The Famous Letterly Saloon

In the late 1800's the movement was roaring in which to bring down all alcohol selling establishments for the prohibition movement. Although the 18th amendment was enacted back in the 1920, people still had the power to get rid of alcohol distribution within their own state. Just imagine what Medina had been like in those times, everyone was on horseback, old fashioned saloons, just about everything would have looked like an old western. These leagues which consisted of anti-alcohol sellers, were destroying these towns by taking the saloons away along with peoples jobs and replacing them with alternative businesses.The one business that had still been standing in Medina still selling alcohol at this time was the Letterly saloon owned by Christina Letterly. Also known as Francesca Letterly, she changed to her middle name Christina in the census records. Christina had a problem because the Women's Temperance League was a large part of the anti -alcohol movement and they were ready to take down Christina's business. The League justified the destruction of the business due to the attitudes people had after consuming alcohol and the violent behavior that followed. The Letterly building had stayed afloat quite well until about 1874, the League came to the front stoop of the Letterly saloon and demanded that she stop selling her alcohol. She agreed to stop if the rest would, and if she was reimbursed for all the alcohol she owned. Now being the owner of a saloon, one can imagine how much alcohol would be in a building like that. The League began to raise money and also make stops to the Letterly saloon to make a scene in order to convince others to get rid of the saloon. The social and economic aspects of this period pointed to show that alcohol was a big seller but also that many were trying to take it down. The decision was hard to make which enabled states to choose for themselves on whether to close all alcohol distribution centers or to allow them to stay open. So the political, social, and economic characteristics were making it hard to determine whether Letterly would still be selling alcohol. In the end, the League reimbursed her for all of her alcohol then poured it down the street gutters and the saloon was converted into a restaurant. Later on the store was converted into the bridal boutique that most Medina citizens know today. Almost nobody knows that once that store was protested against and mass amounts of alcohol were poured out right in front of the store. So next time you walk by the Bridal Boutique store, look around and put yourself in the time period of the old west and Christina Letterly.

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Brendon talking about Prohibition
Talks about how the 18th amendment took away alcohol but people still drank. People that drank even paid off cops, city officials, and members of temperance leagues large amounts of money to not turn them in. The 21st amendment was then passed and...
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