In an era when corn was plentiful and dollars were not, Rabun County men, like their neighbors in all of Georgia and much of Appalachia, turned to the production and selling of moonshine to put food on the table for their families.
It took a major underground operation to supply the city's 20,000 speakeasies. This distillery, discovered by Prohibition agents on the city's West Side in 1931, produced 5,000 gallons of liquor a day.
Ralph E. Madsen, the Tall Cowboy. at Capitol in Washington, D.C., Shaking Hands With Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas in 1919. Known simply as "Tex", Ralph E. Madsen, born in 1897, grew to be 7'6" and was considered the tallest man in the United States at that time. He spent most of his life on a ranch in Texas, acquired veterinary skills and was an authority on horses, sheep, cows and pigs. He eventually traveled to every state, Mexico and Canada, always accompanied by his minature horses.