Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1831-11-11 Location: Woodstock; Houlton Media: Ink on paper
Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.
The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.
Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.
… in which those views lead him to rail against "rum sellers," the Irish, and any Catholics. Topics and people mentioned include: Patenburg Massacre…
… of wood and were filled with dry goods groceries Rum hard ware fish salt &c." He noted that in November 1865, the building was raised five or six…