Park and Tilford Timeline

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Park and Tilford Timeline

Unread postby bourbonv » Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:36 pm

Here is a timeline for our New York members.

Park And Tilford History

1815 - John Mason Tilford is born (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1840 - Joseph Park and John Mason Tilford found a retail
establishment that specializes in high quality import
goods, perfumes and liquor (Beverage Media Blue Book,
History of Park and Tilford).

o - John Tilford is the son of a clergyman in Washington
County, New York.
Joseph Park is the son of a Westchester County farmer
(Bev. Med. Blue Book, History).

o - They started the business with $105.00 cash and $500.00
credit (Bev.Med. Blue Book, History).

1845 - John Tilford marries Jane White (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1866 - Firm opens its second store in New York (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1873 - Firm opens its third store in New York (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1890 - Park and Tilford is incorperated with Joseph Park as
President and John Tilford as Vice President. Their
sons served as directors (Bev. Med. Blue Book,
History).

1891 - John M Tilford dies on Jan. 7, 1891 (Wine and Spirits Bulletin, Jan. 1891).

circa 1895 - Both founders have died and Hobart Park sells his
shares to the Tilfords. Frank Tilford becomes President
(Bev. Med. Blue Book, History).

1911 - The 1911 Mida's Financial Index list Park and Tilford as Grocers and Foriegn Agents located at 917-19 Broadway, New York City with a capital value of $750,000 to $1,000,000.

o - The 1911 Mida's Financial Index also list the following addresses and capital values for these distilleries: Bonnie Bros. (Inc.), 125 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. Dy. No. 6, 5th Dist., Louisville. Hamburger Distillery (Ltd.) 706-8 Arrott Building, Pittsburg, Pa. Dy. No. 7, 23rd Dist., Brownsville, Pa.

1923 - Frank Tilford sells the company to David A Schulte
(Bev. Med. Blue Book, History).

1925 - David Schulte purchases the Old Overholt and Large distilleries in Pennsylvania (Fortune, Nov., 33).

1927 - David Schulte sells the Old Overholt and Large distilleries to National Distillerie (Fortune, Nov., 33).

1938 - Park And Tilford opens an office in Louisville at 1150
Starks Building (Louisville City Directory, U of L
Archives).

o - Park and Tilford acquires the Bonnie Bros. Distillery in Louisville (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1940 - Park and Tilford acquire the Hamburger Distillery at Brownsville Penn. (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1941 - Park and Tilford acquires the Krogman Distillery at Tell City, Indiana and the Woodford County Distillery at Midway, Kentucky (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1942 - Park and Tilford acquires the Owings Mills Distillery at Gwyn Falls, Maryland (U D Archives, Uncataloged Document).

1949 - David A Schulte dies. His sons Arthur D and John S
become President and Vice President of the company
(Bev. Med. Blue Book, History).

1954 - Schenley purchases controling interest in Park and
Tilford (Bev. Med. Blue Book, History).

o - Palk and Tilford releases a decanter shaped like a lantern with a music box built in the base (U D Archive, Park and Tilford News Letter).

1958 - Park and Tilford becomes a sales division of Schenley
as the merger of the two companies is completed (Bev.
Med. Blue Book, History).

1987 - United Distillers acquires Schenley (C Morris,
15/11/91).

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Re: Park and Tilford Timeline

Unread postby DvdLhy » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:49 pm

I found a clear glass decanter with a glass stopper at my grandfather's house engraved with the words "BONNIE & COMPANY SPECIAL".
No one in the family seems to know anything about it. Who was Bonnie & Company, and what are these decanters used for? (The mating surfaces of the stopper and bottle are not ground, so it does not supply a tight seal.)
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Re: Park and Tilford Timeline

Unread postby cowdery » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:51 pm

Private label bottlings were once popular business gifts. That's what this sort of thing usually is, though sometimes they're personal, to commemorate an anniversary or a birthday, but it's the same principle.
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Re: Park and Tilford Timeline

Unread postby bourbonv » Fri May 08, 2009 9:35 am

This sounds like a Bar Decanter to me. I have seen one for Bonnie and Company before. In the 19th century most whiskey was sold by the barrel and bars would fill a decanter from the barrel to serve their customers. Distilleries quickly realized that distributing decanters with their name on it would increase the name recognition of their brands. Thus, bar decanters were made and sold to bars at cost.
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Re: Park and Tilford Timeline

Unread postby cowdery » Wed May 20, 2009 1:33 pm

Forget my earlier comment. I agree with Mike.
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