Band from H. C. Fry Glass Company performs at cut glass convention

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Crockery & Glass Journal

New York, NY, United States
vol. 86, no. 1, p. 9-10, col. 1-2


THE midsummer meeting of the National Association of Cut Glass Manufacturers began on Monday at Point Chautauqua, N. Y., and continued for three days. "The Inn," in which the sessions were held, is a roomy, comfortable house situated an hour's run from Chautauqua proper. Standing back from the water about 200 feet, in a beautiful grove, its wide verandas afford comfortable lounging places, while the parlors and sleeping rooms are prettily furnished and very attractive.


Henry C. Fry.


Following is a list of those who enjoyed the hospitality of H. C. Fry:

Mr & Mrs E W Mayor                     G B Tuthill

Mr & Mrs Charles Schuller              Mr & Mrs F J Bastian

Mr & Mrs Harry Hunt                     Wm F Dorflinger

Mr & Mrs H D Carey                      Thos Shotton

Mr & Mrs James Allen                    Chris Fleury

Mr & Mrs Ambrose                         R W Murphy

Mr & Mrs Brisbois                           A L Blackmer

Mr Doyle                                         Mr & Mrs Strunk

Mr & Mrs Bastian                            Mr & Mrs Skinner

Mr & Mrs Fueder                             Tom Skinner, Jr

Mr & Mrs H Skillman Fry                 Mr & Mrs Fisher

J H Herrfeldt                                    Mr & Mrs Mooreroft

Mr & Mrs Krantz                             Mr & Mrs Charles Robb

Miss Elicia Krantz                             Mr & Mrs G W Sell

Ir & Mrs Ed Kiefer                           Mr & Mrs Tuttle

Charles Kiefer                                  Miss Thomson

E P Kupfer                                       Mr & Mrs Schmidt

Mr & Mrs D W Denton                    E H Bennett

Mr & Mrs FH Moore                        Gco M Jaques

A few of the guests arrived on Sunday night, among them Thos. Shotton and Chris. Fleury, who arrived at midnight in a heavy thunderstorm. Mr. Skinner and his family, who came early Monday, had a narrow escape from death on the way. They were in the car at Niagara Falls that went over the gorge, but had left it to visit a point of interest five minutes before the accident in which forty people were killed or injured. Those arriving by way of the Erie railroad told of two unusually heavy thunderstorms. Just east of Corning there was a cloudburst, and the tracks were washed out, delaying their train over two hours.

The meteorological disturbance thoroughly cleared the air, and the day broke bright and beautiful.

At four o'clock the H. C. Fry Glass Co. band of twenty-two pieces, composed of employees of the factory and trained by a professional, arrived and marched to the Inn, the whole company of guests falling into line and following behind them. At eight o'clock they gave a concert on the veranda lasting an hour. The solo numbers were by Eddie Krone, a boy of fourteen with the baritone voice of a man of twenty-five.

The business meeting convened at ten o'clock on Tuesday morning, H. C. Fry making the welcoming address. He said he spent a part of every season at this point for over thirty years, and loved the spot. It had always been his policy to make his workmen happy. It paid. And he thought that if he could make the manufacturers happy by inviting them here that would also pay. "I welcome you, and hope you will enjoy every minute," concluded Mr. Fry.

J. Howard Fry supplemented his father's welcome in a few words.

Mr. Carey responded, voicing the sentiment of the company as he pressed their thanks.

Mr. Strittmater said that heretofore we had known Mr. Fry as a business man, We now saw another side of his character, as exemplified by this beautiful place. Here he maintains at his own expense golf links which are free to all, and treasures among his possessions an abundance of flowers, a swimming pool and a wonderful spring. His thoughtful, kindly nature is shown by the fact that he has planted mulberry trees to give the birds food.

Mr. Carey then made a lengthy address reviewing the trade.

He was followed by Mr. Strittmater on "Cut Glass Conditions."

Adjournment was taken till Wednesday morning, when matters of interest were discussed, Mr. Fry making a fine address on present and future conditions.

A committee appointed the day before to draft resolutions on the death of Frank E. Steinman submitted the following, which was unanimously adopted:

"Whereas death has taken one of our treasured members and one of our old friends in the person of Frank E. Steinman, we wish to perpetuate his memory by an expression of sympathy and condolence to his family and friends."

A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. H. C. Fry for his generous hospitality, and the convention adjourned to come together again to New York on Thursday, December 6, at the Imperial Hotel, where it was voted to have the usual banquet.

After luncheon on Wednesday the whole party took a steamer which had been chartered by Mr. Fry, and a complete tour of the lake was made, a trip lasting three hours, during which the band played at frequent intervals. It was a delightful sail, and when, returning to the dock, the musicians rendered "The End of a Perfect Day" the words echoed every body's thought.

Some of the members then played a game of baseball. The ball was of soft rubber, three inches to diameter; the bat a piece of half-inch board, twenty inches long and three inches wide. They hadn't had so much fun in years.

The evening was spent in dancing, card games and moonlight walks, and the festivities wound up with a display of fireworks.

On Thursday morning good-byes were said, and everybody left feeling happier and better for having bee there.


Keywords:H. C. Fry Glass Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:October 12, 2008 by: Bob Stahr;