Publication: The Galveston Daily News
Galveston, TX, United States
TO MANUFACTURE GLASS.
Claimed to Be the First Texas Institution of the Kind.
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.
Houston, Tex., Jan. 24. - What is claimed to be the first glass plant in Texas will soon be in operation on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, within the limits of Houston. The building is new complete, the furnaces in and the Houston Glass Company is all ready to operate. William M. Clies [illegible last name] and Charles A. Bolk, the foreman, who are experienced glass men, have arrived and some 25 workmen are following.
Incandescent light globes, lamp chimneys and fancy glassware are to be turned out at the plant. While the industry is something of an experiment it is certainly believed by the promoters that it will be a big success. The cheapest fuel to be had in the Southland - Beaumont oil - will be used, and it is stated that it is especially well adapted for glass making. San Jacinto sand is to be the raw material employed. An analysis of the sand, it is stated, proves it has the necessary properties for this use. It is predicted that glass making will become an important industry in Houston and that the South may be supplied with its glass, including window panes within the next year or so.