In the summer-time, with temperatures reaching topping 120 degrees, often people will need water, but may not have the money to pay for it (mainly applies to homeless). Hence, the law. It is very much in effect today, with businesses being reported (and heavily fined) who refuse to supply water to those who ask for…
Source: Columbus Ledger – Enquirer (August 08, 2002)
Our research has shown this one wasn’t entirely true, but close. 1935 Laws of Wisconsin, Chapter 106 required serving a small amount of cheese and butter with meals in restaurants (eff. June 1935 – March 1937).