Cape Vincent

Public meetings in behalf of temperance were held long before there was a formal organization. In 1849 or 1850 the Sons of Temperance established two divisions,--one at St. Lawrence, called the Pine Grove, No. 280, and another at Cape Vincent, called the Meridian Star, No. 546. The first had a list of nineteen charter members; the Meridian Star also had a good starting.

The Independent Order of Good Templars was instituted on August 24, 1866. The regular meetings have been suspended, but the charter still remains in the hands of the society. It is nearly ten years since any public liquor shop has been kept in St. Lawrence.

On March 26, 1877, the "Temperance Reform Club" was organized, and its success is said to have made it the banner club of Jefferson County. The organization has been greatly assisted by the "Ladies' Temperance Aid Society," which was formed in the April following. Like any border town, Cape Vincent is liable to catch some of the drift-wood of the community, but it has never wanted stanch temperance elements of life. (Jefferson County History, by L. H. Everts, 1878 - Transcribed by Holice B.Young. Original HTML by Debbie Axtman)  top


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