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Temperance at Salem - 1879


Posted By: Pat Ryan White (email)
Date: 2/14/2020 at 14:17:04

Temperance at Salem.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Cole and Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield represented this city at the Salem temperance meeting on Sunday last. At the appointed time a live audience gathered at the Methodist church in that place, showing the interest felt in this all important subject in that city of peace. Salem has no saloons and has not had for many years; yet there are those within her border who refrain not from the tempting cup. The speakers named above aroused the audience to a deep interest and after a few animated remarks by W. Bailey, a citizen of Salem, and by Mrs. Jane Votau, of the society of Friends, work commenced to get signers to the pledge and over fifty names were obtained.

Thomas Carrell esq, during the work made a telling appeal to the young men of the importance to all their future prospects that they now take this pledge. During the progress of the work getting names to the pledge, the audience was favored with some excellent and spirited singing by C.F. Wahrer, D. Burden, Jeptha Fisher, Joseph Fisher, S. Withrow, Allen Gibson, Misses Annie McMellen, and Emma McMellen, Eliza Perkins, Bell Weir, Mary Gibson, and others. It was altogether an interesting and successful meeting. Another meeting is appointed for Sunday May 18th at two o’clock at the Friends Church in Salem.

If weather and roads are favorable a good delegation from this city may be expected.

[“Free Press”, Thursday, May 8, 1879, page 3]


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