Sharing this great article recently published from the “Pike County News Watchman” by Sherry M. Stanley in her “Rural Rendezvous” Column entitled:
I eagerly read through the timeline history of the Temperance Movement in Ohio since I had an early collateral line ancestor who was involved in it; however, she took part in the Greenfield Liquor Raid of 1865 that has been largely forgotten about due to being overshadowed by Hillsboro’s crusade as stated in many accounts and in this article:
“At Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1873, a group of women led by Eliza J. Thompson, founder of the Women’s Temperance Crusade, marched in the streets, stopping at saloons to pray for patrons and saloon keepers, and demanding that saloon keepers sign a pledge to stop selling alcoholic beverages. The march in Hillsboro prompted additional marches in more than 130 communities.”
These crusading women were ‘warriors’ for eradicating the evils of liquor in their village. They had strong beliefs that were based on the tragedies that resulted in so much misery stemming from drunkenness; and they wanted to do something to stop it. I can’t blame them. For them it had to be akin to the opiate crisis we are experiencing today – overwhelming. They didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and do nothing.
Prohibition was later repealed as we know, but these ladies will be remembered as women who took a stand boldly for a cause they believed in and were proud of it throughout their whole lives.
Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Thursday, January 24, 1867 – Page 1:1 – Volume 78
“FEMALE SUASION WITH THE LIQUOR DEALERS.
The Greenfield Ladies on Trial.
Their Know Nothing Meeting – Female Efforts to Keep a Secret – Testimony of the Ladies”
Correspondence of the Cincinnati Gazette.
Hillsboro, O. January 22.
“Did you see any hatchets there?”
“I did see two. Miss Julia Lake had one, and Miss Limes one. I asked what they were for. The ladies about me did not know. I asked Miss Limes. She said that the ladies who invited her to come, asked her to bring a hatchet; she supposed the liquor was to be spilled, after it was given up. I remarked ironically, yes. I suppose after it is rolled out it will be spilled. I joined the procession as everybody else did; there was no change in dress, didn’t see any ladies wearing pages to their dresses. “