Is There Moonshine in Your History?
IT'S NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY
I know that times were tough many many years ago. Farmers were doing whatever they could to survive, and my ancestors are no exception.
My Dad actually to me to the spot in Princeton where my ancestors had a still built right into the side of a hill. Of course, like many stills in the day, the story is the feds came in and shot everything up, and blew up the still. Today it's buried with farmland. I wonder if we dug deep enough if we would come up with some remnants of the still.
I don't know much about it. I've heard that it was the best Moonshine anywhere around. That people from St. Cloud and the surrounding areas kept them in business, because it was so good. I know stories grow over time; but I never heard anything about the Moonshine until I was an adult. I wonder if my Grandparents every talked about it? Or if it was just something the men talked about and passed the information down from generation to generation.
I don't even know the process of making Moonshine, but it's interesting to learn why our Ancestors in this area were making it. They had the land, it was before and during the Depression years, and I think it was one of the only ways to keep food on the table. There's nothing to be ashamed about that. I guess if you're going to do something, you might as well be good at it.