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Topic: OT Wooden Barrels? (4 msgs / 83 lines)
1) From: Robert Joslin
*"So the way I see it, I have nothing to be embarrassed about**."*  Exactly
so, Steven!
I live in an old ethic Italian community originally called Alta Vista and
settled by many immigrant Italian families around the turn of the last
century. I have boundless admiration for the few surviving individuals that
I came to know.  They were hard working, independent, self reliant, salt of
the earth types.  The area was wilderness and in addition to their other
agricultural pursuits, these people grew grapes and made wine.....wonderful
wine up until the late 50s early 60s when phyloxxera destroyed their
vineyards. (To keep this somewhat on topic, they also roasted their coffee
at home.  One very elderly neighbor still has the roaster she used as a
child.)  The depression years and prohibition made life especially difficult
for these people and in difficult times they naturally turned to what they
knew to survive. Mrs Belotti, another of my very elderly neighbors (now
deceased) told me that in the early 1930s as Christmas approached, the year
had been a bad one for crops and things looked especially bleak. Then about
a week before Christmas, three well dressed gentlemen drove up into their
front yard in a very dusty automobile, got out and conferred with her
father.  He sold them 3 gallons of whiskey and and a dozen bottles of wine,
all purchased with a twenty dollar bill.  Now they were "rolling" in money,
and Christmas, even with a house full of kids, was looking to be special.
And they could all give ironic thanks to the then Governor of Arkansas,
Harvey Parnell, the Attorney General, and the Pulaski County Judge.
On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 2:12 AM, John Brown  wrote:
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2) From: John Brown
mightthis  be what i heard described as Tony town?  close to Rogers ARK
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3) From: raymanowen
" I have nothing to be embarrassed about."
An absolute fact, to my way of reckoning. Then, again- it may become
necessary to  "dress up" a roasting drum to make it look like a duck on the
spit if specialty coffee becomes subject to a luxury tax.
Noise? That's just the birdshot rattling around in el Fly-o.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
the Vogel Roaster-
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4) From: Robert Joslin
John
      That would be Tontitown in northwest Arkansas. There were several
Italian enclaves settled at about the same time in Arkansas. The community I
live in is called Little Italy, formerly Alta Vista.  The old timers
said the land reminded them of some parts of the Italian Alps and is about
25 miles northwest of Little Rock in the central part of the state.  We are
still rather rural though the city expands towards us at a frightening
pace.  My neighbors place still has the wine cellar with the vats and
barrels.  When phyloxxera destroyed the vineyards here, they drove to
Tontitown to buy grapes and had them shipped by train here just to make
wine.  You never visited the old timers without being offered a glass or
two and my admiration for these people, most of whom are now gone, is
boundless.        Josh
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