1916: Getting Started

Charles A. Bernick and wife, Elizabeth, bought a tiny soda pop bottling operation called Granite City Bottling Works at 814 2nd St. No., St. Cloud, Minnesota.

With 200 empty soda pop cases to start, each bottle was filled one by one on a one-person, "Crown Cork and Seal" filling machine.

The freshly made carbonated soda pop was first delivered to customers as far as 30 miles away with a horse and wagon or sleigh.