the Belleville News-Democrat runs a nice wrap-up column. In it
explains, "We've sent shirts to 35 states and we probably get 100 calls
a week!" The CBPG doesn't plan to abandon the tower after it is
It needs to be kept up like any monument. "I'd like to get a
fund, plus other things," she said. "There's heritage education, lesson
plans, a state marker, interpretive signs, and lighting... of course
know we don't have the money for all that!"
article by Ken
Armstrong runs in the Chicago Tribune titled "Water Towers
As Towns' Calling Cards."
also appears in the Spartanburg (SC) Herald Journal with the
"Unique towers hold more than water." The paper used a pull-out quote
Judy to highlight the piece. She said, "You know where you are when you
see the Catsup Bottle, just like you know where you are when you see
for the World's
Largest Catsup Bottle is finally catching on. The Collinsville
and Visitors Bureau publishes a tourism brochure with Inland Design
Group and featuring the water tower on the cover (along with
other attractions, Fairmount Park Racetrack and Cahokia Mounds World
Bottle is the
inspiration for Illinois House Majority Leader Robert Churchill
(R-Lake Villa) to put a stop to honorary resolutions. Mr. Churchill
"The system has been abused." It cost $55 for each resolution to be
by the Illinois House. Mike Cys, House Republican spokesman
"Reps love to give them and people love to get them, but they cost a
of money." Cys bashed Representative Jay Hoffman
for Resolution #2908 honoring the Catsup Bottle. Jay said, "Well if
from Collinsville and trying to raise $60,000 then you don't think it's
says $20,000 to go. Judy says, "There were many people who told us
we were crazy when we started this. They said we'd never get there, but
we're getting there!" She also explained: The whole purpose is more
painting it. It is community spirit, renewal of hometown pride, and an
opportunity to pass on our history to future generations.
a celebration parade to be held on June 3, 1995.
comments again about the recent criticism in the House. "It's
to use us as an example when it is very important to the people of
It offends me that they would denigrate our Catsup Bottle." You go,
quite a few negative and rather unintelligible remarks into the Belleville
News-Democrat "Sound Off" column.
• The Madison
Geneological Society newsletter gives an update report that
sales are still going on and that everyone is invited to watch the
fun beginning in April.
of the SCA Journal magazine features the Catsup Bottle in an
"Programatic Architecture 'Round The States." Also appearing is
Shoe House in York, PA, and Smith's Igloo Lodge in Alaska.
Workers from Diversified
Coatings, Ltd. arrive at the site and work begins. "I'm glad to be
a part of it," said Rod Reinneck. "It's an honor! I just hope we have
weather so we can make it in time for the parade." For a complete story
of the work check out our Restoration
mention on the KMOV
Channel 4 news at 10:00 pm, reports that the work has begun.
8 & 9, 1995
appear in both
the Belleville News-Democrat and the Collinsville Herald.
and St. Louis public television station KETC Channel 9, film a
minute segment about the Catsup Bottle and put it into heavy rotation
Bottle shirts appear
around the world. Thilerna French, of Collinsville, gives a
to her tour bus driver in Stockholm, Sweden. Also, Kim Petr
gives a shirt to a Red Square street vendor in Moscow.
Grill, located just down the street from the Catsup Bottle puts on a
golf tournament. Owner John Robbers said, "I've been wanting to
put something together. It's an important landmark, especially to
for the Catsup Bottle continues. A case study of the project is
by Judy DeMoisy at the Missouri Historic Preservation Conference
in Clayton, Missouri.
School Kahoki newspaper features a photo of the workmen in a
basket suspended from the Catsup Bottle.
of world-renown architectural firm HOK in St. Louis, designs
for the Bottle at no charge.
- still over $20,000 shy of the goal as restoration work has begun.
Group member Wade
McCormick constructs a 12 ft. tall Catsup Bottle on wheels. This
creation is used as a parade float. A small door in the back allows a
to get inside and walk the Bottle around, looking as if it's motoring
its own power. Inside it is equipped with a small battery operated fan
and a drink holder for those hot summer afternoons.
preparing Phase 1
of a Historic Preservation Plan for the city of Collinsville, Land
Corporation stated, "This historic preservation project should
in approximately 2.5 million in tourism related expenditures brought to
Collinsville area businesses in the next five years."
issue of Tank
Talk newsletter features a Catsup Bottle article. Tank Talk
is published as an informational service to owners and engineers of
tanks by Tank Industry Consultants.
balance is roughly
$58,2000 and the first payment of $19360 is made to Diversified
The CBPG is still waiting for the $10,000 from Brooks Foods. The effort
is still short by about $8500.
show is presented to three Collinsville elementary schools (Jefferson,
Lincoln, and Hollywood Heights) and is a big hit with the kids.
continues on the
restoration. Lots of rainy weather (almost 10 days straight) and a
or two, delays progress and puts things behind schedule. But, the
and lighting ceremony will go on as planned. St. Louis newspaper
Viets, is named as the parade's Grand Marshal.
of the "Catsup
Bottle Park" is first presented to the Collinsville Area
District during a charette to get public input on the possible future
1 and 2, 1995
mentions about the Catsup Bottle parade appear in the St. Louis
Dispatch, Collinsville Herald, Belleville News Democrat, Fairview
Tribune, and the Metro East Family Gazette.
