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Favorite Old Photo from Larry Smith: Dr. Pepper Bottling plant

2016-06-26 - E Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of Larry Smith, FM 99.9 The Big Dawg and FM 92.7, the WAVE.
Mystery Photo Solution (clicking on underlined ID gets first letter with correct ID): As identified, from left, front: (1), Elva Marshall (3), (4) (5), (6), (7). Seated, on top (1)
Other related letters: 1) Jamie McQueary/Elva Marshall. There may be a few people who recognize all the people in this photograph taken of personnel, routemen and production workers at the old Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant on E. Fortune Street in Columbia, KY. It was owned and managed, at the time by Rives Kerbow and/or his father, who came here from Greensville, TX to manage the franchise. Rives Kerbow was later Mayor of Columbia. His wife, Hqzel Kerbow, was a very popular teacher in the Adair County School System, who regaled classes in the 1960's with memories of the time she dated Lyndon Johnson, who, on a national level was Chief Executive officer, just as her husband was of the Dr. Pepper Plant and of Columbia. (A story on the Kerbow Administration by JIM is at Columbia: A Happening Place (1948 style)). The era of the photo above may be determined by a car year expert. A curious note: the two coupes? The drummer's coupes? Does anybody remember the sign which sits atop the one on the right? The building, located on a part of the lot where the Municipal Parking lot is now, was later the home of the very prosperous Rogers Fertilizer Company, a later razed. The Dr. Pepper Plant went out of business sometime after Columbia battling competition from a competing Columbia bottler, located where Jeffries Hardware is located today at the top of Jamestown Hill. Any comments on the names of the men, their positions with the company (or not), are welcome. - EW

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