Sad News: Club Member Dan Mompher Has Passed

We are sad to hear that our friend Dan Mompher, a fellow club member, passed away on Thursday November 27, 2015. Our sincerest condolences go out to Dan's wife Virginia and their family at this sad time.

Dan used his resemblance to Santa Claus to spread good cheer to Findlay area nursing homes. He collected all kinds of bottles, and his enthusiasm when sharing his varied finds at our club meetings will be missed.

The funeral will be on Sunday November 29, 2015. [Details]


Daniel Richard Mompher
59, passed away at 8:47 a.m. on Thursday, November 27, 2015, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. 

He was born January 27, 1956 in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Donald R. and Donna (Bethel) Mompher. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Sue. 

On June 29, 1974, he married Virginia Emmons who survives. Daniel and Virginia had four children, Joe Mompher, Tim (Susan) Mompher and Monica (Gregory) Fairbanks, all of Findlay; and Cindy (Shawn) Reuther of Kenton, OH. 

Also surviving is a brother, David Mompher of Upper Sandusky, OH; sister, Diana (Charlie) Crawford of Lake City, FL; and sister-in-law, Sue Mompher of Findlay. His brother, Dennis Mompher, preceded him in death earlier this year. In addition there are ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild, all who survive. 

He was a member of the New Creation Church and a member of the Findlay Bottle Club. He enjoyed portraying Santa Claus at area nursing homes. Daniel had retired from P&A Industries. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay.

A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Shane Helms officiating. 

Donations may be made in Daniel's name to Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family via
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Friday the 13th - Moonshine and #13 on Ball Jar Base

It's Baaackkk! Today is Friday the 13th!

While fruit jars with the number 13 on the base are sought after, makes a good point: "many of these jars are now saved by non-collectors or casual glass collectors (and “culled” from large groups of common jars) merely because of the number on the base. This culling out of #13 jars from among the “general population” of jars (and stashing them away) can increase the perception of their scarcity."

Moonshiners and fruit jars ~ a confiscated bootleg still.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  Franklin County, Virginia, 1965.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  - Franklin County, Virginia, 1965. - [Source]

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Q.     Are the Ball jars with the number 13 on bottom worth more money and, if so, why?
A.     The ‘Urban Legend’ is that moonshiners used mason jars for their product, and, being superstitious, would break the 'unlucky' ones with 13 on the base.  This made the jars rare. 
                   In truth, moonshiners did in fact use mason jars as the preferred container for their product.  They were a known capacity, were readily available and buying them did not raise suspicion. 
                   Also, jars with 13 on the base are rarer than single digit numbers.  But all the double-digit numbers are rare. The numbers designated the position that the mold occupied on the glassmaking machine, and there were usually 8 or 10 positions on the machine.  The higher numbers were used when a mold was replaced.  Dealers sell jars with 13 on the base at a higher price, but fruit jar collectors and the published price guides do not consider the number on the base to make any difference in value.
                    My opinion is that while moonshiners may have been superstitious, I can't imagine that the housewife would break jars just because they had 13 on the base, and housewives used more jars than moonshiners.  I think that the urban legend was created by antique dealers who wanted to make more money off an otherwise common jar.

In 2012 we had three Friday the 13ths. 2013 had just two of the superstition-laden days will cross our paths. 2014 saw just one, with 2015 back to three occurences. Next one is in May 2016. [Calendar link]

Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.
One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteenis an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
  • In numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc., whereas the number 13 was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. 
  • There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
  • Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.
  • One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
  • In many Spanish speaking countries, the movie "Friday the 13th" was renamed to Tuesday the 13th ("Martes 13"), because it is believed to be the day of bad luck, not Friday the 13th.

Here are some more "Friday the 13th" info-tidbits from Wikipedia:
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia [say that 10 times fast -- yikes!]
  • The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week.
  • On average, there is a Friday the 13th once every 212 days. 
  • It's estimated that 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day -- & estimated that $800 million is lost in business on this day. 
I say FEAR NOT !!! Let's get out there and shop!

Trap Your Caps in a Map! Vintage Beer Cap 50 State Display Map Board


Lots of bottle collectors also enjoy collecting ''go-withs'', including colorful vintage bottle caps, also called CROWNS.

Here's a neat way to display your collection, from our friends at UNCOMMON GOODS.

They sell 2 different shaped boards that you pop your caps into. 

This one is kinda-sorta-perfect if you have a '50 State' collection since it's shaped like the United States, although it holds 77 caps.

Crafted from Baltic birch plywood, the openings have small teeth that fit the crimped edges of caps to hold them securely, and the board sports additional holes to hang the whole display on your man cave wall. Handmade in Tampa, Florida. Available here for only $35.

Maybe your collection is from A-Z, or regional, or by brand. Just pop your caps into this bottle shaped display board. Also only $35, available here.

Learn about the history of the invention of the crown cap bottle without which we wouldn't have needed these wonderful caps --

It appears to be Painter vs Bernardin to claim the invention of the crown cap -

Read more of the book The Oxford Companion to Beer here. 

Crown caps, whether beer or soda pop, or food/sauce/products, came with a zillion different colorful brand logos on them. The themes for a collection are endless.

Learn more about bottle cap collecting, and see tons of neat caps, on these sites:


Check out ebay, of course (above).

More from Bottle Cap Man:

Bottle caps are popular for jewelry and craft projects too -- get supplies here:

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We're on TV! Watch This TV44/Lima Ohio Video Segment About Our Bottle Show

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A BIG THANK YOU to the kind folks at Lima's TV44 for promoting our bottle show on the latest episode of their FAITH AND FRIENDS chat show. Jennifer Keat-Beck generously put this opportunity together for us, and we really appreciate it.

Watch Jennifer, Zach Bowers, Andy Lynch, and Mark Kunz talk about the show, and discuss a few bottles.

If the player doesn't work, here's the youtube link.

Read all the details about our Oct. 18th bottle show HERE.

Thanks again to everyone at WTLW TV44 LIMA OHIO --
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Findlay's Grocery Store History: WP Snow, Clover Farm Stores, David Kirk Sons

Clover and Snow

Came across this W.P. SNOW / 325 NORTH MAIN ST. trade token that was listed as being from Findlay, Ohio. Couldn't find out anything about Mr. W.P.Snow, other than to confirm that he did indeed have a confectionery and grocery store at that location in the late 1920's.

The location itself turned up some interesting Findlay grocery store history.

Snow's store became a Clover Farm Stores.

325 Main St. was located in the "Goodman Block". The building was damaged, then rebuilt in 1927. It was then called the "Jackson Block", and the grocery store gets new owner with new store name, "Gohlke's".

Clover and Kirk

The Clover brand history in Findlay also connects with DAVID KIRK who owned Eagle Mills and Kirk Groceries which became affiliated with the Clover Farm Stores chain.

See the many photos for details (click to enlarge and read). A bio of Kirk follows the photos.

DAVID KIRK, SR. (1849-1922), a man whose character and achievement were molded on a noble Beak, was long numbered among the most prominent and influential citizens of Findlay, the metropolis and judicial center of Hancock County, and he did much to further the civic, industrial and commercial advancement of this fine Ohio city. Trusted and honored by all, this sterling citizen continued his active association with business affairs at Findlay until the time of his death, which occurred on the 11th of December, 1922.

Mr. Kirk was born in Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland, May 5, 1849, a son of James and Margaret (Swan) Kirk, he having been but three years of age at the time of his mother 's death. James Kirk was born in the year 1803 and passed his entire life in Scotland, where his death occurred in 1879. 

