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Findlay Bottle Club Newsletter 
AUGUST 2016 

This edition has a new milk bottle article from Joe Clevenger, and an article on a well known Findlay bottler from Joe Terry, as well as a piece from Todd Knisely. Thanks to Todd and both Joe's for their contributions. The pdf embeds only work on our website, they do not work here in the newsletter, so please click the links to read the articles.

Sadly, we have lost some friends recently. Our memorials are here too.

Tables are almost sold out for our October show -- get your resrvations made NOW! Pay online with paypal (info link below).

THE SHOW CALENDAR IS AT THE BOTTOM, and as always this is a long newsletter with tons of photos. Use that View in Browser link at the top in case your email provider cuts things short.


FEATURING FINDLAY -- Rare Findlay Ohio Token E. Bacher Union Saloon Sells for $321

E. BACHER / UNION SALOON / Sold for $321

This rare Civil War era trade token was for a long time incorrectly attributed as being from Cincinnati. Even though Thomas Schade found the correct info back in 1984, where it was printed in the "Copperhead Courier: Journal of the Civil War Token Society"
it apparently took someone googling the more recent scans of old newspapers to get the ''token officializers'' to make the correction online.

E. Bacher is well known to Findlay collectors by the many surviving bottles, but the token is a scarce one. Bacher sold the UNION EATING SALOON in 1866. He then was in business with his Findlay Bottling Works.

Here is Joe Terry's 2011 article about Findlay's Ernest Bacher and his bottle patents.

PDF article is embedded above. Or read it here.

Here's Schade's 1984 note to the journal:
"Fall 1984 Page 25
letter to the editor... 

Dear Mr. Mumford, 

I am writing to you in regards to new information uncovered on 
a Civil War Storecard. The token is Fuld #165-1, E. Bacher, Union 
Saloon, listed under Cincinnati, Ohio. I believe this token to be from 
Findlay, Ohio. 

According to my records, E. (Ernest) Bacher was a German 
immigrant who came to Hancock County, Ohio in 1858. From 1863- 
1866, he owned the Union Eating Saloon at 232 S. Main St., Findlay, 
Ohio. Bacher sold the business to Robert Timmerman, but the 
saloon name and location remained the same. Records show that 
again Bacher regained ownership of the saloon in 1873-74. After this 
Bacher went on to own the Findlay Bottling Works and two ice 
houses. E. Bacher was a resident of Findlay during and well after 
his business career. 

The above information came from court house records, 
newspapers, and city directories. The early Bradstreet books that I 
have access to, lists E. Bacher under Findlay, Ohio and not Cin- 
cinnati. I believe the word Eating was omitted on the token because 
of space limitations. I’m in the process of researching this further, 
however I strongly feel this token will be attributed to its probable 
home of Findlay, Ohio. Thank you. 

Sincerely yours, 
Thomas N. Schade #1617"

A Look at Lima Ohio's Equity Dairy History and It's Milk Bottles

Photo of an Equity Dairy Store with a great neon sign made by Lima's own NEON PRODUCTS INC.

A look at Lima Ohio's Equity Dairy, 1921-1981, written by Joe Clevenger. The Shelley Townsend Dairy took over Equity's bottled milk delivery customers in 1943. You can see several Equity/Lima milk bottles pictured in the article below:

PDF viewer embedded above; if it doesn't load, read the article here.

There are lots of great photos in the pdf/article, so be sure to scroll to see them all.

Here a some additional photos of Equity and Shelley Townsend memorabilia.

Revolutionary Ways to Promote Antique Bottles

Antique bottle dealers aren't limited to just official bottle shows. Recently our friends at the Ohio Bottle Club took a block of tables at a ''regular'' antique show, the Hartville Flea market, to help promote their club and our wonderful hobby.  Kudos to them for sharing their passion with the non-bottle antiquers - well done! See  more pix here.

Todd Knisely was set up there too, then hurried off to another event. He had been asked to share some of his historic bottles and his extensive knowledge of their use in the Revolutionary War at a reenactment at Fort Laurens in Bolivar Ohio. It made for a very long weekend, but he talked about antique bottles with so many people, and was filmed for 2 - count 'em 2! - tv shows. The shows are about history, but showing antique bottles, so yeah!

As Todd writes: " ... I took Revolution era bottles that spanned from the French & Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812, to not only show what items of the reenactment period would have looked like, but to show the transition before and after the period. 

