Coca Cola Bottling was a solid economic asset in Havre de Grace

1942 Coca Cola Advertising Tray with woman at driver's wheel of a green convertible car and another woman standing and talking to her.Coca Cola has been a part of the Havre de Grace economy for decades. Here’s a small news clip (3rd column a little more than half-way down the page) from the Midland Journal that describes the plant managed by J. C. Hebditch. The date was November 1, 1940. It reads:

Coca Cola By Hebditch
Adhering to the fine principles of production which make Coca Cola the nation’s outstanding drink, the Coca Cola Bottling works has grown rapidly under the management of J. C. Hebditch, who established the plant 17 years ago (1923). It is located in Havre de Grace, on Juniata St.

The modern plant sterilizes every bottle and distrbutes its products throughout the Harford and Cecil counties, keeping service above par at all times. A call for a case of Coca Cola receives prompt attention, with gas and soda orders also filled on prompt schedule.
-The Midland Journal, Friday, November 1, 1940

Another interesting news clip re: J. C. Hebditch of Havre de Grace Coca Cola Bottling Co.

1950 Coca Cola advertising tray with a red-headed lady drinking a CokeRotarian Offers Land For Swimming Pool HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., Sept. 27, 1944 – from The News Journal from Wilmington, DE – J. C. Hebditch, a soft drink company representative for Maryland, has offered a tract of land on the dual highway opposite the Chesapeake Courts for a swimming pool and also has donated $100 toward the $2,000 needed for the civic enterprise. The Havre de Grace Rotary Club, of which Mr. Hebditch is a member, will sponsor the project and has agreed to return all money donations if the pool is not built within eight months after the goal has been reached.

Special Edition Coca Cola Barbie Doll still in box, 1997, Red top, denim vest, red and white checked slacks with various Coca Cola itemsClick here for some fun history from the World of Coca Cola website.

Are you a collector? You might want to check out this page from Coke’s Website!