BRISTOL - Whiskey Trivia (2pgs)

BRISTOL - Whiskey Dealers (pre 1916)
Can A E.Gouge Bottle Talk?
BRISTOL - Whiskey Trivia (2pgs)
BRISTOL - Whiskey Bottles (5pgs)
BRISTOL - Whiskey Jugs
BRISTOL - Whiskey Mini Jugs
*BRISTOL - Whiskey "Go-Withs"
BRISTOL - Shotglasses- VanBrocklin Collection
Cobalt KING'S LIQUOR: Fact or Fancy??
BRISTOL - Drug & Patent Medicine Cos. (to 1923) (2pgs)
JOHN R. DICKEY - BRISTOL Druggist (2pgs)
BRISTOL - Drug Store & Medicines (3pgs)
BRISTOL - Bottling Companies
*BRISTOL - Dixie Bottling Works
BRISTOL - Soda Bottles
BRISTOL - Dairies
*BRISTOL - Milk Bottles (2pgs)
*Misc. Bottles &"Go-Withs"(2pgs)
WHO was WHO in Early Bristol? (2pgs)
Do Intact Examples Exist??
Early Pictures Around Bristol
* List of Known Johnson City Bottles
E.TN Saloon Owners
Other E.TN Bottles (2pgs).
SWVA Whiskey Distillers (2pgs)
SWVA Hutchinsons
ABINGDON, VA. - Bits'n'Pieces
** SW VA. Bottles (2pgs)
Where Are Old Bottles ?
Recent Bristol Events
BRISTOL - Bottle & Jug Display
About Me
* Winds of Change
Products of Local IRON WORKS
Clifton Heights & The Chimney
The Star House & Mill
Graham-Mock Mill
DeBusk-Ebbing Spring Roller Mill
DeBusk - Widener's Mill
Holston - Gobble - Lilly Mill
Love's - Wilkinson Mill
Vails Mill
More Mills
Bristol,Tenn-Va Bottle Club
Bottles etc. For Sale
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This page shall be for little known , ( perhaps totally unknown to many), facts about Bristol and its relationship with Whiskey.
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This poem or ode was published in the Bristol News  of June 1880:
Oh, Sir Charlie Harmeling came out of the West
Through all those wide borders, his beer is the best.
It foams like new milk from the clover distilled.
And it costs but a trifle to have yourself filled.
(Harmeling operated a Saloon on the corner of Cumberland & Front Sts. and would later construct The Harmeling Opera House on State St, and relocate his Saloon inside.)

Bristol,VA. went " DRY" in 1886.
        From June 17, 1886 to June 22, 1888, it was illegal to sell whiskey ( alcohol) in Bristol,Va. BUT, perfectly legal to do so in Bristol,Tenn.
        From Nov 1909 to Nov. 1916, it was illegal to sell whiskey in Bristol, Tenn., but perfectly legal to do so in Bristol,Va.  The National Prohibition  Act- enacted in 1916 "dried" up the Nation.( Except for the criminally minded, who made vast fortunes from selling illegal alcohol.)
This item was published in the Bristol News of Dec.1906:
    Local Temperence people may be interested to know the vote of Bristol, Va., June 17th, 1886 on the question of licensing saloons to sell intoxicating liquors. The Temperence people carried the issue by a vote of 364 to 216, despite the fact that at the time, saloons were legal in Bristol,Tenn. At the time of the vote in Bristol,Va. there was a tacit understanding between the Temperence people on both sides that Bristol,Tenn. would vote out saloons at the next opportunity, which was a year later. When this vote was held, whiskey was voted out of Bristol,Tenn. and Sullivan County by a vast majority, but the fight lost in the State, and , consequently, its sale in Bristol, Tenn. could not, under law, be prevented.
   On June 22, 1888, another vote was held in the four precincts comprising Goodson District and Bristol,Va. on the saloon question. Though Bristol, Va. voted to license the saloons by 184 to 115, (the main of the former Temperence people not casting a ballot), the District went against whiskey. The Corporation Court of Bristol, Va. was then organised and Judge Wm. F. Rhea placed upon the bench. Upon application by the whiskey people for a license, Judge Rhea held under law he was compelled to grant the license.
(**Note: why did the "main of the former Temperance people" not cast a ballot?

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     The Supreme Court of Tennessee has decided against Mr. John M. Crowell in his suit against the Town of Bristol for $5000.00 damages for failing to close the doors of J.W. Jett's liquor  Saloon on Main Street. It decides that a Town cannot be sued for failure to remove a nuisance, the proper remedy being by indictment.
** was Crowell related to Charles T. Crowell who owned a saloon in 1904 at #21 4th ST. ?

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 Dec. 1906....
        E.L. Whiteaker, a youthful miscreant, was arrested on a charge of hurling a missile through the plate glass front of The Phoenix Saloon on Front St. The large glass which cost $40.00 was smashed. The boy was taken before the Mayor, who fined him for promiscuous throwing. It is stated that the saloon owner will demand damages from Whiteaker's father.

