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BREEN & KENNEDY
Chicago, IL.
1901-1918
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"Smooth whisky - good! Smooother whisky - better! Smoothest Henderson Bourbon - best! "

The company used the brand names:
"Blue Mountain", "Calumet Club", "Calumet Club", "Cedar Creek ", "Cedar Creek, B & K", "Comrade", "Henderson", "Henderson's Smoothest", "Maryland Reserve", and "Maryland Reserve, B & K."

Business name timeline:
Breen & Kennedy

Address timeline:
187-189 Washington St (1901, 1905-1909), 279 Madison (1904), 128-130 Franklin (1910), 4-8 N Franklin (old 128 Franklin) (1911-1918)

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W


Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Chicago directory notes

Appearance in directories:
1901, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918

Directories consulted:
1860, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918

Chicago directory notes:
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent

1860 - distillers page v difficult to read, 1872 unreadable, 1873 much missing, 1875 partial no DR, 1900 missing, 1903 no Wine & Liquor, 1904 J-S is unreadable, 1909: Major street renumbering with relocation of the E/W divide, 1911: minimal listing, another street renumbering, 1912 is missing, 1914: half distillers missing, 1915 no street addresses for distillers, 1917 no distillers in the business database, but includes the Telephone directory listings, 1918 no distillers and based on telephone directory only. There is some confusion on the dates of the directory - there were 4 sets variously labeled 1916-1919 but there were multiple xing out and inaccuracies. 1917 is a good bet, 1918 could be later. 1918: 5 th Ave becomes Wells

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