Posted By: David W Sinclair (email)
Date: 3/2/2008 at 15:43:10
Lineville As It Is
A Town of Temperance and High Morals, it is often Blamed for meanness of which It is Not Guilty.
Last week's Allerton News calls the editor of this paper all kinds of a liar because he denied his statement that the parties arrested and fined at Allerton for being "drunk and disorderly" were from Lineville. We do not care to bandy epithets with the News, but we plainly protest against the flippant manner in which it attributes all kinds of booze and meanness as coming from Lineville. For its information and benefit we wish to state that there is only one Lineville. It is located all in Iowa, has a population, according to City Assessor Johnson's report of 753. No liquor or intoxicating booze is sold within its borders. It is a community of moral, law abiding people, and in the matter of churches, Sunday schools, public schools, and in all that goes to make a good and desirable town to live in, it will not yield the palm to Allerton or any other town in Wayne county. South Lineville located on the south side of the state line is in Mercer County, Missouri, with something like 200 people, in another jurisdiction, has its own municipal government and officers and in every respect it is as separate and distinct from Lineville as Corydon is from Allerton, except as to its proximity. It has a community of good people, but owing to the wonderful and fearful working of the Mercer county local option law more or less booze has been sold in South Lineville, for which Lineville people and Lineville authorities are in no way responsible and have no power to regulate or suppress. Our mayor and marshal have made Lineville a "war zone" against this traffic and several Allerton boozers and bootleggers have been "torpedoed" in attempting to cross this "zone". They have been alert and did what they could to prevent the "cargoes" of booze en transit from getting to Allerton, but strange as it may seem, they have received more denunciation than praise from Allerton for their well intended efforts to protect Allerton from what the News lightly terms "Lineville Booze." Neither the people of Lineville nor the Tribune will permit to pass unchallenged any attempt to saddle on the town any charge or stigma of which it is not guilty, and when we stated that the parties in mention did not live in Lineville we knew what we were talking about. Two reside in Mercer County, Mo., and two are of a peripatetic character as much at home in one place as another, the News and its alleged reliable informant to the contrary notwithstanding.
Lineville, Wayne Co., Iowa
May 20, 1915
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