A Saloon Owner's Open Letter to the Bristol News.
             CARD FROM MR.KELLER
(July 1907)
       Regarding the extension of the Adams Law, will say I have confidence enough in our Representatives in Nashville to feel sure that no legislation will be enacted with reference to Bristol,Tenn. that will give Bristol,Va. any advantage of Bristol,Tenn. , and that if such a law was passed, as is now being talked of, the tax-paying citizens of Bristol,Tenn. would not be foolish enough to adopt it; not withstanding the fact that Bristol,Va. no doubt would furnish the necessary amount to help make Bristol,Tenn. dry - in order to further their own pet scheme - a Dispensary.
      Much has been said about the saloon men in Bristol in some of the papers, about them keeping dives, joints,dens,etc., by people, some of whom have never been of any advantage in any community they have lived , and who have left other communities for the public good.
      I do not propose to make any attack on anyone that would result in a newspaper controversy. I have probably traveled as much as the average citizen of Bristol and I have never seen more honorable, upright, and reliable men in the liquor business anywhere than are the whiskey men of both Bristols. The 10 o'clock closing ordinance has been in effect some years now and I have yet to hear of some violation of it, much less a conviction. It has been said that so much money was spent for liquors in Bristol; if so, what have the liquor men done with the money, except help build up Bristol. None of them have taken any bankrupt laws or left the town. They are citizens, property owners, and have made their business a success, while some people have failed to make good anywhere, at anything. Probably, jealousy has caused some to fight us. I've been here nearly eighteen years in the liquor business and have no investments in any other town or state and could probably stay here, (even in a dry town), as long as some of those who are leading the fight against us have been citizens of this place. Bristol is filled with merchants from dry towns, from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and why they left these towns is a question that they could probably answer better than I could. Bristol is the best town I ever was in for its size and has as few arrests as the average town of its size. Notwithstanding the fact that it has to contend with many disadvantages arising from its peculiar location as regards the State Line. I live here and I am going to stay regardless of business.
                                 S.G. Keller,Jr.
** Keller and his father were saloon owners in Abingdon.
Heller Bros. Buy Macon Liquor House
     Heller. Bros., wholesale liquor dealers of Bristol & Knoxville, have just purchased the wholesale whiskey business of The James Co. Inc. at Macon, GA., and will operate the business in the future. A.B. Heller,  of the local branch of the firm, has returned from Macon, where he went with his brother, M.A. Heller of Knoxville, and closed the deal.
Chattanooga Now A Whiskey Mecca
    A number of Bristol whiskey dealers will move to Chattanooga, as a result of the decision of the Supreme Court holding their abolition in Bristol Nov. 1st as valid.
    A.B. Heller, of Heller Bros., one of the largest of the local mail order concerns, returned last night from Chattanooga and announced that his firm would consolidate the Bristol, Knoxville, and Macon houses, and move to Chattanooga. While there, Mr. Heller leased a building near the Central Depot on Market St. expecting to occupy it and be ready for business by Nov. 1st.
    Other whiskey dealers of Bristol will move there also, but they have little hope of that city remaining wet longer than the meeting of the next Legislature.
    As a result of the statewide prohibition laws just passed in Georgia, dozens of whiskey houses in that state will move across the line into Tenn. and locate in Chattanooga.
Saloon Keepers Make Known Their Plans
     A number of those now in business in Bristol, will move to other places after Nov.1st. The Saloon men of Bristol have nearly all made preparations to move to other cities Nov. 1st., the date set for the new charter under which they are abolished, is to take effect.
    A number of them have not yet made public their plans, while others are announcing their headquarters beginning the first of next month.
    Heller Bros. will consolidate their Bristol & Knoxville houses and move to Chattanooga. They have just leased quarters at no. 1122-1124 Market St. in that city and are having the building stocked and prepared for occupancy by the latter part of the month.
    John C. Brady & Son have leased a building on Salem Avenue in Roanoke, VA.  and have already opened a house at that place.
Shere's Plans Uncertain - L. Shere, who conducts one of the largest saloons in the city, corner 4th and State Sts., has not yet decided on his future location. He has just returned from Richmond and may relocate to that city.
    Walter O. Trenor, who formerly conducted a saloon in Bristol, is now in business in  Roanoke.Other liquor men have yet to announce their plans, though it is said that most of them contemplate leaving the city and opening up elsewhere.
To Run Penny Arcade - L. Mack Mantz, who formerly conducted a saloon business on Front St., is opening a penny arcade in the building adjoining the Citizens Bank of Bristol.
    The majority of the whiskey men are heavy holders of Bristol real estate and it is expected that some of them will remain here and enter other business.
    E.Gouge & Co., Distillers & Rectifiers, will also leave here on account of the abolition of the saloons, though they have not decided on a location.
    Heller Bros. will move their Macon, GA. business to Jacksonville, FL. , on account of the prohibition laws recently enacted in the former state.
W.O. Trenor Suffers Fire Loss in Roanoke
     The Casper-Trenor Company of  Roanoke of which former Bristolian W.O. Trenor is a member, suffered a loss of $8000.00 there in a fire early Monday morning. The Company's business which is liquor distilling and bottling was insured for $10,000.00 thus was fully insured.
Claude H. Brady Sells His Business
Returns to Roanoke - Sam & W.E. Bryan Purchase the Stock.
     Claude H. Brady has just disposed of his saloon and mail order liquor house, on Front & Cumberland Sts., to Samuel N. and W.E. Bryan. Judge Kelly granted a transfer of the license to the purchasers in court Wednesday.
    Mr. Brady has a large liquor house at Roanoke, and following the victory of the "Wets" there a few days ago, he is determined to return and personally look after his business there. He accordingly sold out to Bryan Bros. the entire business, which is one of the largest of its kind in the city.
   It is rumored that a large bonus was paid by the purchasers for the place. Mr. Brady was the only saloonist in the city occupying his own property and will lease it to the purchasers.
License Transferred
    The license of Hessberg, Son & Company, Inc. , was transferred in court to Otto D. Heldreth. Walter D. Everett retired as Manager to go into other business.

