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Rotary Club of Monongahela
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Hills Restaurant
107 Main St.
New Eagle, PA  15063
United States of America
 
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Meeting of April 4, 2019
Today's Program - Whiskey Rebellion

Dave Budinger is an avid historian.  He has been an 18th century frontier reenactor for over 15 years, is a member and past president of the Washington County Historical Society board of directors and has served on the Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee. He was a docent at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, and currently is a docent at the David Bradford House Museum.   Professionally, Dave is a journalist and has worked at the Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a reporter, columnist and editor.  He is retired now, but keeps busy researching and writing occasional articles on county history for the Washington County Historical Society newsletter and the Observer-Reporter.

Dave gave an interesting and detailed overview of the story of the Whiskey Rebellion (sometimes referred to as the Whiskey Insurrection).  Dave, who came in period costume, explained how the whiskey tax worked and why it created enough of a crisis for farmers in our area that they took up arms against the newly formed United States government.  He explained that local farmers were being assessed based on the size of their still, rather than on their actual production, and that the tax was to be paid at the still.  Since they had very little cash, and many were using whiskey as currency, it meant that the government was potentially confiscating everything they made.  Dave told about events that occurred both in the Washington area and at Whiskey Point in Monongahela, and he talked about leaders who came from Washington including David Bradford.  He explained about “Tom the Tinker,” the name used when notes were left threatening to shoot holes in anyone’s still if they paid the tax.  He identified John Holcroft, a Union Township farmer, as the individual apparently behind these acts, as he later told his descendants that he had been the mysterious figure who used that name anonymously during the event.  When the Rebellion ended there were amnesty hearings in which most of the farmers in the county gathered at certain meeting places to sign pledges that exonerated them from being held accountable for any part they played in the insurrection.  David Bradford fled to Spanish West Florida.  All were encouraged to visit David Bradford's home in Washington, and to attend the Whiskey Rebellion Festival from July 11-14. 

For more information on the David Bradford House Museum, please visit https://www.bradfordhouse.org/

For more information on the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, please visit http://whiskeyrebellionfestival.com/
 

 

Club Business April 4, 2019
The Monongahela Rotary Club met at Hills Restaurant over lunch on April 4, 2019, with 13 members and two guests in attendance.  Guests included honorary member Jim McCune and our speaker, Dave Budinger.  The President rang the opening bell at 12:06; we pledged our allegiance to the flag and sang our normal invocation.
 
There was a discussion about District Conference, the final one before our present District 7330 is merged with District 7300.  The Club agreed to purchase an ad in the program booklet.  Betsie Trew will be representing the Club at the District Conference.
 
Laura D’Emidio announced that she and Scott Usher got engaged on April 2.  Congratulations!!!
 
The speaker for the Rotary Senior Boys Luncheon on April 26 will be a representative from EQT.  Former Club member and Past President Dave Clark will be our MC for the event.
 
Half the Take:  Laura D'Emidio won the ticket but not the card.   At meetings end, the Club recited the Rotary Motto and the Four-Way Test.  The closing bell was rung at 1:00 pm.