Carrie Nation's notorious visit to Newcomerstown in July 1904 still has attracts attention over a hundred years later! Her visit began when she arrived in town to speak at a fourth of July celebration that was being held at the Central Ohio District Fair (formerly located west of Newcomerstown) and went on a rampage against establishments that were selling the dreaded alcoholic beverages that she was so much against.
At that time, Newcomerstown had approximately 14 saloons. The proprietors of these saloons soon discovered Carrie was to arrive in Newcomerstown later that day, and they promptly closed the doors of their establishments as to save their saloons from the ruination that Carrie was known for. She had been arrested over thirty times during her visits to various cities and towns across the midwest. For some unknown reason, one of the proprietors, Sam Douglas (Sam Douglas Saloon, located on Main Street, in the building now occupied by the Cameo Beauty Salon) did not get the message until it was too late. Carrie Nation and her entourage of home defenders came knocking on Sam's door, actually Carrie's hatchet did the knocking! Sam Douglas's Saloon soon was chopped down to size!
Sam, in utter dismay with what was taking place in his saloon, and just stood frozen in his tracks until Carrie was done swinging her hatchet. Afterwards, Carrie and her supporters marched out of Sam's while singing their religious
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SEE NATION, PAGE 12hymns, and on their way in search of other unsuspecting proprietors of alcohol. They soon found that all the other saloons were closed, and not welcoming to any hatchet wielders! Carrie later spoke to a large, and curious crowd at the Central Ohio District Fairgrounds (once located west of town) about her mission. Many local residents at that time had heard of Carrie, and were eager to see her in person. The event was covered by The Newcomerstown News as well as several other local newspapers. Carrie Nation continued her mission until death at the age of 64. National Prohibition was later implemented in 1920.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, members of the Newcomerstown Historical Society will present a Victorian era tea at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center. Special visiting guests will be Carrie Nation and her entourage! So be prepared some "side-splitting" entertainment (pardon the pun, Carrie). A fashion show featuring Canal era (1830s-1840s) dresses from a Roscoe Village collection, as well as a dress collection belonging to Nancy Porteus from the Civil War-Victorian era (1860s) will be included. There will be special musical selections presented throughout the afternoon by Mike Hoskins, Ruth Hulthen, Cheryl Bordner and Betsy Marinucci. Two types of tea along with some appropriate tea delicacies will be served. Door prizes will be awarded, and a silent auction will be held.
Tickets are available for $25 per person, and can be purchased at the Olde Main Street Gift Shop Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.
For information, call 498-7735.