In the year 1857 Simon Hernsheim, a native of New Orleans, established a tobacco company in the city.  Born in 1839, Hernsheim was but only 18 years old when he founded the business. The tobacco trade, a booming American industry, received much demand from overseas markets.

It wasn’t until the 1830s that carbonated beverages became popular by the American public. Until that time, manufacturing carbonated water was a very difficult and time consuming process. English Chemist Joseph Priestley in 1767 discovered a method for creating carbonated water by infusing plain water with carbon

For many workers and families who worked mines and inhabited coal towns, English was a second or third language. As new immigrants recently settled in the United States, they were just learning to speak the language. Many others, who weren’t immigrants, were unable to read and write.