A century ago in 1912, a controversy began to simmer in Lodi. In the early spring, Lodi women were registering to vote for the first time. Residents were proud that the dirt streets Downtown were being covered in asphalt. Hitching racks were being moved to side streets. Investors announced new building construction. Downtown was taking on a decidedly modern appearance, and residents were openly proud of their city.
But Lodi, like cities across the nation, was split on the much-debated evils of alcohol and prohibition. In the spring of 1912, this issue came to a boil over accusations that city officials broke the law by drinking on Sundays at a social club.