shirts and souvenirs continue to come in from around the country.
the restored Catsup Bottle water tower go on sale.
account amazingly swells back up to about $10,000. The fund is pledged
to continuing maintenance and future promotion. It is also intended to
help with historic preservation and heritage education programs.
the Chicago Daily Southtown.
Bottle Coloring and Activity Fun Book" is created by Mike Gassmann.
It's filled with games and fun facts about the Catsup Bottle.
• The United
Service and the Collinsville post office offer a special
stamp cancellation mark featuring the Catsup Bottle for National
Preservation Week. This starts an annual tradition.
of Louisville, Kentucky, builders of the Catsup Bottle, presents to the
CBPG a bronze plaque honoring the restoration. The plaque is installed
on a leg of the water tower with the Collinsville Progress Historic
stores in downtown
Collinsville begin to stock Catsup Bottle shirts and other
lists the appearances of the Catsup Bottle worldwide.
letter from our best buddy, David Dues, Vice President of Sales
at Caldwell Tanks. In it he provides us with a copy of a letter he had
received over a year before. The letter dated March 20, 1995, was from
a former Caldwell salesman by the name of Frank Vehlein and contains
interesting information. According to Mr. Vehlein, Gerhart Suppiger had
already decided to have Chicago Bridge company erect a water tower for
the plant but reconsidered when he (Mr. Vehlein) suggested that a
bottle tank be built like the bottle shaped one that the Brown-Foreman
company had. Frank and a Mr. Barriger made a proposal to Suppiger, and
the rest is history.
of the Post Dispatch features an article called "Road Thrills." Saying
there's plenty to marvel at on an Internet virtual vacation - including
the World's Largest Catsup Bottle.
Gassmann creates the World's Largest Catsup Bottle logo design.
logo sign goes
up on the wall at the Catsup Bottle site. It becomes a great picture
place for visitors.
66 Magazine features a 3-page article with color and b/w photos.
story, written by Judy DeMoisy, was a historical look at the factory
the water tower and explained their value to the community.
"Road Trip USA"
by Jamie Jensen includes a photo and a mention of the Catsup Bottle on
page 674. Jamie refers to it and Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site as "intriguing
attractions worth searching out."
book, "Pure Ketchup"
by culinary historian Andrew Smith features info about Brooks
the catsup factory in Collinsville, and the restoration of the Catsup
displays his photo exhibit entitled "The Catsup Bottle: Restoration
of a Collinsville Landmark" at the SOVA Gallery in Historic Miner's
Theater during the annual Italian Fest. The show is comprised of twenty
photos of the water tower in various stages of restoration. Not your
snapshots documenting the project, these pieces are an artistic look at
the spectacular event.
and the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group receive Midwest Living
magazine's 1996 Hometown Pride Award. A presentation luncheon
held at St. Louis' well-known Sidney Street Cafe. Magazine editor Dan
and publisher Matt Peterson were on hand to present the $1,000 check.
Channel 2 sends a news crew to cover the event. The awards program was
designed to recognize Midwesterners who make the Heartland a better
to live through community betterment efforts. "We are always amazed at
the magnitude of community involvment and at the ingenuity and
of Midwesterners at getting things done." said Dan Kaecher. "Clearly
proud to honor these volunteer efforts." A banner was placed at the
Bottle announcing the award. The money was later used, in part, for the
creation of the Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Collinsville, and for
a giant photo placed in the Collinsville Memorial Public Library.