According to the local Historical Society, Richard William Frederick Runge was the founder of the Richard Runge Bottle Works in and around 1890. On the Internet, I’ve seen Hutchinson style bottles embossed “R W F Runge Farmingdale L.I.”
The 1900 census records list Richard Runge as a beer bottler and his father, Frederick, as a saloonkeeper living in Oyster Bay Township. Living with them is Richard’s wife Henrietta, the daughter of Edward Schnaderbeck, and Peter Schnaderbeck, one of Edward’s sons. Peter is also listed in the census as a beer bottler.
The 1900 census records also list both Edward Schnaderbeck and his son Martin as soda water bottlers in Oyster Bay Township and I’ve seen Huthinson style bottles on the Internet embossed “Schnaderbeck & Co Farmingdale L.I.” Farmingdale is a village located within Oyster Bay Township.
I’m guessing that at some point around the turn of the century the two families got together and combined the businesses. In fact, in 1898 Richard Runge is listed as a Liquor Tax Certificate holder in the New York State Directory. The address was given as Fulton St., near Main St. In the same document, Mary Schnaderbeck is listed at the same address. The problem is I can’t find a Mary in the Schnaderbeck family or on Long Island for that matter. It’s possible that the names Martin and Mary got mixed up in the Directory. It’s also possible I’m on the wrong track.
This being said, the only piece of information I could find that is directly related to the business is a great old photograph of two horse drawn delivery wagons taken in front of an old wooden building with shutters. A sign, both on one of the wagons and on the building reads: “Schnaderbeck & Runge, Mineral Waters, Farmingdale L.I.
Fulton Street is now a widened State Route 109 in this area. I assume the old wooden building housing the business was lost as Route 109 got widened over the years.
The bottle I found is a Hutchinson (8 oz). The embossing on the base of the bottle is “K Hutter of New York” indicating this company made the bottle.