This month’s puzzler concerns a
glass factory owner:
Who Am I?
In 1888, when I
was just twenty years old, I founded a glass company and was its first
president. Among the glassware I made
were mason jars with my name on them.
When the natural gas boom began to fade in 1900, I started up a branch
operation in Cincinnati. This time I put my name in the company’s
name. About this time, I bought a
license from Michael Owens to use his new glass machines to make all sorts of
bottles, and I made metal bottle caps and paper labels, too. I was so successful, that I was able to build
a new plant in Cincinnati in 1911
and shut down my original factory.
In 1926 the
Owens Bottle Company of Toledo
bought me out. As part of the deal, I
was put on Owens’ board of directors. In
the spring of 1929 I worked on that merger of Owens with the Illinois Glass
Company. That made me a director of Owens-Illinois. I was at the Hotel
Plaza in New
York City later that same year, working on another
merger, this time with the Continental Can Company, when I died suddenly on
October 2. 1929. Who am I?
Written by Richard
H. Cole, Jr.
© 2002 Minnetrista Cultural Center
This article first appeared
in the October 2002 issue of the Glass Chatter.