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Liquor down the drain

Jan. 5, 1928 – Bluffton council watches former Mayor Hauenstein

From the Jan. 5, 1928, Bluffton News comes this interesting front page story. Headline: Confiscated Liquor Subhead: Poured Down Jail Sewer by Former Mayor Hauenstein, Monday Night

The story: Contents of a miscellaneous collection of a half-dozen bottles and jars of confiscated liquor were poured down a sewer at the jail Monday night.

The bottles were emptied by ex-mayor Hauenstein as his last official act and witnessed by members of the new council.

The stock of liquor was accumulated during the two years of Hauenstein’s administration as mayor and kept under lock and key in the mayor’s office.

Included in the nondescript collection of containers was a bottle of bonded Canadian whisky, which appeared to be genuine. The balance of the collection consisted of home brew.

Background: It’s all about “Prohibition.”

For viewers curious about this story, the United States prohibited the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933. This was due to the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the 23rd amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment on Dec. 5, 1933.

Click here for The History Channel’s details about this era of U.S. history.



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