Trending 100 years ago in Douglas County: Drunken brawls, liquor feuds and all-night drinking parties held after-hours in various school buildings — unsanctioned, of course.
“Notwithstanding denial of permission to hold dances in school buildings, it is alleged that young men and women wait until after midnight, then break into the buildings and continue dancing until early morning,” the News Tribune reported on Aug. 3, 1921.
It has to stop, said district attorney Robert Kennedy.
The hotbeds of riotous youth, the district attorney reported, were in Lake Nebagamon and Lake Amnicon — which in later reports were described as “tough joints” — where there had been reports of moonshine and gun play. At the latter, those staying in cottages along the shore were forced out one night because of the shootings. Three were arrested, according to the News Tribune.
Meanwhile, in Solon, a farmer whose house was robbed claimed that a “Kentucky Feud” has been on-going.
A school board canceled a Saturday night dance in Wentworth in response to the investigations. Young people showed up anyway and were met by deputies guarding the door. The factions wrangled, then compromised: the students created a committee to meet with the school board and the dance went on.
“Chaperones were appointed,” according to the Aug. 8 story, and the frolic, somewhat belated, was started. The deputies said it was conducted in an orderly manner.”
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