He abandoned farm work when fifteen years of age and entered upon an apprenticeship to the miller 's trade in the City of Dunfermline. He there continued until he was about eighteen years old, and thereafter he followed his trade in the City of Glasgow until 1869, when, at the age of twenty years, he landed in the port of New York City, and within a short time obtained employment with a construction company that was engaged in building a tunnel in the Alleghany Mountains. After being thus employed three months he passed an interval in the City of Buffalo, New York, and then came to Akron, Ohio, which was then a mere village. There he was employed during the ensuing ten years, and with characteristic Scottish thrift and good judgment he saved his earnings during this period and thus had appreciable financial fortification when,

in 1879, he purchased an interest in the Eagle Roller Mills at Findlay, in the operation of which he became associated with W. W. McConnell, under the firm name of McConnell & Kirk

The firm successfully operated the mills, which then had the old-time buhr equipment, and, keeping in touch with modern ideas, the establishment in 1882 was thoroughly equipped with the roller process, this having been the first roller mill in Northwest Ohio.
In 1885 the firm was dissolved, Mr. Kirk purchasing his partner 's interest, and in 1890, to meet increasing demands, he enlarged the manufacturing plant by adding to the building and doubling the output capacity of the plant. Mr. Kirk continued to operate the Eagle Mills, with unqualified success, until the time of his death, and maintained all products at the best modern standard.

In 1887 Mr. Kirk purchased the plant and business of the Findlay Baking Company, and this enterprise likewise he continued successfully until the same was sold to the United States Biscuit Company in 1891. 

A few years later the property became a part of the newly incorporated National Biscuit Company, and Mr. Kirk became one of the charter members of this great corporation. 

His initiative and business progressiveness found further expression in 1895 when he became associated with S. F. Evans as a member of the wholesale grocery firm of S. F. Evans & Company, he having assumed full control of the business upon the death of Mr. Evans in 1899, and having reorganized the same under the corporate title of David Kirk, Sons & Company, which is still retained, he having continued president of the company until his death and his progressive policies having been potent in developing the business from small proportions until the concern is now the largest inland wholesale grocery house in Northwestern Ohio.

BECOMES A BANKER -- In 1915 Mr. Kirk became vice president of the First National Bank of Findlay, this being the oldest national bank in Ohio, and he retained this office until his death. In September, 1922, he directed the movement which resulted in the consolidation of the First National and the American National banks of Findlay, but his death occurred before the important merger was definitely consummated.

At the time of the funeral of Mr. Kirk banks and other business houses at Findlay suspended business during the obsequies as a token of respect and honor to the deceased. From the columns of a local paper, is taken, with minor changes, the following estimate, published at the time of the death of Mr. Kirk. "He was a notable citizen of Findlay, came here from Akron and entered the milling business, and he so conducted his business affairs that he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.. He was strictly a business man, and was so recognized by all who knew him. So well did he conduct his business that people often sought his advice in connection with their business affairs. His word was his bond, and he was so respected. He was a devoted husband, a kind father and a loyal neighbor and friend. He journeyed with honor along life 's pathway, and so lived that when the final summons came he was ready."

February 28, 1872, recorded the marriage of Mr. Kirk and Miss Margaret Whyte, of Loch Galey, Fife-shire, Scotland, and her death occurred at Findlay, Ohio, August 12, 1884. Concerning the children of this union the following brief record is given: James S. died in 1890; Robert W. resides at Findlay; Minnie W. is the wife of A. 0. Stuart, of Youngstown; Maggie died in 1893; David, Jr., resides at Findlay, and with his older brother, is one of the principals of David Kirk Sons & Company; Bessie B. died in infancy, in 1884. In 1885 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kirk and Miss Mary Mathison, of Airdrie, Scotland, and she continues to maintain her home at Findlay. The children of this marriage are six in number: Charles T. is associated with the business developed by his father, the Eagle Roller Mills; Isabell is the wife of H. L. Spitler, Cleveland, Ohio; Jeannie is the wife of H. H. Robinson, of Detroit, Michigan; Hazel M. is the wife of B. F. Stephenson, of that city; Ellen M., is the wife of H. J. Denier, and they likewise reside in Detroit; and Harry resides at Findlay. [Source link]

David Kirk, Sr. died in 1922. [Source link]

In 1935, Notre Dame beat Ohio State in the big football game, and David Kirk, Jr. was there, and suffered a fatal heart attack. [Source link.]

