Stoll, James Scrugham

1855- 1908

Distiller and Banker

James S. Stoll was born in Lexington in 1855, the third son of George J. Stoll, Sr. In 1881 he invested, along with his brother, in Stoll, Clay & Company.  In 1891, Stoll and Sanford K. Vannatta established a partnership, known as Stoll, Vannatta & Company, to wholesale whiskey.  At the time of his death in 1908, he was President of the Stoll & Company (distillers) and Vice President of Stoll, Hamilton & Company (whiskey brokers).

He was also a real estate investor.  He was the owner of the “Meadows,” a two hundred seventy three acre farm on the Bryan Station Pike outside the city limits.  Stoll was one of the largest stockholders in the Lexington City National Bank, serving as a director (from 1890s to 1908) and as President (1903 – 1908).  He died in Lexington during 1908. [i]


[i] Lexington Herald, March 6, 1909, page 8, column 1.

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