Monday, January 28, 2013
They Wanted to Take the Martini out of TGIF
A decade later, a January 28, 1881 issue of The Long Island Traveler, (Southold's weekly newspaper), documented gatherings of The Suffolk County Temperance Society. During a meeting in Bellport, a Rev. Howland told the attendees that the Temperance Movement "has a standing in Congress." He went on to say that with the facts exposed, "we can put down this evil."
The writer points out that in Southold, the movement was "losing ground" at that time, but in Mattituck, one bar owner sold his business to join the anti-drinkers.
A Mr. Smith- no relation to Oakes Smith- reported that in Patchogue, "the rum seller is so bad a character that you cannot control him unless you tie him fast. We are making the business as disreputable as possible. Very few men that think anything of their character visit the drinking places."
While I initially had no interest in the local Temperance Movement, I came upon these old articles while researching Elizabeth Oakes Smith and it didn't surprise me that she was an active member, being already a strong voice in the Women's Movement. However, I also wondered if she had experienced the affects of alcoholism within her own family as well. While I cannot find any proof that she suffered because of the drinking of others, I do know that EOS's sons got into other kinds of trouble. Trouble that involved court appearances and even jail. I'm interested to know if her husband or children were proponents of the movement and I'm still digging into that.
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