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(29 Oct.1909)
They Will Be heard By Judge Kelly At November Court
     Judge Kelly will have four more applications for liquor licenses when he convenes the Corporation Court of Bristol,Va. on November 1.
     They are:
Home Liquor Company, in building adjoining the Empire Department Store. A.S. Henkle, Manager.
T.H. Haynes Company,Inc., in building on State Street near Moore, just vacated by Abe Morris.  Ernest Kilgore, Agent & Manager.
Clark & Sherfey Company in building on State Street near Lee, adjoining the Dominion National Bank. C.A. Hines, Agent & Manager.
East Tennessee Brewing Company of Knoxville wholesale malt liquor license. Ben J. James , Agent & manager.
     There are now thirteen liquor licenses in force. However, two of the Licenses have both retail liquor and wholesale malt privileges. If the four applicants for November 1, whose formal notices will mature before that time, are given licenses, there will be seventeen licenses and fifteen sepererate places where liquor business is conducted.
     The concerns that will apply November 1 are getting ready to open and so far as is known there will be no objections to any of them, with a possible single exception as to the location of one of the saloons.
Only Front Entrance
     Judge Kelly required that all applicants not only sign the agreement he prepared some days ago, but had the most of them personally promise to see that order was preserved in their places and the law rigidly enforced. He made it clear with them that they could under no circumstances have other than a front entrance, and that no drinks could be served except at the counter and ,that they could not be served to patrons in rooms either above, below , or partitioned on the same floor. He made the rigid holding that saloons cannot send out drinks, that is to rooms in hotels, adding that this might furnish opportunity for minors to get liquor.

Shere Liquor Company Going Out of Business
(April 1910)
Manager Denies, However, That High Licenses Forces Concern Out - Returns to Richmond, Va.
    The L. Shere Liquor Company will not apply for renewal of its license. It is just learned that the company will withdraw from Bristol on May 1st, at which time its license expires. It was reported the company decided not to apply for renewal on account of the $3500.00 tax, but this is stoutly denied by the local manager, who states that there is no other reason than that he is needed in Richmond, where the company had a very large business. He says that the sudden death of the principal man at Richmond, necessitates the closing of the Bristol place, adding that he had already prepared to renew his license.
    One and probably two other saloons will open shortly, so that the number here will not be lessened. It is understood that the Shere Bar , which is on Cumberland St., may be sold and continued.



Sources - Bibliography
i)      Library of King College, Bristol,Tenn. - Newspaper Microfilms
ii)     Bristol,TN-VA Public Library - Newspaper Microfilms &  City Directories
iii)     1904 Bristol Herald  Industrial Supplement 
iv)     Bristol-Goodson Industry & Resources in 1885  -W.F.Henry/Reporter
v)      Witness To An Epoch   - Chas.J. Harkrader
vi)     Double Destiny   - Robert Loving
vii)    Historic Sites of Sullivan County  - Muriel Spoden
viii)   Bristol Tennessee-Virginia : A History   - V.N. "Bud" Phillips
ix)     Spirits & Medicinal Bottles of Bristol, Tenn.-Va.   - Charlie Barnette 
x)       The Passing Years   - Bristol Historical Association
xi)      City of Bristol @ 1915
xii)     A Pictorial History -  Bristol Historical Association
xiii)    Whiskey, An American Pictorial History  - Oscar Getz
xiv)    Prohibition, 13 Years That Changed America - Edward Behr
xv)     The Shadow Of The Bottle -  Review & Herald Publishing Co.
xvi)    Historic Sullivan - Oliver Taylor
xvii)   One Year At A Time - Bristol - 1907 - Lonnie & Kim Blevins
xviii)   Honoring Our Heritage: Faces & Places From The Past -
                       Lonnie & Kim Blevins and Roy & Carolyn Williams
xvix)   Between the States: Bristol Tennessee - Virginia During the Civil War  - V.N. "Bud" Phillips
xx)      Pioneers in Paradise - Bristol, Tenn-Va.  - V.N. "Bud" Phillips
xxi)     A Good Place to Live - Bristol, Tenn-Va. - V.N. "Bud" Phillips
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