J. A. Lail & Company

J. A. Lail & Company operated from 1884 to 1890 as a broker of Ashland and Wm. Tarr whiskey from the Ashland Distillery.  The partnership consisted of Jeptha A. Lail and Joseph M. Kimbrough.  Kimbrough was the manager of the Ashland Distillery and was Thomas J. Megibben’s son-in-law.

Their offices were located at 74 East Main Street.  They also manufactured the “New Blue Stocking Cigars.”  After Kimbrough’s death in 1890, the firm dissolved and operations were assumed by R. S. Strader & Son[i]


[i] Lexington City Directory for 1887 and 1888.

William M. Ambrose, Bottled In Bond under U. S. Government Supervision, Limestone Press, Lexington, 2008.