Hey M & M,
Nice find, indeed. I love the transitional era bottles. Imagine it with a blob, would'ya call it a pony?
That is one of the most enigmatic plate mould embossings, I've seen lately. There were many bottlers using the Union name, all over the place.
Dennis called it, I believe. I found this squib in American Botler #25, 1905 :
"The Schafer Bottling Works, at Union, Mo., has been purchased by Warschau Bros.' former employees."
Then there's this:
"68. Martin Bernard Hobelmann (George Frederick (Fritz)-8, Maria Anna Elisabeth Stumpe-7, Johann (Heinrich)-6, Johann Heinrich-5, Johann Georg-4, Johann-3, Georg-2, Johann-1) was born on 1 September 1879 in Detmold, Franklin County, Missouri. He died from coronary occlusion on 22 June 1947 in Union, Franklin County, Missouri. He was buried on 25 June 1947 in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Union, Franklin County, Missouri. He was a shoe worker. In 1913 Martin went to Evans, Iowa to run a railroad engine for an "orange peel". In 1915 Martin was manager of Union Bottling Works which made soda and mineral water.
Martin worked for the Rock Island Railroad, also was a shoe worker. He liked to fish." From.
Makes me wanna find out what happened to Shafer? I even looked, and the only possibility I saw was this listing from stephengray from '10
"Schafer's Bottling Works El Reno, O.T. crown aqua bimal quart size "
Could Shafer have lit out for the territories after selling out in Missouri?