The first listing I can find for the Corona Bottling Works is in the Brooklyn and Queens Section of the 1924 NYC Telephone Book. There’s no address listed but the phone number – Newtown 2399 matched the one on the bottle. In the October 1925 edition of the phone book they changed their phone number from the Newtown Exchange to a Havmeyer exchange.
In 1927 and 1928 they listed 103-13 53rd Ave as an address. This isn’t the same location etched on the bottle but it makes sense that they moved at the same time they changed phone numbers.
During this period, Louis Aledort and the business of L Aledort & Co. are also listed and both always share the same phone number with Corona Bottling Works so they are probably one and the same business. The listing for L Aledort & Co goes back to the 1917 edition of the phone book so it appears the business started around this time. I can’t find enough information to determine the end date of the business.
The bottle I found is an etched 26 oz siphon bottle. It probably dates to the early 1920’s when they started using the Corona Bottling Works name but no earlier than 1917 when the business started. The bottle names the proprietors as Louis Aledort & Son.
In response to the original post I was contacted by the great great grandson of Louis Aledort. He informed me that the business was ultimately passed down to his great grandfather (Louis Aledort’s son) Harry Aledort. Below is a photograph of the bottle used when Harry ran the business together with the bottle I found in the bays.
In 1883 James T. Weeks partnered with Capt. Thomas E Hawkins and together they manufactured and bottled soda and mineral water in Bayport, Long Island for twelve years under the name of Hawkins & Weeks.
In September, 1894 Weeks in an effort to pursue other interests, sold his share of the business to Hawkins. More on Hawkins & Weeks can be found in another post on this site. Hawkins & Weeks
A feature on Weeks, published in the June 24, 1898 edition of the Suffolk County News picks up the story from there.
In the spring of 1895 James T Weeks, who had for a number of years been a member of the firm of Hawkins & Weeks engaged in the bottling business in Bayport, retired from the firm and established the South Side Bakery on Main Street in that village and also began the manufacture of ice cream on a large scale.
An advertisement for both the bakery and ice cream business appeared in the June 14, 1895 edition of the Suffolk County News.
The Feature on Weeks went on to say:
The bakery he disposed of the following year to Mr. Joseph Douglass but the ice cream business he retained. He removed his family to Rockville Centre where he is engaged in the business of bottling soda and mineral waters and has a large and growing trade. He gives his personal attention to both establishments dividing his time between the places and his efforts to cater to the public are ably seconded by his estimable wife who resides in Bayport and has charge of the ice cream factory and of the parlors connected with it where ice cream, soda water, fancy cakes and confectionery are on sale.
The “Annual Report of the Factory Inspectors of the State of New York in 1898 indicated that Weeks’ mineral water business had 3 employees during that time, all male (no address). The same report in 1903 showed water bottling at a Centre Avenue location in Rockville Centre (no employee information).
James T Weeks listed his occupation as mineral water manufacturer and as soda water in the 1900 and 1910 census records respectively. In the 1920 census, he was back in Bayport, employed as a driver.
Based on this information, his Rockville Centre bottling business was operational from roughly 1896 until sometime in the 1910’s.
All the bottles I’ve found were mouth blown: two 27 oz with a tooled blob finish, several 8 oz tooled crowns and one siphon bottle. Haven’t seen a machine made bottle, even on the Internet. This supports the time frame of the business as estimated above.
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.
Carl Schultz first began producing artificial mineral waters in 1862. At around this time, he met Thomas Walker who had invented the siphon bottle and they went into business together.
The business was initially called Schultz and Walker and was listed at 133 Fourth Avenue from 1864 to 1868 and 112 East 14th Street from 1868 to 1872. Around 1873 they began listing two addresses: 436 First Avenue and 860 Broadway and by 1877 they had dropped the Walker name and the business was renamed Carl H Schultz.
An full page advertisement in the 1876/1877 directory indicated that their factory was located at the First Avenue location. I assume that Broadway served as their retail location.
The factory remained at the First Avenue location through most of the 1920’s but it appears that their retail locations moved around. In the mid 1880’s they listed 76 University Place and a 1909 advertisement specified that orders be sent to 1129 Broadway.
Carl Schultz also operated a Mineral Springs Pavilion in Central Park at the north end of Sheep Meadow that opened in 1867.
An 1871 article in the New York Daily Herald described it this way:
THE MINERAL SPRINGS IN THE PARK
One of the most attractive features of the Park – in all things beautiful and attractive – is the Moresque structure that stands on a gently rising eminence within earshot of the Mall. It combines, with a rare picturesque of appearance, the attractive utility of furnishing to the thirsty pedestrian the very thing which on a hot and dusty day he looks around him to procure – namely, a drink at once refreshing, palatable and nonintoxicating. The Central Park mineral springs, under the care of Schultz and Walker, where all sorts of mineral waters are kept, make the feature of the Park, which all the visitors thereto feel bound to appreciate.
In addition to refreshment on a hot day, the mineral springs offered a cure for everything from indigestion to diabetes to rheumatism. According to a May 2, 1897 story in the New York Tribune:
Carl H. Schultz originated the plan of having in Central Park a place for the sale of mineral water to enable invalids to combine a mineral water cure with exercise in the open air. At the Springs the leading natural waters are kept on hand, and in addition there are the artificial waters, in the manufacture of which only distilled water is used. Many prefer the artificial mineral waters on account of their uniform composition, great effervescence and freedom from bacteria. Some of them contain more lithium carbonate than any natural lithia water contains. The following waters are recommended for invalids:
For indigestion – Carbonic water. For stomach, kidney and liver trouble – Double or quadruple Carlsbad, Marienbad, Kissingen. For catarrh – Obersalzbrunn, Seltzers, Kissingen. For diabetes – Ballin, double and quadruple Carlsbad. For gout and rheumatism – Lithia water, especially when mixed with Carlsbad or Vichy
If refreshment and mineral water cures were not enough, visits to the Mineral Springs could also reduce your weight.
Oh yes…and one more thing. It also made a good cocktail! “Why spoil wine and whiskey with inferior Mineral Water?”
Carl Schultz died in 1897. The 1907, 1914 and 1919 Copartneship and Corporation Directories all list Rudolph and Walter Schultz as Directors of the Schultz Corporation, so it looks like the business remained in the family through at least 1919.
In 1929 The Schultz Corporation merged with Schoneberger and Noble (bottlers for the famous Dr. Brown’s Celery Tonic) and Brownie Corp. (makers of the Brownie Chocolate Drink) to form the American Beverage Corporation. Shortly afterwards the consolidated business opened a new plant in Brooklyn at 118 N 11th Street. An April 7, 1929 story in the Brooklyn Times Union announced the changes.
Concentration of the manufacturing operations of the American Beverage Corporation, which early this year acquired the Carl H. Schultz Corporation, Schoneberger & Noble, Inc., and the Brownie Corporation, all of New York, in a new plant in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, is announced by E. C. McCullough, president. One unit is now in operation, while the entire plant will be ready for the seasonal demand at the end of the month. ..
The new plant will provide manufacturing facilities for a gross business of $2,500,000 to $3,000.000 per year or about three times the volume done by the subsidiaries last year, while concentrating in one plant will materially reduce operating costs.
By the 1920’s the Central Park pavilion had become a soft drink and candy shop and in 1957 it was demolished. 440 First Avenue is within the current limits of the Bellevue Hospital complex and no longer exists.
I found two ten-pin soda bottles (8 oz) each with a tooled blob top finish. C-P-M-S (Central Park Mineral Springs) is embossed on both. I’ve also found a Dr. Brown’s Celry Tonic bottle embossed “One and Only One.”