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14 Nov 2021, last revised 17 Feb 2024

F. M. Kinsman was long known to have ABM bottles, so it was quite a discovery to find one hand-finished bottle after the publication of Old Copper Country Bottles in 1978. This bottle marks the very end of the hand-blown era. His bottling operation did not last long enough to be listed in any Polk directory that we have accessed. It appears that he took over the bottling works from H. Larsen & Co.

Frank McCabe Kinsman was born on 14 Oct 1880 in Calumet (1,2). His father was born in Cornwall, England (8) and his mother was born in New York (3). He was a harnessmaker in his father's saddlery and carriage business, located at 515 Scott St., Calumet (4). In Feb 1906, he and Charles Wagner took over the business (7) and his father, William C. Kinsman, announced his retirement (16). But by 1916, his father was part of the partnership and they had expanded to general hardware (5).

Frank Kinsman was drafted for World War I with a registration date of 12 Sep 1918 (1). His draft card recorded that he was a manufacturer of soft drinks and self-employed (1). Rudolph Beiswanger, who previously purchased Jos. James' bottling works, was also drafted, and his draft card noted that he was a pop manufacturer employed by F. M. Kinsman on 9th St., Calumet (1). With this location revealed, we were able to find a bottling works on the southeast corner of 9th St. and Portland St. on the 1917 Sanborn map.

Sanborn map - Jul 1917
Sanborn map - Jul 1917

The bottling works had four employees in 1917, 1918, and 1919 (9,10,11). There was no factory inspection for the bottling works in 1916, suggesting that the company started in late 1916 or in 1917. One ABM bottle has a date code for 1917, while another has a date code for 1919.

Kinsman's proprietorship of the bottling works was evidently short-lived since the 1920 U.S. Federal Census recorded him as a watchman in an auto factory in Flint, MI (3). The 1921 directory indicated that his father continued the partnership with Wagner at the hardware store (6). Frank Kinsman then died on 22 Aug 1932 at the age of 51 in Flint, MI and was listed as a clerk at Buick Motor Co. at the time of his death (2).

The 1921 Polk directory listed Sanitary Bottling Works at 812 Portland St., Red Jacket with Fredrick Demarais as proprietor (6). This address matches the bottling works address shown on the 1917 Sanborn map, suggesting that Demarais purchased the bottling works from Kinsman. It is unknown if Kinsman used the Sanitary Bottling Works name or if it originated with Demarais.

Fredrick Demarais was born on 20 May 1896 in Calumet (12). In 1917, he was a machinist helper for the Copper Range Railroad Co. (1). He served in World War I in Ambulance Corps, U.S. Army from 05 Mar 1918 to 28 May 1919 (13). The 1920 U.S. Federal Census then listed him as a proprietor of a soft drink factory (3). By 1930, he had moved to Detroit where he was supervisor of a vacuum cleaner company (14). The bottling works was not listed in the 1930 directory (15). Demarais died on 24 Apr 1969 in Detroit (12).

References

  1. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (accessed on ancestry.com)
  2. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan; Death Records (accessed on ancestry.com).
  3. U.S. Census Bureau. 1920 United States Federal Census. accessed on ancestry.com.
  4. R. L. Polk & Co. 1905. Houghton County Directory 1905-06. R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers. Detroit, MI.
  5. R. L. Polk & Co. 1916. Houghton County Directory 1916-17. R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers. Detroit, MI.
  6. R. L. Polk & Co. 1921. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1921-1922. R. L. Polk & Co. Detroit, MI.
  7. anonymous. (1906, Feb 01). New Harness Firm has Taken Hold of Business. The Copper Country Evening News (Calumet, MI). p. 5.
  8. anonymous. 1883. History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Western Historical Company. Chicago, IL.
  9. Michigan Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics. 1918. Thirty-Fifth Annual Report of the Department of Labor of the State of Michigan. Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State Printers. Lansing, MI.
  10. State of Michigan Department of Labor. 1919. Thirty-Sixth Annual Report of the Department of Labor of the State of Michigan. Fort Wayne Printing Co. Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  11. State of Michigan Department of Labor. 1920. Thirty-Seventh Annual Report of the Department of Labor of the State of Michigan. Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State Printers. Lansing, MI.
  12. Find a Grave. accessed Feb 2022. Fredrick Joseph Demarais. findagrave.com/memorial/219190200/frederick-joseph-demarais
  13. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1970 (accessed on ancestry.com).
  14. U.S. Census Bureau. 1930 United States Federal Census. accessed on ancestry.com.
  15. R. L. Polk & Co. 1930. Polk’s Calumet (Michigan) Directory 1930. R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers. Detroit, MI.
  16. anonymous. (1906, Jan 26). Kinsman Decides to Retire from Business. The Copper Country Evening News (Calumet, MI). p. 8.

s17
F. M. Kinsman bottle
capacity: quart
color: aqua
top: crown top - tooled
base: post-bottom
maker's mark: (none)
other marks: CONTENTS 24 FLUID OZS. (front heel)
date: c.1917
rarity: extremely rare

abm-84
bottle image
capacity: half-pint
color: pale aqua
top: crown top - ABM
base: post-bottom
maker's mark: (none)
other marks: CONTENTS 7 FL. OZ. (lower front)
dated: 1919
rarity: extremely rare
  • T in REGISTERED slightly left of N in KINSMAN
  • this example has an A B Co. date code: 19 S 1
abm-84a
bottle image
base: ?
maker's mark: ROOT (front heel)
other marks: CONTENTS 7 - FLUID OUNCES (lower front)
dated: 1917
rarity: extremely rare
  • this example has date code: 1933 ROOT 17
  • diferent maker from abm-84
  • T in REGISTERED right of N in KINSMAN

abm-85
bottle image
capacity: quart
color: colorless
top: siphon top - ABM
base: ?
maker's mark: (none)
other marks: (none)
date: c.1918
rarity: extremely rare

abm-86
bottle image
capacity: quart
color: aqua
top: crown top - ABM
base: cup-bottom
maker's mark: N B B G CO (back heel)
other marks: S (base)
date: c.1920
rarity: common

abm-87
bottle image
capacity: half-pint
color: aqua
top: crown top - ABM
base: cup-bottom
maker's mark: N B B G CO (back heel)
other marks: CONTENTS 7 FL. OZ. (front heel), S (base)
date: c.1920
rarity: common