Publication: The Glassworker
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
LIVE GLASS TRADE NOTES
FROM THE HOOSIER STATE.
The Glassworker's Staff Representative
Visits a Number of Glass Producing
Centers in the Indiana District and Submits
a Newsy and Comprehensive Trade
Report — Working Full, Capacity at
Winchester — Fine Run at the Indiana Glass
Co.'s Tableware Plant — Affairs Noted at
the Maring-Hart Works — The Factory
Situation Covered at Muncie and Eaton.
News Notes and Personal Mention.
INDIANA BOTTLE BLOWERS UNITED.
By A. E. Bristow.
The Woodbury Glass Co.'s plant, Winchester, Ind., is being operated full capacity. They have a 12 ring and a 10 ring tank in commission and work two shifts. They manufacture a general line of prescriptions, druggists and liquor wares. They also make their own shipping cases, crates and cartons. There are very few plants visited by the writer that are kept in as good condition as this one. It is reported that their plant located at Shirley, Ind., is being run full capacity.
Following are the officers of the Woodbury Glass Co. and the heads of the different departments of the Winchester factory:
G. E. Leggett, president; L. M.Kimmel, vice president; J. C. Leggett, treasurer; M. L. Somers, general manager; Clem Bates, day factory manager; S. A. Barr, night factory manager; Eli Serber and D. P. Denney, foremen of the packing department; David Martin, shipping clerk; Holland Brooks, manager of the box factory.
The blowers employed at the above plant are members of the Independent Bottle Blowers Association and comprise Branch No. 2. They are about as courteous and progressive a set of men as anyone wishes to meet. There are quite n number of spare workers and while the steady men do not divide the time systematically with these men they give them a share of their time each week.
Winchester is the headquarters of the I. B. B. A. The object of organizing this association was to obtain and maintain a universal wage list in the different bottle plants of Indiana that are not under the jurisdiction of the G. B. B. A. This plan has been carried out and now the organization has a membership of about 1,100. It is supported by a per capita assessment and a death and sick benefit fund is maintained. It is controlled by an executive board and each Branch has one or more representatives on the board. Jos. Shies is chairman of the executive board and Orville Carroll is secretary.
The officers of Branch 2, Winchester, are Curt Bullock, president; Fred Flannigan, vice president; Orville Carroll, corresponding secretary; Kernan Elwood, treasurer.
The writer met Harry Jenkins, of Alton, Ill., and Wm. Connelly, of Muncie, Ind., members of the G. B. B. A. executive board, whoh were on their way to Winchester to attend the meeting of that Branch last Saturday evening.
A large number of employes at the Woodbury factory are members of the Moose lodge and the local lodge is erecting a new building. The estimated cost will be $20,000. The following employes are on the building committee: David Denney, Clem Bates, Ross Castle, Steve Barr, Orval Caroll, and Andrew Stonerock.
A very fast football team, composed exlusively of the office force and employes of the Woodbury Glass Co., has been playing some good games this season and has only lost one or two games. Fred Snowden is manager and Mr. Leggett is captain.
Rollo Eagen and Mike Bolan perform on a quart brandy shop. Eagen is considered by his fellow workers as one of the speediest blowers in the business.
No. 9 shop is known as the Mutt and Jeff shop They are turning out brandies.
A. H. Jackson and Frank Weir are making 20-ounce ware.
Jas. Mills, originally from Pittsburg, is the moldmaker, Dick Payne the blacksmith, H. S. Ritchey the machinist and E. B. McKee is one of the teazers.
Affairs at Dunkirk.
The large plant of the Indiana Glass Co., Dunkirk, Ind., is operating steadily. Their three continuous tanks are being operated full capacity with two shifts, employing 50 press and three iron mold shops, on a general line of tableware, tumblers, jellies and novelties. President Merry states that they have all they can do at present and is optimistic as to the future. This is the largest press factory in blast in Indiana at present. It is a well managed and up-to-date factory.
Generally speaking, this is about as prosperous and contented a set of men to be found in any factory. A large number own homes and some of the men have been with the company many years. This, in the writer's opinion, is a good barometer to judge how affairs have been progressing at Dunkirk.
H. J. Batsch, general manager of the Dunkirk plant, recently paid Ann Arbor, Mich., a visit. He has a son in the law school who is a member of the football team and will graduate this year. He expects to practice in Toledo, O.
Hurry Calmus, delegate to the Newark convention, is blowing iron mold novelties.
Lawrence McGarrell, member of the executive board from the press department, was on the sick list for some time, but is now back at work again.
Geo. Dudley, delegate to the Newark convention, is now preaching at Portland, Ind.
Grant Moore, Ulrich Londo and Frank Batsch claim to be the champion hunters of Dunkirk. They bagged 47 rabbits in one day recently.
Jas. O'Neil has charge of the night shift at the Indiana works.
The officers of Local Union No. 107 are: John Wright, president; Samuel Boze, vice president; B. Rubrecht, corresponding secretary; L. Swearingen, financial secretary.
