Who Am I?
in Pittsburgh in 1859, I started
working in a glass factory at age nine.
I worked my way up from crimping boy to glass blower. When the machines moved in, I learned how to
run them, too. I got a patent on a
machine to crimp lamp chimneys. Because
I helped fight the workers who went on strike because of the machines, I was
put into management. I worked for
Dithridge & Company in Pittsburgh
about 10 years, until 1887, when I moved to Fostoria,
Ohio to form my own glass company, making
lantern globes, windowpanes and cathedral glass.
that plant burned down two years later, I moved to Washington,
Pennsylvania and started another glass
plant making cathedral glass. Charles
Brady and I became partners, and we made a lot of money together.
1892, I sold my interest to Brady. I
moved to Redkey, Indiana
and started yet another glass factory, which I named after my wife. I made chimneys, globes, tumblers and
cathedral glass. I patented a glass
machine that another glass factory in town, Redkey Glass, used to make its
fruit jars. I bought an abandoned glass
plant in Gas City
and moved all the cathedral glass operations there.
kept the other production in Redkey until the natural gas started to fail in
1902. Then, I moved my company to Indianapolis. I was still its president when I died in 1916
at age 56. I am buried in Crown
Indianapolis. Who am I?
by Richard H. Cole, Jr.
2002 Minnetrista Cultural Center
Published in the January 2003 Glass Chatter