The Walla Walla Bottling (Soda) Works was started by Charles Epler, who had previously owned a soda works in Salem Oregon before moving to Walla Walla in 1884. In 1888, he left the firm to a William Rasmus and moved to San Francisco to pursue other business interests. In 1898, Charles Von Thron who had been a bottler at the Star Brewery in Walla Walla, purchased the company and began to bottle both beer and soda water. Von Thron sold the company sometime by 1911 and the company remained in business past prohibition in 1915 selling soda, mineral water and other products.
The Everett Bottling Works was founded in 1902 by Peter Edward Misgen and Alexander E. Kick, who also founded the Sedro‐Woolley Bottling Works in 1903. In 1906, Kick became sole-owner of the company which bottled a variety of local sodas as well as beer from the Angeles Brewing & Malting Co. of Port Angeles. It stopped bottling Angeles Beer due local Everett prohibition laws taking effect in 1911 and the bankruptcy of the Angles Brewing and Malting Co. in 1912. Kick continued to bottle a variety of sodas until he retired and sold the company to the Pepsi Bottling Co. of Everett in 1961. He passed away in Scottsdale Az. in 1981 at the age of 98.
Local investors George Watkins, Michael Hartman, and Newton W. O'Rear established the company in Sept. 1905, after raising $25,000 in capital stock for the venture. The brewery was built on site of the old Washington Brewery whose location was on the west side of Monroe St. between Water and Washington Sts. In January of 1916 the brewery was closed due to the Prohibition initiative which allowed brewers one year to sell their stock and shut down their plants. The Port Townsend Brewing Co. continued with a line of non-alcoholic beverages and soda waters, but closed in 1918.
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Rainier Soda & Bottling started business in 1903 by John G. Fox & Gustave Zimple and bottled Bohemian Beer and Fox Birch Beer. By 1907, they were manufacturing carbonated sodas and were listed as bottlers of "Angeles Beer" in 1912. They were eventually folded into the J. G. Fox Company by 1914.
A crown top soda from the Pacific & Puget Sound Bottling Co. of Seattle from the early part of the 1900's.
A pair of soda bottles from the North Yakima Bottling Works of North Yakima Washington.
North Yakima Bottling Works was started by Richard Strobach in 1889 when he constructed a building on west Yakima Ave as the office for the adjacent "Yakima Soda Springs Co.". By mid-1890 orders were ahead of capacity for "Yakima Bottling Works" where Fred Mahler was listed as a proprietor for the sale of Weinhard beer. Sometime later that year the company's name was changed to "North Yakima Soda Works" whose slogan was "Mineral water for all stomach and kidney problems" with the source of the water coming from the Upper Ahtanum Soda Springs located near Yakima. The company was sold to Harry D. Baylor in 1903, changed its name to "Yakima Bottling Works" and began selling a variety of mineral water and soft drinks at that time. In 1909, they joined forces with North Yakima Brewing and Malting on a secret process for the manufacture of apple cider. No further mention of the company occurs after this time.
Note: In researching this company, a variety of newspaper references were made for what appears to be the same business.