Harriet Reece of Cavendish and Lewiston and John Werner, Scarsdale, NY, are the winners!
Moonshiners is the answer for Week 452 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Wednesday: There were different kinds of equipment.
Thursday: Some tried to hide their activity.
Friday: Local folks got involved.
Saturday: There are artifacts at the museum.
During prohibition Clearwater County had its share of moonshiners that worked with sometimes dangerous equipment of different types and sizes to make alcohol for themselves and customers. One of those recorded in history is Phoebe Carr. Though not on display at present, her still is preserved at the Clearwaer Historical Museum, thanks to the efforts of Harvey Grasser, a son-in-law.
Harriet shared: All over the U.S. during prohibition, alcohol was illegally brought from Canada where it was legal. In Orofino, the alcohol was readily available across the creek in “little Canada”, hence the name "Canada" stuck. I doubt much of the stuff from our neighbor to the north reached Clearwater County since, as you pointed out, it was readily available here. It was rumored that you could also get it at a confectionary in Orofino if you asked for the proper kind of “tea.” My friend—much older than me--who smuggled booze from Canada in his youth, lived in Western Washington at the time.
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