Chero-Cola, based in Georgia, opened in Hickory in March 1916 next to the Catawba Creamery. Chero-Cola's national sales the year it opened in Hickory were $1.1 million. When sales peaked in 1927, Chero-Cola had 463 bottlers in 14 southern states. In 1934 Chero-Cola was reformulated and re-released as Royal Crown Cola. (I'm not sure when the plant closed.)
1916. Chero-Cola route salesmen. 'In the TWIST Bottle'. - Estate of Dick Cannon
1916. First day bottling at Chero-Cola. - Estate of Dick Cannon
Chero-Cola building in 1916. Catawba Creamery to the left. - Estate of Dick Cannon
1989. 'Hugh LaFone used to work at the Chero-Cola bottling plant in Hickory. He holds an empty Chero-Cola bottle.' - Jeff Willhelm/Staff
1989. Old Chero-Cola bottle owned by Hugh LaFone. - Jeff Willhelm/Staff
2003. 'Workers tearing down buildings along East Trade Street, the site of Charlotte's new uptown basketball arena, revealed World War I-era advertisements painted on the side of 405 E. Trade St. The two-story, tan-brick building dates to 1914 on what was then called East Avenue. Local historians encouraged city officials to save the structures along East Trade Street and incorporate them into the new arena site, but were unsuccessful.' Todd Sumlin/Staff
Thank you to the reader who sent this in! 'From the Florence, SC bottling plant.'
Definitely looks older than the other bottle.
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