While looking around on Shorpy.com, I found an ad that was painted on the side of a building, one much like the one below, that made me wonder — was this one of Emmett’s preferred brands of whiskey?
Personally, I can see Emmett sidling up to the bar at The Osceola Club in Pensacola, and the barkeep asking, jokingly, “Will you be having your own brand today, Mr. Wilson?”
There’s an interesting story behind Woodrow Wilson and Wilson Whiskey, too, according to the blog, Tales of Things. In the 1912 election campaign, Woodrow Wilson’s staff was using the slogan from the whiskey to promote their candidate — which generated concern, as the Temperance movement was becoming more significant in national politics.
By the way, Emmett Wilson and Woodrow Wilson weren’t related, but they were on good terms with each other while Emmett was in Congress.
Yes, I can see Emmett raising his glass of Wilson, and making a toast to Wilson. It just seems too good not to have happened, you know?
Here’s something interesting, too:
I found a blog where someone found a 40-50 year old bottle of the stuff, and they actually tried it!
The review of Wilson Whiskey can be found here (a handy review site for those of us on the water wagon).
It would be interesting to know if it tastes the same as it did during pre-prohibition times.
The Wilson Whiskey distillery was located in Relay, Maryland. It appears that Seagram’s bought the distillery in 1934. You can read about Maryland’s distilling history here, in an article by James H. Bready in the Winter 1990 edition of Maryland Historical Magazine. The magazine is published by The Maryland Historical Society.