0:16 - Introduction / an anecdote about a goat

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Segment Synopsis: Betty Ellison, the interviewer, introduces Taft Davis, the interviewee. Davis briefly touches on how he got into the business of making moonshine whiskey. He also tells a story about being frightened by a goat.

Keywords: bulldogs;friends;goats;Sherman Davis;stills;The Bellow (??);wood

Subjects: Wayne County (Ky.).;Whiskey.

2:36 - The whiskey making process / selling whiskey

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Segment Synopsis: Davis shares the process of distilling whiskey and mentions the ingredients needed for it. He also talks about the profits made from selling moonshine and why it wasn't very profitable on the whole.

Keywords: corn;cornmeal;cost of whiskey;gambling;grain corn;making whiskey;mash;money;moonshine;processes;profits;stills;sugar;water

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey industry--Kentucky.;Whiskey.

6:17 - Being stolen from / getting revenge

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Segment Synopsis: Davis tells a story about having money stolen from him by a young boy. He describes what he did to get his money back and get revenge on the boy.

Keywords: 1920's;age;bootlegging;drunkenness;freestone water (??);jugs;money;profit;selling whiskey;theft

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey.

10:39 - Number of stills / refining whiskey

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Segment Synopsis: Davis gives some idea of the number of stills that he operated while he made moonshine whiskey. He also talks about the process of refining whiskey.

Keywords: alcohol;barrels;cleanliness;cooking;Earle Ramsey (??);mash;operating stills;sleds;soft water;stills;straining

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey.

12:54 - Being caught by the law / serving time in prison

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Segment Synopsis: Davis describes the two times that he was caught by the revenuers. He talks about being sentenced to prison and why he never distilled whiskey again after he finished his sentence.

Keywords: arrests;county clerks;Doc Tate;drunkenness;friends;guns;Indiana;judges;law enforcement;letters;Matt Dillow (??);prison;Ray Jones;sheriffs;warrants;water;weapons

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Law enforcement.

19:09 - Ways to tell if others have been at the still / nearly being caught

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Segment Synopsis: Davis shares some of the precautions that he took to find out if someone else had been around his still. He also shares a story about nearly being caught when his still was found.

Keywords: bait;being taught;darkness;graves;knives;marks;Pilot Mountain (??);Prince Albert (tobacco);Robert;shoe prints;singing;smoke;stills;trading;wristwatches

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey industry--Kentucky.;Whiskey.

24:56 - Avoiding the law

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Segment Synopsis: Davis talks about some of the ways that he would avoid the law. This included keeping the snakes around the still alive, because if the revenuers shot one, the sound would give him enough warning to be able to escape. He contradicts his earlier statement that he didn't make any more whiskey after returning from Indiana.

Keywords: arrests;authority;being kicked;copperhead snakes;Everett and Joe Booth (??);guiltiness;Indiana;law;listening;nervousness;shooting;snakes;sneaking;stills;tracks;watching

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Law enforcement.

28:51 - Selling the whiskey / making a worm for the still

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Segment Synopsis: Davis talks about how he sold the whiskey that he made. He also describes the process of making a worm, which is a coil of copper tubing that is an essential part of a still.

Keywords: alcohol;copper;delivery;Kentucky;pine trees;selling moonshine;stills;streams;Tennessee;tubing;water;worm (whiskey making)

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey.

32:18 - Double distilling vs. using a thump keg / an incident with the law

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Segment Synopsis: Davis states his reasons for double distilling his whiskey rather than using a thump keg. He also shares a story about another moonshiner being caught by the revenuers.

Keywords: barrels;Dobbs Creek (??);dogs;double;federal marshals;fires;gas lines;jars;Kentucky;law;moonshine;police;revenuers;sheriffs;stills;Tennessee;thump kegs;trees

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Law enforcement.;Whiskey.

36:34 - federal vs. state law enforcement / signals used to alert other moonshiners

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Segment Synopsis: Davis contrasts the trouble that he had with federal and state law enforcement. He also describes the signals that he and others used to alert each other to approaching or leaving law enforcement.

Keywords: code;Dobbs Creek (??);federal revenue;Joe;law enforcement;laws;local police;signals;white powder shotgun

Subjects: Law enforcement.;Whiskey.

38:47 - Jugs and jars used / building a still / seasons for making and selling whiskey

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Segment Synopsis: Davis describes the containers used to hold the whiskey and the process of building a still. He also talks about how the weather influenced making and selling whiskey. He states that the whiskey would be terrible if it was made in freezing conditions.

Keywords: "groundhog furnaces";buildings;carrying things;coke bottles;freezing;furnaces;gallons;hardwood;heat;jars;jugs;mason jars;night;noise;scent;seasons;smoke;stills;weather;wood

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey industry--Kentucky.;Whiskey.

42:31 - 120 proof whiskey / years making whiskey

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Segment Synopsis: Davis states that he made mainly 120 proof whiskey and shares a method of gauging what proof whiskey is. He states that he made moonshine whiskey for around thirty years and compares legally made whiskey to its illegal counterpart.

Keywords: 120 proof;alcohol;avoidance;drinking;legally made whiskey;moonshine;proof;selling whiskey;wives;years

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Whiskey.

46:09 - Law enforcement during prohibition / a shooting incident / difference between moonshiners and drug makers

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Segment Synopsis: Davis talks about the strict laws about making alcohol during Prohibition. He recounts a shooting incident between the revenuers and moonshiners, but states that it was the only one that he remembered hearing about. He contrasts moonshiners to modern drug growers and states that the former were much less dangerous.

Keywords: Bob Soneman (??);courthouses;danger;drug use;drugs;guns;horses;illicit drugs;lawyers;moonshiners;prison time;revenuers;shooting;squirrels;stills;Will Ryan

Subjects: Distilling, illicit.;Law enforcement.;Liquor laws.;Prohibition.

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