We found a little bit of Peoria in Harmony, Minnesota last weekend. It was a quick trip with family to celebrate my great-grandfather's 100 years of life. We laughed, we cried, we went antiquing. It was good.
Joseph Greenhut, the whiskey baron who built the mansion on the corner of High Street and Sheridan - now a shameful and unrecognizable apartment building (we wrote about it here) - sold his distillery, which was known as the largest distillery in the world, to Hiram Walker in 1933. ADM then took it over in 1982. Legend has it there is still whiskey aging in barrels somewhere within the Washington Street warehouses. I was tempted to buy this bottle, but we have run out of bar-ware space as it is after all of our wedding showers. (A good thing!)
Discovering this beer stein in Minnesota was neat because not only is it Peoria history, but it is something specific to the West Bluff. Did you guys know the iconic Jumer's black bear is actually a nine-foot polar bear that D. James Jumer shot in Russia? He had it stuffed and dyed black to be stationed in front of the lodge's bar, The Black Bear Lounge. Today, the bear guards the entrance of Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. in the Anheuser-Busch building.
We went home sans anything Peoria, but we did score the remaining brass candlestick holders we needed for our wedding, which made our trip to the Harmony Antique Mall a very welcomed success!