For years, in almost every part of the country, the name, Beavertown, and whiskey were all but synonymous. Folks from all parts of the country beat a path to its door. Yet it is remembered with a certain fondness. Just the mention of its name was apt to bring a smile to faces far and near.
Beavertown was unique among whiskey makers. Nearly all the “moonshiners” wore the same name — Beaver. This book is about how and when they all ended up in the whiskey business. Plus, what made them stand out among so many other makers of illegal whiskey in the “roaring twenties.”
Betty Hartshorn is a native of the state of Ohio, born in Trumble County, Ohio, during the Great Depression. Forced to leave all the comforts of the city, they ended up “back home” where they learned to “scratch out” a living on an old dirt floor which had been abandoned for years.
Within shouting distance lay the entrance to Beavertown, notorious for making and selling “moonshine.” Betty and her sister, Eileen, grew up learning all the “in’s and out’s” of the whiskey business merely by watching and listening.
In 1946, she graduated from Matamoras High School, married a Navy man, Norman Hartshorn. After raising two children, Betty continued her education at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. She graduated in 1974, Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa.