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SHANAHAN AND FORTMAN

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SHANAHAN AND FORTMAN. James Shanahan and Joseph R. Fortman purchased the business known as Williams Brothers in 1910. In 1911 the company manufactured soda water, ginger ale, syphon seltzer, orange soda and all kinds of carbonated waters. Business was conducted within a fifty mile radius of Dubuque.