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Ola Toschi remembers

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In the 1920s, Prohibition was in full force in America, but at times the law didn’t always work like it should have. Attilio Toschi and his wife, Ida, had a farm on Avenue 10 1/2, and one day they were visited by a man who wanted to buy some wine.

The Italian immigrant, sensing something was amiss, refused to make a deal, so the man left. Attilio could have sold him some wine from one of the barrels he had in his cellar, but this day he didn’t take the chance. Besides, he had his cherries pickled in brandy down there with the wine, and he didn’t want to lose them.

Alas, he probably should have sold the wine; at least he could have kept the cherries.

The disgruntled would-be customer drove off, and the next thing Attilio knew, a carload of government agents pulled up and raided his cellar. They descended the stairs with axes and busted all of his wine barrels, but that wasn’t the worst of it. To add insult to injury, they took the cherries, too! ...


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