Publication: The Glassworker
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
MUSINGS ON THE H. C. FRY GLASS CO. AND LIFE
Rochester, Pa., Oct. 15. - We let our eight-pot furnace out last week.
I understand that the H. G. Fry and the Beaver Valley are going to install oil in the lehrs and gloryholes, and the company has enough gas of its own to run the furnaces, and after this second Liberty Loan is finished I think there will be enough money left to buy more glassware.
You hear so much talk about this going to be such a hard winter, but the writer cannot see that it is going to be any harder than the past ten winters, and we have lived through all of them, without starving and we can do the same this winter if we look at the sunny side of life, for according to reports there will be a restriction on all necessities of life Nov. 1, so that will help out some.
When I was a boy starting to work my parents told me I would find difficulties and obstacles in life, but to never cross a bridge before I came to it, and never look for trouble, but if it came, just give it a good hug and pass it along. That has been my motto, and thank goodness I have done fine. I wish everyone in this world could see the same as I do, but it cannot be done, as we are not all born under the same lucky star.
This town is the most expensive town of its size in the state to live in. There are 15 grocery stores here, including the seed and supply store and the A. & P. tea store.
The other 13 retail stores have a price of their own. Just to show how wide awake they are here, last July, when an increase was granted to the flints, the very next day the cost of living jumped 35 percent, and as we get paid by check here, your grocer gets to cash your check and knows how much you earn; he also figures on how much he can get out of you.
We have banks in this town, too, but they are not open on Saturday afternoon or evening like any other town to give a man a chance to save 5 or 10 percent of his earnings
H. G. Fry has donated a building to the citizens, and now they call it the Welcome Club. Any one from the age of 18 years up, of good character, can become a member. The dues are $5 per year, payable in advance. There is a reading room, sitting room, pool and billiard room, bowling alleys and dining room, where you get a good meal for less than you pay at the hotels.
The interior is second to none in the state. Any visitor coming to town is welcome to visit the club, which is on Adams street. - Optim.
|Keywords:||H. C. Fry Glass Company|
|Date completed:||September 20, 2007 by: Elaine Corriero;|