Nope, it was nothing like Joshua making the sun shine still! (If you don’t know that story it is in Joshua, Chapter Ten, Holy Bible.) Granddad bootlegging whiskey!?
In November I wrote about my grandfather in Meeting the Lord in the Broomcorn Field. His life changed. The man I always knew was a Christian and lived a life modeled after Jesus. I am ever so thankful that by the time I was born into the Rodgers family, most of them were sweet and loving people. That was the cradle in which I was raised. But I still get a kick out of hearing stories from when Granddad was a gambling drunk. An evidence of his change is indicated by the following incident.
Pete, my dad, bought Granddad Jim’s farm in the early 1940’s. Granddad Jim had attached a four room house to the old house. There was a large attic in the new part. My mom, Amy, didn’t let much stop her when she wanted to change a house – add a door, put in a window, put in steps – Mom would do it. Aunt Delma (I think) told me that mom was doing away with an old cellar that was beneath the old house. I remember the steps down to the cellar. The cellar had a trap door that opened access to the stairs. I remember Grandma Vida kept canned vegetables down there. She also had large tins of meat stored in lard down there.
In the process of Mom’s cellar project, she found three cans of “canned heat.” What is canned heat? It is a method of providing heat for making moonshine whiskey! Yeah, Granddad’s still!
In it’s glory days he had covered the floor, hiding the door, with linoleum to help hide his bootlegging business. I guess if anyone smelled the evidence, they just chalked it up to Granddad’s drinking! Or they were there to buy some and wouldn’t think of drying up their source.
As Mom and Dad renovated the old house, they found a pistol hidden in the eaves. I never heard any story about that pistol. Aunt Delma said she did not know about it. I wonder what that story was. If we knew, we in the Rodgers family tree, might be even more thankful for a changed man, our Granddad Jim!