Upton Sinclair Arrested in Arden?!



Arden was also the subject of national media attention in 1911 when Upton Sinclair, Scott Nearing, and several others were arrested for “gaming on the Sabbath.” Due to a longstanding grudge, the anarchist shoemaker, George Brown had the group arrested for playing baseball on Sunday and had Sinclair included in the group because he had played tennis that Sunday morning.

After an overnight stint in the local jail, the group protested the ruling, subtly pointing out that the judges and other officials on their case were also known to “game on the Sabbath” with golf clubs. With this revelation, the charges were dropped.


Come see our Arden Sports exhibit which will be up until June!

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