Paul, from Silver Spring, Maryland, send in the following story about his relatives involvment with the seltzer industry.
- My ancestors were involved in the seltzer business in New York in the early-mid 20th century.
- When my great-grandfather Jacob Rascoff came to America in the 1890s, he apparently worked for a man who made seltzer in his basement. When my great-grandmother Esther came from Russia to join him a few years later, she apparently decided that they could have their own seltzer business, so that’s what they did (or so the family story goes).
- Esther either purchased or founded the Red Star Bottling Company (I think she purchased it, but I am unsure). She eventually went into business with one of her sons (David “Dolly” Rascoff) and a son-in-law (David Hammer), and the company was called Hammer Soda.