Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   

434
HISTORY OF CANAAN.

lingering along life’s road, like decaying pine stumps, rotten and ragged, waiting for the slow tread of time to crush out their strong vitality. But the words spoken at that first temperance meeting were like good seed scattered broadcast over the earth; and through all the years have yielded an annually increasing harvest down to this day. Wisdom, folly, philanthropy and fanaticism, since that day have taken a hand in the crusade against rum. Something has been gained, but the worm of the still is undying, crushed out today; tomorrow it shows its leprous features in another place. The combined and concentrated wisdom of all our law-makers, and of all the political philanthropists for the suppression of the sale of liquors from that day to this, has resulted in the conviction that men will have it.

    In the year 1855 it was thought better to deal it out through an “agent,” so that the profits therefrom might be a part of the public income. John M. Barber was the first town agent, and the rules controlling the distribution and sale were as follows: “You shall purchase and sell only such liquors as are pure and unadulterated. All liquors costing less than one dollar a gallon, your profit shall be 25 per cent., all over that amount 15 per cent. Purchase as you need and not have an unnecessary quantity on hand.” The year 1880 was also a famous cider and apple year. There were eight cider mills in town. Harris J. Goss’ mill made 413 barrels; E. C. Flanders made 42 barrels at his mill; Lary's mill made 346 barrels and Mr. Lary gathered 715 bushels of apples from his own orchard. Charles H. Wells’ mill made 339; John Currier made 42 barrels at this mill, and Enoch Fifield and Charles Day divided 48 barrels between them. At Gates’ mill 361 barrels were made; Daniel Hinkson made 41 at this mill. William Hall’s mill turned out 410 barrels. George L. Whittier made 65 barrels there. Henry H. Wilson’s mill turned out 419 barrels, Philip Prescott’s 351, and William Huggett's 329 barrels. That year the barrels were worth twice as much as the cider. The cider sold at $1.25 per thirty-two gallons. Probably the apple crop that year was not far from 41,000 bushels.

Next