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More Picturing the Past coming

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 3:34 PM

More views of Bedford County past are coming. I simply haven't had time to scan the negatives. But I did find some good ones on Monday, so by next week I should have a few weeks' worth or more backed up.

One thing I noticed was the high number of whiskey stills captured and photographed. I guess stills were the 1950s-1960s version of today's meth labs.

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I just learned a few years ago that my grandfather and uncle were arrested & jailed for their whiskey-making in Shelbyville. My mother told me the story of the revenuers [sp?] coming to their house to make the arrest (frightened her nearly to death!). I'd love to find out if there is any information in the newspaper's archives about this. It was around 1924 or so.

-- Posted by Trumblebee on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 10:39 PM

You are right about the comparison to meth labs....whiskey was pretty much taboo in Shelbyville till about 1970 or so.That is when I remember the first state liquor store opening in town. My grandfather used to sell what was called bonded whiskey back then,where he got it I have no clue.I do remember guys pulling up to the back of his house and unloading glass gallon jugs from the trunk of their car.For what it is worth, he lived next door to the sheriff.

I also remember some really scraggly looking fellas coming to his door for shots of whiskey, I think he charged either a quarter or fifty cents per shot.

-- Posted by mdstover on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 11:58 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.