Rains the Prohibitionist (No, Really)

Perry M. Rains -> William Robert Rains -> William Stephen Rains -> William Harold Rains -> Molly Ann Rains -> Cody Nelson
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Wedding beer 

Wedding beer 

Beer and other fine spirits are not for everyone.  The Rains family, my corner of it anyway, has never shied away from it.  In most cases you could even say we have been responsible in our usage.  Grasshoppers on Christmas Eve (creme de menthe, creme de cacao), individual's choice on Buckeye Saturdays, a cold one around the campfire, a goodbye toast at the burial (and often a cooler in the funeral home parking lot).

As one on the inside I can't speak to the degree of appropriateness for any of this.  As a predominantly German-Irish (Catholic at times) family, it has always just been apart of us.  You could say I was surprised to find out that this hasn't always been the case.  Other lines of the Rains family may be a  bit stuffy as a comparison but you couldn't call any of them prohibitionist.

Meet my 3rd Great Grandfather, Perry M. Rains (1852-1917) of Ohio, Prohibitionist.  I came upon this new finding randomly searching old newspapers.

Perry M. Rains can be found near the bottom of this clipping.  Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) 24 June 1883

Perry M. Rains can be found near the bottom of this clipping. 

Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) 24 June 1883

It seems Perry was selected as the representative for Columbus on the Prohibitionist Council.  During this time period the Prohibitionist Party was growing very quickly and often putting it's own candidates up for election, if not backing a Republican or Democrat that aligned with their dry views.  Very little has come up yet as I have researched into the  Prohibitionist Council of Ohio and Perry M. Rains surprising place in it.