[Autograph Letter Discussing the Effect of Missouri River Flooding on the Prices of Corn and Wheat, As It Relates to Whiskey Distilling]

Hermann, Mo. June 1, 1903. [1]p. on a single small quarto sheet of stationery from the Hermann Distilling Company. Original mailing folds. Very good. Item #3809

A brief but notable correspondence from an employee of the Hermann Distilling Company of Hermann, Missouri to the company’s president and treasurer, August Wohlt, discussing the state of Missouri River flooding and the subsequent effects on prices of corn and wheat. The letter is written on Hermann Distilling Company stationery, with a wood engraving of the distilling company at the head. The employee’s letter reads, in part: "The water in the Missouri River is at a terrible high stage. All the larger & high islands are desolated of people & stock … corn will go up at least 25 cents & wheat also, millions on top of millions lost." Besides the view of company facilities, the letterhead provides a list of its officers and characterizes its business as "Distillers of Pure Rye & Bourbon Whiskies." A short but informative correspondence regarding an obscure moment in Missouri River history and how flooding affects business along the river.

Price: $250.00