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Rodefer-Gleason Glass Company

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1869 or 70 (date of establishment) - 1982 (date of sale of factory at auction)

Rodefer-Gleason Glass Company was founded in 1869 or 1870 as National Glass Works in Bellaire, Ohio. In 1877, the company was purchased by Albert, Thornton, and John Rodefer, who operated it under the names National Glass Works and Rodefer Bros., sometimes combining the names into one as National Glass Works (Rodefer Bros. Pros.). By 1898, Thornton Rodefer was the sole owner of the factory and operated it as National Glass Works (T. A. Rodefer Prop.).

Thornton Rodefer's son, Charles Mayger Rodefer, joined the family business in 1902 and took over company leadership after his father's death in 1910. C. M. Rodefer incorporated the business as Rodefer Glass Company. In 1952, Rodefer Glass Company purchased Gleason-Tiebout Glass Company and became the Rodefer-Gleason Glass Company. The Rodefer-Gleason Company remained under Rodefer family management until its dissolution in 1982, when the factory was sold at auction.

Rodefer-Gleason Glass Company and its predecessors manufactured a wide variety of glass objects, primarily for other companies rather than the consumer market. Their products included kitchenware and tableware, skylights, lantern globes, lamp chimneys, headlight covers, and paperweights.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Rodefer Glass Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0128
Scope and Contents This collection consists of business records of an American glass manufacturer located in Bellaire, Ohio that primarily produced glass objects and components for other manufacturers. The records are divided into five series:

(1) Financial Records, 1894-1914

(2) Production Record Books, 1900-1928

(3) Correspondence, 1910-1948

(4) Photographs, Undated

(5) Miscellaneous Materials, 1913-1969
Dates: 1894-1968; Majority of material found within 1894-1945