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Random Lake in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Theodore Rietz Distillery

 
 
Theodore Rietz Distillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 10, 2018
1. Theodore Rietz Distillery Marker
Inscription. In 1860 Theodore Rietz, at age 30, left Saxony, Germany for the United States. Soon thereafter he helped found the Went & Pfile Distillery Company in Milwaukee. By 1862 he relocated to Silver Creek and started his own whiskey distilling operation. In 1889 he built a three-story distillery structure, followed by the construction of three large warehouses used to store and age his whiskey.

Rye was purchased locally and the malt was made on-site. Rietzís distillery was one of five legal distilleries in Wisconsin in 1893. In 1910 the daily capacity of the distillery was about 27 bushels of grain with a yield of 100-115 gallons of whiskey. “Rietzís Rye,” as it was commonly known, was sold in barrels, half barrels, and ten-gallon kegs throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

When Rietz retired his son Charles took over operations. The distillery remained successful and in the family until it was sold in 1917. The four distillery buildings located on the south side of STH 144 were designed by the Milwaukee architectural firm of Leenhouts and Guthrie, as was the Charles T. Rietz family house, across the street to the north, later in 1903.
 
Erected 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin State Historical Society.
 
Location.
Theodore Rietz Distillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 10, 2018
2. Theodore Rietz Distillery Marker
and Charles Rietz home in background.
43° 33.428′ N, 88° 1.513′ W. Marker is in Random Lake, Wisconsin, in Sheboygan County. Marker is on State Highway 144, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: W6582 STH 144, Random Lake WI 53075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nowack House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Boltonville Mill (approx. 4.3 miles away); Boltonville Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saxonia House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Birthplace of Flag Day (approx. 5.8 miles away); Robert Cooley Homestead (approx. 6.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); St. Matthias Mission (approx. 7.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Charles Rietz - Sheboyganspirit.com. (Submitted on May 11, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Charles Rietz Home image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 10, 2018
3. Charles Rietz Home
Buildings mentioned in the marker, looking west along STH 144. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 10, 2018
4. Buildings mentioned in the marker, looking west along STH 144.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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