Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Room Over The Clowville Saloon

Every community features a sordid side. Often, you'll hear rumors or whispers, but it's rare when the sordid side makes the front page; not so in the early 20th century.

This front pager involved a "contributing to the deliquency of child" charge for both parents, but there was oh so much more. Complaints had been received about the mother, who let's say, ran a room of "shameless actions" over the Clowville saloon. When arrested, she blamed her husband for "compelling her to live a life of shame with Americans and foreigners alike". Authorities said the 11 year old boy confirmed that the home was "the scene of independent carousals".

Talk about an unhappy marriage.


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