Bootlegging, brewing come to life



April 25, 2016 - 12:00 AM

In the innocence of her youth, Iolan Margaret Robb unwittingly broke the law by carrying bootleg whiskey to clients of her stepfather. She unabashedly detailed the experience to an overflow crowd at Saturday evening’s Allen County Historical Society spring meeting.

Nich Lohman skipped to the other side of the fence and told about how to make home-brewed beer, a perfectly legal enterprise in Kansas.

“This (crowd) is much bigger than we expected,” said Larry Maness, an ACHS director, as available seating in the society’s downtown museum quickly filled. “I guess offering free alcohol brings out a crowd.” Lohman brought along a dispenser that featured three different beers he had made.

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