Sam Veneable in a December 4, 2007 - Venable: A toast to the day it ended said regarding the end of Prohibition and Burt Vincent's comments on it:
Actually, I should have said "strolled through" because there was no better chronicler of the times than the late "Strolling" columnist Bert Vincent.Even a member of the Anderson Payne family, a son of Byrd Maynard Payne, TIPTON JENNINGS PAYNE was said to have sampled what was called "Jamaican ginger" following Prohibition and almost died from it. Tip had a condition called "jake leg" but survived to continue to drink only "good, clear" corn liquor from that point on.
On the day of repeal, Bert penned an essay about how Knoxvillians would continue to drink bootlegged spirits.
He quoted one local seller "who keeps three light cars busy delivering about 100 jars daily."
Bert also described the "quality" of local wares:
"This liquor is so-called corn from Monroe and Union counties, so full of fusel oil that when one shakes it there are rainbows on the bottle. Sugar and wheat-bran liquor from Cocke County and from the Copper Ridge, Brown Mountain and Riverdale sections of Knox County is so bitter that it really shouldn't be taken straight."
Now, those of you who know the Kennedy's know what really made them rich and famous was Joseph P. Kennedy, just before Prohibition was repealed, Kennedy lined up several lucrative liquor-importing deals. Therefore stockpiling Scotch liquor toward the end of prohibition was part of what made him wealthy. My grandfather Joe Phillips, a civil servant, fought illegal spirits during prohibition and was said to have held the keys to a warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky that contained all the illicit spirits from raids throughout prohibition. Too bad he couldn't have sold all that liquor to the Kennedy's after prohibition. He did remain with the Alcohol Tax Unit of the IRS until 1949. No fortune in that. And then to loose anything he might have made in the Scott County, Tn Courts. Staying a step ahead of the Kennedy's has always been hard to do, even for special agents.
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