Happy Birthday Abe!by Zach Smith on 09/14/17
This week, Mount Baker Distillery celebrates the founder and originator of the family moonshine business Abraham "Abe" Smith.
Born on September 12th, 1842, Abe grew up in Ohio on his family farm. At the age of 20 he enlisted for the Civil War on the behalf of the Union, fighting until the end of the war primarily in Tennessee and Georgia. Abe served as colonel for the Company G 10th regiment of the Ohio Voluntary Infantry. He suffered a variety of ailments during his stay, including typhoid, measles, and deafness from cannon-fire.
Once the war ended, Abe relocated to Portland, Oregon where he settled down and became an ordained minister. Abe died at the age of 70, a long lifespan for people at the time. His lineage has continued for 5 generations to this day, where his memory is preserved on the face of every Mount Baker Moonshine bottle label.