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Tififn reader responds to Fostoria glass series
Thursday, Octobver 19, 1989

Pix #1 - This photo was contributed by Mrs Charles R. Baeder of cleveland, a regular reader of The Review Times. The automobile on the left is a Reo and the one on the right is a Ford, according to Mrs. Baeder. The man on the left if Charles A. Baeder. He was a glass blower. His son charles J., on the right was a glass cutter. they both worked in one of the glass factories in Fostoria. Mrs. Baeder said the photo was taken at a cottage Charles A. owned on the Huron River in Hamburg, Michiga.

Author's Note" Ethel Stahl, once a Fostoria resident, but residing in Tiffin for many years, keeps on reading \the Review Times. We hav corresponded occasionally through the years when something in POTLUCK prompts her to write and often it has appeared in this column. Here is her comments about the glass articles:

Dear Mr. Krupp:

Your recent article in POTLUCK concerning the glass factory brought back manyh memorise to me. Mr. Al Esterly worked there -- he lived on the southwest cornter of Lytle and Union St. His wife told my mother that one very warm day he sat in the open window of the glass house to cool off an dfell asleep -- from that day on he was never able to streighten up.

He alswys walked stooped over after that. He also commonly smoked a pipe. I belive Mr. coburn would remeber him -- also a Bob Replogal worked there -- His lieve on Jones St. My broghte and I used to take our wagon down behind the glass house and pick up chinks of colored glass that was thrown out.

As far back as I can remember, there were always the sheeley's We got milk there every night. My broghter and I took turns getting it -- if we happened to spill it on the way home, and Mrs. Sheely saw us she would call up back and give us a refill. I also rember her delicious sugar cookies she gave us. The Sheely's had bees. If us kids happened to be there when they swarmed, they gabve us pan's to gank on -- I think the noise must have helped to settle them.

I am glad you ar back with your POTLUCK column -- Tireally enjpy them and look forwasrd to them each week.


Ethel Stahl

Servic erecord of a fostoria Glass worker

Charles A. Beader, one of those glassworkers imployed inthe glass industry in Fostoria, as well as many other glass factories had quite a service recored in his chosen industry, according to the april 1929 issue of American Flint, the official publication of the industry, and is excerpted for this ar6ticle.

He was born on a farm in monroe county, Ohio, march 26, 1859. At the age of twelve he found employment in the "Billy Fortune" plant in Piuttsburgh, later working for Thomas Evans at Eighteenth St. He represented Local Union No. 5 at the 1890 and 1891 conventions. He also worked at Ravenna, Ohio, elwood, Marion and Evansville, Indiana' Jeannette and Charleroi, Pa.; St. Louis, Mo.; Brookly, N.Y.; fostoria and from fostoria he went to Bridgeville.

He mad chimneys, pressed, blown in an iron mold an dwas gaffer in a tube shop.

Baeder entered the emply of the Genreal Electric Co., i 1908. He was then 49 years of age.

Reader feedback about series

there's still information about the history of the glass industry in this area which I hope to get in to print.

\when Mrs. Charfles R. Baeder, residing in cleveland, received her Review Times she responded with more information...pklus pointing out an error or two in the POTLUCK column. today's column will make correction and additions.

Aklso, since the last "glass article," Ray Coburn, Fostoria's only living glass worker from that era, was visited by Dr. james Meselle who had an interest in that era and the industry as it exists today. Hopefully this column will be privileged to publish comments by him in furutre column.

Francis Bormuth once glass worker

Author's Note: When a recenst POTLUCK article about the glass industry appeared in print it prompted Francie Bormuth, a long-time resident of fostoria, and a friend of this aurthor for many years, to send a contribution which I was glas to get. It is herewtih published as he prepared it, except that the heqadline as added. Thanks Fran.

"Dear Paul:

Your story on Glass in Fostoria was quite interesting to me. My fatehr Frank Bormuth was a glass worker. Among his fellow wormen he was known as Duce Bormuth.

My father and mother met while working at the Tiffin Glass. Both were employed at the age of 14. my fatehr worked in sereral glass factories in Fostoria and in Toledo, also in Cleveland.

I carried newspapers ofr the Times until I was 15 years old whien I was employed at the glass factory for the summer o f1920. I also worked on Saturdays until Fefruary of 1921 when the plant was closed and moved to Bridgeville, Pa.

I worked with Gene Sussang, Henry Bouboule and Philip Degan.

Your articles recall many memories.

Francis Bormuth


Potluck Note: I'm sure Bormuth will be glad to hear from readrs.

Heed God's word

"It is Time to Prepare" is the subjuect of a booklet by Dale Rumble, associated with Fountain of Life. Inc., 79-83 East chester St., Kingston. N.Y> 12401.

|there is available space in this coulumn to reprint only the preface.

"These are days of transition. We are living in a peroiod of diminishing options. The church is being prepared for her Lord's return. There has recently been a significatn number of phrophetic messanges with the themes of trhansition and preparation. this article is an attempt to capture the essence of what I hear the Lord speaking."

I can only add that the booklet is worth reading... in fact I believe it should be "MUST>"



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