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Wet vs Dry in Gunnison

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title Wet vs Dry in Gunnison
Description WET vs DRY IB GUNHISOS Merrill Paterson 'Iiiwi July 11, "81" Gunnison, Utah Sh6jk Senior Citizen Division First Honorable Mention Historical Essay Gunnison was the last town to go dry in Southern Utah and many of the oldtimers are still talking about those days. As a resulti Gunnison was a prosperous city and also a populous one. People from all parts of Utah were attracted to Gunnison. They came from near and. far, by buggy and horse, train or car - if they Here fortunate enough to own one. There were three hotels with meals and lodging, two cafes, two livery stables, and three saloons, all filled to capacity every day. I was a "newspaper boy" for the Salt Lake Tribune at the time, and I'll never forget the Trlb called Gunnison (population 1,000) "Little Chicago." Why was Gunnison the last town in the state to go dry? I have heard a lot of pros and cons during my recent research. Gunnison had been "wet" before this tijie. Those that wanted the sale of liquor by the drink were called "wets"; those that were against the sale were called "drys.*1 It was up to the local population to decide. One had to be at least 21 years of age to vote to determine whether Gunnison City should have saloons and liquor by the drink for the next year or so. This was a hotly contested election. Politicians were busy getting the "dry" voters to vote "wet." U*m of the "wets" had to be sobered up to get them in shape to vote "properly." Some of the "dry" voters tried to vote in both districts and on both sides of the street. Many wagers were made on the outcome of the election. According to the Gunnison Gazette, December 15, 1916, and from other records, the last election for wet or dry in Southern Utah was held in Gunnison on June 29, 1915. It was a tie. There were I63 votes cast for and a like number against the sale of liquor by the drink. The recorder of Gunnison City recorded in the minutes 1 "By proclamation of the Mayor, Joseph Christensen, be it duly posted July 7, 1915, that said city limits of Gunnison City be dry.* This action by the City Council brought a lot of contention from the "wets." Marlnus Beauregaard, contestant for the "Hets," brought suit against the City Council: Harinus Beauregaard contestant versus Gunnison City Council, to>-wit Joseph Christensen, Mayor, John M. Knighton, Axel Modeen, Moroni Childs, E. L, Swal-berg, and M. H. Gribble, counciljuen, and Neil Sorenson, City Recorder. The case was tried before Joseph H. Erickson, Acting Judge. No defendants of Gunnison City entered in the case, except the -Vt-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324354
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324354