Thursday, January 11, 2018

Smithland Blue Law 1884

The following notice was posted in a conspicuous place on Court Street in Smithland, says the  Sentinel. [Livingston County] [1]


To the merchants in the Town of Smithland, Ky:  You are hereby notified that after this date any dealer or dealers in merchandise or groceries that is found guilty of keeping open doors or selling goods or groceries on the Sabbath day, will be reported to the Grand Jury at the next term of court unless in case of sickness or death and if you do not heed this notice, you will [sic] after January, 1885.  For it is a shame for any man that is raising a family to teach them such or set such an example.  If you do not believe that there is a hereafter, for the people's sake have respect for the day; for there are people in this town that do believe that there is a God and a hereafter, too. Now remember the above notice for there is a law to protect us, and we intend having it carried out to the letter.
 A Law Abiding Citizen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

[1] The Hickman Courier, Hickman, Kentucky, Friday, 3 October 1884, p. 4. 

Published 11 January 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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