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Back Then: Prohibition ensured sober start to 1909

Jan. 2, 1909: The Star reported that Jan. 1 had been one of the quietest days seen in Wilmington in years as prohibition took effect in North Carolina. Late in the evening, one minor was arrested for being drunk but would not tell police the source of his liquor. (Scanning through the Star’s pages in early January 1909, the impact of prohibition…

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