Fred Wise Interview

Fred Wise, a third generation glass worker from Cleveland, was interviewed at the age of 83 regarding his memories of the glass industry.  The April 11, 1979 oral interview is archived at the Penfield College Library at Oswego State University.  Kathy Darrow obtained a copy of this recording and provided the transcription provided below in […]


E.H. Cook – The Sand Mines

The above photograph was restored from the Cleveland Historical Society’s archive collection.  It depicts the sand mines used to support the local glass industry and eventually across the nation. The sand mines are located on Railroad Street in Bernhards Bay, New York, right next to the old O&W railroad bed.  They are visible from the […]


Griesmyer’s History of Cleveland Glass

    This blog post reproduces the outstanding article written by Frederick G. Griesmyer titled The Story of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland as Center for New York Glass Works.  Originally published in Courier Magazine in January of 1954, Mr. Griesmyer, a former worker at the Getman Glass Factory, provides a detailed account of […]


Cleveland’s Best Industry

Contents Preface Introduction Glass History The New Plant Officers Directors Executive Board Stockholders Blowers Gathers Flatteners Cutters Epilogue Preface In 2005, the Cleveland Historical Society produced a brochure titled Historical Souvenir of Cleveland’s Best Industry.  The document is a reproduction of an article printed by Lakeside Press Print (Cleveland, NY) dated November 1903 with an […]