... “I was excited to be invited by Commander Robert Cairns to attend the Fort Laurens encampment. I was able to take bottles and glass that ranged from 1750-1820’s showing the diversity of bottles in those time periods. It was especially good timing to have a new OBC member banner to hang on the front of my table while there. Many people took photos of the banner, my table and me during the event which was open to the public and also attended by several out of state brigade units. Alan did a nice job on the banners that we used for the first time at the Hartville event just an hour before.” 
... “I spoke to well over one hundred people directly over the two days, and was overheard by hundreds more. I answered questions about specific bottles that were on my tables, and demonstrated common uses for the items I had brought. I was completely surprised when asked to sign a television release form for HGTV who was on the grounds Sunday to film a special about the event. "
After the excitement of the HGTV crew wanting to know what Todd was doing and speaking on for the weekend, he was then approached by a film crew from the Ohio Historical Society and asked to do an on-film interview and explanation of his tables of artifacts. Todd said “I was tired from setting up, tearing down at Hartville and then Fort Laurens, and then the same thing again on Sunday. I was losing my voice from talking to so many people and the OHS crew filmed me late in the event on Sunday and it was all I could do to be legible and make sense.” Todd went on to say “I gave away actual glass cullet and manufacturing shards from the Wistarburgh Glass Works which operated from 1739 to the 1780’s. I had two mid-17th century signal cannons, two 1750-1820 medical bleeding cups, an actual blow pipe along with some great early bottles. The people who attended were history buffs just for coming to the event, so I was a big hit due to having actual period relics on display. I was also invited by the museum director to give a presentation to the Zoar Historical Society at a future date. All-in-all it was a great weekend not only for myself, but the club and [bottle] hobby as well.”"

Congrats to Todd!

Sad News: David Brown has Passed

David Brown

We are sad to hear that long time club member David Brown has passed away after a long illness. Our sincerest condolences to David's family, and especially to David's brother and fellow bottle club member Tom Brown. Tom and David started digging for and collecting bottles together as young boys. 
David Ray Brown, 65, of Findlay, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 1950 to the late Thomas and Rosemary (Miller) Brown. He married Debra Zink in May of 1990 and she preceded him in death. Surviving David are four daughters, Carolyn Ann Cook, Stacy Marie (Carl) Trimble, Nicole North, Kelly Rizor, one son, David Wayne Brown all of Findlay; eight grandchildren, a brother, Thomas W. (Dorothy) Brown of Findlay, a sister, Laura Ann (Stan) Smalling and a sister-in-law Barb Brown. David was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Brown and a sister Juanita Saldana. He was retired from the National Lime and Stone as a loader operator and was a member of the Findlay Antique Bottle Club. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME. A private graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family

In Memoriam - Norm and Junne Barnett

Junne Barnett
Violet Junne Barnett, 91, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sadly, we lost Junne this Spring. She and her late husband Norm were long time fruit jar collectors, and founders of the Midwest Fruit Jar Club of Muncie. Our condolences to their families. 

Norm's obituary is posted below.
Junne's is here.

The Barnetts were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 2003 for their contributions and devotion to the collecting hobby.

2003 â€“ Norm & Junne Barnett

Early Federation members, the Barnetts specialized in fruit jars. In 1972, Norm joined Roger Emory of Hagerstown, Ind., to organize the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. Norm served as president for all but 10 years of its existence and was show chairman at the same time. Junne served as club newsletter editor for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She did the program books for the FOHBC 25th anniversary show in Cherry Hill, N.J. (1994) and Nashville, Tenn., Expo (1996)

Read the Norm Barnett fruit jar Legend article here: pdf link.

In Memoriam - Mike Jordan

MIKE JORDAN 1938-2016
Another sad loss for the fruit jar hobby. Our condolences to the Jordan family.

Ocala, Florida – George Parritt (Mike) Jordan, 78, passed away June 12, 2016. He was born April 27, 1938 in Rome, Italy to George Champe and Louise Parritt Jordan. He moved here from Virginia 16 years ago. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and worked for the US Department of Defense as an Special Agent/Investigator.  He received a bachelors degree from the University of Southern California.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Betty Lou Vanover Jordan; daughter, Connie Sue Jordan, of Centreville, VA, and son, George V. Jordan, of Orlando; and two grandchildren, George and Samantha.  
Mike Jordan had many facets.  He was an avid fruit jar collector who had many small collections, including spittoons, hyacinth vases, food bottles, swizzle sticks, jar openers, and demijohns, just to name a few.  He began this journey in 1969 and over the course of his life, attended 100s of bottle shows all over the country.  He won many awards for his creative and colorful displays, including People's Choice awards, Educational awards, and Dealers Choice awards.  The many folks he met during the shows and bottle club meetings over the years became part of his family.
Mike was also a talented musician.  He was a master on the dobro, which he began playing in 1967.  He played in many bands and with groups all over the country.  He loved attending bluegrass festivals and jams.  He made many good friends in this area of his life.
Mike was also a skilled table tennis player.  He began his table tennis career back in college, at the University of Southern California.  In recent years, he participated in the Florida Senior Games Series and won bronze, silver, and gold medals in doubles.  Several years ago he was 5th in the state of Florida in doubles.
Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Saturday June 18th, at the Open Door Community Church, 5200 SW 145th St. Summerfield, FL with Pastor Gerald Bustin officiating. Interment to follow in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery at 12:30pm.

ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT! Findlay Bottle Show Info - Sunday Oct. 16, 2016 Ohio

  • Sunday October â€‹16, 2016
  • ​2nd year in our new location: 
  • The Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.
  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.


  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am â€“ Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.
Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!



We're pleased to announce that the 2016 Findlay Bottle Show will again be held in our new home, The Sterling Center.

Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us again at this wonderful new show venue. 

The Sterling Center is located at 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay Ohio - map link.

Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show still has its best features:
  • Great dealers selling
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The Sterling Center has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles, padded chairs
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Plentiful restrooms
  • Huge paved parking lot
  • Handicapped accessability
  • Food concession inside w/seating
  • Dealer-only set-up on Saturday
  • Complimentary donuts and coffee for Early Birds and Dealers during Sunday morning set-up.

Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 16, 2016 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections, making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese". 

Read the details below, and hope to see you there!

This is a wonderful location for us, and is a little larger and much nicer than our old location at the Barn. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • This new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. 
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis.
Dealer contracts available here online.

Call the show chairman to reserve your tables NOW!
Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​)
  • Contract can  be viewed/printed here (it's a pdf) -- link.
  • New: You can pay online with Paypal. 
The contract pdf link might not work in all browsers, so please email to receive it as an attachment.
  • You can read the contract online, and then pay for your dealer table(s) via Paypal. 
  • Online payment signifies contractual agreement. We will still need you to fill out and sign a paper contract at the show.
  • Online tables are $1-more-each to cover part of the Paypal fees.
  • The show chairman will be notified when you reserve your tables by Paypal. 
  • In the chance that tables are sold out, we will contact you, and you can cancel the Paypal payment.
  • If you can't make the show, call Fred by Oct. 1st to cancel and to receive a full refund of your payment. (Refunds may not be mailed out until after the show date.)

Don't want to pay with Paypal? You can print out the contract and mail it in with a check. But call Fred first to reserve your table. Or, read the contract online, call Fred, then snail-mail him a check, then fill out a contract at the show.  (Contract Link)

If your contract/payment is received after the tables are sold out, we will contact you. Don't worry, your payment will be cancelled / refunded / returned.

It's best to call Fred to reserve your table(s) before you make any form of payment.
# of Tables
 1 Table $36.00 USD 2 Tables $72.00 USD 3 Tables $108.00 USD 
Contract Signature: 
When you finalize your Paypal payment you'll be asked to fill in the two names for your dealer name tags (only 2 persons per contract).

(Contract Link)

  • Sunday October â€‹16, 2016
  • ​The show is held at the Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.
  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.


  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am â€“ Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.
Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​ 

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

Saturday Oct. 15 is for dealers only. Sorry, no ​public ​early bird adm​ission on Saturday.​ You must have a ​​dealer contract.

There are always plenty of outside spaces available​ (weather permitting​)​.​ Most years the day is nice enough, and we have several outside dealers. Even if it's cold, there are always a few hardy souls who set up out there. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine this year.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
Directions from I-75:

Sterling Center Reception Hall 

4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio

From I-75, coming from North or South, take exit #157, and just follow the signs for Rt. 12, approx. 5 miles. 

Rt. 12 becomes Fostoria Avenue, so it is easier to find than these directions seem:
  • Take exit 157 for OH-12 toward Findlay/Columbus Grove
  • Turn East onto OH-12 E/W Main Cross St
  • Turn North onto S Main St
  • Turn East onto Center St
  • Continue onto Tiffin Ave
  • Slight left onto Fostoria Ave
The Sterling Center / 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay / is located behind the Humane Society building.

Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.
  • The best selection of hotels are at I-75 exit #159 / Rt 224
  • You can easily get to and from the hotels area and the bottle show. It's just a 10-15 minute drive. (Follow the same directions as above.)
  • There are many restaurants near the I-75 hotel area.
  • There are also many restaurants on 224/Tiffin near to the show venue. 
  • There are a few hotels near to the show, but their prices tend to be higher than the ones at I-75.
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.
Saturday's Dealer set-up will run from 1pm - 8pm. (Contract Link)

Since there are so many restaurants within 5 minutes drive of the show venue, the club will not be serving dinner on Saturday.

Link to a list of all the nearby restaurants.

Here's a map to give you an idea. There are dozens of restaurants, from fast food to fancy, from Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Chinese or... you name it!

For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • Full payment must accompany each contract. (Contract Link)
  • Checks may be held until after the show. Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st. Confirmations will be mailed.
  • Final table assignments will not be made until after October 1st, since this new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. BUT...
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis, so get your PAID contracts to Fred Curtis right away. 
  • These details are subject to change until the contracts are released.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​



We're Happy To Help!

