I was born in Sidney,
Ohio, and worked as a salesman after
graduating from high school. In 1897, my
brother-in-law and I purchased a running glass factory for $10,000 and gave the
new company our names. We continued to
make some fruit jars that the original owner had patented. I was president, but my brother-in-law ran
the factory. I was busy with another
partner in another business - automobile parts.
When our glass factory burned down on April 26, 1918 with a loss of $35,000, we never reopened
it. Meanwhile, my auto parts business
was going strong. In 1919 we sold out to
a Detroit company called General
Motors, and I became general manager of the new GM subsidiary. Later, I rose to be a vice-president of
GM. Who am I?
by Richard H. Cole, Jr.
2002 Minnetrista Cultural Center
Published in the April/May 2003 Glass Chatter