The Soda and Beer Bottlers of Lima, Ohio

By: Joe Clevenger

2018


Allen County Soda Bottlers

Bluffton

Seven Up: The Seven Up Bottling Company of Dayton had warehouses in Lima and Findlay for many years. In 1975 a new warehouse was built in Bluffton. At that time the Lima and Findlay warehouses were closed. The new warehouses is located at the Bluffton Airport Industrial Complex just off of I-75.

Delphos

Delphos Bottling Works: This bottling works was owned by Joseph Reit. The company bottled mineral water, birch ale, ginger ale, ale, and porter. The beer was bottled for the Steinle Brewery of Delphos. This company was in business from 1884 to 1910.

Delphos Brewery: The Delphos Brewery was started by Charles Jettinger in 1856. In 1868 Felix Steinle, a German beer maker, came to America and began looking for a good-sized town in which to establish a brewery. His ultimate choice of Delphos led to the creation of a significant industry specializing in beer, soft drinks and ice.

In 1883 he purchased the Delphos Brewery and by 1885 was producing 5,000 barrels of beer a year. The Delphos Herald reported, “The beer manufactured by the Delphos Brewery is gaining a wide- spread reputation, and competent judges pronounce it superior to that made at Cincinnati and Milwaukee.”

Within another ten years “Steinle’s Delphos Beer” was being turned out at the rate of 7,000 barrels a year. The Company was also producing about 3,600 tons of ice. Prior to the development of an ice works around 1890, ice from the canal was cut in February and March and stored under sawdust from local mills until needed in the summer.

By far, the largest part of the Steinle Company’s production was beer for sale “on tap;” that is, drawn directly from an oak barrel and put into kegs. Smaller kegs were for home delivery. Some beer was bottled and today Steinle bottles are coveted by collectors.

A new plant was constructed around 1902 and was located along East Second Street. The old plant was behind it on what was then First Street and is now an extension of the St. John parish cemetery. Directly across Second Street from the new plant was the Steinle home, which still stands.

In 1905 the Company built a bottling plant near the brewery. Prior to this all bottling for the Delphos Brewery was done at the Delphos Bottling Works. Between 1907 and 1918, the average output of the brewery was 9,000 barrels of beer per year—approximately 25 barrels per day. To reflect the popularity, the name of the beer was changed during this time to “Steinle’s Famous Delphos Beer.” But in 1918, although business was good, prohibition loomed on the horizon and the name “The Steinle Brewing and Ice Company” was changed to “The Steinle-Delphos Company.”

Prohibition became effective on January 16, 1920 and beer making became a thing of the past. The company discarded much of the brewing equipment, reconfigured the area and, by utilizing their ice- making equipment, entered into the retail ice business by supplying the city with “artificial ice.” In addition to their previous bottled soft drinks, they also bottled a beverage known as “near beer.” Production dropped to 1000 barrels a year and the company began losing money. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 but the country was still deep in the Great Depression so no attempt was made to begin brewing beer again. The Steinle family remained owners of the company until the death of Felix’s son, Charles, in 1947. After several other owners, the building was razed in 1971.

Lion Bottling Works: This bottling works was owned by the Widmer brothers and was located on Canal Street. The company was known to have been in business in 1884.


Lima

Louis Berger Bottling Works: This bottling works was listed in the 1907 directory as being located at 234 North Main Street. No other information could be found.

Edward Christen Bottling Works: This man established his bottled water business in 1882. Besides having a plant in Lima he also had a bottling plant in Findlay. The Lima plant was located at 111 West Spring Street. By 1893 the business was moved to 618 East Market Street. In 1918 the company advertised that they were now bottling soft drinks. Mr. Christen died in 1924 bringing an end to the business.

Coca-Cola: In the early years Lester Scott, of Toledo, owned the Coca Cola territory which included all of Northwest Ohio. By 1910 he began shipping Coca Cola, from Toledo, into Lima by train. At that time Mr. Scott had a warehouse located at the rear of 128 East Spring Street.

In 1910, a small group of Lima businessmen bought from Mr. Scott the territory of Allen, Auglaize, Van Wert and parts of Logan and Mercer Counties. The Lima Coca Cola bottling plant was established on East Market Street.

By 1915 the Lima Coca Cola Bottling Company was in financial troubles. The local plant owed a large sum of money to the Root Glass Company and so the Root Glass Company became the new owners of the Lima Coke plant.. At that time a new bottling plant was opened at 329 South Union Street.

By 1933, the Crass family gained control of the Lima Coca Cola plant. The Crass family owned several Coke plants in the eastern United States. Eventually the Crass Group was divided and Walter Sams became the owner of the Lima Coca Cola plant. Then James G. Watson bought the Lima franchise. Later the franchise was sold to F. D. Neal and Walter Sams.

