Registered Distillery #8 aka The Eagle

#8 The Eagle

According to Cecil, the Eagle was built in 1869 by T J Monarch as a 50 bushel house. City directories show that the Eagle Distillery Co. had offices in Owensboro and on Main St. in Louisville. T J Monarch was President of the company, with Geo A Williams as Secretary in 1882, B McFarlan as Secretary in 1883. In 1890 the Eagle was sold to R Monarch following the death of its founder. It fetched $110,000. Information from insurance underwriter records compiled in 1892 show that the distillery was brick-built with a metal or slate roof and supplied two bonded and three free warehouses, and a barn full of cattle. The barn was located 153 ft east of the still. The first of the bonded warehouses, Warehouse “A” was 500 ft NW and heated by had a separate boiler located 100 ft south of the still. This, like all of the warehouses on the property, was frame construction with a shingle roof. Warehouse “B”, or “No. 8” was 140 ft NW of the still, while three free warehouses were at 320 ft N, 325 ft N and 200 ft NW. In 1900, the distillery was sold to Tom Moore (Bardstown) and T E O’Keefe (Oswego, NY) following the death of R Monarch. In 1908, the Eagle was renamed and became the “Imperial”. It was dismantled during Prohibition.

Internal Revenue recorded warehouse transactions for The Eagle Distillery as follows:

1898: Eagle Distillery Co. — T, W

1901: R Monarch, as Eagle Distillery Co. — T, W

1901: Eagle Distillery Co. — T, B

1903: R Monarch, as Eagle Distillery Co. — T, G, W

1903: O’Keefe & Moore — D, W

1904: O’Keefe & Moore — D, T, W

1904: R Monarch, as Eagle Dist. Co. — T, G, W

1914: O’Keefe & Moore — no details given

1914: Thos. E O’Keefe — no details given

1914: J & A Freiberg — no details given

1914: The Eagle Distillery — no details given

1914: The Imperial Distillery — 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T – Spirits were withdrawn upon payment of tax

B – Spirits were withdrawn upon payment of the tax for bottling in bond

G – Spirits were withdrawn for transfer to general bonded warehouses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