Monday, December 24, 2007

Trouble in River City

Seen this week in the "Days Gone By" section of the Kittson County Enterprise:

1907 - 100 Years Ago - The grand jury last week continued its crusade against the saloons in the county and before it adjourned last Friday night indictments were found against three saloon men in Hallock, two in Lancaster and two in St. Vincent including some restaurant keepers in different parts of the county, who in ignorance of the law made use of cards and dice in their business. The fines imposed by the judge ranged anywhere from $25 to $85 and cost swelled the treasury of the county to nearly $600. The judge expressed himself with much certainty regarding those who sell cigarettes, tobacco and snuff to minors, and added that saloon men were not the only ones violating the law, that sooner or later others would get into the clutches of some officer.