In 1934 a new plant was opened at 241 North Shore Drive. This two story plant had a capacity of 6,000 cases a day. The new plant cost $54,000 to build.

By the early 1980s the equipment at the plant was outdated. In July of 1984 the Lima plant stopped bottling. At that time all returnable product was shipped in from the Portland, Indiana plant. All non- returnable product was shipped in from Pennsylvania. By January of 1985 new equipment was purchased and a new 18,000 square foot addition was added to the plant so that the Lima plant could bottle its own returnable products. At that time the plant was shipping 26,000 returnable and 31,000 non returnables a month. The Lima plant was closed in 19__.


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Consolidated Bottling Works: For information on this bottling works read the Pepsi Cola listing.


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Dies and Tibbals Bottling Works: No information could be found on this company.

Dr. Pepper: This bottling company was started, in Lima, in 1938. The plant was located at 316 North Main Street. By 1950 the plant was moved to 410 Findlay Road. In 1972, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, of Lima, was sold to RKO. Then in January of 1980, the Lima Pepsi plant was sold to RKO. By 1980, the Dr. Pepper operations were merged with the Pepsi operation in Lima. By 1983 the two divisions shared plant space. In 1987 RKO sold out to Pepsi Enterprises and the Lima Pepsi-Dr. Pepper plant is still in operation.


Eurisko Water Company: This company was listed in the 1908 to 1914 directories as being located at 321 South Pierce Street. The company was managed by John Gallent.

James M. Ford: This man was listed in the 1920 directory as having a bottling works located at 338 North Main Street.

Frueh and Romer Bottling Works: This bottling works was owned by Henry Frueh and Frank Romer. The plant was located on the east side of Main Street, near Wayne Street. This plant bottled beer and soft drinks that were used in Mr. Romer's saloon. This company was known to have been in business in 1884.

Granada Club Ginger Ale: No information could be found on this company.

Samuel F. Henry and Son: This mineral water bottling company was listed in the 1908 directory as having a plant located at 414 North Main Street.

William Hohl: This man owned a restaurant in Lima from 1880 to 1905. He operated a bottling works to bottle soft drinks for his restaurant.

D.M. Kelly Bottling Works: This company was listed in the 1911 to 1912 directories as being located at 792 North Main Street.

Patrick Kelly Bottling Works and Saloon: From 1899 to 1904 this man operated a bottling works at 729 East Main Street. His saloon continued in business until 1905.

Lima Soda Water Works: In 1887, John W. Harmon and Mark L. Pomeroy opened their bottling works at 237 North Tanner Street (Central Avenue). By 1890 the business was moved to 107 West Wayne Street. Then in 1895 the business was moved to 330 North Main Street. The final move occurred in 1902, at that time the bottling works was located at 415 North Jackson. The last listing for this business was in the 1904 directory.

G.W. Miller Bottling Works: This bottling works was listed in the 1930 directory as being located at 200 East Wayne Street. No other information could be found.

Nehi Bottling Company: For information on this bottling works read the G.M. Swallow and Sons listing.


Pepsi Cola: In 1902 John P. Dies started the Consolidated Bottling Works at 215 South Union Street. By 1907 the company was owned by William M. Jones and was relocated to 216 South Central Street. In 1912 the Lima plant was moved to Water Street.

In 1941 the Consolidated Bottling Works became a Pepsi bottler. That same year the Koch family, of Wapakoneta, bought the Consolidated Bottling Works. For many years the Koch famlily had operated a small bottling works in Wapakoneta.

In 1955 the Lima plant was closed and all bottling was moved to the Wapakoneta plant. The Wapakoneta plant had a capacity of 8,000 cases a day.

Then in 1967 the company moved to a new plant in Lima at 1750 Greely Chapel Road. The plant's grand opening was attended by movie star Joan Crawford. She was the wife of the president of national Pepsi. The new plant had a capacity of 20,000 cases a day.

The growth of the industry in the 1960s led the Koch family to expand by purchasing the Corpus Christi Pepsi Franchise in 1972. In January of 1980 the Lima plant was sold to RKO and the family moved to Texas full time.

In 1972, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, of Lima, was sold to RKO. By 1980, the Dr. Pepper operations were merged with the Pepsi operation in Lima. By 1983 the two divisions shared plant space. In 1987 RKO sold out to Pepsi Enterprises.

Today the Lima plant is still in operation at 1750 Greely Chapel Road. The company's territory covers Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Putnam, Hardin, Hancock, Seneca and parts of Logan and Shelby Counties.


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Poplett's Company: No information could be found on this company.

