The Day You Couldn’t Spell Booze Without Boo

Let’s go back a hundred and one years to November 7, 1916. Michigan went to the polls to decide on statewide prohibition. The two sides had made their arguments and soon they would know if the “wets” could hold back the tide that was taking over the nation. It was soon evident that it was a lost cause.

There were some interesting articles/ads leading up to the election of 1916. A few were from two names we know to this day. Strohs’s was trying to protect it’s business while Henry Ford wanted to insure a sober workforce.

I have attached two ads from Stroh’s. One is your typical fire brewed ad that we may have seen in the 80s. The second is about how hard it is to brew a high quality beer. I didn’t know you could broil a steak on a radiator. On the “dry” side Henry Ford wrote about his plan to use closed breweries to make denatatured alcohol to fuel automobiles. I have also attached that article.

The “drys” won. Yet, it would be a whole year in half before prohibition would begin. I plan on sharing some interesting articles over the next few months leading up to the 100th anniversary of the day Michigan went dry.