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CORNING & CO.
Peoria, IL.
1880-1918
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"F T Corning Pres." (1902-1903).

The Cornings (Charles, Franklin, and Warren) were a family of distillers based in Ohio. Franklin T Corning established the Peoria branch of their business around 1880, initially only a rectifying house but later a distillery (Ogg suggests the Monarch). Franklin was later joined by the rest of the family and Peoria became the center of their operation. Their main brand, Old Quaker, was acquired by Schenley and survived Prohibition.

The Corning distillery suffered several fires during its life. Although the danger of fire was an ever-present threat at distilleries, the Corning fires of 1903, 1904 and 1908 are reported frequently for the extent of the damage and costs that rose to over $1 million. The 1904 fire was notable because it ignited alcohol-rich mash that was being used to fatten cows in an adjacent feeder lot, killing them instantly with the fierce heat.

Corning & Co. did not join a part of the Whiskey Trust.

The company used the brand names:
"Big Hollow S. M.", "Chancellor", "Corning's Canadian Type", "Coronet", "De Ruyter Gin", "Fairlawn Bourbon", "Hampton Rye", "Haviland Rye", "Imperial Gin", "Lee Newton's", "London Dock Gin", "London Tom Gin", "Monarch Mills Rye", "Mountain Corn", "Mt. Pleasant", "Newton Bourbon", "Old Quaker", "Old Quaker", "Redcliff Rye", "Rye Malt Gin", "Silent", and "The Silent Spring."

Business name timeline:
Corning & Co.

Address timeline:
226 S Water (1880-1881), Sanger, nr Monarch Ave (1882-1884), Foot of Sanger (1886-1890), Sanger cor Monarch (1893-1897), Foot Sanger (1898-1918)

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
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Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Peoria directory notes

Appearance in directories:
1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918

Directories consulted:
1844, 1856, 1857, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919

Peoria directory notes:
D = Distilleries, L = Liquor Merchants (1856), W = Liquors, Wholesale, S = Saloons (1881). In the early years (ca 1863-1867) , addresses were often omitted (indicated by "nd"). There was a street renumbering, perhaps city-wide but evident in Washington addresses, in 1872/1873, with both old and new numbers indicated in the 1873 directories. The 1881 directory shows that Water St. has been renumbered. Directires are missing Liquor wholesalers for 1901, no distillers for 1904 or 1905. Several years are missing copies. There are no liquor-related entries for 1920. My directory copies include partial listings for Saloons for 1881-1886: they were not included here.

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