C. Purtscher and Sons: No information could be found on this company.

Seven Up: The Seven Up Bottling Company, of Dayton, opened a warehouse in Lima. This warehouse was closed in 1975 and a new warehouse was opened in Bluffton.

Ray R. Stallsmith: The first listing for this man's bottling works was in the 1920 directory. At that time the plant was located at 825 South Main Street. By 1922 the company was moved to 228 East Vine Street. The last listing for this company was in the 1924 directory.

Steury Bottling Company: After passing a state high school examination, Amos Steury was awarded a high school diploma and began work at a milk condensery at Berne, Indiana. After two years there, Mr. Steury became a Linotype operator for the newspaper at Berne, remaining there two years before joining a brother, Reuben, in owning a dairy in Decatur, Indiana. A few years later Mr. Steury, sold his interest in the dairy and moved to Bluffton, Indiana to become a jobber of non-alcoholic beverages.

In the spring of 1940 he established in the 100 block of West Washington St., in Bluffton, a modern soft drinks bottling company and in 1948 erected an even more modern facility at the south edge of Bluffton at 1234 South Main Street.

From 1950 to 1965 Steury's maintained a distributon center, in Lima, at 118 East Kibby Street. The Steury Bottling Company became well known for it Heart Club brand of soda. The company remained in business until 1971.

G.M. Swallow and Sons: In 1927 George Swallow partnered with his two son's, Marion and Ralph, to open a bottling works at 928 South Main Street. At the start the company was called Nehi Beverages, bottling a line of Nehi fruit flavored sodas in 9 ounce bottles.

As the years passed Swallow's added to their product line up. In 1931 they added Vess fruit flavored sodas in a 24 ounce bottles. Cleo Cola and Swallow's Quality Beverages, in a 12 ounce bottle was added in 1937. By 1938, the Swallow's felt that they no longer needed the Nehi line of sodas and so they gave up their Nehi franchise. Over the years the company added several other flavors to their line up. Such as: Whistle, Swallow's Keg Root Beer, Sun Glow Orange, Smack Punch Drink, Tom Collins, Bubble Up, Up n Up, and Cadillac Beverages.

By the 1970s, Marion was the sole owner of the business. At that time he began bottling water along with his line of soda pop. In 1975 Swallow's stopped bottling soda pop and decided to focus on the water business. In 1986, Marion retired selling his business to Culligan Water.


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Allen County Breweries

Bluffton

Herman Brewery

In 1895 Casper Herman started his brewery at the corner of Washington and Main Streets. The brewery was closed in 1919 due to Prohibition.

Delphos

Delphos Brewery

The Delphos Brewery was started by Charles Jettinger in 1856. In 1868 Felix Steinle, a German beer maker, came to America and began looking for a good-sized town in which to establish a brewery. His ultimate choice of Delphos led to the creation of a significant industry specializing in beer, soft drinks and ice.

In 1883 he purchased the Delphos Brewery and by 1885 was producing 5,000 barrels of beer a year. The Delphos Herald reported, “The beer manufactured by the Delphos Brewery is gaining a wide- spread reputation, and competent judges pronounce it superior to that made at Cincinnati and Milwaukee.”

Within another ten years “Steinle’s Delphos Beer” was being turned out at the rate of 7,000 barrels a year. The Company was also producing about 3,600 tons of ice. Prior to the development of an ice works around 1890, ice from the canal was cut in February and March and stored under sawdust from local mills until needed in the summer.

By far, the largest part of the Steinle Company’s production was beer for sale “on tap;” that is, drawn directly from an oak barrel and put into kegs. Smaller kegs like were for home delivery. Some beer was bottled and today Steinle bottles are coveted by collectors.

A new plant was constructed around 1902 and was located along East Second Street. The old plant was behind it on what was then First Street and is now an extension of the St. John parish cemetery. Directly across Second Street from the new plant was the Steinle home, which still stands.

In 1905 the Company built a bottling plant near the brewery. Prior to this all bottling for the Delphos Brewery was done at the Delphos Bottling Works. Between 1907 and 1918, the average output of the brewery was 9,000 barrels of beer per year—approximately 25 barrels per day. To reflect the popularity, the name of the beer was changed during this time to “Steinle’s Famous Delphos Beer.” But in 1918, although business was good, prohibition loomed on the horizon and the name “The Steinle Brewing and Ice Company” was changed to “The Steinle-Delphos Company.”

Prohibition became effective on January 16, 1920 and beer making became a thing of the past. The company discarded much of the brewing equipment, reconfigured the area and, by utilizing their ice- making equipment, entered into the retail ice business by supplying the city with “artificial ice.” In addition to their previous bottled soft drinks, they also bottled a beverage known as “near beer.” Production dropped to 1000 barrels a year and the company began losing money. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 but the country was still deep in the Great Depression so no attempt was made to begin brewing beer again. The Steinle family remained owners of the company until the death of Felix’s son, Charles, in 1947. After several other owners, the building was razed in 1971.


