The following is courtesy of
Liberty Belle-Reno website,
|A.P. Hotaling Company,
distributors of "Old Kirk Whiskey", was located in the only downtown island of
unburned buildings following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.
This area, Jackson Square, was saved by the herculean effort in which U.S. Navy
sailors laid a mile long hose line from the Fisherman's Wharf area up over the
shoulder of Telegraph Hill and then to Broadway and Montgomery street.
This heroic deed saved Hotaling, the largest repository of liquor on the West
Coast. To proclaim they were still in business a card was printed with
both this photo and the accompanying verse...
"If, as they say, God
spanked the town for being over-frisky, Why did he burn the churches down and
spare Hotaling's wiskey?"
of the Liberty Belle Silver Jubilee 1958-1983 we have reproduced this Old Kirk
Whiskey ad and photo from the
Liberty Belle Collection.