The Findlay Bottle Club does not publish a show calendar. We are happy to help promote any nearby bottle collecting hobby events, club shows, auctions, etc. A complete show calendar is here: FOHBC

Here are a few Bottle Shows nearish and dearish to our club:


11 September 2016 (Sunday)Richfield, Ohio â€“ 46th Annual Ohio Bottle Club Show & Sale at the Days Inn and Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road, Richfield, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike Exit 173), 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up: 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Early Admission: 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Early Admission $20, Regular admission $3 (9:00 am to 2:00 pm). Info: Louis Fifer, 604 Topaz Lane Brunswick, Ohio 44212, 330,635.1964, fiferlouis@yahoo.comor Matt Lacy, 440.228.1873,info@antiquebottlesales.comwebsite:ohiobottleclub.orgClick for Contract InfoFOHBC Member Club


Circle City bottle show 2016web

17 September 2016 (Saturday)Indianapolis, Indiana â€“ Indianapolis Circle City Antique Bottle, Advertising and Antiques Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 E. 100th S, Lebanon, Indiana, 46052, Show hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up 7:30 to 9:00 am, Admission $2, Early Admission: $20.00, Show information & contact: Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban Street, Danville, Indiana 46122, 812.841.9495,mdvanzant@yahoo.comFOHBC Member Club

02 October 2016 (Sunday) Chelsea, Michigan â€“ Huron Valley Bottle and Insulator Club 40th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Admission $3 for adults, children 16 and under, Free. Show Address: Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Drive next to the Comfort Inn, Chelsea, Michigan (Exit 159 off I-94), Contact Info: Mike Bruner, or Rod Krupka, 248.627.6351,rod.krupka@yahoo.comFOHBC Member Club


16 October 2016 (Sunday) Findlay, Ohio â€“ Findlay Antique Bottle Club’s 40th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; early bird Sunday 7:00 am – $10. From I-75, take exit #157, follow signs for Rt. 12, approx. 5 miles. Website: Findlay Antique Bottle Club, Show Address: The Sterling Center, 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay (behind the Humane Society). Contact Info: Fred Curtis, 419.424.0486,finbotclub@gmail.comFOHBC Member Club

29 October 2016 (Saturday) Royal Oak, Michigan â€“ Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club’s 34th Annual Antique Bottle Show at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, Michigan, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, No Early admission, Cost of admission: $2, Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club, Michael Brodzik, President and Show Chairman, 47668 Sonnett, Macomb, MI 48042, 586.219.9980,bottlemike@outlook.comon FacebookFOHBC Member Club


30 October 2016 (Sunday)Matteson, Illinois â€“ 47th Annual 1st Chicago Bottle Club Show & Saleat the Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, Illinois 60443, Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, No early admission, Dealer set-up will begin at 7:15 am, $3 Admission, Children under 16 Free, 1st Chicago Bottle Club, Contact: John Vlahovich, Show Chairman, 139 Concord Court, Dyer, Indiana 46311, 630.390.9679,jvlahovich@att.netFOHBC Member Club


13 November 2016 (Sunday) Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania â€“ Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club 47th Annual Show at the Rostraver Ice Garden, 101 Gallitin Road, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania 15012, Sunday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Early admission: Sunday, 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Set-up: Sunday, 7:00 am, General admission: $3, Early admission: $25, Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club, Contact: Bob DeCroo, Treasurer, 694 Fayette City Road, Fayette City, Pennsylvania 15438, 724.326.8741, FOHBC Member Club


19 November 2016 (Saturday) Terre Haute, Indiana â€“ The 20th Annual Illiana Antique Bottle & Pottery Show & Sale at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, 3901 S. US Highway 41, Terre Haute, Indiana, Saturday, Free Admission 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Early Admission $10 at 7:00 am. Contact Doug Porter, 5403 Darwin Road, West Terre Haute, Indiana 47885, 812.870.0760, Historical Bottle Auction on Friday night, FOHBC Member Club



02 – 05 August 2018 (Thursday – Sunday) Cleveland, Ohio â€“ FOHBC 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo – Midwest Region at the Cleveland Convention Center, Host Hotel: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, Show Information: Louis Fifer, Show Co-Chair and FOHBC Conventions Director, 330.635.1964, or Matt Lacy, Show Co-Chair, FOHBC Midwest Region Director, 440.228.1873,info@antiquebottlesales.comFOHBC National Convention


Website Editor & Social Media Mgr.: Marianne Dow


Show Chairman: Fred Curtis /419-424-0486

Findlay Antique Bottle Club
PO Box 1329 
Findlay, OH 45839-1329

Local bottle questions? Call:

Richard Elwood 419-674-6773

Tom Brown 419-422-7388

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