J Frank Detrick first operated a Milling company (Est. 1884) but he later began fermenting the grain he was milling and then turning it into liquor. The "Detrick Milling and Distilling Company" was established in 1897.
The Detrick Distillery (Registered distillery No. 60, 10 th District), was located in Tippecanoe City (now Tipp City), OH., about 30 miles north of Dayton.
The Detrick Distilling Co. retail store and mail order department was located at 313-315 E 1 st. Street, postal address "Lockbox 301" (1907). By 1908, they were shipping from 35 S. Ludlow, postal address was "Lockbox 928".
The company also had a branch in Chattanooga, TN., listed in the 1912 and 1913 directories at 225 E 11 th St. under the name "Dietrich."
With the onset of Prohibition, Frank Detrick returned to milling under the guise of the Detrick Grain and Mercantile Company.
The company is most famous for its "motto jugs", or "toast jugs", as the company called them in their advertising. They stood about 4-1/2" tall and were filled with Detrick's Private Stock and were offered as a free gift to new customers, along with the shot glasses and a corkscrew. Twelve different jugs were offered:
1: "As I go up the hill of prosperity, may I never meet a friend."
2: "Eat, drink and be merry."
3: "While we live, let's live."
4: "May fortune ever smile on you."
5: "To err is human, to forgive divine."
6: "There's always more from where I came."
7: "I am always welcome wherever I go."
8: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."
9: "When you see me you will always smile."
10: "If you try me once you will try me again."
11: "Drink weary Pilgrim, for tomorrow you may die."
12: "Rye on Toast."
Read more about this company in the following article:
Bottling Wisdom: The Motto Jug, by Jack Sullivan
The company used the brand names:
"Detrick", "Government Seal", "Kid - Nee - Gyn", "King of All Gins", "Motto", "National", "Old Tippecanoe Malt", "Opodeldock", "Supremacy", and "Vigoral Gin."
Business name timeline:
Detrick Distilling Co.
313-315 E 1 st. Street (1907), 35 S. Ludlow (1908-1910), 125 S Ludlow (1911-1917)
313-315 E 1 st, ca. 1907
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
D W V
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Dayton directory notes
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1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917
1890, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
V= Wine & Liquor, V-W = Wine & Liquor Wholesale, W = Whiskies (Wholesale), D = Distiller
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