was born on December 13, 1866, in Vicksburg, the eldest of eight
sons and four daughters. His father, Herman, and Uncle Henry,
founded a retail confectionary business known as Biedenharn and
eventually took over the operation of the candy business and it
became the Biedenharn Candy Company.
1890, Joe and his father Herman built a two-story brick building at
1107 Washington Street which served as Joe's wholesale candy company
on one side and his father's shoe store on the other.
Biedenharns bottled Coca-Cola here and in other locations in
downtown Vicksburg until 1938 when the new Coca-Cola plant was
constructed at 2133 Washington Street.
building was sold out of the family and used for a variety of
commercial purposes. In 1979, the family repurchased the building
and began a rehabilitation using historic photographs to restore the
building’s major spaces and to install exhibits interpreting the
Biedenharn’s Coca-Cola heritage. The family then donated the
building to the Vicksburg foundation for Historic Preservation.
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is owned and operated by the VFHP and is
one of the Foundation's key success stories in preserving Vicksburg
and American history.
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