D. J. Walsh, Far Rockaway, N.Y.

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Daniel James (or Joseph) Walsh was a long time Far Rockaway, New York bottler. According to Emil Lucev, a local historian and  contributor to the local Far Rockaway newspaper called “The Wave,” Walsh was reportedly one of the first to make charged siphon club soda bottles.

Walsh immigrated to the United States from Ireland in and around 1880. His great-granddaughter, after reading the initial version of this post, contacted me and was kind enough to provide this picture of him.

According to another family member, his great grandson, Walsh’s naturalization paperwork, dated 1890, named Brockholst Carroll, an established Far Rockaway bottler, as a sponsor. Carroll’s business dated back as far as the mid-1870’s, so its likely that Walsh spent his early years in the United States working in Carroll’s business. Brock L Carroll, Far Rockaway L.I.

Census records in 1910, 1920 and 1930 listed Walsh as a bottler and/or mineral water manufacturer and proprietor of his own shop, so he was certainly in business for himself by 1910. His great grandson placed the business at 21-03 to 21-07 Cornaga Avenue. According to his January 12, 1934 obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Walsh was still head of the business at the time of his death.

Over the years, census records associated several of his sons with the business as well. Their occupations were listed as bottlers, bottler helpers and/or drivers leading me to believe it was a small family run operation. This was confirmed by his great-granddaughter who said that her father, Walsh’s grandson, pitched in to help as well.

Growing up, my father talked about his grandfather’s soda co., and how he would go and visit after school (elementary) and help fill the bottles.

I found one large (27oz) tooled crown and several smaller (8oz) tooled crowns. Several machine made bottles (8oz) have also been observed. No blob top bottles have been found to date but I’ve seen photos on the Internet (both 8oz and 27oz). I’ve also seen D J Walsh siphon bottles pictured on the Internet.

Many thanks to two of Daniel Walsh’s great grandchildren who provided some additional information after reading earlier versions of this post.