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Saloon Run out of Ashland   
Friday August 26, 2005
By Alice Mullaly

Welcome to As It Was: Tales from the State of Jefferson

Supporters of the Anti-Saloon League were always active in Ashland, Oregon, and over the years voters decided several times that the town should be dry. As early as the Fall of 1865, the first saloon was run out of town by a group of very determined ladies.

A Mrs. Gillette invited a dozen women to her home for tea and talk when it became clear there was a saloon in the basement of a neighborhood house-a "Blind Pig" as it was called. The women devised a plan to rid the town of this drinking establishment. That evening, without telling their husbands, they went as a group to the saloon with the intention of recording the names of all of its customers. Their threat to maintain their vigil on a nightly basis, however, proved to be unnecessary. The two saloon owners were so unnerved by the "sit-in" that they urged the women to negotiate. The group agreed and the very next day obtained $200 in subscriptions to buy the house and business. Within a month the saloon was removed and the house resold to pay off the subscribers.

This is the first record of a saloon being run out of Ashland, but not the last.

Today's episode of As It Was was written by Alice Mullaly, the program engineer is Raymond Scully.  I'm Shirley Patton. As It was is a co-production of JPR and the Southern Oregon Historical Society.  To Share stories or learn more about the series visit asitwas - dot- org

Ashland Tribune, May 3, 1905 and Ashland Tidings, December 17, 1903

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