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Happy Delinda Boone Craig Day

During the Great Temperance Movement of the 1800s of which alcohol consumption was a topic of major concern, there arose a great lady 20 miles East of Galena, Illinois.  Her name was Delinda Boone Craig, granddaughter of Daniel Boone. She led an action reminiscent of the destruction of the "Walls of Jericho," except there were no trumpets blown that night as 60 women hell-bent on tearing down the local saloon and traumatized their male counterparts in the process.

In 1856—161 years ago today— Delinda and a group of women had had enough, taking matters into their own hands. They were tired of the drinking and gambling going on in the town saloon. A woman's anger is one thing, but 60 of them with crowbars and rope, or whatever they could grab. Surely that was a sign that something bad is definitely going to happen.

The saloon owner heard word of the women’s intentions and threatened to shoot anyone coming in to destroy his business.  The titanium women, however, with their Temperance Corsets too tight, swarmed the building and the man stood in fear while his male patrons probably skedaddled out of there.

I can picture women in their 1850's clothing of Victorian style dresses, laced up boots, flowered bonnets, swinging iron bars, throwing ropes through the windows and tearing the building down to the ground. Being religious, God-fearing women, I am sure there were a lot of please, thank yous, and Bible hymns flowing that night as the walls collapsed, all while the men cowered in the corner somewhere afraid to go home.

I can only imagine the saloon owner speeding away in his horse-driven wagon. It's too bad "Amway" didn't exist then; it probably would have been safer.


Written by David abluepelican Lasaine

Imaginative, reflective, try to be humorous and attempt to be deep in my writing to invoke feelings with topics other than politics.


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