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August 7, 2020
 

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Vote to keep Ohio Dry on Nov. 3

Ada politics 101 years ago was just as interesting as it is today. Here's a photo of a political parade with the sign reading "Vote Ohio Dry on Nov. 3."

This was the Ohio ratification of federal alcohol prohibition. The election took place in November 1919. It was known as Referendum 1 as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure rejected the ratification of the national prohibition amendment. The vote was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The measure was one of four qeustions relating to alcohol prohibition on the 1919 Ohio ballot.

Notice the watch tower above the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

This photo is from the collection of the Ada Public Library.