George Rackensperger
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George Henry Rackensperger (1903 - 1975)

George Henry Rackensperger
Born in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Died in Orange, Florida, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Jun 2019
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Biography

George was born February 2, 1903 in Baltimore, Maryland.[1][2][3] He was the son of Henry Michael Rackensperger and Lena Julia Schroen.[4][5][6][7]

In 1939, George Rackensperger opened his own bottling plant in Catonsville, Maryland. He rented an abandoned jailhouse and used the garage that formerly housed the police wagon for setting up his bottling equipment.[8][9]

Various cells were used to store sugar and other supplies. Here Frostie Root Beer was created. This soda rapidly forced George Rackensperger to eliminate many of the other flavors he was bottling. He needed the full capacity of his equipment to handle the demand.

Frostie Old Fashion Root Beer was greatly expanding and sales were rapidly increasing. There was a growing need for larger quarters and larger machinery to handle to demand. In 1941, George left the old jailhouse and a new modern facility was built.[8]

Distributors were added in nearby counties and eventually in 1947, one of the distributors had the desire to buy its own machinery to bottle the root beer resulting in the birth of the Frostie Company.[8] George became president of the company.

In 1962, George retired, selling the soft drink firm to Twitchell Co., Catonsville, Maryland.[9]

He was a Rotarian and active in civic work. He was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church. He was a chairman of the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival.[9]

George died September 10, 1975 in Orange, Florida.[2][3] He was buried in Palm Cemetery in Winter Park, Orange, Florida, United States.[10]


Sources

  1. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Ancestry.com [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014.
  4. United States Census, 1910 George H Rackensperger in household of Henry M Rackensperger, Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 342, sheet 2A, family 30
  5. United States Census, 1920, George H Rackengberger in household of Henry M Rackengberger, Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States; citing ED 348, sheet 13A, line 21, family 261
  6. United States Census, 1930, George H Rackersberger in household of Henry M Rackersberger, Election District 01, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 8, sheet 2B, line 94, family 46
  7. United States Census, 1940, George H Rackensperger in household of Henry M Rackensperger, Catonsville, Election District 1, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-12, sheet 10A, line 38, family 214
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Frostie Co. Here Expands to 48 States. The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland). 10 Jun 1958, Tue. Page 26.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 George H. Rackensperger Dies, Made Drink. The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Florida) 12 Sep 1975, Fri. Page 60.
  10. Find A Grave memorial page for George H Rackensperger (1903–1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48241375, citing Palm Cemetery, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida, USA

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