The "100 Years Ago Today" column in the Journal-World recently mentioned "jointists." My unabridged dictionary has 27 explanations of the word "joint" but nothing about jointists. What or who were they?
"Jointist" was a name used during that period to describe a saloon or bar owner. Saloons then also were referred to as "joints," as in "beer joints." This comes from information about prohibitionist Carry Nation on the Kansas Historical Society's Web site, www.kshs.org/people/nation_carry.htm.