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From the Morgue
Sharon Sanders

Coca-Cola Bottling on West Broadway

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 12:00 AM

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  • -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 1:47 AM
  • One day in the mid-60's the Hoffman's three delivery vans were parked on Broadway during the lunch hour. The trucks' slanted racks into which the wooden containers of glass bottles were pushed had just been refilled for the afternoon deliveries.

    At the same time, Frank was driving south on Broadway in our 1952 Chevrolet delivery van. Apparently he had had a few drinks and failed to see the Coke vehicles, plowing into the rear one which in turn hit the second which then hit the third.

    Bottles flew as case after case slid down the racks onto the street. It took hours to clean.

    Needless to say Maurice Dunklin was not pleased about that claim, and Frank was the only employee I can ever recall my grandfather firing.

    -- Posted by JTL on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 6:51 AM
  • Frank Milde?

    -- Posted by ethicsinlife on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 1:48 PM
  • The Cape building looks like it was built to match the old Jackson building...the Jackson building is now covered by the County offices...The building plans must have been a prototype provided by the Coke company...many of the older plants from the early 20th century all have this same look and stonework...the one in poplar bluff also looked similar...

    -- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 2:03 PM
  • Product aside, for most Cape baby boomers a visit to the Coke plant was a rite of passage chaperoned by a harried mother turned Cub Scout, Brownie or church school leader. Not only was the seemingly endless line of moving glass bottles fascinating, refreshments were served at tour's end. No braincells were expended in planning that meeting's activities.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 6:23 AM