Washington Post

Drawing on grandma's lessons from 1918, a distillery donated 800 gallons of hand sanitizer

Foto: John Moore

Michael Dombrosky's grandmother was a teenage moonshiner who knew survival. A coal miner's daughter, Mary Fellin put herself through nursing school in Allentown, Pa., at the turn of the 20th century by selling her own brand of rye whiskey. Family legend says that as a midwife, Fellin birthed most of the babies born in her small hometown in the coal region and treated ear infections with boiled rabbit fat.

In 1918, when the most devastating pandemic in contemporary history killed approximately 50 million people worldwide, Fellin stayed alive with a little help from her spirits...

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