Seventy-Five Years Ago: Get Ridda the Fountain Already!

Counting Down to April 7, the Anniversary of the Return of Legal Beer

March 14, 1933: The Aldermen of Ansonia, Connecticut wasted no time affirming their support for legal beer.

True, the method they used was a little odd: they voted to demolish the fountain sitting in front of City Hall.

Why? Because it had been donated to the town in 1914 by the local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, one of the prime movers responsible for Prohibition.*

And the people of Ansonia, like just about everyone else in the United States, were ready to bury anything even remotely connected to the thirteen-year disaster of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Happy days were on the way.
*Source: “Will Remove W.C.T.U. Fountain,” New York Times, March 15, 1933, p. 19.


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