H. C. Muller, Far Rockaway, L.I.

The H stands for Henry C. Muller.

The business of Henry C. Muller was listed under bottlers of lager beer, Carlton Ave c. Guy, Far Rockaway in the 1899 and 1903 Trow Business Directory of the Borough of Queens. He was also listed in the New York State Liquor Tax Holder Directory for 1898. The business was not listed in the 1890 Lain’s Directory for Brooklyn (Far Rockaway). Based on this information, the business likely started sometime in the mid  1890’s.

A small operation, the Report of The Factory Inspector for the State of New York, dated January 23, 1899, listed the business as having four employees

According to the November 15, 1903 issue of American Carbonator and American Bottler:

H.C. Muller, Far Rockaway, NY, makes high grade beverages and has many customers.”

The October 15,1904 issue of American Carbonator and American Bottler reported that H.C. Muller had sold his business to Henry Lutgens, however the deal must have fallen through because a month later, in the November 15th issue of the same magazine, there’s a letter to the editor stating that Muller was out of business and that the magazine should be sent to James VanBrunt.

It should be noted that in subsequent years VanBrunt was listed as a bottler with the same address as Muller. Van Brunt’s business is covered in another post on this site.  J. H. VanBrunt, Far Rockaway, L. I.

Carlton has been renamed Nameoke Avenue and Guy has been renamed Augustina Avenue. An old frame building on the northwest corner of Guy (now Augustina) that was recently demolished might have once accommodated the business. It’s now a vacant lot.

The single bottle found is a champagne style with a tooled blob top. It fits the 1890’s to early 1900’s time frame of the business.