Up in smoke: Lawrenceburg cigar-maker returns to his roots

The Courier-Journal

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) – Allen Mobley remembers his grandmother killing two chickens as payment to their pastor for helping with the family’s tobacco harvest.

After working on one farm, the minister and other members of the congregation would move to the next the following day and help with their harvest. The work was long and hard, but growing and harvesting tobacco was a part of Kentucky’s culture.

Such was the way of life throughout much of Kentucky back when tobacco money was the lifeblood of the state. A good crop could mean Christmas presents for the kids and a bad crop could mean financial ruin.

Much has changed over Mobley’s 70 years. The horrors of smoking are well known and tobacco is not the cash crop that it once was.


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