R.M.Rose Distillers 1906 Atlanta Georgia Rutledge Ga.

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A Georgia Letter to the bank of Rutledge,Ga. from R.M.ROSE Co.DISTILLERS 79 & 81 PEACHTREE ST. EST 1867 PROPRIETORS MOUNTAIN SPRING DISTILLERY ATLANTA,GA. on blue paper 8.5" X 7.25" The firm's history that I found on the internet: RUFUS M. ROSE

Rufus M. Rose was born in Connecticut in 1836 and studied medicine in New York before moving to Hawkinsville in the 1850s to work in his uncle's drugstore. He worked in the Confederacy's medical service during the Civil War, serving at the wartime hospital at William and Mary College and later in Macon.

At the end of the Civil War, in 1867, Rose moved to Atlanta and organized the R.M. Rose Company. With a large distillery on Stillhouse Road in Vinings, he produced blended rye and corn liquor -- "the purest, safest drink you could buy." The liquor ads in the Atlanta papers stressed the fact that ladies could come into his store because t was no saloon attached and no drinking or sampling was ever done on the premises. It was also advertised that "when used in moderation, its effect on the human system is wholesome and beneficial. . . [it is] the best and purest medicinal whiskey obtainable."

In 1906, the "Four Roses" trademark was registered, probably named for Rufus, his brother Origen, and their two sons. It was a special blend that, reportedly, only he knew. It was also said to be his last blending before he retired as president shortly tafter. Although Rufus Rose retained an interest in the business until his death, with his retirement, his son Randolph became president of the company. In 1907, however, Randolph was forced to move the company, including its distillery at Vinings, to Chattanooga when the legislature voted the state "dry" as of 1 January 1908. In 1913 the company was sold to Seagram and Company, which recognized the Four Roses' "growing reputation as America's most glorious whiskey."

Rufus M. Rose died in July 1910 at his home on Peachtree and, according to his obituary, had remained "a familiar figure on Atlanta streets as he attended to his large real estate business [the Rose Investment Company] to the very last."

Rufus Moss Rose was born in 1836, studied medicine in New York NY and moved to Hawkinsville GA in the 1850s. He worked in the Confederacy's CSA medical service during the Civil War. In 1867, after that War, he moved to Atlanta Georgia Ga.and formed the R.M. Rose Distillery Company. The company was active until 1913 in Jacksonville Florida Fl & Chattanooga Tennessee Tn when it was sold to Seagrams, though the name Four Roses Whiskey still lives on. Buyer to pay shipping ,add $1.00 shipping Please note: I will be selling some Georgia Ga Florida Fl South Carolina SC North Carolina NC Alabama Al Tennessee Tn hutch crown top slug plate coca cola pepsi cola SS bottles on ebay in over the next few weeks