Well, someone was – a long time ago. And then left the bottle “under” the basement of the G.A.R. building in Detroit for us to find 100+ years later.
Our teams have been trenching in the basement for a while now and working to locate where the plumbing drains start and end up. Last week, they hit glass and somehow managed not to break it.
The first bottle is easy. A half pint bottle from The Detroit Creamery Company. We found this write-up about them in a News article.
“Over time the big dealers were prevailing. Detroit Creamery Company had the largest dairy processing plant in the state and was considered by many to be the cleanest plant in the country. Every day 303 wagons with teams of horses left their plant and made a total of 50,000 stops, selling more than 20,000 gallons of milk. By 1916 they began using motor trucks for wholesale deliveries.” and
“The Detroit Creamery Company formed in 1897, and by 1916 built a beautiful state-of-the-art dairy and horse stable at Grand River and Cass Avenue, designed by no less an architect than Albert Kahn.”
Photo via the Albert Kahn Collection
The article states that the dairy was right across the street from the G.A.R..
The second bottle shows no markings. It’s blue and almost half the height of the milk bottle. Medicine perhaps? One has to think the worker was pretty sore after digging a basement for the castle.
(The photo shows the current Mindfield office in the background…gonna be tough to leave this space after all these years.)
Photo by Lindsey Yeo