Owens-Illinois now employing many men making beer bottles


Publication: Muncie Post Democrat

Muncie, IN, United States
vol. 13, no. 20, p. 1,3, col. 4-5,3



Citizens of State Will Not Be Likely to Stop

Wheels of Progress Which Are Beginning

to Run So Smoothly Factories

Getting Busy.



Thousands of Men Given Chance to Earn

A Living Many Taken From Poor

Relief Fund, Owing to Improved Conditions

Vote Wet June 6.

Next Tuesday, June 6th, will tell the story in Indiana as to whether this state favors repeal of the 18th amendment to the national Constitution or prefers the attempt of enforcing bone dry legislation. A number of states have already voted for ratification of the 21st amendment which would legalize the manufacture and sale of beer and wines together with medicinal liquors. No state has as yet voted to keep and enforce the national prohibition act and Indiana is expected to ask for the ratification of the new beer act passed by Congress last March.

Business conditions have been greatly improved by the operation of breweries and the manufacture of beer and medicinal whiskey. The City of Muncie; has been an important benefactor from this action since the sale of beer requires the manufacturing of bottles.

The Owens-Illinois Glass Co., formerly the Hemingray Glass Co. of this city is now furnishing employment to many men who have been without jobs for months due to the manufacture of beverage bottles. The Ball Brothers industry was able to increase their number of employees because of contracts to make glass bottles.

Increased Orders.

The several gear companies of Muncie have increased orders from automobile and truck manufacturtug concerns simply because the legalized liquor traffic has demanded transportation. The revenue derived from the sale of beer, wines and medicinal liquors aid tremendously in the securing of necessary funds with which to operate government. The City of Muncie will receive in a few days a check from the State of Indiana totaling $5,912.55 which is our distribution from seven weeks collection of taxes and license fees from the manuacture and sale of beer within this state.

The consumption of 3.2 beer has failed to injure the health of anyone and in fact has been proven to be nutritious and healthful. The revenue collected from the sale of beer will and has aided the states and municipalities as well as the federal government to pay operating costs without levying increased taxation on real estate and property owners. The increasing of employment has relieved the poor relief funds of cities and counties and has afforded thousands of men to earn an honest living for their families. Certainly these acts are deserving of unlimited consideration within the minds of all citizens whether they do or do not drink beer.

Something To Think About.

Perhaps, insu_ _ient [sic] insufficient thought has been given to the failure of complete dry enforcement and the political "club" that has been made from the prohibition enforcement agencies under the Department Justice such as has been so ridiculously demonstrated within the city of Muncie. The mayor of Muncie and eight of his police officers were forcibly insulted and unduly treated by a few half-witted federal agents who made their arrests and refused bonds but carted them off to Indianapolis after midnight through very inclement weather only to shove them in jail. A