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    The Pre Pro Graham Bros Distillery Rockford, Il

    A couple of years ago I posted on the Graham-Ginestra house in Rockford and the distilleries run by Freeman Graham and brothers. We never could quite locate the spot but I found an old Rockford business directory online that indicated it was located at 1310 S Main St Rockford, Il. Illinois's first sour mash whiskey distillery.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=5IB...illery&f=false

    "Distillery.—Freeman Graham, No. 1310 South Main street, East Rockford."

    Google maps shows two different locations depending on how you search:

    1310 S Main St, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois 61102
    http://maps.google.com/maps?client=o...ed=0CBoQ8gEwAA

    On the west bank of the Rock River....makes sense. Current location is an aviation company and across the river from Rockford's airport.

    The other...1310 s main st rockford, il....shows a downtown location and vacant lot with the foundation footprint of a large structure.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?client=o...ed=0CBsQ8gEwAA

    I wonder if our Rockford SBers know which location is correct and if the Rock River spot has any remaining structure if it is the one.

    http://www.archive.org/stream/indust...0brow_djvu.txt

    "<; rah a m's Distillery. This firm consists of Julius, Freeman and Byron
    Graham, with a capital stock of $150,000. They manufacture sour mash whiskies.
    The annual product is $300.000. They employ forty-five hands, with an annual pay-
    roll of $30,000. "

    http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/list...rict=1&still=2
    http://books.google.com/books?id=Qmo...page&q&f=false
    Last edited by Jono; 09-28-2011 at 23:13.

 

 

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