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National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

Posted on January 17th, 2017
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 The term bootlegger began in the Midwest in the 1880s when one woul…

Posen: Home of the Potato Festival

Posted on September 8th, 2016
Posen Potato Fields Moonshine 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 immigrants, (primarily German & Pol…

Alpena Man Takes the Lead in Ending Prohibition

Posted on April 8th, 2016
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, which banned alcohol in the United States. Michigan’s…