We recently visited the Silver Springs and in their display of a old bottles was a short, squatty brown bottle proclaiming ”Dr Harter’s Wild Cherry Bitters. I chuckled in excitement since I have my very own Dr Harter’s bitters bottle. The style of the glass manufacture suggests that they were made before 1910. The museum image is on the left, and my bottle on the right.
It came from my childhood home in Nebraska which had once been occupied railroaders who worked on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860’s. Part of the house had once been the original section house for Plum Creek (now Lexington) Nebraska. When the structure was retired by the railroad, two brothers, Patrick and Michael Delahunty, placed it on skids and used a team of horses to drag it to its final location near the Platte River.
Additions to the small building made it a livable house, and Michael left the railroad and settled there. He passed away in 1930. As a child I grew up in the same house, and when it finally became time to tear it down in 1970, the bottle above as well as many others were found underneath.