Sheriff's Dry Squad finds home brew at Stensland residence in Redmond on March 26, 1926.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/26/1999
  • Essay 953
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On March 26, 1926, a search warrant is issued to the King County Sheriff's Department to look for liquor at Ole Stensland's residence located one or two miles east of Redmond. Deputy Sheriffs find 60 pint bottles and 20 quart bottles of home brew beer and four pint bottles and two quart bottles of moonshine whiskey. On April 27, 1926, the Sheriff's Department is issued a second warrant to search the Stensland residence.

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 The Prohibition amendment was repealed in 1933.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. 3482, Liquor Search Dockets, Vol. 2, Justice Court, King County, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue Community College campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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