Registered Distillery #18 aka Rock Spring

#18

Cecil (p. 67) misidentifies this as RD #10, but provides information about early history. He suggests that it was originally operated by Alexander Hill and W H Perkins, and that they sold out in 1881 to J T Welch. By 1889, ownership had changed to A Rosenfield and Abe Hirsch. Information from insurance underwriter records compiled in 1892 identify A Rosenfield as being the owner. At that time, the distillery property included the still house (frame with a shingle roof), three warehouses, and cattle pens some 50 ft from an iron-clad boiler house. Bonded Warehouse “A” was located 200 ft SE of the still and was brick and iron-clad frame construction. A Free warehouse adjoined “A”, 250 ft from the still and was iron-clad. A new Bonded Warehouse “B” was 300 ft south of the still and was also iron-clad frame construction. Wathen Bros acquired the property with the enactment of Prohibition and it continued operations under various names until at least the 1970s. (Cecil, 1999)

This distillery provided product that was sold under the following aliases:

1892: Casey & Swasey, Fort Worth, TX

1892: L & A Scharff, Cincinnati, OH

1892: J T Welch, Owensboro, KY

1892: Ferdinand Westheimer & Sons, St. Joseph, MO

1914: The F Chevalier Co., San Francisco, CA

1914: E Martin & Co., San Francisco, CA

1914-1920: I Trager Co., Cincinnati, OH

1920: Hellman Distilling Co., St. Louis, OH

Internal Revenue recorded warehouse transactions for this distillery as follows: 1898: A Rosenfeld — T, B, W

1898: Rock Spring Dist. Co. — D, T, B, W

1898: S I Monarch — T, W

1901: A Rosenfeld — T, B, G, W

1901: Rock Spring Dist’g. Co. — D, T, B, G, W

1901: S I Monarch — T, W

1903: A Rosenfeld — T, B, W

1903: Rock Spring Dist. Co. — D, T, B, G, W

1904: Silas Rosenfeld — D, T, G, W

1904: A Rosenfeld — T casualty

1904: Rock Spring Dist. Co. — D, T, B, G, W

1914: The F Chevalier Co. — no details given

1914: S Hirsch — no details given

1914: Daniel Aberle & Sons — no details given

1914: I Trager Co. — no details given

1914: E Martin & Co. — no details given

1914: Silas Rosenfield — no details given

1914: Hellman Distilling Co. — no details given

1920: The I Trager Co. — no details given

1920: Silas Rosenfield — no details given

1920: Hellman Distilling Co. — no details given

D – Spirits were deposited in the warehouse

T – Spirits were withdrawn upon payment of tax

B – Spirits were withdrawn upon payment of the tax for bottling in bond

G – Spirits were withdrawn for transfer to general bonded warehouses

W – Spirits remained in the warehouse at the close of the year

Source: www.pre-pro.com