Benjamin Rubrecht, the veteran member of the A. F. G. W. U., reads the communications "Wright" even if they do have "Boze" and " Swearing-en" in the meetings.
Homer Van Dolsen, who was one of the representatives of L. U. No. 107 at the Newark convention, is on the roster again this season.
Following, are some of the genial workers at the Indiana plant:
Orie Faul, Levi Whyndam, Charley Brinkman, Tony Meyers, "Gaffer" Zimmers, Bert Anderson, Jas. McGarrell, Arth Robertson, Jas. Gillespie, Geo. J. Stragand, John Ross, Wm. Sheehan, M. Kirsch, Harry De Vault, Ed Everhart, Jas. Coughlin, John Fanning, Thos Check, Chas. Love, Harry Faulkner, Harley Miller. Geo. Edie, Verne Thatcher and L. M. Kittsmiller, one of the packers.
Harvey Harshman holds an unusual position for a glassworker to obtain. He has one more year to serve as postmaster at Dunkirk.
At the Maring-Hart Bottle Plant.
Maring-Hart & Co., Dunkirk, Ind., started their large tank last week and moved the shops over from the small tank. It was also the intention of the company to man the small tank with shops, but they were unable to procure enough small help. Supt. E. S. Hart stated that arrangements had been made to secure boys and that they expect to be running full capacity in the near future. Flasks, brandies and packers and preservers ware constitute the product of this plant.
Good judgment was used when this factory was planned, as the blowing room has plenty of floor space and the roof is high. This gives good ventilation and makes a cooler factory. M. H. Hart is general manager; E. S. Hart is superintendent and H. A. Hart has charge of the night shift.
The blowers at the Maring-Hart plant are members of the Indiana Bottle Blowers' Association. Their branch is No. 8, and the officials are Harry Hall, president; Geo. Huston, vice president; Roy Herman, secretary; Frank Goodyear, treasurer. Art Labig and Noah Cain are members of the executive board.
Roy Buffington, a window glass blower who worked at the Licking plant, Utica, O., last fire, is employed at Maring-Harts. He is working as a laborer at present, putting in the time until something turns up in his line.
Some of the men on the roster at Hart's are Alva Henry, Jas. A. Cox, Geo. Whitehead, Willard Smith, L. E. Bogir, Ray Harshman, Chas. Bogir, Frank Bell, E. L. Hart, Si Hazelmyer, Alva Ice, Bert Jackson, P. Dodd, Chas. Mills and C. Strahm. All the workers take n deep interest in their new association and are holding meetings every Saturday night.
News Notes From Muncie.
Ball Bros. Mfg. Co., Muncie, Ind., are operating 11 Owens automatic machines making all sizes of fruit jars. Two furnaces are being operated with Ball's automatic machines on fruit jars and one tank is equipped with the automatic white liner machines producing white liners.
No. 2 factory is equipped with hand machines producing pickles, mustards and different varieties of wide mouth bottles. There are also two semi-automatic machines on this tank making fruit jars. The latter machines require a gatherer only. Supt. H. S. Wallace, of No. 2 factory, states that they are behind on orders and prospects look good for a steady run in his department.
The men working; at Ball Bros. plant are members of Branch No. 12, G. B. B. A. Omer Mitchell, formerly a member of the wage committee and delegate to several conventions, is working here.
O. O. Crawley is the foreman on the night shift during the absence of the regular manager, who is on the sick list.
S. Carrigg, Harvey McCauley, Adam Traub and Louis Koegler are also on the roster at Ball Bros. No. 2 factory.
%%Wm. Finan, former member of the Flint executive board and delegate to several conventions, is now conducting a cafe in Muncie. He claims the distinction of being the first man to pay his initiation fee in the 'Wise Gazams when this order was first instituted at Martins Ferry, O., in 1905.%%
The men working at Hemingrays comprise Local Union No. 23, A. F. G. W. U. The following officials look after the affairs of this Local: Edw. Hice, president; Fred Dipler, vice president; Cyrus Herron, corresponding secretary; Oilie Barth, financial secretary.
Cyrus Herron and Edw. Hice, who represented L. U. No. 23 at the Newark, O., convention, are on the roster at Hemingray's factory.
Several of the new arrivals at Hemingray's are from Columbus, O., and worked at the Federal plant before the strike took place.
%%Following are some of the workers at Hemingray's whom the writer met: L. W. Mapes, W. Shuttleworth, Ralph Newhouse, Wm. Myers, Milton Hale, Geo. Dyer, Homer Ross, Frank Miller, Lem Herron, D. C. Casey, Percy Devore, Willard Casey, John Buschor, Ben Wasson, T. B. Hampshire, Ed Joris and Chas. Patterson, the mold-maker.%%
Bottle Affairs at Baton.
The Western Flint Glass Co., Eaton, Ind., are operating their eight-ring tank night and day shifts with all places fi