02-06-2019, 04:49 PM #1
Ackerman Soda Water Co. / St. Louis, Missouri
Ackerman Soda Water Co.
301 Barry Street
St. Louis, Missouri
Ok,the first I find of Henry Ackerman is in a St. Louis directory dated 1887. The numbers on the address change somewhat but is often listed as being located at the N.W. corner of Third and Barry Street. The bottling operation will stay at this location until 1908, which was the last listing in a directory that I could find. The first advertisement I found for Henry Ackerman is the same one that was shared in a previous thread on the forum and I can confirm the date of 1894.
Henry Ackerman dies in either 1898 or 1899 and the business is divided into thirds with his wife Bertha Ackermann, Charles Vogel and Herman Christen being 1/3 shareholders. Troubles arise in 1901 that sets the departure of Vogel and Christen. Charles Vogel will partner with Paul Buol and form the Vogel-Buol Soda Water Co. (1902 – 1908) Herman Christen will partner with Frank Witter & Phil Wolf to form the Union Soda Water Co. (my previous thread)
1902 comes around and the name of the company is now Ackerman Soda Water Co. Leonard Yehlen is now listed as president and Thomas Kernan is secretary. 1903 and Bertha remarries and new hubby Joseph H. Schoettler is president with Bertha as V.P. Some troubles in the new marriage and in 1905 Bertha is president and Joseph is manager. 1906 Bertha asks for separation from Joseph and her name to be restored to Ackerman.
Ok, enough of the soap opera. Here are my two Ackerman soda bottles. The H. Ackerman dating to the early 1900’s and the Ackerman Soda Water bottling dating to the 1902 – 1908 era.
Here is another ad for Ackerman Soda Water Co dated 1907.
There is a hutch style bottle out there somewhere but not in my collection. Maybe one day I’ll get one.
02-08-2019, 05:40 AM #2
Nice bottles and info. Loving that hutch. Thanks for sharing that with us.
02-08-2019, 11:50 AM #3
More great stuff from St Louis! Nice job!
02-08-2019, 01:48 PM #4
Thanks guys! Maybe the next time one of the Ackerman hutches come up for sale I'll get lucky.