Temperance Watchman Club No. 1 banner, ca. 1848

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Temperance Watchman Club No. 1 banner, ca. 1848

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Temperance Watchman Club, no.1, was formed in Durham in 1848. It was one of the first temperance clubs organized in Maine. Among the founders were Rev. I.C. Knowlton, Rev. Moses Hanscom, Esquire Simmons, Benjamin Hoyt, Albert Gerrish, James Wm. Gerrish, James H. Eveleth, Jonathan Libby, and George W. Strout. Its motto was "Temperance, Humanity and Progress." In 1851, the Society had 121 organized branches in Maine and nine in New Hampshire. It soon put a stop to rum selling in Durham.

The banner was double sided made from two pieces of silk stitched together, gold silk fringe, and wooden rods top and bottom. One side was red with painted gold lettering: TEMPERANCE WATCHMEN CLUB NO. 1. The other side was white with painted gold lettering: TEMPERANCE HUMANITY AND PROGRESS.

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  • Title: Temperance Watchman Club No. 1 banner, ca. 1848
  • Creation Date: circa 1848
  • Subject Date: circa 1848
  • Location: Durham, Androscoggin County, ME
  • Media: silk
  • Local Code: 149*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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