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had came across this bottle posted online , had never seen or heard of them before . seller didn't post a picture of the back but I messaged them and they said it was from Weymouth Nova Scotia .

had already posted it to another thread but recently came across some more information which helps to better explain the history of the bottler . it appears they were also the area's Kist and Pepsi bottler . despite being in a rather tiny town , had a large modern bottling operation at the time. and were well known locally for a free public water fountain/spring . not sure what year they lasted to but appears they survived into the 60's or 70's .
Weymouth Springs started in 1924 and lasted until 1941 , when it became Jones Bottling co .

the bottle in first picture is for Jones Beverages , red/ white label 6 oz bottle . label features words " enjoy " in the same location as a kist bottle .

my nova scotia bottle book mentions only 1 bottle from Weymouth NS , a plain clear 8 oz bottle for Weymouth Springs Bottling Company Limited , never seen it before but book features a sketch of what one looks like .

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Weymouth Water Fountain

History of Jones Bottling Co. and the Weymouth Water Fountain
In 1924, Weymouth Spring Bottling Co. was started by Capt. John Stuart and was set up on the New Road. Captain John Stuart was the son of Captain John Stuat from Church Point who ran Stuart's Motel. Another sea captain, Captain Arthur Moore, from Weymouth North, invested in the pop business. Harry McMann bought Weymouth Springs Bottling Co. from Captain Johm Stuart in 1934; He rented to Sidney Ladd Jones who took over ownership of the business with the help of his father. Kist beverages were bottled at the time. Cereno Goodwin Jones returned hom from Jersey City with his family to operate the Weymouth Spring bottleing until 1941, when circumstances led Cereno and his brother, Harry, to begin Jones Bottling Co.

They operated Jones Bottling Co. in the building that once housed Nicholl's Mill. This mill was on Ruggles Brook and it was a large 3-story building. At one time carriages and coffins were produced on the first and second floor and movies were shown on the third floor. A year or so later, on the same site, Jones Bottling built a new building on a cement block and every five years or so an extension was built, until it was too small to house the new machinery. A decision was made to move the buiness to a piece of land that was purchased from Clare Ruggles.

Malcolm Cosman became plant manager in 1956 and in the early 1960's, he decided to go ahead and build a new plant that Cereno Jones had designed. Unfortunately, Cereno did not live to see the new plant built as he passed away in December 1960.

When drilling the well for the new building they hit water at 32 feet where four feet of sand and gravel held water. Once Johnny Jones saw there was way more water than would ever be needed for the bottling plant, it was decided to put a public fountain on the road side for residents whose well went dry in the summer. It was blessed in 1962 and has been suppling residents who want excellent tasting spring water ever since. The tap has never been shut off.

 

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Old Weymouth, N.S., bottling plant fountain still flowing, despite drought
People having going there for decades, but this year the dry conditions in southern Nova Scotia have made traffic outside the old Jones Bottling plant especially heavy.


The well, outside of the old Jones Bottling plant, has been flowing freely since 1962
Colleen Jones · CBC News · Posted: Sep 21, 2016 7:11 PM AT | Last Updated: September 22, 2016


Along the side of the road in drought-stricken Weymouth, N.S., fresh spring water gushes from an old fountain, attracting people from every direction.

People having been coming here for decades, but this year the dry conditions in southern Nova Scotia have made traffic at the fountain outside the old Jones Bottling plant especially heavy.
On Wednesday, a steady stream of cars and truck stopped to fill up empty jugs and tanks with water.

Fountain running since 1960s


Don Beeler filled the massive water holder on the back of his pickup truck. He said he's working 10 to 12 hours a day, delivering water to people who have no water left in their wells.
"I've talked to people from Barrington to Middleton and they are coming here to get their water," he said.

Back in the early 1960s, the Jones Bottling plant, which made Pepsi products, were digging a new well when the water rush began.

"We dug a well and went down 45 feet and struck four feet of sand and gravel and 200 gallons a minute started coming," said Johnny Jones, 82, who said the fountain was his idea.

Jones says the water is from an underground river that is fed from Delaps Lake about 12 kilometres away.

Father Vincent Onyekelu, the parish priest at the church in Weymouth, stopped by to bless the water.

"This water is water for life. It is a gift from God," he said.

This isn't the first time the spring water has been blessed. Jones says he brought a minister down to bless it when it first opened to the public.

The Jones Bottling plant has been closed for a while. It's being remodeled to reopen as Canadian Artesian Springs.

 

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