Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"John Wick didn't kill all those people because they broke his toaster." -MickAK

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Great Jack Daniel's Whisky "Milking" Caper

It happened 90 years ago at the Jack Daniel's distillery in St. Louis.* When Prohibition went into effect, the distillery still held a thousand barrels of Tennessee Missouri whiskey.

A prominent local politician got President Harding to appoint a crony as the chief revenue agent for the city. The chief then gave the job of guarding the distillery's warehouse to a politician's brother. Over a period of weeks, a gang of bootleggers "milked" over 31,000 gallons of whiskey though a hose into waiting trucks.

Of course the theft was eventually discovered. Not all of the revenue agents were corrupt. And as can be expected when more than one person is in on a crime, one of the perps squealed.**

The eleven conspirators were convicted and sent to Leavenworth. They rode there from St. Louis in a private Pullman car. Crowds gathered at railroad stops along the way to cheer them.

(More here.)
* Tennessee went dry in 1910. Jack Daniel's moved its distillery to St. Louis. After prohibition was repealed, the company moved back to Tennessee, though they had to wait for Tennessee to repeal its own prohibition laws in order to restart operations.
** George Remus.


LRod said...

The county in Tennessee where Lynchburg (and Jack Daniels) is located is still dry. You can't get samples or buy product at the distillery, as a result. Still an interesting tour, though.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Comrade Misfit said...

I heard that they changed the state law so that you can buy a souvenir bottle of the stuff after the tour.

LRod said...

Might have. It's been at least a dozen years since we were there.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired