Apparently even presidents had to be careful about being seen with a drink in their hand.
A story by Pat Keeble from August 13, 1958, talks about an artifact of President William McKinley’s visit to San Luis Obispo.
Mrs. Athelma Lamb of San Miguel collected a silver inlaid whiskey or bitters bottle that sat at the table when the president was in town.
William McKinley spent an hour at San Luis Obispo’s Ramona Hotel while on a tour of the coast by train in 1901. Mrs. Lamb was 4 years old when the train went through her hometown of Bradley.
En route to San Francisco the president fell ill with a digestive disorder. The conductor, Fred T. Crain, concocted a soda mix that made the president feel better.
The grateful president gave Crain a silver inlaid bitters bottle and a thank-you card.
Lamb later obtained the bottle from the family who held it.
Read more about the bitters bottle at http://sloblogs.thetribune news.com/slovault/#ixzz1Ur6lcuyS.