Pal Bottling Company
6046 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA


11/02/06 11/02/06
1954 Anchor, p. 161

Pal Soda Bottle

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I have a vague memory of drinking these (which seems to keep growing brighter by the second),
but I've no idea where the plant was.

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 08/22/05

WOW!! I, too, had a flash when I looked at that bottle, but had absolutely no recollection of it until I saw it.
I know I must have drunk these in my youth, but that memory was long gone.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

You know, the more I think of it, the more I realize that this was the standard soda I would order whenever
it was available! It was non-carbonated, just as it says on the bottle. I know it was available in orange,
and I'm pretty sure there was also a grape variety. That is so strange that we should have forgotten all about it!

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 08/22/05

Of course! I remember Pal! And yes, they came in both orange and grape flavors. 
They were comparable to Tru-Ade, remember? I have an old Tru-Ade bottle, you know.

- Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 08/23/05
Yes, Cheryl, I remember Tru-Ade and your cool old bottle!  Thanks!

Sure, I remember Pal drinks! They were good!

- Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 08/24/05
Thanks, Eleanor!

Say, wait a minute! I do have a contest for y'all! Tell me what you remember about Pal drinks. They were
delicious non-carbonated beverages similar to Tru-Ade, and were available in orange and grape. Specifically,
does anyone remember the Pal Bottling Company plant which was located somewhere in Newport News?
Does anyone have a clue where that might have been? Does anyone have a nice warm memory of enjoying these
cold drinks?

Send your thoughts and memories to me at  I'll be sure to print it. I might even supply a prize
for the best story. (So far I have three - "Oh, yeah, I remember those....") Unfortunately, your prize won't be a nice
cold Pal drink. Sigh.

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 09/15/05

 ... I also want to tell you that orange Pal drinks were my favorite drink when I was a kid.
I can remember barbeques in my grandparents backyard on Hilton Boulevard,
and a large galvanized tub full of ice with those wonderful bottled Pal drinks.
Boy, I'd love to have one now. Today's orange and grape sodas just don't compare to the Pal, do they?
... Thanks for bringing back some good memories for me.

- Melody Clendenin DeBerry (WHS - '66) of VA - 09/16/05
YES!!!  Thanks, Melody - and Congratulations!  You win the First Prize in the "Remember Pal?!?" Contest!

I remember the PAL Orange Drinks and they were a favorite of mine also since I wasn't allowed to have
Carbonated Drinks.

 My husband (Myles Hudson of the Class of 60, Warwick High School) wanted to know
if anyone remembers the Grapette Soda which also was popular.

- Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 09/18/05
Thanks, Cathy - you just picked up the Second Prize!
And yes, I certainly do remember the Grapette drinks! They were delicious!


First, I have to say that I was so tickled to see
the Grapette sign!! It was my "FAVORITE"!!

I also loved the orange drink (glass bottles!) called "Pal" - it was non-carbonated and soooooooo good
cold on a summer's day!! (sugar, sugar, sugar!!)
Have a great day! Sarah Sugah

- Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/27/05
Why, Sarah Sugah, I always knew you were a woman with good tastes!
And I do believe you just picked up a third place prize in the Pal Ade Contest!
Congratulations on both counts!

Hey! The Pal bottle cap really brought back some memories!!! It was my favorite when I was younger.
I liked it because it wasn’t carbonated! Probably w/be too sweet for me today!

 - Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/05/06
Oh, Sarah Sugah! Maybe it would be too sweet for us who have grown accustomed to sugar-free drinks. 
But maybe - maybe - it would be juuuuusst right! Thanks, Sarah!


I really remember the PAL drinks.  My first memory is when I was either 4 or 5 years old.  I did not go
to school and we lived at 918 25th Street.  We lived directly behind Walter Reed School.  The house has
long been torn down.  Anyway, there were two houses between us and an alley that connected 25th Street
and 24th Street.  Beside the alley, on 25th Street, was Marion's Grocery Store.  One day, when I was riding
my tricycle down 25th Street, I noticed the PAL drink truck parked in the alley beside the store. 
The delivery man was stocking his drinks in the store.  He saw me and said, "Would you like
to have a PAL drink?"  Of course, I said, "Yes Sir!"  He GAVE me a PAL drink. 
I was so excited and hurried home and put it in the refrigerator.  After only a short while,
I had it opened and took a few sips, then put it back.  I did this for several hours, until it was all gone. 
I NEVER had an entire drink for myself at home as a child.  We always had to divide a drink. 
This was true of two of sister, Mary Anne and me.  This was probably in 1946-1947.....

