PROHIBITION

 

Napa Red
Fresh Galleron grapes were boxed and shipped East under this label.

 

According to the laws of Prohibition, heads of households were permitted to make cider and fruit juices in their homes, not to exceed 1/2 percent alcohol. Also, sacramental and medicinal wines were considered legal. Eastern cities with large immigrant populations who were accustomed to having their table wine, created a huge demand for fresh grapes. The Galleron's and the rest of the Rutherford growers brought their grapes to Mr. Gagetta who shipped their grapes east under the "Mohawk" label. In the end, after the cost of boxing and shipping the grapes, the growers never saw a profit.

By 1921, Virgile Galleron was land rich but cash poor. He began to divvy up the Galleron ranch into small parcels of land to sell as needed for money. The first piece was deeded to Otto J. Ilg and his wife Lidwena. The next parcel was sold to Robert Hartley, the local milkman and owner of Ash Farm Dairy. (In years to come, after the death of Virgile Galleron, Robert Hartley would become Angele Galleron's second husband). Land was sold to Anna Trumpler, followed by 30 acres to Italian immigrants, Dominic and Carmen Bommarito. The sales continued into 1923, when Virgile Galleron sold 30 acre parcels to Carl Hilker, Emil Rupetti, Vito LaFata and Salvatore Emmolo. Galleron Road had suddenly grown into a wonderfully diverse neighborhood, populated with European immigrants.

 

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