Manufacturer Notes: Findlay Bottle Company




Corporate Name: | Purpose | Location | Filed | Capital stock
Findlay Bottle co. ..| Glass bottles, etc....| Findlay....| May 14 | 30,000

Ryan, Daniel J.; Annual Report of the Secretary of State to the Governor of the State of Ohio, For the Year 1888 (Columbus, The Westbote Company, 1889)

Manufactures and Employees....The Findlay Bottle Co., bottles, etc., 102;....Ohio State Reports 1888

Howe, Henry; Historical Collections of Ohio Volume II (Columbus, Henry Howe & Son, 1891)

1889 Map Burleigh & Norris - Findlay, Ohio

54. Findlay Bottle Co.

Green Glass Bottles
Findlay Bottle Co., Findlay, O.

Seeger And Guernsey's Cyclopedia of The Manufacturers and Producers of The United States (New York, Seeger & Guernsey, 1890)

Utilization of Findlay Gas. 

But little needs to be added to the account given in Vol. VI, as to the utilization of gas in Findlay. Glass making is still the ruling industry, and Findlay has become one of the important centers of this interest in the country. Several new works have been added to the list before published. The present enumeration is as follows:

Window Glass. 

Findlay Window Glass Co       18 pots.
Ohio Window Glass Co           10   "
West Park Glass Co                10   "
Buckeye Window Glass Co    10   "
United Glass Co:                      10   "

Total                                           58  "

Table Ware, Goblets, Chimneys, Etc."

Dalzell Glass Co                      33 pots, 
and two tanks of 12 and 5 pot capacity.
Bellaire Goblet Works             30   "
Globe Chimney Works           16    "
Model Flint Glass Co              14    "
Columbia Glass Co                13    "
Lippincott Glass Co                10    "
Findlay Bottle Works                 8   "

Total:                                       124   "

The system upon which the industry has been established in the new fields is essentially a vicious one. The towns that discovered or that got possession of natural gas entered into an eager competition with each other in securing for themselves the location among them of any glass manufacturers who stood ready to transfer their business to the new fuel supply. Practically free gas was at the manufacturer's command in any of these towns, and the selection generally turned on the question of how much besides could be secured from them. No question whatever, as a rule, was raised by the towns as to the amount of gas that would be required by the factory. Contracts to supply gas free, or at a nominal rate, were generally entered into on the part of the towns or the corporations controlling the gas, for three to five years. In rare exceptions the approximate amount to be used was specified. No necessity for an economical use was recognized on either side for some time. But when pressure began to fall in the lines, or when the constant demand for new wells became burdensome upon the gas companies, the question naturally arose as to whether proper economy was being observed on the part of the consumers. In many cases wells were drilled especially for the glass companies, the original production of which would many times exceed any possible use that they could make of it, and this state of things naturally tended in the same way to extravagant or, at least, careless use. Any question, or even any suggestion as to economy during the first year or two of this experience seemed like an impertinence; and many men, intelligent upon other subjects, could be found who would insist that their wells were growing stronger all the time.

But as sounder views slowly gained access to the minds of those specially interested, and as it at length became plain to even the dullest observers that the early condition of the gas supply could not possibly be maintained for a period of many years, efforts to reduce waste and establish economy began to be made on every side, and often the consumer joined with the gas companies or even took the initiative in the serious attempt to make this invaluable supply go as far as possible.

