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JULY 1, 2013
The Last Call: Prohibition in Marathon County!
From 1920 to 1933, the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol were forbidden by law in the United States. Despite this, the public’s thirst for ‘demon rum’ continued and organized crime stepped in to meet the demand. Thanks to Illegal distilleries, smuggled shipments of alcohol and local moonshiners, alcohol continued to flow despite the best efforts of law enforcement. And what was the Marathon County experience during Prohibition?

On Tuesday, July 16th, Gary Gisselman, librarian at the Marathon County Historical Society, will present THE LAST CALL, PROHIBITION IN MARATHON COUNTY, a program detailing how Marathon County residents weathered Prohibition. Did Marathon County obey the law of the land or did it have its own share of illegal gin mills? Were local moonshiners and rum-runners active? Was Al Capone & Co. helping to slacken the thirst of Marathon County residents?

For those answers and more, plan on attending Gary’s fascinating program on July 16th at the Wausau Headquarters Library. The program starts at 6:30 and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. THE LAST CALL is part of the Marathon County Public Library’s 2013 Summer Library Program.

So, mark your calendars and stop in on July 16th for a guided tour to a tumultuous time in Marathon County's history!   
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