Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures


Even made it into the St. Paul Daily News
December 9, 1932, Prohibition Era

Mr. C. found a few old newspapers in the attic of a building that was
being demolished. (He's a contractor.)

Wheeler, WI
Late January, 2016

A little more than a week ago, when we were bringing the five year old grandson from Minnesota out to the 'middle of nowhere,' as he put it, we drove through this little village at the intersection of Highways 25 and 170. It has a couple buildings I found interesting. I don't know what they were used for, but I do have some guesses. It's possible, of course, that they were used for different things at different times. The first one looks to me like a machine shop, and the second one looks like a general store. They both have those tall fronts that make them look like something from an old western.

What's your guess?


Wheeler, WI
Next door, another building with a similar front
Late January, 2016


P.S.  I was curious about the spelling, so I went to www.grammarist.com and looked up 'whisky.' Here's what I found:
 "The difference between whiskey and whisky is simple but important: whisky usually denotes Scotch whisky and Scotch-inspired liquors, and whiskey denotes the Irish and American liquors. The word itself (both spellings) is of Celtic origin, and modern whisky/whiskey distillation practices originated in Ireland and Scotland. Using whiskey to refer to Scotch whisky can get you in trouble in Scotland."
Always good to know. 




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38 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

Thanks for the heads up on spelling Whiskey/Whiskey. Here in the south, we use Whiskey so I guess we are correct for once.lol Those old buildings remind me of the ones on Little House on the Prairie. I so enjoy seeing interesting places via my blog friends.

Monica said...

I love old building too and their history! Very interesting about Whisky/Whiskey origination! :)

Terri D said...

Well, I sure learned something new today! Whisky/Whiskey very interesting. Fun photos of those buildings with the tall facades. One does wonder what the builder was thinking...more room for a sign perhaps. Your guesses are probably accurate as to the intended uses.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I learned something new today too. I did not know about the spelling whisky.
Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

genie said...

WOW!!! My husband managed an ABC store in VA for 25 years (Alcoholic Beverage Commission). He is in a state of SHOCK! In all of those years, he was unaware of these two spellings and had me start looking them up on the internet. Here is the link to fine Scottish WHISKY with the “KY” spelling: http://glenmorangie.com/us/age-gate. You can see it here in BIG beautiful letters.Then he had me look up J and B and was was spelled with the “KY”. These are both Scottish whiskies. At that point, he let me stop looking and accepted that he had learned something new. He is off today and tomorrow, but when he gets back to work on Wednesday he is going directly to the scotch section and checking it out again. THANK YOU for doing that research for us...people actively involved in the sale of whiskey unaware of the spelling of what was being sold. To me...stupid me...I thought whiskey meant all alcohol sold at the store. GREAT, GREAT POST!!!!!!

Lynne said...

I enjoyed this Wheeler store front pic, reminding me of a building I remember from Lone Rock, Wisconsin days. It might have been Greenheck Hardware. (Amazing how a picture and a few words can stir up memories, names and things.)
I liked the Whisky/Whiskey info too . . . it reminded me of my Official Whiskey Tasting Certificate I received in Ireland a few years back . . .
when I was tasting WHISKEY made from four different regions in Ireland . . . (pushed into volunteering to do so, by my husband, when we were visiting a distillery in Cork.)

Marcia said...

Interesting old buildings. I often speculate too when I see those.

Question: what's the backstory on the news clipping? Did I miss something in your post?

Christine said...

I thought perhaps the end of the story would be that the doctors and nurses had had a wild party with the whiskey! For medicinal purposes of course!!

I did not realise there was a spelling difference but now I do! thanks!

Theresa said...

Very interesting! Those are some quiet thieves! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Elizabethd said...

I hadn't realised that the American spelling was different to our British!

Pat said...

I had noticed the two spellings of whisky/whiskey but never knew the reasoning behind it. Learn something new every day!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Neat post - and I had no idea about the whisky/whiskey thing - just thought they were typos when I saw two different spellings - or not even typos, but differences, such as theater and theatre - both fine, one English and one French but both correct enough.

