Fayette, Aug. 31: The allied temperance forces
of Fayette county met at the Methodist Church in West Union and
organized for the campaign, to push the prohibition constitution
amendment, which will be voted upon October 15. Rev. Gillett of the
Baptist church of Oelwein was elected temporary chairman, and A.A.
charter of Fayette temporary secretary. The plan of the allied
temperance committee of Iowa was adopted. Dr. J. W. Dickman of
Fayette was elected chairman; E. E. Day of Fayette secretary; Thomas
Smith of Oelwein, treasurer; Carl Evans of West Union, vice
chairman. The following committeemen were chosen for each precinct
represented and other are to be appointed by executive committee:
J. J. McNaul, Center township; C. H. H. Jalhorlm, Clermont; F. J.
Ressler Fayette; John Matthews, Dover township; W. L. Peters,
Illyria township; C. H. Knoss, Jefferson township; F. W.
Stevenson, Oelwein, first ward; Thomas Smith, Oelwein second ward;
Fred Howe, Oelwein, third ward; E. C. Belt, Oelwein, fourth ward; J.
D. Shaffer, Pleasant Valley township; F. C. Turner, Smithfield
township; Henry George Union township; T. W. Potter Westfield
township; E. H. Estey, West Union; first ward; Frank Morrison, West
Union, second ward; W. H. Beal, west Union, third ward.
Each township is expected to select their own
local executive committee. The one great object of this meeting was
to warn the temperance people that they must wake up. Let every
voter who has any interest in the young people of Iowa, go to the
polls October 15 and vote for prohibition. If every county does as
Fayette county is doing, the state would stay dry.
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September 27, 1917
COMMITTEE URGES ADOPTION OF
To all Fayette County citizens who are
opposed to saloons:
We people of Iowa reengaged in a contest that
will end only two weeks form [sic] next Monday, to decide whether
the saloon can come back to this state.
If you want to raise your families in a
saloonless state, go to the polls on Oct. 15 and vote “yes” on the
It is true we have prohibition by statute,
but that can be repealed by any legislature. Fifteen states having
prohibition by statute have lost it later, some of them more than
once. Iowa has lost prohibition that way twice.
Thirteen states have prohibition by
constitutional amendment. Those states are secure against a return
of the saloon. That surety is what we want for Iowa. We don’t want
the constant menace of the saloon trying to return, and prevented
only by a law which can be repealed at any time.
Just as sure as the prohibitory amendment is
defeated on Oct. 15 , so surely will the liquor men go before the
next legislature and demand the repeal of the prohibitory law on the
ground that the people have voted against prohibition. And once the
saloon has got back into the state, it will be harder than ever to
put it out again.
The saloon stands condemned before the world
as a law breaker, an injury to health, an injury to morals, an
injury to labor, an injury to business, a needless burden on a
nation that ought to save all its strength and food and money with
which to win a great war. Saloons will do Iowa no good but lots of
If you don’t saloons but are too careless to
go to the polls to vote “yes” on Monday, Oct. 15, you will be
casting half a vote for the return of saloons to Iowa.
Let us wake up, do our duty, remember to go
to the polls, Oct. 15, and vote “yes” on the prohibitory amendment,
so as to keep the salons out of Iowa forever, and enable us to carry
on our business and raise our families in a state that has no
Signed by the Fayette county committee in
favor of the prohibitory constitutional amendment:
J. W. Dickman, chairman, Fayette
Carl Evans, vice-Chairman, West Union
e. E. Day, secretary, Fayette
Thomas Smith, treasurer, Oelwein
Dave Musser, Auburn township
Vern Eggleson, Banks township
H. H. Foot, Bethel township
J. J. McNaul, Center township
C. H. H. Jortholm, Clermont township
John Mathews, Dover township
W. H. Stone, Eden township
d. B. Allen, Fairfield township
F. J. Ressler, Fayette
Adam Ritchie, Fremont township
F. O. Hillman, Harlan township
W. L. Peters, Illyria township
Chris Knos, Jefferson township
F. W. Stephenson, Oelwein 1st ward
Thomas Smith, Oelwein 2nd ward
Fred Howe, Oelwein 3rd ward
E. C. Belt, Oelwein, 4th ward
Dan Stohr, Oran township
J. D. Shaffer, Pleasant Valley township
A. C. Anderson, Putnam township
Thaddeus Derflinger, Scott township
F. C. Turner, Smithfield township
Henry George, Union township
T. W. Potter, Westfield township
E. H. Estey, West Union 1st ward
Frank Morrison, West Union 2nd
Walter Beall, West Union 3rd ward
John G. Bopp, Windsor township
Allen Foster, Arlington.