Seattle police make first Prohibition arrest in the early hours of January 1, 1916.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/15/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 889
On January 1, 1916 at 2:55 a.m., William Bomoss and Mike Sovtsovi, owners of the Magnolia Bar at 211 1st Avenue S., are arrested and charged for illegally selling liquor. This is the first reported arrest in Seattle after Prohibition starts at midnight.

Sources: The Seattle Star, January 1, 1916, p. 5.

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