Peter Meehan and G.A. Saumweber

Moorhead Historic Preservation Walking Tour

Peter Meehan and G.A. Saumweber

Moorhead, Minnesota 56560, United States

Created By: North Dakota State University

Point of Interest Details

Four men were arrested in Moorhead by the federal prohibition agents Wednesday March, 15. The establishments that raided were, Peter Meehan, the soft drink parlor on 23 Fourth Street South, The Oxford club, 224 First Avenue South, Martin Redman Cigar Store, 11 Fourth Street North, and G. A. Saumweber barber shop, 15 Fourth Street South. No liquor was found at the Oxford club or the Redman establishment. The liquor was taken form Meehan and Saumweber’s. Peter Meehan, his son John, and Ray Milnor, an employee of the Saumweber, were all ordered to go Thursday before D.C. Carmen, the United States. Court Commissioner at Detroit Lakes.[1] A fun fact about Peter Meehan is that he was one of the first to get one of the 21 One Sale Licenses. On April 5th, of 1933, Moorhead had $2,130 in sales in its treasures on that day due to the first revenues coming from the beer licenses deposited by the 41 people and groups who had applied for permits in hopes of having their “On” and “Off” Sale Licenses. Those who applied for One Sales Licenses were: Peter Meehan, O.W. Saumweber, Martin Redman, Comstock hotel, Walter Seign, Charles Dougherty, and Ed Lodgard. Those who applied for Off Sale Licenses were: Leo Marks, Big Red Grocery, Walter Seign, O.M. Johnson, Wester Bottling Works, Comstock hotel, and Ed Lodgard.[2] The city would decide Thursday April 6th, to decide on the applications. So on April 7th, Peter Meehan, received his On Sale License.


  1. "Four Arrested in Liquor Raids," Moorhead Daily News (Moorhead), March Thursday, 1933.
  2. "Moorhead Daily News," $2,130 Deposited for Beer Permits at City Offices (Moorhead), April Wednesday, 1933.
  3. Photo 1 from the "Moorhead Daily News", Wednsday April, 1933.
  4. Photo/Map 2 from Markus Krueger and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Moorhead Historic Preservation Walking Tour


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