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The Grand Republic of Sodus
The Grand Republic of Sodus was to be a small territory landlocked by the U.S. state of Michigan on all sides. Not much is heard of Sodus these days after it was denied foreign aid by the U.S. and a proposal to impose a departure tax on those traveling though was turned down. The flag seems to be all that still proclaims the memory of Sodus. The Sodus Bottling Co. is long gone. Most people don't even recall it's famous advertising slogan. The soda sign is extremely rare. The local saying was Sodus was what you drink when you have had an Eau Claire for breakfast. (Eau Claire being a village nearby) The Sodus Fruit Exchange was a very active business, as was Frank Deaner & Son. And I am sure history books somewhere tell the story of how Nancy Thompson (Ackwright) came to make the first Sodus flag, of the fruits and vegetables shipped in Deaner baskets and crates, of the popularity of the Sodus Cola, and the Hey Day of the Sodus Fruit Exchange.
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