In the reckless and wanton waste of gas during the period that has this far passed since its discovery, and in unsound and demoralizing business methods that have become general in connection with its introduction, in the giving of free gas and public and private contributions to intending manufactories, Findlay has had a bad pre eminence, not from any worse counsels or conditions than its neighbors, but simply because the new fuel was discovered here in vastly larger quantity than any other town has found. It is a pleasure to record that at this late day, after having sustained an immense and irreparable loss, much of which was entirely unnecessary, Findlay is now doing something to establish an intelligent and economical administration of the remnant which still remains from its splendid original endowment. It is adopting a system of measuring the amounts of gas used by all of its leading consumers, and it is proceeding, so far as its contracts will allow, to base its charges upon the amount consumed. The recognition of this simple axiomatic business principle, which one might expect would be adopted without a question in all enterprises of this sort, is all that is needed to bring about the reformation so greatly to be desired throughout the entire natural gas field. At least there is but one other element that requires to be added and that is, the fixing of a proper price upon the gas. With a rate high enough to make economy an object, and with the knowledge that every foot consumed is to be paid for, a proper motive for economy will at least be brought to bear on all consumers. It is greatly to be regretted that the unmistakable teachings of science and common sense should have been ignored until incipient exhaustion had set its mark upon the field. These general remarks bear upon all the uses of natural gas and not solely upon that which is consumed in glass manufacture.

Orton, Edward; First Annual Report of the Geological Survey of Ohio (Columbus, Westbote Company, 1890)

FINDLAY.-Ed Frence, in employ of the Findlay bottle works, while handling a Flobert gun, accidentally discharged it. The bullet struck Earl Johnson, a boy aged fifteen, in the right eye, killing him instantly.

Newark Daily Advocate (Newark, Ohio) April 7, 1892

Number. | Name of Firm. | Location | Business or kind of manufacturing | Males | Females | Minors | How often are employees paid? | For charges...

4 | Findlay Bottle Co.......| East Blanchard street.....| Bottles............ 115 | 6 | 30 | Weekly. | See No. 4

No. 4—Findlay Bottle Co. Findlay), February 8, 1893— Provide guard for rip-saw in box factory and keep the same in use at all times; shiftier for all shift-belts: separate and suitable toilet and dressing-room. the same to contain water-closet and all the necessary commodities for the exclusive use of female employees, on each floor where females are employed; also suitable seats for female employees, and permit the use of such seats at all times when such use will not actually interfere with the proper discharge of their duties. Complied.

Number. | Name of owner or agent for building. | Location of building | For what purpose used. | For order see.. 

874 | Findlay Bottle Co.......| E. Blanchard street.....| Manufacturing Bottles............ | See No. 874

No. 874—Findlay Bottle Co. (Findlay) February 8 1893—Bolt substantial timbers on each side of cord overhead; place a one-inch tie rod. or hog chain, through the south end of brick wall with a six-inch washer and nut, and draw up tight to prevent the building from spreading, as instructed by the Inspector. Complied.

Slack, E. M.; Tenth Annual Report of the Department Of Inspections of Workshops, Factories and Public Buildings, To The Governor of the State of Ohio, For The Year 1893 (Norwalk, Laning Printing Co., 1894)

In January by an agreement with the Findlay, O., gas trustees, manufacturers of glass were to use gas only where absolutely necessary and oil in all other departments; the Findlay bottle works in the annealing ovens, the window houses in the melting furnaces and the flint houses in the lears. On the 1st inst, Superintendent Talbot and a force of men visited all the factories between midnight and daylight and found the Findlay bottle works and the Diamond and West Park window houses using gas throughout their factory. He reported this find and the factories were ordered to be cut off unless they paid full rates for the entire month. It is estimated that 50,000,000 cubic feet have been stolen during the past month and a vigorous investigation is demanded.

Paint, Oil And Drug Review (Chicago, Illinois) January 4, 1893

The case of The Farmers' National Bank of Findlay, Ohio, v. E. Morion et at., has been filed in the Ohio Supreme Court.

The case is a contest over the priority of liens on the property of the Findlay Bottle Company, which, on the petition of Clarence H. Emerson, was thrown into the hands of a receiver in July, 1893, R. J. Kibler being appointed receiver. The Bottle Company had. executed a chattel mortgage to the Fanners' National bank for $3,500. The operatives of the company held a lien upon this chattel property and the common pleas court decided the operatives' wages had priority to the chattel mortgage. The Farmers' National bank carries the case up.

Laning, J. F.; Ohio Legal News Vol. II. Oct. 13, 1894 To Oct. 13, 1895. (Norwalk, Laning Printing Company, 1895)

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