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History of Jeannette Glass

Jeannette Glass Company - 1920
Jeannette Glass Company - 1920

Photo-Courtesy Daniel Morneau.
Photo-Courtesy Daniel Morneau.

Jeannette, Pennsylvania [Chambers Ave; close to Pennsylvania Railroad's main line].

1887 - Western Land and Improvement Company's application for charter approved by state of Pennsylvania. Company directors: James A. Chambers, H. Sellers McKee, J. Gardner Cassatt, Horace Magee, and B. Maurice Gaskill. Town named after McKee's wife.
1888 - Jeannette Bottle Works (the "fizzle"; many ownership changes).
1898 - Succeeded by Jeannette Glass Company, incorporated June 14; Original officers: Joseph W. Stoner (president) and W. A. Huff (secretary); S. R. Hall as plant manager. Took over Bottle Works' product line: bottles for drugs, soft drinks, liquors, and food containers, all made by hand.
1899 –  O’Neill semi-automatic blowing machine was introduced .
···· - Jeannette turns to wide-mouth jars (pickles, olives, relishes, mayonnaise); S. R. Hall resigns and is replaced by A. W. Crownover.
···· - Other products: automobile headlamp lenses, vault lights, glass building blocks, and numerous pressed wares. Also solicited private mold work.
1904 - George M. Davis president; products include prescription bottles, bottles for drugs, sodas, mineral oil, wine, brandy, flasks, patent medicines, milks, and other jars for preserves, etc.
1917 –American 3-way Luxfer Prism Co. buys controlling interest to ensure prism glass supply; Isaac Ambler new plant manager; entire plant production turns to pressed ware.
1920 - Plant improvements and additions; new packing facility.
1924 - Isaac Ambler, R.I.P. New plant manager Carl T. Sloan; increases number of items made on automatic machines and develops new hand-made pressed tableware line. C. P. Mills and C. H. Paschall (owning controlling stock in American 3-Way Luxfer Prism Co.) take active management role.
1926 - Mills and Paschall dispose of American 3-Way Luxfer Prism Co interests but retain control of Jeannette.
1930 - Peak capacity, 5 continuous tanks.
1933 - 4 continuous tanks.
1935 - Reorganized as publicly owned corporation.
1936 - Common stock listed on American Stock Exchange.
1941 - 3 continuous tanks.
1944 - Low capacity point, only 2 continuous tanks.
1945 - Post-war capacity doubles, back to 5 tanks.
1960 - Maurice L. Stonehill, new president and chairman of the board.
1961 - Bought McKee Glass Division of Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company; new technical glassware department.
1963 - World's largest electric glass furnace for melting heat-resisting glass.
1970 - Name change to Jeannette Corporation.
1983 - Shut down

Known mostly for kitchenware and tableware, including depression glass patterns "Iris and Herringbone" and "Poinsettia".
Trademarks: J in square, J in triangle, J in bowl of goblet.
''The Jeannette Glass Company began production in 1898. In its early days they made such items as "vault lights, prism tile, packers' ware, and novelties".
"began as a bottle the turn of the century" and "In 1961 they bought and moved to the old McKee factory and continues today."
Same source also says FYI "Popular Patterns: Adam, Cubist, Floral, Doric, Cherry Blossom, Windsor, Sierra, Swirl, Holiday, Iris and numerous Kitchenware lines including, Jennyware and full jadite lines."

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