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The Lehrkind family has been in the beverage industry in Bozeman since 1885 when Julius Lehrkind bought a local brewery. As a young man, Julius had worked in a brewery in New York City before operating one in Iowa, outside Des Moines. With his own plant in Bozeman, he decided to build a bottling room and produce soft drinks such as sarsaparilla and lemon soda. He added what would later become the crown jewel of his business when he was awarded a Coca- Cola franchise in 1914. The brewery closed in 1919 when prohibition hit Montana. The soft drink plant continued to eke out a living for Julius and his son Carl Sr., who was later joined by his son, Carl Jr. The two "Carls" ran the business as a partnership for many years until the elder Carl retired. Today, this business is run by Carl Lehrkind III and Carl Lehrkind IV with Carl Lehrkind V in line to take over.....in 30 years