Mc Govern Family
married Lucelia Blaska and had four children Gerald, Wayne, John, and Jeannette.
Al was a successful wildcat beer bootlegger during prohibition. He purchased two
more 80 acre farms next to the original homestead. Orville operated a bar Allen
leased on Atwood Avenue. Allen then bought the Tar Paper Shack Bar leased by
Hienie and Dick Nordness Sr.
in Sun Prairie from the Chase Lumber Co. and had Orville manage it. Orvile Smith
called it Smittyís High Life Garden Bar. Allen owned a Miller beer
distributorship after prohibition given to him by Harry John of the Miller
Brewing family. Smittyís was nicknamed the Bloody Dagger Bar because of the number of
fights occurring between the locals and those from surrounding communities and
Native Americans. When WWII started Orvillie and his family moved back to New
York to work for Pullman in the railroad industry. Jeannette
moved to California and the three sons fought in WWII.
Allen then had Ross (Woody) Woodhead from Springfield manage the bar and
it become known as Woodyís Bar.
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820 West Main Street, Sun Prairie WI 53590