In addition to the digitized materials relating to Shivar Spring presented in this exhibit, there are other online resources that provide context to this bygone company.
Continue to Acknowledgments
- “Salesman Becomes Enamored of Both Widow and Spring”—An article about N. F. Shivar and the founding of Shivar Spring Company, originally published in the April 3, 1947 News and Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.) and reprinted in the Fairfield Genealogical Society’s June 2006 newsletter. The article also describes the company’s facilities and growth following the death of Mr. Shivar.
- Listing in the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office, August 4, 1914—In 1914, N. F. Shivar filed for U.S. Patent no. 98,824 for his mineral water and ginger ale.
- Advertisement for Shivar Springs in The Southern Planter, April 1915—This full-page advertisement, available via Google Books, is filled with claims attesting to the medicinal value of the company’s spring water. Smaller advertisements for the company are also included in this volume.
- “Old Folk’s Best Friend,” Advertisement in The News and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), May 11, 1916—A small notice promising “vim and vigor [in] old stomachs; rich, red blood [in] old veins; [and] sound flesh on old bones.”
- 1917 Tax List of Whites in Trent Township, Lenoir County, N.C.—N. F. Shivar, as well as presumed relatives J. F. and Macon Shivar, appear on page 216.
- “Shivar Springs Bankrupt Sale,” Advertisement in The Spartanburg Herald, August 11, 1922—After declaring bankruptcy, the Shivar Spring Company plant was to be sold. The sale notice hails the company’s wares as being “known from Maine to Mexico,” and that the “desirable” site offers a “fine opportunity.”
- “Head of Shivar Springs Dead,” Notice in the Keowee Courier (Walhalla, S.C.), November 15, 1922—An announcement, reprinted from The State, which mourns N. F. Shivar, who died at age 58 after a prolonged illness.
- U. S. v. 39 Carboys of Shivar Spring Water—In 1940, a United States attorney in North Carolina charged that a shipment of Shivar Spring Company water was misleadingly labeled for medicinal use. No claimant answered the suit and the shipment was destroyed.
- Entry in South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State, p. 438—Published in 1941, this travel guide by the Federal Writers’ Project mentions the Shivar Spring Company’s bottling plant and mineral water in passing.
- South Carolina Department of Archives & History: Shivar Springs Bottling Company Cisterns—The company’s cisterns were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. This page briefly describes the property and includes photographs as well as links to the National Register nomination and listing forms.
- South Carolina Beverage Bottles, 1880–1980—Paul Jeter’s book (ca. 1987) includes a description on page 68 of the bottles used by Shivar Spring Company and dates the company’s closing to 1957, when a company building caught fire.
- Wellsprings: A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters—Though not about Shivar Spring Company specifically, this 2005 book by Francis H. Chapelle briefly discusses Healing Springs, another source of South Carolina mineral water.
- Palmetto Brick Society: Shivar Springs Bottling Co. (1900–1951)—South Carolina archaeologist Nate Fulmer’s blog documents South Carolina’s many historic (and modern) ruins. This brief entry is a preview of a forthcoming post about the Shivar Springs Company site.
- Obituary for Tom McConnell—Mr. McConnell passed away on March 28, 2013, soon after his story debuted in this exhibit.
- Fairfield County Museum—This museum, located in the same county as the spring site, has within its collections a variety of Shivar Spring Company bottles.
- South Caroliniana Library Oral History Collection: Materials related to Shivar Spring Company and Tom McConnell—Zoomable and full-text searchable digital copies of materials presented in this exhibit are available in this CONTENTdm collection, along with other oral histories.