Wednesday, December 10, 2014

City of Gambling and Moonshine

The question whether Hobart should become a city, which had been much debated for a couple of years, at last came to a vote in the fall of 1921. Of an estimated 1,400 to 1,600 citizens eligible to vote, less than half did.* The city proposition won by about 218 votes.

The News commented:
Some of the things which those in favor of a city have been working for and anxious to see achieve, are good water for Hobart, and an enforcement of the law which would stop gambling and bootlegging of moonshine. It is figured a mayor can do this better than a town board as a whole.
Now the interested citizens of Hobart could start campaigning to be elected to the new city offices.

*698 if you believe the News, 727 according to the Gazette, and that's as far as I intend to go in researching this.

♦ "City Plan Wins by Good Majority." Hobart News 6 Oct. 1921.
♦ "Hobart City Now a Reality." Hobart Gazette 7 Oct. 1921.

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