Photo of the Day: Whiting Springs Water Bottled 40 Years Ago
By Brandi Makuski
Village of Whiting Clerk Debi Lutz said the bottles have been sitting in her office at the Whiting Municipal Building for years.
At first glance, they could be bottles of champagne. Upon closer inspection, the words The Water of Whiting Springs become clear, along with the only other writing on the bottle- a description on the gold label:
Millions of Gallons a day are used in the manufacture of Permanized Papers product of Whiting-Plover Paper Co., Stevens Point, Wis.
The Water of Whiting Springs is so pure no filtering can improve it. Bottled just as it comes from the spring except for carbonating.
Lutz said she thinks there’s still evidence of an old springhouse along Tommy’s Turnpike where the water was likely bottled. Whiting Village Board Member Cecile Coates, who worked at the Whiting-Plover Paper Company- now called Neenah Paper/Whiting Mill- starting in 1949, said it’s that spring water which was used in the papermaking process and also furnished much of the community’s drinking water.
“It had a cold springs there with an old well, and that’s the water we drank in Whiting. It was the cleanest purest water, and those bottles are probably 40 years old by now,” said Coates, who added so far as he could remember, the bottles were not sold but given away to customers and employees as gifts.
The bottles have no date stamp or identifying marks other than the labels, so there’s no way to tell exactly when they were created, or how valuable they are, though one bottle sold on eBay in early January for $19.99 plus shipping.