|Taken from the Liverpool Advance in 1889.|
When you open a bottle of Pepsi or other flavors of pop, have you ever thought about how long Soda Pop has been around? Well, at one time, Queens County had it's own pop producer. Milton Aerated Water Works was located on the West Side of Milton on the property owned today by Aubrey and Diane Coombs. It opened around 1889 by brothers Samuel T. Kempton (1848-1910) and Stephen H. Kempton (1855-1922) and remained in operation until 1926. They produced soda, tonic, mineral waters and other aerated and carbonated beverages. In 1891 they began making soda pop with flavors such as Orange, Lemonade, Coffee Cream Soda, Blood Strawberry, Birch Beer, WineO, and Crab Apple Tonic just to name a few. The most unusual thing about Milton Aerated Water Works was the bottles that the pop was in. It was called a Codd Stopper Bottle. It had a marble in it which was tight against the opening of the bottle, a small, round opener would "break the seal" and the marble would get pushed into the neck. The bad thing about this is that the kids would break the bottles to get the marbles to play with. Also you could return the bottles for a refund which was totally unheard of back in those times. The bottles were fairly expensive to produce so reusing them was very cost effective. My grandmother was one of those "kids" who smashed the bottles to get the marbles and I heard her stories about it many times. The building that housed Milton Aerated Water Works was demolished in 1931. Today the bottles are very collectible, the last I heard is a bottle was valued at about $200 each. I'm lucky to have collected a few of them and also purchased an opener on ebay a few years ago.
|Advertisement from Milton Aerated Water Works|
|Labels from Milton Aerated Water Works showing many flavors|
|The only known invoice from Milton Aerated Water Works in 1922. I own the original.|
|Codd Stopper Bottle from Milton Aerated Water Works|
|One of my Milton Aerated Water Works Bottles with an opener|