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Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company

1894 - 1903

Greentown, Indiana

 Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company

Between February 10, 1894 and June 13, 1903, the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company was the center of industrial activity in Greentown, Indiana.  Certainly the factory attracted workers to Greentown and the payroll o doubt contributed to Greentown's economy both directly and indirectly.  The Story of Greentown itself is larger than the history of its glass factory.

Jut prior to the founding of the company, natural gas was discovered in northern and central Indiana.  Greentown also had an abundantent supply.  Natural gas meant fuel and fuel meant industry could be attracted to Howard County and to Greentown itself. 

On February 10, 1894 the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet factory was incorporated.  On February the 28th local citizens had purchased lots securing a free industrial site, entered into an agreement with D. C, Jenkins, then associated with the United States Glass combine.  He became the driving force behind the fledgling company.  Greentown had been successful in attracting the industry that would flourish there for nearly a decade.

There was a great competition between the creative entities of the various glass work companies and mergers, consolidation and takeovers were common place.  In July of  1899 the National Glass Company (NGC) consolidated 19 prominent glass firms including the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company.  At first it was thoght that the combine, would helplto regulate prices but in fact several companies were shut down.  On November 11, 1899, NGC announced that it was assuming the control of the 19 companies.  

D.C. Jenkins who was disgruntled left and Jacob Rosenthal  Jacob Rosenthal came to Greentown in the fall of 1900.  He had 35 years of glass making experience.  For the next 3 1/2 years Rosenthal would develop the beautiful and coveted glass.  He is best know for his Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate among others.  They won national acclaim.  These pieces are now cherished by collectors.   

On June 13, 1903 the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Factory burned to the ground.  The factory was never rebuilt.  The molds and glass was never replicated.  Often this was the end of many glass works of this time period.       

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