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The Soda Fountain
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from page 1.

................... a variety of merchandise of soda fountain like syrups, utensils and highest quality canned fruit. This made the company world’s greatest purveyors of soda fountains and everything about and present in the fountains.

The main office of the company is in Chicago Illinois. Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Cincinnati, New York, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Milwaukee have branches of the company. Most of the fountain owners bought carbonated water from this company, which made inroads for the company into the soda fountain business. The other goods the company produced are Nut Confections, Crushed Fruits and Whole Fruits included in the liquid fruits and syrups. Cherrie Punch was one of the other products made and marketed by the company. ‘Diamond’ brand grape juice concentrate free of germs was manufactured by the company, which turned out to be a big consideration and the end of the last century. In 1903 Liquid Carbonic began market-testing its prototype iceless fountain in a Chicago confectionary**.

In their heyday, soda fountains flourished in drugstores, ice cream parlors, candy stores, dime stores, department stores, and train stations. They served an important function as a public space where neighbors could socialize and exchange community news. In the early 20th century many fountains expanded their menus and became lunch counters, serving light meals as well as ice cream sodas, egg creams, sundaes, and the like. Soda fountains reached their height in the 1940s and 1950s. With the coming of the Car Culture and the rise of suburbia, they began to decline. Drive-in restaurants and roadside ice cream outlets, such as Dairy Queen, competed for customers. Retail stores switched to self-service, and the labor-intensive soda fountain didn't fit into the new sales scheme. Today only a sprinkling of vintage soda fountains survive.*

Aull & Company were very much in tune with the latest technology. Not long after the Liquid Carbonic Company test-marketed its product Aull & Company brought one of their Soda Fountains to Auburn.

In 1910 Aull & Company put in a “Soda Fountain” for which they paid $870.00. This Soda Fountain was mortgaged (see the following) with the suppliers ‘The Liquid Carbonic Company’ until it was fully paid-up in June of 1913.


 The Liquid Carbonic Co. – To {Release of Mortgage} – Aull & Company

 October 26, 1910

 Know All Men These Presents, That The Liquid Carbonic Company, a corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois, does hereby certify That a certain Indenture of Mortgage, bearing date the 13th, day of October, A. D. 1910, wherein Aull & Co. is mortgagor and The Liquid Carbonic Company is mortgagee, covering certain personal property therein mentioned, viz: Soda Fountain; the consideration therein being the sum of Eight Hundred Seventy Dollars, ($870.00) as therein stated, and said instrument having been filed in the office of the Clerk of Logan County, in the State of Ky., on the 26th., day of October, A. D. 1910, and recorded in Book _______ at page _______ of the ______ records of said County, is, with the notes secured thereby, and the debt mentioned therein, fully paid, satisfied release and discharged.

 In Witness Whereof, said The Liquid Carbonic Company has caused these presents to be executed and its corporate name to be hereunto subscribed by W. K. McIntosh its Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, duly authorized hereunto by its Board of Directors, and its corporate seal to be hereunto affixed this 26th day of June, 1913.

 (Seal)  The Liquid Carbonic Company,

By W. K. McIntosh, Secretary

And Assistant Treasurer


* Soda Fountain History:

** Liquid Carbonic:


This is Grover Corum [Auburn] standing behind the counter of a Soda Fountain, performing the job of a "soda jerk." This Soda Fountain, which he refurbished (in 2007) with his grandson Adam Corum, came from the Aull & Co. Drug Store. It is now set up in the old Hogan-McFadden barn at the Museum.


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