The second memory I have of PAL drinks is when I was in the 5th grade at Woodrow Wilson School.  This
would have been in early 1953.  I think it was for Valentine's Day.....Our homeroom mother had a party for us. 
We all were given PAL drinks.  We only had orange.....Actually, I do not remember Pal being in grape as Nehi
or Sun Crest were.  Anyway, I remember noticing that on the bottle it said, "Non carbonated...
PASTEURIZED".  Yes, I am sure of this.  I had only heard of milk being pasteurized. 
Red is my favorite color and the red heart on the front made the bottle especially pretty to me. 
I do have many good memories and these are two of them.
Take care.

- Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/08/06
Thanks, Fred! It's nice how vividly the warm memories of our early childhood remain with us, isn't it?

When I was a little girl - a daddy's girl - I never wanted to eat breakfast which really upset my mom who believed
in getting your day started off right with a good breakfast. My dad took me to school each morning and I knew
he would stop by the little country store on the way to school and get me my breakfast - a Pal Orange. On the way
out the door, my mom would say, "You better not stop and buy her a drink (we didn't call them soda) on the way to school."

My dad would wink at me and head to the little store!

My dad passed away when I was in the fifth grade, but this will always stand out in my mind as of one
of those "daddy/daughter" memories. I wish I had one of those old bottles because it would remind me
of my special "daddy" who loved his little girl so much!

Thanks for the memories!!!

- Connie Gudger Matthews of Salisbury, NC - 09/02/11

P.S. I was in Walgreen's this morning and they had a drink box labeled "Retro Drinks." It had RC Cola, Nehi, etc.
in it. It made me think of Pal and how great it would be to have one! They were the best!!! I couldn't wait to get
to work and Google "Pal."

LOVED your story, Connie! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

I am 69 years of age. I remember when I was a little boy in the early 50's, when my dad and I would go to the store
my mom would ask us to bring her a bottle of Pal. She really liked them. One reason was that Pal was not carbonated.

If I should ever find a bottle of Pal, I just might leave it by her grave.

- John Wine (Middle River HS - @ '61) of VA - 02/07/13

Thanks, John! I enjoyed the non-carbonation aspect of Pal myself!
Oh - I got a big kick out of your website!

I know where the business was....

If you are familiar with the old traffic circle at Jefferson Avenue and Mercury Boulevard (initially Military Highway but renamed after the original NASA
space program at Langley), the Dr. Pepper distributing business was just to the right off of Jefferson Avenue if you were traveling from downtown Newport News
heading towards Richmond. It was called the Brown Bottling Co., I believe, and also distributed the Brownie, another non carbonated beverage that was a chocolate drink.

Another nearby business was the What-A-Burger in its initial location. When Rouse Tower was built on the same spot, this business was razed in the process.
I remember going to this business as a kid when a traveling circus was in town and they set up their circus on Newmarket Shopping Center's parking lot.
The elephant was kept on the bottling company's property tethered by a chain around its leg. We were allowed to touch the elephant when the trainer was there, too.

- Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 02/09/13

WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Malcolm!

I was just a kid in the mid 1940's. I love that drink so much. Trying to find it and I can't. Do they still sell it somewhere?

- Unsigned - 09/06/15

Ohhh, sorry, how I wish they did! It was my favorite, too - and it wasn't carbonated, which I would dearly appreciate now!

My name is William Woody, and I remember it was the best drink for making ice cream floats, especially the orange flavored one. It was in 1950, back in Lynchburg, VA on White Rock Hill.

- William Woody - 01/07/17

OOH, thank you, William - Pal floats! I regret to say I never tried those - another of life's missed opportunities!

Hey Old Pal

- Words and music by John Denver

(This song was first released on the rocky mountain holiday album.
it is the only album on which it has been released.)

Hey old pal
How've you been doing
I�m really not foolin'
I�m so glad to see you
Hey old pal
My life�s been kind of crazy
I�m ready to be lazy
Hangin' around with you

Well even in the very, very worst of times
There�s one thing that I know
The way to guarantee
A little peace of mind
Is a walk in the woods
A friend by your side
And here we go

Hey old pal
It�s great to be here with you
The thing I�d like to give you
Is a real good time
Hey old pal
I really can�t believe it
But now that you can see it
It looks just fine

What a chance to play and sing
And have some fun
The day should never end
This will be a rocky mountain holiday
With you and me
And all we can see
And all of our friends

Hey old pal
We must be daydreamin'
At least the things we�re seein'
Are a dream come true
Hey there gang
It�s great to be together
It just keeps gettin' better
I can promise you

This is going to be
The very best of times
And we will make it so
No more hustle and bustle
And no more telephone lines
And now that we're here
Let�s grab all our gear
And off we go

(This page was created on 09/16/05.)

Pink and Red Hearts Divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

"Hey Old Pal" lyrics courtesy of - 08/23/05

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