Denmark’s Olaf Linck wrote a biography of my Seattle contractor father, Hans Pederson after a two-month 1929 visit with Pederson.
They ate lunch at the Arctic Club, a five-story building constructed by Pederson as a venue for local movers and shakers who had gone on the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Aware that Prohibition had been the law in Washington for some years, Linck observed several patrons ordering drinks at the extended bar across the lobby.
Seated next to Linck before the fireplace, Hunter, one of the members, explained. Before Prohibition he drank water, but now places a monthly order with his bootlegger for any type of prohibited spirits. “The prohibition law is an insult to all freedom-loving and healthy men,” Hunter said. “Why should the Government tell me what I am allowed to eat and drink in my own home?” Hunter slapped the arm of his chair. “The State has committed an assault against me. My house is my castle—in the United States we are not serfs to the lords.”
Linck concluded that Prohibition offered another risk-taking opportunity to the West’s intrepid pioneers.
The renovated Arctic Club reopened as a downtown Seattle hotel in 2009.
Prohibition didn’t work. How is legal marijuana doing if it’s in your state?