Benjamin C. Milam made his son, John W. Milam, a partner in 1890.
Reels made between 1896 and
1903 incorporated the phrase "The Frankfort Kentucky Reel" in
an arch above the B.C. Milam name. The reels would later be marked
B.C. Milam & Son. The most interesting of the
B.C. Milam & Son reels are the ones with large jewels for the spool bearings.
These are scarce variations of the reels. The B.C. Milam & Son reels
were made until 1928 when John Milam passed away.
John Milam was born in Frankfort, KY in 1859. John attended the private school of J.W. Dodd in
preparation for college, but left at the age of 17 to join his father's business. He worked as an
apprentice under his father and continued in the reel making business for about
52 years. Like his father, he was also a businessman and interested in the
community. He was a Director in the National Branch Bank of Frankfort and
president of the Frankfort Cemetery Company. He was treasurer of his church,
past exalted ruler of Frankfort Lodge No. 530 and member of the Knights of
B.C. Milam & Son were very proud
of their reels and were always interested in showing off their craftsmanship.
They took their reels to the World Expos around the modern world and received
recognition and rewards. The two medals below are from a relative of Milam that
are mentioned in the B.C Milam & Son Catalog.
The B.C. MILAM & SON No. 2 Reel, circa 1910
The B.C. MILAM & SON Full Jeweled No. 3 Reel, circa 1902
The B.C. MILAM & SON No. 3 Reel, circa 1910
The B.C. MILAM & SON No. 4 Tournament Reel, circa 1910
The B.C. MILAM & SON No. 4 Salmon Reel, circa 1910
B.C. MILAM & SON 1900 Catalog Pages
B.C. MILAM & SON No. 9 Reel
B.C. MILAM & SON 1897 Ad
B.C. MILAM & SON 1903 Ad in "Outing" Magazine
B.C. MILAM & SON 1907 Ad
B.C. MILAM & SON 1905 Catalog Page
The B.C. MILAM & SON Medal from the 1900 World Expo in Paris
The B.C. MILAM & SON Medal from the 1904 World Expo in St. Louis
The B.C. MILAM & Son Sign from Their Shop
The B.C. MILAM & Son Advertising Sign, circa 1902
To see B.C. Milam & Son short and long Catalogs, click on the links below.