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GRANDFATHER J. L. SHANNON CONNECTION TO COCA COLA

 

GRANDFATHER J. L. SHANNON CONNECTION TO COCA COLA
Stocks issued to J. L. Shannon, December 31, 1909. Four certificates in my possession. The Celery Ade Company of Greenefield, TN, incorporated in 1908 with Capital Stock of $250,000.00. Celery Ade originated with J. L. Shannon & Company.There is an aluminum free drink token with the legend: "J.L. Shannon & Co. / Corner / Main / And Front St. / Greenfield, Tenn.Good For / One / Celeryade / Mark / Or Soda." The firm became Shannon, Ward, and Company before incorporating as the Celery Ade Company. Stockholders included J. L. Shannon, N. C. Ward, and M. J. Beckett.In February, 1909, a Northern sales office was opened at St. Joseph, Michigan. Soon after, The Celery Ade Company was acquired by J., C. Murphy and John D. Fletcher. Murphy also owned the Nashville Syrup Company and produced soft drink syrup for Murphy's Coca-Cola using a formula purchased from W. B. Romine, a bottler at Pulaski, Tennessee. Romine purchased the formula from Diva Brown who claimed (and was later proven in court) to have the original Coca-Cola formula. More of that part of the story is in Dennis Smith's just-published book "The Original Coca-Cola Woman: Diva Brown and the Cola Wars." Murphy and Fletcher moved the Celery Ade Company to Nashville. Fletcher became sole owner shortly afterward.

 
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