"Of course there was. You had the bottle hidden up in the roof of the car. You know, if you had a convertible that was an awfully nice place to hide the whiskey bottle. Oh, sure they did. It wasn't exciting if you didn't have a whiskey bottle along. I didn't drink. My husband didn't either, but [laughs] we tolerated that the rest of them had to have whiskey with them. I remember we were in McCool to a dance, and some young fellow from the neighborhood over in there was going to take me home. His brother was going to ride with us. But we just couldn't get home because he had hidden his whiskey along the road along a telephone pole. And he couldn't remember which one.
     "And we drove from one to the other, and I remember being so mad at him. He could just leave his old whiskey out there 'til the next day! And I can remember he was just ready to cry. He could not find his whiskey he hid along the, one of those poles. And we drove forth and back until he finally found his whiskey. I can just remember how disgusted I was with him."
     Question: "Where did they get the whiskey?"
     "Well, that I - Some of them made it. I knew we had a neighbor out there that had a still down in the cellar. So, I suppose there was a lot more that did that. I didn't pay much attention to that. I was good friends with their daughters. And I knew that he had a still down in the cellar. And he made beer too. And he sold the beer to the young fellows, you know home-made beer."
     Question: "So, it was a 'noble experiment' that didn't work."
    "Well, no, it didn't work. It was terrible. It just made it all the more exciting for the young kids. They all had to do something like that. They probably wouldn't have bothered with it if it wasn't illegal. But, you know, it really made it exciting to do something you're not supposed to."

Carla Due on Prohibition


Other Excerpts from Carla Due's Interview:

Buzzed by Low-Flying Bombers
Barn Dances in the 1940s
The Stock Market Crash
RFD to Main Street
Banks Closing
Local Politics
The Eggs & Cream Economy
The World Economy
Surviving the Tornado
The Radio
Diversity of Churches
Immigrating to Nebraska
Learning English
Carla's Trip to Nebraska
Plowing with Horses & Mules