The founders of Pflug & Ackley were Daniel Pflug and Henry Ackley. Pflug was a German immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1880. Ackley was born in Lynbrook, New York and was a life-long Long Islander.
Plug & Ackley was mentioned in a story entitled “Old Timers Carry On at Hempstead,” printed in the June 26, 1940 edition of a newspaper called the Nassau Daily Review Star.
The late Henry E. Ackley and Daniel Plug established Plug and Ackley’s Beverage Company in 1880. Their sons took over the business at a later date and now the business is being operated by the third generation.
The original partners, Daniel Pflug and Henry E. Ackley passed away in August, 1915 and August, 1918 respectively.
In the 1890 Lain’s Business Directory under Hempstead, Pflug & Ackley was listed as a bottler at 33 Greenwich. Apparently a small operation, the “Annual Report of the Factory Inspectors of the State of New York in both 1899 and 1900 indicated the business had 6 employees during that time, all male. Through at least the early 1930’s the plant remained at the 33 Greenwich address.
A Pflug and Ackley advertisement carried in several issues of the Nassau Post between May and July of 1914 contained a photograph of their “Bottling Department and Sales Rooms in Hempstead L.I.”
The advertisement went on to list a wide range of beverages that were bottled by the company at the time. It included rye, bourbon and scotch whiskeys, gin, bitters, brandies, ales and porters and mineral waters and vichy water.
An article under the Headline “Makes Good Beverages” in the December 17, 1925 edition of the Hempstead Sentinel provided a snapshot of the business at that time.
One of the oldest established firms in Hempstead is the Pflug and Ackley bottling works at the corner of Greenwich and Prospect Streets. The name has been synonymous with good beverages extending over nearly three generations. At the present time the business is managed by William H Ackley, who has a reputation for progressiveness.
Mr. Ackley keeps pace with all the newest methods, particularly those for the manufacture of the purest of products under the best sanitary conditions. He has recently installed machinery that has done away with much of the labor of human hands.
Mr. Ackley reports that although he is daily securing a large quantity of cider for the holidays there is such a demand for it that his delivery trucks are kept busy filling the orders of customers.
There was a P&A advertisement in the same December 17,1925 issue of the Hempstead Sentinel for Russet Apple Cider.
A series of advertisements within several issues of the “Brooklyn Daily Eagle” between June and August of 1920 named them as the local Nassau County bottler for Ward’s “Orange (and Lemon) Crush.
There were also P&A advertisements for Orange Crush in at least two May, 1923 issues of the “Hempstead Sentinel”.
By 1938, the company had apparently changed its name to the Ackley Beverage Company. I’ve found shards of a bottle embossed Ackley Beverage Co, Hempstead NY on the base that includes a 1938 embossed date. The embossing is very similar to the Pflug & Ackley embossing.
33 Greenwich Street does not exist today nor can I find Prospect Street in Hempstead. The address would have been located near the intersection of Greenwich and Peninsula Blvd and was most likely acquired when Peninsula Boulevard was widened to its present configuration.
This business spanned the conversion from mouth blown to machine made bottles and I’ve found both types. Mouth blown ones include two blob tops, a champagne style beer (12 oz) and a large 27 oz, and several 8 oz tooled crowns, one embossed with the year 1917, another with 1918 and still another with 1919. The dates appear within the slug plate, right below the trade mark.
Machine made finds include a 27 oz bottle embossed with the year 1926 and a 6 oz Orange Crush. The Orange Crush bottle has the P&A monogram and “Hempstead,”embossed on the base.
I’ve also found a small 6 oz machine made bottle embossed “Ackley Beverages Hempstead NY” that probably dates to the 1930’s.
On a final note, a Pflug and Ackley weather vane was recently offered for sale on the internet. It could actually be a portion of the one visible in the photograph of their bottling department and sales room.