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Historic bottle

Travis Burns of Mathews found this old soft drink bottle recently, buried about one foot deep on property in Port Haywood. According to markings on the glass, it contained a product from the Mathews Bottling Works, operated before World War II by Morris Curfman of Susan. A 1982 article in the Gazette-Journal stated that Curfman and his wife Mae washed each returned bottle by hand and filled them with carbonated water and exact amounts of syrup stored in a large crock. The company closed when sugar became scarce during the war. Below, a closeup of the bottle’s imprint.

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