Frankfort Distillery Inc. was established in 1902. This directory listing gives the address of their distillery in Frankfort, but they also maintained a sales office in Louisville.
When Prohibition was enacted in 1920, the company was one of only six granted a permit to sell spirits for medicinal purposes. In 1922, the company was acquired by Paul Jones & Co., who assumed the Frankfort Distilleries Inc. name to retain the license to sell whiskey.
By 1928, stocks of pre-Prohibition whiskey had dwindled and the company contracted the Louisville-based A Ph. Stizel distillery to supply them with spirits.
When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Frankfort Distilleries Inc. took over the old Stitzel plant and built a new one (Four Roses) in Shively. By the late 1940's, the distilleries and brands had been taken over by Seagrams.
Business name timeline:
Frankfort Distillery Inc.
Frankfort, KY., near Forks of Elkhorn
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Louisville directory notes
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
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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