Time In A Bottle

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant. (Excepting Alice.)

You can get anything you want on eBay too — including glass bottles from long ago.

Alert “06880” reader Seth Schachter saw this for sale the other day:

Bottle 1

It’s hard to see. But the milk bottle says: “Twin Silo Farm, Westport, Conn.”

Seth has no idea where that dairy was. I don’t either.

But Jacques Voris, Jack Whittle or some other historically minded “06880” reader probably does.

Seth did not buy it. (The winning bid was $306.)

However, he’s got several other old Westport bottles in his collection. If anyone knows anything about any of these businesses, click “Comments” below. Inquiring minds — and bottle collectors everywhere — want to know.

E.D. Noy Inc., Greens Farms, Conn.:

Bottle 2

The Westport Drug Co., Geo. J. Green, Westport, Conn.:

Bottle 3

Here’s one many people have heard of. Believe it or not, Embalmers Supply was the largest company of its kind in the country. Founded in 1887 by C.B. Dolge, it moved in 1891 to the riverfront property by Ford Road, near the current headquarters of Bridgewater Associates:

Bottle 4

Who knows what that bottle was once filled with?!

15 responses to “Time In A Bottle

  1. JP Vellotti

    I’ve never seen a George Green Bottle, but can offer a little history because he and his family lived in our house at 30 Evergreen Ave.

    George was originally from Lincoln Ave and his family had some sort of building supply business with a spot on the river. I suspect it was something like Gault.

    When the Sanitarium owed the houses on a Evergreen Ave, people affiliated with that institution lived there. First Green’s partner Oscar Simpson who also lived on Lincoln Ave moved to Evergreen. I suppose he liked it so much he called George and said come on over a few houses away.

    It was a short walk to their business downtown, and I imagine they serviced the Sanitarium.

    George’s wife was Eliza Wheeler of Saugatuck Ave, around the corner from Lincoln. They moved into the Evergreen house around 1918, and lived there until the end of WWII (George died prior).

    They had a daughter who was a beauty queen according to news articles and in 1947 they moved to California so she could pursue acting.

    George and Eliza Green are buried not in Westport, but Mystic, by the Seaport.

  2. Lesley Anderson

    Russ Levine, owner of Colonial Pharmacy, has a huge bottle collection in his store. They’re old pharmacy bottles so he may know something about the Embalmer’s Supply Co. Russ has been in Westport for a very long time.

  3. Alan Beasley

    Embalming Fluid, aka formaldehyde.

  4. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    I prefer to remember Jim Croce than discuss that last bottle.

  5. Rick Benson

    Embalmers Supply I believe was located in the former Dolge building where Gault now is. It was owned by Richard S. Beck (of Beck’s Lodge at Y Camp Mahackeno). He was a long time Westport Rotarian and Long time Y Board member.. His son Rick Beck , a former Westport Rotarian, now lives in Old Saybrook

    Rick Benson

  6. Julie Whamond

    The embalming factory was there until 1987. You could smell the formaldehyde on the days they made it, especially if the wind blew in your house’s direction. We were on Lyon’s Plains.

  7. Don Willmott

    My father did artwork for many of ESCO’s catalogs over the years. Suffice it to say some of it was quite spooky.

  8. Seth Schachter

    Great to read these responses. Would love to know more about E.D. Noy Inc. – Greens Farms Milk Bottle. Anyone out there have any info on this company???

  9. Wendy Crowther

    I did a little digging on E.D. Noy. There was an E. D. Noy (Elmer Dorman Noy) born in New Haven in 1890, son of Ephraim and Lillie Noy. Elmer graduated from New Haven H.S. (1908) and went on to University of Michigan, graduating with a B.S. in Forestry (1912). During his college years, at the age of 18, he married Florence (also born in CT) and they began having children (eventually 8 of them). After graduating, he remained in Michigan and by 1920, at the age of 29, he had 6 children, and he was a farmer. Later that year he put an ad in the Bpt Newspapers looking for a cottage to rent in the area. By 1925 he placed ads in the Bpt papers to sell eggs laid by Rhode Island Red Chickens from Round Hill Farms in Fairfield. They were $10-15 per 100. By 1930, he was living on Center St. in Fairfield and working as a superintendent on the estate of Walter B. Lashar (President and VP of many companies at the time). The estate was known as Hearthstone Hall on Round Hill Road. I suspect that the chickens and eggs were produced on this estate. In the 1940s, it seems that he was living on Sport Hill Rd in Easton and was working at Bullard in Bpt. He died Dec 10, 1962 in Nwk Hospital. He had been living at 374 Old Mill Rd, Ffd. before his death. His wife survived him. He’s buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Ffd.

    I could not find any info on when or where the milk bottle and business might have come into the picture, especially in Greens Farms. Could there have been two people named E.D. Noys? It seems unlikely but you never know.

    This was just a fun look. I didn’t want to spend too much time searching further.

    BTW – I’ve never come upon Twin Silo Farm in my historical searches around Westport. But that’s not to say that it didn’t exist.

    • Seth Schachter

      Very interesting Wendy– Thanks for digging up that info. I tend to think that there was only one ‘E.D. Noy’ but you never know.

  10. Jacques Voris

    Flipping through the 1921 Westport Directory, I came across an advertisement for the “Westport Drug Company”. It list G. L. Green as “Manager”. However, in his personal entry, he is listed as George J Green, with a wife Eliza W, living on Riverside Avenue, and is the secretary-treasurer of “The Westport Drug Co, Inc”. A quick search of the Westport Town Clerk records online shows one George Jencks Green dying on 24 October 1935, in Mystic. The Westport Drug Co appears to have been organized 16 November 1908, and incorporated 17 November 1913. The last entry is dated 5 September 1935, with an address of 9 Main Street. George Green was born about 1870 in Connecticut. By the census, in 1910 he lives on Main Street, and had been married for 9 years. By 1920 he is on Lincoln Street, and 1930 he is on Evergreen Avenue. George and Eliza appear to have had one child, a daughter Estelle. Looking over other directories, he seems to have lived on Lincoln, briefly been on Riverside, before settling at 77 Evergreen Avenue. In 1917 for the Connecticut Military Census he is listed as 5’6″ tall, and weighs 145 lbs.

    • Seth Schachter

      Thanks Jacques! All fits within the time period of this bottle too.

  11. Jacques Voris

    ED Noy Inc, Dairy was to be found on Greens Farms road past Clapboard Hill, but before Sherwood Island Lane (NOT the connector) according the 1935 Town Directory. Elmer D Noy being at the same address.The dairy had a phone. A Lillian Noy, widow of Ephriam, was living on Greens Farms Road as well. There are five Noys listed, as I would hazard a guess they are a single family.

    • Seth Schachter

      Great bit of info Jacques! Perhaps their farm/residence on Greens Farms Rd. would be shown on some of the earlier maps.

  12. The connector should be named Sherwood Island Lane still.