Moonshiners, Thorsby, Alabama 1907

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I am pretty sure I have the story about this photo. It is almost certainly relatives of mine. How did you come up with it? Could I get a high quality scan?

Posted by Mark D (not verified) on 8 October 2010 - 2:41am
Moonshiners

Bought it with some other postcards and photos at an auction. Sorry, I no longer have it.

What the story?

Posted by Just Jim on 9 October 2010 - 3:40pm
Moonshiners

Sorry about the long delay for my response.

Thorsby Alabama was founded by several folks from Minnesota and Iowa in 1896. Notably among them Theodore T. Thorson, John F. Peterson, Jno. E. Hedberg and K. G. Faegreand. Jno (John) Hedberg is my great grandfather, T.T. Thorson is a great uncle. I can't tell who is in this picture but the families that moved there started a peach orchard that failed due to some kind of blight. The intent was to also make wine commercially but apparently that never worked out. The entire orchard was burned to prevent the spreading of whatever the trees were afflicted with. After this failure and several other setbacks including the sad death of the wife of Jno Hedberg, many of the orginal founders of Thorsby permanently returned north many to Minnesota.

They were there in Thorsby for approximately 10 years and many left between 1905 and 1910. The photo seems to commemorate the leaving for home. It also seems to be a complete spoof of all the trouble they had and in fact the characters in the photo seem way happier than they should be. The humor is further made wry by the fact that many of the family were very opposed to the consumption of alcohol.

It is a great photo, and better if you know the history. I hope to spend some time putting names to these now long gone faces.

Thanks for posting it.

Posted by Mark D (not verified) on 16 May 2011 - 12:49am