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Liquor Prohibition

Editor’s Note: Yes, Mansfield was once a dry town, with not an ounce of legal liquor to be found for miles. 

Here’s the 1867 law that kept liquor out of Mansfield for more than a century.

Laws of Pennsylvania


No. 1111.

An Act

To prohibit the issuing of licenses within two miles of the Normal school at Mansfield, Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that from and after the passage of this act no license shall be issued to any person, or persons, to sell any spirituous, vinous, malt, or brewed, liquors, for drinking purposes, within a radius of two miles of the Normal school at Mansfield, Tioga county,  Pennsylvania.

Section 2.  That if any person, or persons, shall, for purposes aforesaid, sell any spirituous, vinous,  malt, or brewed, liquors, as aforesaid, after the passage of this act, within the limits aforesaid, he or she, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined, in a sum not less than fifty nor more than two hundred dollars, and upon a second conviction thereof, in addition to the fine already imposed, shall undergo an imprisonment, in  the county jail, for a period of not more than three months: Provided however, that persons who are already licensed to sell spirituous, vinous, malt, or brewed, liquors, as aforesaid shall not be prevented from selling the same until after the expiration of their licenses.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Speaker of the Senate.

Approved—The twelfth day of April, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.