Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 70
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 70

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
Page 70
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10-C (iHEIil.EY ICulo.l TRIBUMK TUCT.. Mur. 9. 1976 Greeley Coca-Cola Bottling Co. among oldest businesses in city location sti the some It had been 30 years since a big pot -- stirred by an oar -Coca-Cola had been invented in in the back yard of an Atlanta, ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR -- This 1936 Coca-Cola calendar hangs in the office of Donald Fine, president of the Greeley Coca-Cola Bottling Company. It marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the original company. *************************** * * * J * If * * * * * * * J * * * * * Declare your independence from figuring problems with an ADDING MACHINE OFF ON ALL BRANDS! Sales and Service * GREELEY OFFICE EQUIPMENT, INC. 2505 6th Ave. ' 352-7595 * "**************************£ Ga., druggist, before it showed up on the bottling line of the Greeley Bottling Manufacturing Works. The Greeley Bottling M a n u f a c t u r i n g W o r k s , established in 1906 by Bent Fine, now called Greeley Coca- Cola Bottling Company, is among the oldest companies in Greeley still in operation. Bent Fine's son, Albert, look over the plant and moved its operations from 6th Avenue and 10th Street to 722 7th Si. some years later. The plan! has since moved lo 6118th Ave., and later to 1200 7th Ave. where it is presently located. In 1916, the Greeley Bottling Manufacturing Works made a franchise agreement from the Denver Coca-Cola Bottling Company and became the Greeley Coca-Cola Bottling Company. To obtain a franchise agreement, a soft drink manufacturer builds and equips his own plant and turns out the finished drinks by mixing in the water, carbonation, and other missing parts of the recipe, with the syrup provided from a main plant. In return, he has the franchise -- the exclusive right to sell the drink in his territory. A soft drink franchise can be forever, and some of them are in the third generation, as the Greeley company is. Donald Fine, grandson of the founder of the Bottling Works, joined the company in 1945 and has been its president since 1949. Fine doesn't know exactly why his grandfather got into the business, but he said, "He must have realized it would be worth-, while and profitable." The company had five em- ployes when it started in 1906', but has grown to 31 today, including the Fort Collins am! Esles Park distributing centers which the Greeley company also operates. According to the Fines, the first bullies v*eie wabliud by dropping in buckshot and whirling in water by hand. Filling the bottles was done with a foot powered machine, one bottle at a time. The first coolers were wooden barrels sawed in half with three legs attached to form a tub. Electric coolers were bought by the company in 1933. Fine said Coca-Cola is sold in 130 countries around the world. "There is Coke in some remote parts of the world which are supplied by pack trains," Fine said. ErfcksOll'S WOS founded III 1896 State Farm's New J. Randall Newman 684-22;? it can help you set a portion of your income aside now for future enjoyment . . . free from current income tax. FOR DFTAIIS SEE OR CALL THESE PICTURED AGENTS. Ucenied in Colorado Homo Office: Bloommyton, Illinois Like a good neighbor, State FarmJs there. Russell B. Rasband 353-1965 Donald C. Truitl 352-7380 Among the surviving businesses dating back to the early days of Greeley, one florist is still hanging on to its original claim «t 712 13th St. Erickson's is alive and florishing. The florist shop was founded by W. H. S«ring in 1896 on the ground on which it now stands. The shop was bought from Seering by P. 0. Hansen of Denmark in 1908, who in turn sold it to Art Erickson in 1918, from whom the name was derived. When Erickson bought the shop, Mrs. Erickson, who had been teaching at Barnesville quit her teaching job to run the office while Erickson grew the flowers, according to Jack Ewald, grandson of the Ericksons, and present owner of Erickson's Greenhouse and Flower Shop. In the years from 1955-61, Helen Calkins of Uvermore, one of the Ericksons two daughters, managed the shop part-time prior to the Erickson's retirement. Art Ewald, who married the Erickson's second daughter, Margaret, bought the business from the Ericksons in 1961. Mrs. Erickson designed arrangements for the shop. In 1963, Ewald bought a greenhouse and flower shop from Hansen, which is now the Bloomsterhandel located at 2415 8th Ave. Ewald added to the original Erickson's with a new office and greenhouse complex to accommodate the growing business. Ewald said the four posts in the office are the outside corners of the original building. In 1973, Ewald's son, Jack, bought the business from his father. Erickson's now has 30 to 35 fulltime employes in the flower shops and the greenhouses. Three employes have been with the company for quite some time. John Kent has been working for the greenhouse for 30years; Margrct Lawson, who started as a housekeeper for the Erickson's, has worked for the company for 36 years, and Lani Hikida, assistant head designer, 22 years. According to Art Ewald, Erickson's has 80,000 square feel of growing area. "We grow up to 95 per cent of our flowers. That's why we are tough competition, because the flowers are fresh. We are one of the few retail growers left in lh« country. Most florists buy from wholesale growers," he said. Jack Ewald said Erickson's currently has three growing complexes, comprised of 26 greenhouses. Erickson's also added a solarium in 1874 to meet the current demand for house plants. He said the firm also added a specialist to help customers with home plant problems. Art Ewald said a lot of flower shops have come and gone in Greeley over the years. "We've survived because we have kept up with the changing growing methods. We have air conditioning, for the planU when it's too hot in the summer and steam heating in the winter." Art Ewald said one of the boilers used in the greenhouse came from a World War II prisoner of war camp west of Greeley. During the 80 years since the shop's founding, Art Ewald said, "The people if Greeley have supported us well." Erickson's flowers bloom on. Borax, originally obtained from deposits of volcanic origin, now comes mostly from brines and dry lake beds where- ground water has concentrated it. Borax is used in making glass and enamels in chemical industries. Greeley Plumbing Heating, Inc. and SINCE 1934 Fosf Reliable Service THE LARGEST MOST COMPLETE PLUMBING, HEATING, REPAIR REMODELING SERVICE IN THE WELD COUNTY AREA · NEW CONSTRUCTION Residential and Commercial · 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE 1009 9th Street Greeley 353-1962/353-1994 Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:00 Sat. 6:00-12:00 Happy Birthday!! AMERICA AND COLORADO from STOLL'S MARKET Greeley's Oldest Family Operated Grocery Store From a Fruit and Vegetable Market in 1934 to a complete grocery store in 1970. We have been in the same location for 42 years. The original building was built on this location by Fred Stoll as a retail and wholesale business. He bought then, as now, direct from the grower . . . to insure farm fresh fruits and vegetables. The original building has undergone some 6 or 7 changes as he needed space. His son Robert has been brought up in the business and has been associated with the retailing for many years. Fred plans to retire with Bob taking over Stoll's Market to carry on the name. ' 42 YEARS ON NORTH 11th AVENUE

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