Thomas Alva Edison was once asked why he was a total abstainer. He said: "I thought I had better use of my head." The answer is worth remembering by any young fellow who means to use his brains.
Above is just a portion of an article published in The Fowlerville Review in 1899. The editor, G.L. Adams, of the local newspaper was very much against any kind of drinking and looked for every opportunity to make a comment.
Part of the reason this pertains to Fowlerville was because, within a few years, the Local Option Act would be enacted and drinking in the county was abolished. It was even illegal for druggists to prescribe medicine with alcohol in it, especially if the person receiving the drug might be a known drinker.