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Offline Ohio

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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2011, 06:54:53 PM »
Frank that was not your mistype. Spencer & others do have Carney, KS so I decided last night to attempt to search the historical database for KS to find AGC, however the database had no such location as Carney, KS so I left the database to Google Carney, KS & imagine my suprise why nothing came up except two possibilities, Kearney & Caney KS so my belief is that we have been duped for a number of years regarding the AGC location. Nothing like a known reference screwing up a manufacturer's location where a geographical location (city, town, village, etc.) doesn't even exist. Rather stunning to me anyway. I'll see later what I can find under the other two possibilities. Ken

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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2011, 08:05:32 PM »
Maybe you can trace Haley or Lowerwitz's descendants?

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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2011, 04:12:10 PM »
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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2011, 05:43:25 PM »
Thomas E. A. Dugan was in Caney, Kansas, after Lonaconing, Maryland, and prior to joining the Anchor-Hocking firm. I recall seeing this in an issue of the American Flint magazine.

One might query the staff at the Rakow Library at Corning and have them look in the files compiled by J. Stanley Brothers.

Incidentally, the "information" on Dugan on the knottywood-treasures web site is really rubbish, simply copied from an early edition of an inaccurate Carnival book.
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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2011, 09:58:34 PM »
I emailed the Caney City Administrator & The County historical society as I found at one time at the turn of the century when KS natural gas was dirt cheap Caney did have six glass operations, but three were window glass. Hopefully I'll get a response either way.

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Re: An almost forgotten US glassworks
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2011, 10:15:28 PM »
I am beginning to believe this entire "American Glass Company" deal is fictitious. While I did find a couple of companies by this name they had all come & gone prior to 1920. The Caney Valley Historical Society only were able to locate four glas companies that existed from the 20's until the late 50's: Cheynne, Baker Brothers, Caney Window, and Caney Glass Plant & none of these it seems produced glass animals & no record of an "American Glass Company" in or near Caney. Haley had connections with Consolidated & Phoenix (he married the president of Consolidated's daughter) as he worked as a design engineer there from 1928 to 1934 & from 1933 to 1936 he had an agreement with Phoenix for a percentage of sales from the Consolidated molds as he legally owned them when his father Reuben passed in 1933. Phoenix made some Reuben line pieces for him later on for his & Herman Lowerwitz's General Glassware distibution company plus Herman is listed as the President of the American Glass Company so I'm beginning to think AGC is simply an in name only company & not a glass producer unless Lowerwitz was involved somehow with one of the glass plants in Caney &  invented AGC as a paper trail entity. I'll speculate that Haley simply farmed out the pours to whomever could produce for his distribution company, not unlike an L.G. Wright operation. What is amusing is that several resources excluding Spencer's cite AGC as being located in Carney KS, a town that simply does not exist. Of course there is the possibility that Dorothy & Toto were from Carney & only Dorothy & Toto made it back. Ken

 

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