The company was probably established in 1845 by Middleton & Middleton: see the listing for G W Middleton for more details.
Cornelius J Miller and James Mooney were "Distillers, Importers of Wines &c. Dealers in whiskies in bond and tax paid. Pure fruit brandies". They owned the Wheatland Distillery (RD #75, 1st District of PA) in Ryeland, Berks. Co.
The distillery was established as the Wheatland in 1893, and an ad from the same year proclaimed:
"The Wheatland Pure Rye Whiskey Distillery, owned and operated by Messrs. Miller & Mooney, 206 and 208 South Front Street, Philadelphia, is located at Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa., in the heart of the section famous for producing rye that yields the best and purest whiskey known. The water used in connection with this distillery is from a spring under the slope of South mountain, celebrated for its purity, and which has made Wernersville one of the great sanitariums of the country. The Wheatland Distillery is one of the most complete In the state, having all of the latest improvements known to the trade. The distiller and superintendent, Mr. I . H. Keiper, has had many years of experience, possibly more than any other person in this business in the state. Between 1873 and 1888 he was engaged in making the widely - known Mt. Vernon Whiskey. Those who desire an absolutely pure article for medicinal purposes will find the Wheatland Whiskey all that is claimed for it. Messrs. Miller & Mooney manufacture only one grade, strictly pure rye and barley malt. Cooperage and storage first-class in a steam -heated bonded warehouse, built upon the rack system, which has no superior in point of completeness in this section."
In Feb. 1908, the Miller Pure Rye Distilling Co. was declared bankrupt. S V Nagle was President.
The company used the brand names:
"Pennsylvania Club", "Rod and Gun Club Pure Rye", and "Wheatland Pure Rye."
Business name timeline:
Middleton, Miller & Mooney (1882), Miller & Mooney (1883-1902), Miller Pure Rye Distilling Co. (1903-1906)
230 S Front (1882-1883), 206-208 S Front (1884-1902), & 133 Dock (1883), 683 Phila Bourse (1903-1904), 627 Phila Bourse (1905-1906)
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W, I (1900) D R (1889)
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Philadelphia directory notes
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1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1898, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent
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