Category Archive for "prohibition"

National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

January 17 has been proclaimed as National Bootleggers Day. This date marks the birthdays of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone, and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff.

Alpena's John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

The term bootlegger began … Read the rest


Posen: Home of the Potato Festival

Posen Potato Fields

Posen Potato Fields

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Posen: Home of the Potato Festival!

The 65th Annual Posen Potato Festival starts tomorrow!

The village of Posen is located just outside of Alpena, Michigan. This prosperous farming community dates back to 1870 when the first … Read the rest


Alpena Man Takes the Lead in Ending Prohibition

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930's

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930’s

On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to vote yes on the 21st Amendment in an effort to end prohibition! We led the way to overturning the unpopular 18th Amendment, … Read the rest


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