Deputy sheriff finds 30 gallons of sake in a raid in Seattle's International District on March 15, 1924.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/25/1999
  • Essay 944
On March 15, 1924, during Prohibition, a search warrant is issued for a King County Deputy Sheriff to search 917 Weller Street in Seattle's International District. The Deputy Sheriff(s) finds one still, one sake press, and 30 gallons of sake.

Prohibition, outlawing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, took effect in Washington state in 1916. The year 1919 marked ratification of the "bone dry" Prohibition amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal throughout the nation. The Prohibition amendment was repealed in 1933.

Sources: Search Warrant No. 470, Liquor Search Dockets, Volume 1, Justice Court, King County, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue Community College campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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