Tired Teacher said...

A fun and educational post.

Sandra said...

I can't believe i lived this long without knowing about whiskey and whisky... do tell.. love the internet and learning these tidbits... the two buildings look like they were designed by the same person, notice i did not say architect... he he he I am thinking wood is general store and the other like a hardware or what you said, machine shop

TexWisGirl said...

didn't know that about whisky/whiskey. now and then i see those kinds of storefronts on old buildings here, too. i think they're quaint.

Dicky Bird said...

I love those old buildings! I would set up a "pop up" in either! Ringle doesn't have any cute buildings like that! We only have a post office, bar and church...like most Wisconsin rural towns.

Susie said...

Judy, I am so glad we do not have to have whisky for medicine these days. Although it might work better for some things. :):) The old fronts on the buildings look like they are from the old west. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Nancy Chan said...

I am learning something new about whiskey and whisky. The old buildings remind me of cowboy movies. Just to let you know that I am now your newest follower and I am inviting you to follow me back. Thank you and have a beautiful day!

Tom said...

Thanks for the lesson on whiskey and whisky, but I'll stick with being a Pepsi guy. Such a humorous news account and I sure like that old building. I wonder if American Pickers have found it.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I had no idea about the difference. Love that!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the whisky story and the information about whiskey!!! Love the photos.....

Vee said...

Remember the fun whisky story in Monarch of the Glen? =D

Interesting post, but then all of your posts are.

Little Treasures said...

Well I certainly didn't know about the distinction and it didn't even occur to me to look it up :)
I am glad I dropped by your blog and this post (loved it) - so I learned something new!

Rose said...

I'll try to remember that if I am ever in Scotland...I always wonder why they bothered with those false fronts. Something I should try to remember to look up. I like both buildings...

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

The facade of those old buildings must have been popular to give the appearance that they were larger than they really are. That is if one looks at them from the front. Your posts always give me interesting thoughts to ponder, Judy! ♥

Debby Ray said...

I'd say the white building was a general store and the brick was drug store with a soda fountain right near where the corner windows are. I just love old buildings and wondering about their history. These are great examples! Interesting info about the whiskEY :)

Carrie B. said...

So interesting and it's so fun to dream on what old buildings used to be in another life. As they say, "if only these walls could talk". ;)

Thanks for being such a fascinating font of knowledge Lady!!
xoxo

happywonderer.com said...

Very interesting indeed! Love the newspaper article! At this old house we know the difference between whisky and whiskey! :)

Amy at love made my home said...

What incredible old buildings, I am sure that they could tell some amazing stories. The Scottish are very protective of their whisky! xx

Denise said...

enjoyed this post

Michelle said...

Nothing like whisky for medicinal use ;)

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Well, I did not know the difference between whisky and whiskey, or that there even was a difference, lol! What an interesting find you happened upon, and the old newspaper clip telling of the story was quite a tale indeed! It is always fun imagining what kind of life happened in these old buildings, isn't it! Enjoyed your post today! :)

doodles n daydreams said...

An interesting bit of quiz trivia - I'm pleased you let us know. I knew there was difference in the spelling but had the whiskey as the Scottish one in my mind. Just as well my late father never knew that, he would have been horrified at me :) And now sitting here thinking about it I'm confusing myself...

Diana

doodles n daydreams said...

Me again - I meant to say yes, Dunedin is said just as it is spelt. Dun - Edin.

Diana
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Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great weathered looking buildings! And that newspaper report about the theft is funny.

Missy George said...

Interesting..I wonder if my Dad knew that..He sure drank enough of it..Love how that building has weathered..

pattisjarrett said...

I'm glad you looked up the difference in the spelling. You may have saved countless lives! Interesting the whisky was taken to the hospital. What a treasure to find those old newspapers.

Tony McGurk said...

I can;t help but wonder why there was 150 cases of whiskey in the Nurses home basement anyway. Especially during prohibition. Very interesting news article. Definitely a real treasure

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