The Still at Big Bass Lake


Bass Lake EveningStill

In the 1920’s, I just learned that my grandmother, Barbara Noreika, was once arrested for making moonshine. No, not the kind that glows on Big Bass Lake, but the kind of stuff that my grandfather once sold at his bar in Wisconsin before making the move to the farm. No doubt this moonshine made by my grandmother was prepared for my grandfather. I wonder if Elliot Ness was in on the bust?

My grandmother, I am sure, would have rather been in the kitchen preparing pasti with cole slaw over that of that other activity. Farm life then was difficult as the family faired largely on chicken, eggs, and milk, all home grown or produced by the animals of the farm.

There was a Lithuanian language barrier in the area and thus many people like my grandparents were segregated. Yet, like the Amish, they came together for barn raisings, to cut hay, and of course for social gatherings.

You just never know what things one might find out about their grandparents these days!

One thought on “The Still at Big Bass Lake

  1. we discovered too,that my husbands grandfather many, many years ago,…made ‘moonshine’!…He’d hire ‘runners’…..the alcohol was carefully ‘encased’ under the back seat of the car…..we heard he made ‘quite’ a lot of money in his day!…..’skeleton’s in the closet’…oohh boy!…..

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