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THIXTON, MILLETT & CO.
Louisville, KY.
1902-1919
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"Distillers of Old Boone Nelson Co. whiskey, distillery Bardstown, KY" (1902)

In 1889, John Thixton took over his father's banking and wholesale liquor businesses in Owensboro, KY. He later teamed up with E. P. Millett, who had recently sold his distillery to R. Monarch and created a wholesaler and distiller's agent concern. The best-known brand to result from the partnership was "Thixton's V.O". In 1903 they bought out the Boone & Bro. distillery together the "Old Boone" brand name. This distillery was located in Bardstown and was little more than a barn, buying local grain and using local materials to produce liquor that they sold to the local community. In 1912 they purchased the Old Saxton distillery in Chicago, KY and created a modern facility with a grain elevator, bottling house and cooperage shop. The distillery operated until prohibition with "Old Boone" and "Thixton's V.O." continuing as the most popular brands.

The company used the brand names:
"De Soto", "Finnegan's", "Hurdle", "Idlebrook", "Old Boone", and "Old Wagner."

Business name timeline:
Thixton, Millett & Co.

Address timeline:
637 W Main (1902-1909), 631-633 W Main (1909-1915), 745 W Main (1916-1919)

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W D


Years that company appeared in directories
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Louisville directory notes



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Appearance in directories:
1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919

Directories consulted:
1866, 1867, 1869, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919

Louisville directory notes:
W = Wines & Liquors, I = Importers, D = Distillers, R = Rectifiers, DA = Distillerís Agents, B = Brokers (1892), S = Saloons (1905), M = Mail Order House (1915). Listings for wholesalers from 1866 to 1869 and for distillers 1866 through to 1906 were compiled from a typescript prepared by Norma Snyder. 1887 and 1889 wholesaler listings are partial, missing last names in the alphabet, 1890, 1895 missing their entirety. No copies of listings in any category for 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901. 1888 has a partial list of Importers (not found in copies for other years). 1905 copies include Saloons (not incorporated). 1906 is incomplete for distillers, missing wholesalers.

1881 witnessed a major city-wide street reorganization so all addresses change. In 1909, there is a second renumbering and this year shows both old and the new number in brackets.

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