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Consumer's Brewing Company

In 1934 Charles Steinle formed the Consumer's Brewery at 418 North Elizabeth Street. Mr. Steinle had been affiliated with the Delphos Brewery. The Consumer's Brewery closed in 1937.

Lima Brewery

Lima pioneers cleared the swamp, built the town and hung out their shingles. And, of course, some of those businesses were breweries, eager to supply beer to the thirsty masses.

One of the first, and longest lasting, was a Pioneer Brewery built on the Ottawa River on the south side of the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago railroad. This is the area just north of where Lima Senior High School sits today. This site was near the paper mill, which was later known as the American Straw Board Co., and near where Ben C. Faurot drilled the first oil well in the state.

The Pioneer Brewery by the railroad was established by Michael Wolf, who was born in Austria and came to Lima in 1848. His son, Joseph, and John Reeder were also involved in the operation. Joseph Wolf married Mary Zimmerman and, for a time, he operated a brewery in Kenton.

In 1878, Joseph Wolf joined forces with his brothers-in-law from the Zimmerman clan and came back to Lima to operate his father’s brewery by the tracks. It was called The Lima Brewery and also the Lima Bottling Works.

An 1881 newspaper item noted the company had a new delivery wagon with a “beautiful harness.” Beer sold for $1 per dozen quarts.

In 1891, the brewery was sold by receiver to the Deitrick Brewing Co. and became the Lima Brewing Co. “A large gang of carpenters is now engaged inside the brewery, remodeling and largely improving it,” a newspaper story reported Sept. 26, 1891.

In 1894, it was again in receivership. At this point, Henry Frueh and Charley Wilhelmy were involved. Wilhelmy had arrived but six months earlier, bringing with him 26 years of brewing experience in Munich and Vienna.

By 1897, Frueh was working with Gustave Spannagel, another German brewer. Under their leadership, the brewery was called the Quilna Brewery. They spent about $20,000 for equipment updates, according to a June 1, 1897, newspaper story. They were to build two new buildings for a brewing capacity of 75 barrels of beer a day. The cellar was expected to hold 6,000 barrels.

The business was incorporated as Lima Brewing Co. in 1902, with Frueh and Spannagel involved with Frank Sieber. The brewery made four brands: Prosit, Gold Schild Brau, Malt Extract and Special Export.

Spannagel applied for a patent for improvements on a bung extractor on July 14, 1908. A bung is a circular plug that can be removed from a barrel and replaced after the barrel’s contents are checked. Spannagel’s obituary, printed May 26, 1913, said he was head of the brewmaster’s department at the brewery. In 1911, another expansion included new bottling machines and storage tanks.

A large ad from 1907: “Lima Beer furnishes animation, sharpens the wits and makes conversation flow. It promotes sociability. Those who have tried it are partial to this brand because of its originality of flavor, sparkling zest and manifest purity and goodness. When you order beer, stipulate Lima beer. You will like it. A trial is all we ask.”

Business was booming. One problem: Prohibition. The company reinvented itself as the Lima Beverage Co. It made a low-alcohol malt beverage called Limo. It also planned to make ice, since it had refrigeration equipment. In 1926, near-beer was OKed to purchase “without a prescription” in drug stores. The 3.75 percent “health booster” was deemed safe for society.


By the end of Prohibition in 1933, attitudes had certainly changed. The Lima Beverage Co. advertised its Patrick Henry label in 1937 with a muscled working man, dressed in his work clothes, tipping back a bottle. “After real work, give a man some real beer-drinker’s beer,” it said.

But things were not good at The Lima Beverage Co. After the deaths of Sieber and Frueh, the brewery essentially fell apart. Neon Products bought the brewery property piece by piece.

“Time is about to run out for Lima’s old brewery,” a May 8, 1955, newspaper story reported. “The sturdy brick buildings which have stood on the banks of Hawg Crick at the east end of Pennsylvania Avenue for three quarters of a century are doomed. The wreckers move in Monday morning. ... Discernable to workers’ noses, they insisted, was a thin ghost of an odor — an odor of mingled hops and malt and what results when they are combined properly.”

West Street Brewery

The West Street Brewery was established by Lewis Thomas in about 1856. Thomas, who was formerly of Dayton, operated it until March 1875, when Charles Duvel bought the building. Duvel refurbished everything, changing it from horse driven to steam driven. It was out of operation by 1887, and wind blew its buildings down in 1895. The interesting bit: Duvel married Louisa Zimmerman Badenheimer in 1871. (He was her second husband.) She was of the same Zimmermans who ran The Lima Brewery.