1872: Liquor Licenses

The vote on granting licenses resulted last Saturday as follows. Whole 590; in favor of license 342; against, 245. The following is the resolution on which the vote was taken.

Voted, That we consider it inexpedient to cast any obstacle in the way of the law passed at the last session of the General Assembly for licensing the sale of spirituous and intoxicating liquors, and that we therefore refuse to give any instruction to the selectmen of this town in reference to recommending suitable and proper persons to the county commissioners, for being licensed for the sale of liquor in accordance with the provisions of said statute.

The county commissioners met to day (Monday) to grant licenses. A large number of persons were present, and the selectmen who were also in session were prepared to recommend several new ones.

The commissioners, however, acting under the impression that no recommendations were legal until two weeks after the 15th of September, decided to adjourn until next Monday. They recommend, however, that no prosecutions be made against persons who have made proper application.


The selectmen have approved of the following persons to sell liquor:

John R. Pitt, of the Armory House; John S. Dickinson of the McDonough House, and also of the Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Hotel; Thomas Furniss, of the Air Line House; Walsh & Lawton, Patrick Dorsey, (wholesale dealer), John Kinsella, Bliss & Vinal, Patrick Ryan, A. G. & R. A. Pease, D. B. Buck, Hugh Gilshenan, Tracy & Nolan, and Orrin Hulse. The latter application was not filed until September 6, and was acted upon by mistake. There were fourteen other applications which have been filed for two weeks that the selectmen did not approve, viz: Thomas G. Collins, Joseph Crosley, E. W. Knowles, John Crosley, Thomas Quarmley, William Ashton, Matthew L. Wheelan, Charles Oldach, Fred A. Fuller, Michael J. Doherty, Michael J. Linnehan, and George Dutting. The total number filed is sixty-one, and “still they come.” The following have been added since the list was published: Edmund Smith, Andrew F. Parker, Theodore Rest, Young & Camp, Johanna Mather and Bryan Kelley, The names approved were handed to the county commissioners in the afternoon.

Chatham Heard From!

Chatham voted on Wednesday against granting licenses. The vote stood 104 against, and 8 in favor. The rumsellers, it is said, voted in a body against it, on the ground that one or two would be licensed only. Chatham takes the lead.

From The Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), Wednesday, September 25, 1872.
Temperence ticket, early 1870s
Temperence ticket, early 1870s

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