Although it is rare for moonshine stills to be discovered today, there was a time when making, selling and drinking moonshine was not at all uncommon.
"My dad used to stop at Rea's Run (near Newport) and we were sitting in the car waiting on him - a whole family of us," said Marietta resident Betty Spindler, 85. "Dad knew where it was and he'd go over the bank - we just sat and waited- and when he came back, he couldn't drive."
States began passing laws in the early 1900s that banned alcohol sales and consumption. In 1920, nationwide prohibition went into effect; however, it was repealed in 1933.
Items obtained through a search warrant.
Moonshining, though, is still illegal to this day.
Earlier this month, officials from the Washington County Sheriff's Office discovered moonshine operations in Waterford and Vincent.
"In my 45 years of law enforcement those were the second and third ones I had ever seen," said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
The operation in Waterford was discovered Aug. 17 at 398 Curry Road. Charges are pending from that case against Archie Curry, 74, of 398 Curry Road, and his son, Alex Curry, 49, of 554 Curry Road.
"A teenager had obtained the alcohol and had been drinking it," Mincks said. "He was taken to the (emergency room) and we were called and we went from there."
The 16-year-old became violently ill after drinking the alcohol and vomited blood. A search warrant executed at 398 Curry Road revealed a copper still and approximately 45 gallons of moonshine.
Search warrants executed last week at 4081 Veto Road, Vincent, revealed a 55-gallon stainless steel and copper still, ingredients for making moonshine, along with approximately eight gallons of the finished product.
Additionally, records were found indicating that Jonathan P. Angus, 30, of the Veto Road address, was selling the moonshine for $60 a gallon and $300 for a five-gallon container.
Charges are also pending against Angus.
"The liquid that we seized is being tested by the (Ohio Department of Public Safety) Ohio Investigative Unit," Mincks said.
Corn meal, sugar, yeast and water are combined to make moonshine. Under Ohio law, the illegal manufacture of moonshine is a first-degree misdemeanor, unless certain toxins are found in the product. If poisons are detected, it could raise the penalty to a fourth-degree felony.
Mincks said someone saw media reports about the operation in Waterford and alerted law enforcement officials about the operation in Vincent.
Fleming resident Cathy Ryan, 57, doesn't think that's the end of it.
"There are more than that around...people will hide them more," she said. "It's a big concern for kids."
Moonshining is steeped in history, according to science.howstuffworks.com. Just after the American Revolution, the United States placed a federal tax on liquors and spirits but many Americans ignored it and continued making their own whiskey. Federal agents were attacked when they attempted to collect the tax.
When nationwide prohibition went into effect in 1920, the demand for moonshine increased because there was no legal alcohol available.
"It was a big deal around Beavertown (Ohio)," said Marietta resident George Henning, 89. "During the (Great) Depression, they had the stills away from the house out in the woods. There was a lot of moonshine made and sold - you could buy a pint of moonshine for 50 cents."
A major concern with moonshine is that it contains methanol, Mincks said, which is manufactured synthetically from carbon oxides and hydrogen.
"If you're drinking moonshine on a regular basis, it can be slowly poisoning you or if you get some that hasn't been adequately distilled, you can get a big shot of methanol," he said. "It's pretty powerful stuff. If you're used to having one rum and Coke, if you have one moonshine and coke, it's about the equivalent of three."