike and Turtle River saloons were also closed by government agents, which leaves Bemidji the only town in Beltrami County affected by the Indian treaty that still has saloons.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Brainerd Saloons Closed. Federal Deputies Order All Liquor Be Shipped Away.”; Dec. 8, 1910; p. 1.

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