The Twice-A-Week Messenger published an article June 8, 1907, about a very eventful election that took place in Bowling Green.

A total of 2,029 voters participated in the “local option” election, resulting in the city becoming “dry,” which prohibited the sale of alcohol. The proponents of the “dry” city ordinance won by a huge margin, but that did not keep the “wet” advocates from trying to sway votes. A total of 10 arrests were made – all of which were “wet” proponents – on charges of bribery.

– “Way Back When in Warren County” is compiled by researchers at the Warren County Public Library and appears twice weekly in the Bowling Green Daily News. For more information about the library, visit

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