, Newburyport, MA

September 9, 2013

This day in history

Newburyport Daily News

---- — On this day in 1876, it was advertised that Charles S. Allen of Washington Street was manufacturing Jamaica Ginger Extract. Also known as “Jake,” it was said to be used by everybody and that it was manufactured from the “purest material.” “Jake” was recognized by the Treasury Department during Prohibition as an alcohol source, since it was 140 proof.

— Information provided by the Historical Society of Old Newbury