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Vote Prohibition!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 03, 2014

The residents of Cardston, Alberta — or at least the Mormons there — campaigned hard in the Canadian elections of 1901 for the local option on whether to allow the sale of alcohol within its jurisdiction. This is one of the handbills (they came in several colors) distributed to encourage voters to support that local option.





  1. Interesting. Obviously, the local option allowed the residents of the primarily LDS towns in Southern Alberta to maintain a prohibition on alcohol that likely would not carry as a province-wide ban. Joseph F. Smith supported a similar local option plan in Utah as prohibition was ending, but for somewhat different reasons (ie, political and secular). I need to dig in my notes for a particular letter to JFS about this issue that is interesting for a couple of reasons. I will get back to you with this.

    Comment by kevinf — January 3, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

  2. Kevinf – Did you mean Heber J Grant? JFS died in 1918, so the 18th and 21st ammendments took place after he was gone. Plus I seem to recall reading that Joseph F Smith actually supported alcohol sales at Saltair because it was not his business if some non-Mormon wanted to “wet his whistle”.

    Comment by andrew h — January 7, 2014 @ 6:36 am

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