James M. Brookfield

Short History of His Life

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Commoner and Glassworker

Pittsburgh, PA, United States


Well-Known Bottle Manufacturer and Inventor or Glass Insulators Passes Away The Tigner Tank Starts Bridgeton Factories.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 18. James M. Brookfield, of this city, died in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, the 16th last from pneumonia, having gone south seven weeks ago to seek relief. Mr. Brookfield was 72 years old at the time of his death and though he retired from active business many years ago he had been for a long time interested in the manufacture of glass in which he was succeeded by his son William A. Brookfield, proprietor of the Bushwick Glass Works, Brooklyn. The deceased was at one time connected with the Dorflinger factory at White Mile, Pa., and was the proprietor of the patent glass insulators in such general use on telegraph lines. It is said that probably nine-tenths of the insulators that were used in the United States were made at the Bushwick factory and that a large fortune had been accumulated from the proceeds. Mr. Brookfield was prominent in local affairs and had been a warm personal friend of Mayor Martin Kalbfleisch, of New York City, and Horace Greely. His son is prominent in the Republican party in Brooklyn and a member of the county committee.


Keywords:Brookfield Glass Company : Bushwick Glass Works : James M. Brookfield : Death
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Supplemental information:Article: 2103
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:December 20, 2004 by: Bob Berry;