Then the company was run by Robert Kirk, then by David Kirk (the 3rd).

See David Kirk family photos on

Kirk heiress Peggy Kirk Bell became a famous golfer. [Source link #1][Source link #2.]

More Grocery Store history:

Interesting article about the history of grocery stores, from early Mom-and-Pop stores to modern mega-stores, in Springfiel, IL, which can stand in for Anytown, USA.  Discusses Clover Farms Stores too. --

To learn more about the fascinating history of the grocery store read: The American Grocery Store: The Business Evolution of an Architectural Space by James Mayo --
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Ball Jaarrrs, Matey! Talk Like A Pirate Day


Avast, mateys, it be that time again, t'practice t'twist yer tongue and change yer common tune to that lingo o' days o' yore, when wild men sailed the untamed seas in search o' untold treasures!

What be this scurvy dog a'goin' on about, ye'll be askin' yerself now, eh? Aarrr, I'd be speaking o' September 19, as it'd be INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

Any excuse t' drink up, eh, me hearties?! Like National Tequila Day, this is another "holiday" we can't blame on Hallmark. This one'd be fault o' a pair o'bilge rat landlubbers...  
"Once upon a time -- on June 6, 1995, to be precise -- we were playing racquetball...
Anyway, whoever let out the first "Arrr!" started something. One thing led to another. "That be a fine cannonade," one said, to be followed by "Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!" and other such helpful phrases.
By the time our hour on the court was over, we realized that lapsing into pirate lingo had made the game more fun and the time pass more quickly. We decided then and there that what the world really needed was a new national holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day.
In the years since Dave Barry mentioned us in his blog, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon ..."
Learn how to speak the speak, claim your pirate-name, find Pirate-day events near you, and lots of other fun stuff on the official ITLAPD website


I wanted to tie this into bottles, that being the nature of this blog, so I thought, hhmmm... could I possibly find an image of a pirate holding an antique fruit jar? Lo and behold, I sorta-kinda did. Ya gotta love the google!

Aarr, Matey! Aye, even pirates love Jaarrrs!

I found a pic of Johnny Depp as Pirate Cap'n. Jack Sparrow -- and he's holding a big jar of dirt, that represents land. I added the BALL logo. It's from a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) --
  • Tia Dalma: "Land is where you are safe, Jack Sparrow, and so you will carry land with you."

Here's a trio of vintage novelty pirate decanters and a couple of ads. There are tons of pirate items, labels, images online, but I'll stop here.

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Ohio's Historic Coca Cola Bottlers Bottling Works

Joe Clevenger takes a look at the history of Coca Cola bottlers and bottling works in Ohio, and describes many of their bottles.

Read the article here.

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Vintage bottle from The Findlay Coca Cola Bottling Co. Ohio.


Southway Beverages ACL soda pop bottle, bottled by the Findlay Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Southway was a Coca Cola product, bottled by other Coke bottlers too. The Findlay Coca Cola Bottling plant is still in operation. 

Here's a QUALITY BEVERAGES bottle from Lima, Ohio's Coca Cola Bottling Works, that has lots of embossing. The works is still operating, with a nicely maintained brick building with a bright red painted sign, and cool architectural elements that include the iconic bottle.

(See on google maps street view - link.)

Read about the history of Coca Cola, and see the earliest paper labeled bottle here: Earliest Coca Cola Bottle Rare Labeled Pemberton's French Wine Coca Sold for $13,000 - link.

Read about the Coca Cola bottle prototype that lost the 1916 design contest to the now iconic hobbleskirt bottle. Link.

More info links:
  • The Coca Cola Company website's history of bottling - link.
  • The Wikipedia page for the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Cincinnati, Ohio - link.
  • Cleveland's Coca Cola Bottling Company history - link.
  • On, a photo gallery of several Coca Cola bottling works - link.

Thanks again to Joe Clevenger for contributing his articles. The club really appreciates it!

Any other bottle historian authors interested in being published here?
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