3, 1995, parade
is held down Main Street to celebrate the successful restoration
St. Louis newspaper columnist, Elaine Viets, is the Grand Marshal. The
Catsup Bottle Preservation Group invites everyone and anyone who wants
to be in the parade to be in the parade. Participants included city
members, the police & fire departments, the painting crew, Elvis,
Collinsville, and many more! At dusk, the day of celebration came to a
close with a bottle
ceremony. Rainy weather had caused the project to move slower than
and completion was still two weeks away.
Coatings says of the paint job and design "It's exact!" He also
commented on the doing such a unique project. "It was a little spooky
first. It's really tall and skinny!"
believe it or
not, the painting job is not "exact." There is one minor change from
original 1949 paint job to the 1995 paint job. This is a great Catsup
trivia question. We know the answer, but do you know what's different?
If you know the answer, email
us and we'll mention you here on the web site!
by then-Mayor Vince Kutzera declared the week of June 5, 1995, as Catsup
Bottle Appreciation Week.
and parade Grand Marshal Elaine Viets writes a great article to
follow up on the parade. She says, "The only bad thing about being a
marshal is that you don't actually get to watch the parade!" Basking in
the success of the festivities, parade organizer Wade McCormick says "I
left it all up to the Lord and it wasn't difficult at all." The Catsup
Bottle Lady Judy DeMoisy replied with, "Really? Well, the Lord
had me running!"
Workers Rod Reinneck and Larry Pettus chatted with the
Larry confesses he had been atop the water tower before 20 years ago.
was 17 and climbed up and spray painted "Larry Loves Kathy.' She was
first love of my life." Rod says, "It was fun climbing around on a 70
catsup bottle all day. Kind of like Land of the Giants!"
that was not
so fun was cleaning the inside of the tank. An opening in the cap
birds to roost inside, and it was darn near knee deep in pigeon poop!
says, "I bet there was 2-1/2 tones of it!" Another thing was the heat -
inside the temperature of the steel reached 138 degrees!
by the end of June, 1995.
Extra features an article titled "These Landmarks Tower Above
The water tower photos were sent in by readers. Those choosen for
were the Catsup Bottle; the "World's Largest Ear of Corn" in Rochester,
Minn.; the "World's Largest Fishing Bobber" in Pequot Lakes, Minn.; and
the "Hot" and "Cold" tanks in Pratt, Kansas.
Council gives Catsup Bottle Preservation Group a recognition
issue of the Grit
newspaper features a story and photo of the Catsup Bottle.
features a nice follow up article.
Inc. gives its Improvement of the Month Award to sites owners
& Jim Eckert.
honors its commitment and sends a $10,000 check.
payment of $77,440
is made to Diversified Coatings.
Judy DeMoisy, is given the special Historic Preservation Award
Collinsville Progress, Inc.
Group calls it quits for selling souvenirs at the Catsup Bottle site.
6,000 shirts and other items had been sold during the last two years.
the previous 53 Saturdays, within a span of four hours, sales at the
Bottle site averaged $1,000 per week.
issue of the Society
for Commercial Archeology newsletter, SCA News, features a
follow up piece. As does the Sept/Oct issue of the National Trust
newsletter Preservation News.
the San Francisco Chronicle.
the Rock Island Argus.
photos appear in Sign Business magazine and the Illinois
Preservation Agency newsletter, Historic Illinois.
Judy DeMoisy, starts a "real" job as the Downtown Manager for the
Downtown Development Commission. Her mission will be to implement the
Illinois Main Street Program for downtown revitalization.
Bottle is discovered by a local traveler on a huge wall-sized map of
country in the Denver, Colorado, airport. And an article
in the Belleville News Democrat about the artist Gary
story and photographic
layout by Mike Gassmann appears in the national trade publication, Signs
of the Times. The article documents the entire Catsup Bottle
"set an itinerary
for a really big date", Mademoiselle magazine publishes a
map pointing out "oversized, overstated, and too big to be believed"
around the U.S. Along with the Catsup Bottle, they also point out the
Tower, the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, and the Biggest Hamburger in
publishes a follow up article titled, "Catsup Bottle Landmark Ripe for
the editor by Gail Rissi Thomas is published. In it she recalls
the 100 mile drive from home to Collinsville to visit her Grandma. And
she explained that as far as she knew, that was HER Grandma's catsup
In fact, she even had a song they all sang called "Grandma's Catsup
Song." To Gail the Catsup Bottle wasn't just a landmark, it meant a
lot more. It was the promise of Sunday morning sweet rolls, big family
dinners, playing with cousins, and a walk to the grocery for Popsicles!