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A "blob top" bottle used by M. J. Drasda.
M. J. DRASDA. Cooper and manufacturer of soda water. About 1852, M.J. Drasda established his cooperage business. He also supplied local breweries with their large casks and made barrels and kegs for local tavern businesses. In 1870 he entered the business of manufacturing soda water in addition to his cooperage business. The soda factory and cooperage addresses were listed as 2066 and 2078 White Street.