Century-Old Whiskey Bottles Found in Missouri Man’s Attic

on 01/08/12 at 11:59 am

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Photo: William Seay/KQTV/ABC News

To save money on the installation of central air-conditioning in his St. Joseph, Mo., home, Bryan Fite began replacing the wires in his attic, prying up the floor boards on the rafters. Along with possible savings, he found a treasure beneath the floorboards: 13 bottles of century-old whiskey.

Fite, 40, grew up in St. Joseph, and after working in Kansas City for several years, he returned to settle in his hometown in September 2011. The house he and his wife Emily Fite chose was built in the 1850s and needed work, Fite said.

The cost of installing central A/C and heat was prohibitive, he said, so he got to work in his attic. What first appeared to Fite as a set of strangely shaped insulated pipes turned out to be the secret whiskey stash of one of the house’s former owners — or so goes Fite’s main theory of how the liquor ended up there.

When they purchased the house, the Fites received a paper abstract detailing the history of its ownership. One of the owners, Fite said, had to give up the house when he was consigned to a sanitarium “for alcohol reasons.” Fite hypothesizes that this alcoholic hid the bottles in the attic for some future occasion.

“Unfortunately, he never got the chance,” Fite said.

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