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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History - Dry town's sting on local drugstore's secret saloon didn't go well


January 10, 2019

Image provided/Library of Congress

An unidentified woman pours booze out of a cane flask into her drink at a drugstore soda fountain in 1922. Identifying details were not retained with this photo, since both the woman and the drugstore were breaking federal laws.

In 1899, the spiritual leaders of Forest Grove had a problem: There was a serpent in their Garden of Eden.

Forest Grove was founded by members of the Congregational Church - a denomination directly descended from the Puritans of colonial times - and they had an attitude toward alcohol that was, well, Puritanical. Moreover, the community was the home of Pacific University; most residents felt somewhat responsible for the young, impressionable students in their midst. Neither their faith nor their sense of responsibility was compatible with a wild, rowdy nightlife.

Accordingly, as soon as it...

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