"In 1842 Thomas Wood built a grist-mill and distillery on the river bank in Davenport, near the lower saw-mill. He ground corn for the farmers and distilled corn into whisky. The investment was not sufficiently profitable to encourage the enterprise, so it ended in a few years. This was the first and, so far as is known, the last whisky distillery in Davenport."
I guess his hooch was not too profitable..or good...hard to imagine..in those days..lots of trappers, Indian trade...illicit, pioneers, local military forts..probably discouraged though...etc.
Davenport Democrat & Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan. 1, 1922
THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN DAVENPORT WAS ONE OF THE WETTEST SPOTS ON THE MAP