Geis-Jackier Co., Far Rockaway, N.Y.


William V. Geiss was a mineral water and beer bottler in Far Rockaway that had been in business since 1899 and Sidney Jackier was a sales agent for a Manhattan Brewing Co. In 1909, they joined together and formed Geis-Jackier Co. The notice of incorporation was printed in the November 27, 1909 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Articles of incorporation of the Geis-Jackier Company of the Borough of Queens have been filed with the State Department. The capital is $10,000. The directors are Sidney Jackier, William V. Geis, Hattie Jackier and Elsie C. Geis of Far Rockaway.

They were named as a Far Rockaway bottler in a listing of Long Island Industrial Establishments contained in the September 8, 1910 issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and they were listed in the Brooklyn and Queens section of the NY Telephone Book in 1910, 1914 and 1915 (the only editions I could find).

They were also listed as a Certificate Holder in the Annual Report of the State Commission of Excise for 1912, 1914 and 1915 (couldn’t find the 1913 edition). Their location was listed as Crescent St, opp William St.

I suspect that the business served as the bottling and catering operation for the Haffner Neptune Park Hotel in Far Rockaway. According to a story in the October 23, 1915 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sidney Jackier had signed a five year lease to operate the hotel in August of 1909, two months prior to incorporating Geis-Jackier.  Jackier gave up the lease for the hotel after four years and declared bankrupt. This puts the effectual end of the company sometime in 1913 or 1914.

In 1915, Sidney Jackier was listed in New Rochelle, New York as the manager of the local F&M Schaefer Brewing Co. depot and by 1917, and possibly earlier, Geis was the proprietor of the Hewlett Inn on Long Island. The story of William V. Geis is told in another post on this site.

Wm. V. Geis, Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Both Crescent and William have changed names over the years. Crescent is now Brunswick and William is now Wheatley. Brunswick opposite Wheatley puts Geis-Jackier in an area between the Far Rockaway Station of the LIRR and Brunswick Avenue. The location of the Neptune Park Hotel given in advertisements is “midway between station and ocean,” so they were relatively close to each other.

I’v found several 8 oz slug plate bottles, one 8 oz private mold bottle and two 27 oz bottles; all tooled crowns. The private mold also has a G/J insignia embossed on the back of the bottle with the “J” in the shape of a fish hook.