Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Signal

The Signal was a temperance newspaper launched by Byron E. Van Keuren in 1884. Van Keuren was an Oshkosh lawyer and an "unswerving prohibitionist." His newspaper was an eight-page weekly crammed full of complaints about drinking. That act didn't play well here. Yet, the Signal hung on for 13 years until it finally folded in 1897. In the end, it was being printed at the First Methodist Church at the corner of Merritt and North Main. 

That same space is now occupied by Wagner Market and enough beer to float those old readers of The Signal.

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