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Alcohol Liquor and Saloons 1850-1966

Alcohol Liquor and Saloons

Ordinance No. 14, June 22nd, 1850

“That the City Marshall be and is hereby authorized and required to call upon The Keepers of all Bar Rooms, all vendors (sic) of Spirituous Liquors and all Store Keepers for the amount due… for License….”

Regulations, licenses and communications relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol have been a common theme in American cities since the 1630s, and San Diego is no exception.  Governments licensed and regulated alcohol in order to mold the behavior of its citizens to create a revenue stream to fund governments.  In 1920 the 18th amendment prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol until its repeal in 1933, but the speakeasy and smuggling emerged during the roaring 20s.  By WWI, over thirty percent of the federal governments’ revenue derived from the alcohol tax.  The passage of the federal income tax in 1913 created source of revenue and allowed the prohibition of alcohol sales.

Researchers note; this section is word searchable.  The following historical documents pertain to various San Diego public interests including some of the records related to Saloons, the Stingaree District and the regulation of alcohol.

Requests:

PDF icon Undated_Request_of_Saloon_Keepers_and_Owners_Asking_to_Keep_License_of_Mrs_Maginn

PDF icon 23_May_1904_Mothers_Request Council to Revoke Licenses of Saloons in Violation

PDF icon 20_June_1904_Petition_WS Snyder_Requesting to_Leave_Saloon_District_Ordinance_Unchanged

Letters:

PDF icon Undated_H Fritz_Letter_re_Saloon_Doors

PDF icon Undated_Womans_Christian_Temperance_Union_to_See_Ordinance_Passed

PDF icon 9 December 1907 San Brewing Company re Letter of Deed

PDF icon 5 October 1910 US Grant Hotel Letter to Mayor & Council Protesting Saloon

Liquor Licenses:

PDF icon 10_February_1894_City_Liquor_License_Certificate

PDF icon 26_April_1895_Resident_Protest_Not_to_Grant_Liquor_License

PDF icon 9_November_1896_Petition_of_San_Bernardino_Wine_Company_for_Reduction_of_Liquor_License

PDF icon 1_March_1897_Petition_of_San_Diego_Brewing_Company_Requesting_Liquor_License_Reduction

PDF icon 7_June_1897_Jr_Green_Gives_Thanks_for_Refusal_of_Liquor_License

Closing:

PDF icon Undated_Petition_of_San_Diego_Resident_re_Closing_Saloons_on_Sunday

PDF icon 7_March_1900_Citizens_Endorse_Mayors_Position_of_Closing_Side_Doors_of_Saloons

PDF icon 16_December_1901 Special_Election_Closing_Saloons_on_Sundays

PDF icon 6 January 1902 Establishing the Time for Closing Saloons on Sunday

PDF icon 6_January_1902_Ordinance_Regulating_Closing_of_Saloons

PDF icon 9 March_1904_Wagenheim_Company_to_Withdraw from_Petition

PDF icon 9_March_1904_Petition_of_Merchants_for_Saloons_to_Keep_Open_Until_2am_During_Carnival

Leagues:

PDF icon 9_May_1904_Purity_League_Opposes_Stingeree_Saloon_License

PDF icon 23_May_1904_Anti-Saloon_League_Against_Granting_License_to_Anderson_Brothers

Minority Report:

PDF icon 31_October_1910_Minority_Report_Revoking_Liquor_LicensePDF icon 14_august_1905_petiton_of_property_owners_protesting_against_renewal_of_imperial_saloon_0.pdf

Petitions and Protests:

PDF icon 29_November_1891 Petition_of_Joseph_Goldthorpe_for_Violation_of_the_City_Liquor_Ordinance

PDF icon 26_October_1897_Petition_of_A Duncklee_Withdraw_Name_from_Petition

PDF icon 28_October_1897_Protest_Against_C Butlers_Petition_for_Saloon_License

PDF icon 26_February_1900_Petition_of_James_Schachtmayer_for_Authority_to_Move_Saloon

PDF icon 2_May_1904_Mothers_Protesting_Saloons_on_K Street

PDF icon 9_May_1904_Petition_of_D Vail_and_Property_Owners_Asking_to_Grant_Saloon_License_on_K Street

PDF icon 23_May_1904_Protest_of_R_Still_Against_any_Saloon_License_Vacinity_of_2nd_and_H Street

PDF icon 22_December_1904_Protest_of_United_Presbyterian_Church_Against_Saloon_on_D Street

PDF icon 30_December_1904_Protest_of_South_ME_Church_Against_Saloon_at_1419_D Street

PDF icon 14_August_1905_Petition_of_Property_Owners_Protesting_Against_Renewal_of_Imperial_Saloon

PDF icon 14_August_1905_Petition_of_HM Funk_Protesting_Against_Renewal_Imperial_Saloon

PDF icon 16_September_1910_Petition_of_Residence_on_5th_Street_Saloon

PDF icon 26_September 1910 Petition_of_Property_Owners_Protesting_Location_of_Saloon

PDF icon 28_September_1910_Petition_of_CB Daggett_for_Rear_Door_Entrance_at_Hotel_Brewster

Free Lunches:

PDF icon 3_July_1911_Petition_of_Saloon_Men_for_Abolition_of_Free_Lunches_in_Saloons

PDF icon 5_July_1911_F Bradley_Letter_re_Free_Lunches

PDF icon 16_October_1911_Petition_of_Property_Owners_in_Protest_of_Granting_Saloon_Licenses

Police Reports and Traffic:

PDF icon 20_June_1904_Red_White_and_Blue_Saloon_Charged_with_Violations

PDF icon 11_April_1910_Police_Department_Responses on Prostitution_in_Saloons

PDF icon 29_January_1912_Police_Report_re_Boun_Gusto_Restaurant_for_Loud_Profane_Language

PDF icon 8_August_1917_Ordinance_No_7123_Regulating_Traffic_in_Intoxicating_Liquors

Record of Saloon-Licenses 1906:

PDF icon Record_of_Saloon-Licenses_1906

Minors:

PDF icon 4_December_1912_Petition_of_Liquor_Dealers_Ordinance_Prohibits_Minors_from_Entering_Saloons

PDF icon 31_October_1910_Minority_Report_Revoking_Liquor_License