Isaac Merkel came to Plattsburgh from Germany c. 1866 and founded I. Merkel and Sons, a retail and wholesale tobacco and alcohol business on Margaret Street, later moved to Bridge Street. The business appears to have owned the Adirondack Bottling Works in 1896.
Plattsburgh Sentinel, October 10, 1919
ISAAC MERKEL DIES AT HOSPITAL IN ALBANY
Mr. Merkel was born in Frankfort- on-Main Germany, and came to Plattsburgh when a young man fifty-three years ago. He was for a time a commercial traveller and afterwards went into business of manufacturing cigars and dealing in beverages.
He was for many years located on Margaret street, opposite Custom House Park. From there he moved to Bridge street, where he also conducted a large rectifying plant and bottling establishment. He also dealt in spring water and carbonated drinks conducting the largest establishment of the kind in Northern New York. In all Mr. Merkel-had been in business in this city fifty-two years, starting in 1867. For a time his brother-in-law, L. Kahner, now of New York City, was his partner in business here under the firm name of Merkel & Kahner, in the manufacture of cigars.
Plattsburgh Press Republican, March 15, 1955
Body of David Merkel Sr. To Arrive in Plattsburgh Friday for Funeral Rites
Isaac Merkel, one of the pioneers of Plattsburgh, was a well known and respected citizen and was the head of the firm, Isaac Merkel and Sons, rectifiers, wholesale liquor dealers and tobacco distributors from 1868-1919.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 7, 1957
Our Town By EDDIE VOGT]
Thanks to Mrs. Dudley Turner for part of an Enterprise of June 1896…
But what makes it particularly interesting is that it has an ad of the Adirondack Bottling Works, I Merkel and Son, Props., bottlers of Beadleston and Woerz and Barters Lager Beers. And Ambrose McKillip was telling, me just the other day that he drove a truck for them at one time.