Historic Hood River
This telegram from the city archives is part of a much bigger story. The move to ban intoxicating liquors had been growing for some time in the west. Prohibition advocates seized upon wartime patriotism to advance their cause. The city archives include a four page document from the “National Dry Federation” asking cities to advocate prohibition because of the resources consumed producing liquor and beer. The city council authorized the mayor to accede to the request. He sent a telegram to Senator McNary in DC. This is the Senator’s response.
This measure to conserve grain and sugar for the wartime effort actually passed Congress after the armistice which ended the war. It lead to the Volstead Act and the Eighteenth Amendment.