Bill's 444 & The Barleycorn's Benediction
Have you ever heard of W. H. Henderson's notorious saloon in Alva, Oklahoma? Henderson called his place "Bill's 444." Where exactly was Henderson's saloon located in Alva? North, West side of square? If anyone has any stories to share about Bill's 444, we would love to share them in the OkieLegacy newsletter.
We understand that when prohibition first struck Oklahoma, a passer-by passed Bill's 444 and saw that the door was draped with crepe. A cartoon was in the window showing the inside of a church with a lot of saloon keepers in the pews and a big, red-faced beer-and-whiskey dispenser in the pulpit. He was just saying, "Brethen, we will now all rise and sing No. 23, Shall we gather at the river?"
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