I appreciate the interest shown in Nicholas OESTER. Here is what I know: Thanks to Mike we now have a trademark for Rossville circa 1909 with a registry date of 1887. Nick was 21 years old in 1850. He was from Burchhelm, Bavaria. He was, as a young man, a barrel maker. See Mike's description of the Rossville trademark. As an older man, he identified himself to census takers as a "stillman".
I have a picture of the OSTER family taken when my great grandmother (the eldest child) was still at home. The photograph indicates that Nick OESTER was well beyond making barrels on the banks of the Ohio river. The picture clearly shows that he, in fact, was wealthy. He was a member of the Evangelical Reform Church, 5th Street, Aurora, Dearborn, IN. A mixed-marriage in the family was: Lutheran/Catholic. And! - it was barely tolerated!
A distillery generated his wealth. In a letter written in the 1960's, his granddaughter Jean DORREL states, "Grandfather Oester was a smart man - he taught himself to read & write in both German and English. He was also a manufacturer of whiskey and other alcoholic products. His place was called "Rossville Distillery" in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Now owned by Seagrams (see the Four Roses bottle). He was good to his brothers and sisters."
My cousin Jean's statement, of course, is not "proof".
Del Rio and Wimberley, Texas