Manufacturer Notes: Streeter Glass Company & Terre Haute Glass Manufacturing Company

Muncie Directories

1889

     Streeter Harry W, bkpr Ball's Glass Works, h 114 1/2 W Washington

1899-1900

  LAND OWNER LIST

     Name. Post Office. Acres

     Streeter Harry......................Greenfield.............. 14 1/4

Terre Haute Directories

1901-1902
     Streeter Harry W. prest Terre Haute Glass Mfg co, res 2005 N 13th.

GLASS MANUFACTURERS.

     Modes-Turner Glass Co, n e cor 25th and Locust
     NORTH BALTIMORE GLASS CO, n s Maple av e of C & E I R R.
     ROOT GLASS CO. n e cor 3d and Voorhees.
     Terre Haute Glass Mfg Co, 1601-1625 Maple av.
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1870 Indiana Delaware Muncie Census

549 598 Streeter James L 28 M W Produce Dealer - 400 Indiana
----- Jennie 28 F W Keeping House 2000 - Ohio
----- Harry 2 W M Indiana
McFaren Joana 19 F W Domestic Servant Kentucky
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1880 Indiana Delaware Muncie Census

54 West Washington Street
142 154 Streeter James L. W M 38 County Recorder and grain dealer Indiana
----Mary J W F 39 Wife Keeping House Ohio
142 154 Streeter Harry W W M 12 Son At School Indiana
----Margaret E. W F 6 Daughter Kindergarten Indiana
Leeka Emma W F 28 Servant Indiana
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1900 Indiana Vigo Harrison Township Census

505 South Fifth Street

32 34 Streeter Harry Head W M Dec 1867 32 M 3 Indiana Indiana Ohio Glass Mfg
------- Catharine A. Wife W F July 1873 26 M 3 2 2 Indiana England Illinois
------- Winton H Son W M Sept 1897 2 S Indiana Indiana Indiana
------- William A. W M Son Sept 1899 8/12 S Indiana Indiana Indiana
Lynch Anna Domestic W F Oct 1864 35 S Illinois Ireland Ireland Domestic
Smith William C. Servant B M July 1873 26 S Illinois Unknown Kentucky Servant
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Glass Works.

Terre Haute Glass Works, bet Poplar and Railroad

The Advantages And Attractions of Terre Haute, Indiana As A Business And Manufacturing Center (Terre Haute, Ingalls & Company, 1872)
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JAMES L. STREETER is a native of Delaware County, and a descendant of New England ancestors. His grandfather, John Streeter, was a native of the state of Vermont, in which state he lived and died. His father, Calvin P. Streeter, was also a native of that state, and acquired a good business education as a clerk in a mercantile establishment there. When quite a young man (1836) he emigrated to Delaware County, Indiana, and embarked in mercantile pursuits at the village of New Burlington, in Perry Township. A few years subsequently he removed to the village of Wheeling, in Washington Township, and, in 1856, to Muncie, where he resided until his death, January 12, 1881. In this city he engaged in the dry goods trade, and, two years later, accepted the position of superintendent in the packing-house of Ira Hunter & Co., remaining with this firm and its successors until about 1876, when he retired from active business. In January 1841, he married Miss Mary E., daughter of Stephen Long, one of the early treasures of Delaware County. This union was blessed with five children, viz: James L., Stephen, Mary E., Leonora and Laura, of whom the last named two are deceased. 

James L. Streeter was born December 2, 1841, in the village of New Burlington, Delaware county, Indiana. At the district school near his home he acquired the elements of an education, subsequently pursuing his studies at the public schools of Muncie, and, at a time just prior to the late war, he attended Indiana Asbury university for a short time, obtaining an insight into the classic studies. His inclinations, as well as his experience, led him to adopt mercantile pursuits as his vocation in life -- a field for which he is well qualified, and in which he has proved his native ability. His first venture was in the drug trade, in which he formed a copartner ship with Dr. Robert Winton, of Muncie. After conducting a satisfactory and lucrative trade for several years, both retired and sold the store. Mr. Streeter then engaged in the grocery trade, which he pursued for about two years. At the end of that time, he engaged in the sale of dry goods, which he continued for an equal period. Then, in 1870, he became the nominee of his party for the office of recorder of Delaware County. His commercial intercourse with the people of the county gained for him a good reputation for integrity and probity of character, and the election that followed his nomination, in October of the same year, resulted in a large majority of votes in his favor. In 1882 he was complimented by a re-election as recorder. 

He discharged the duties of his position with great impartiality, and has served with credit to himself, and to nearly the entire satisfaction of everyone as can be reasonably expected of a public official who has so many tastes to please. He has been very unselfish in his efforts to accommodate those whose business leads them to his office. In 1890 he was elected a member of the common council of Muncie, and served as such one term. At this time he is connected with S. Cammack & Co. in the grain business, and is also identified with the R. H. Horne produce company. As a businessman and public official, he has gained the confidence and esteem of all whose pleasure it is to know him, and has won friendship permanent and deep. He is a member in good standing in Delaware lodge, No. 46, A., F. & A. M., and Muncie commandery, No. 18, K. T. February 14, 1867, he gave his hand in marriage to Miss Mary J., daughter of John Marsh, Esq., of Muncie. Three bright, intelligent and promising children, Harry, Edna and Charley, have crowned the happiness of this union. Harry Streeter is an active young manufacturer of Muncie, being connected with the Port Glass works of this city.

A Portrait and Biographical Record Of Delaware County, Indiana (Chicago, A. W. Bowen & Co., 1894)
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Indiana Marriage Records

Harry W. Streeter to Catharine Armstrong September 16, 1896 Marion County

Ancestry.com
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No. 279—December 3. H. W. Streeter, manufacturer of fruit jars. Employees: Males, 83; females, 7; males under sixteen, 5.

McAbee, D. H. and Robinson, J. E.; First Annual Report Of The Department Of Factory Inspection Of The State of Indiana 1897 (Indianapolis, Wm. B. Burford, 1898)
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STREETER JAR AND BOTTLE WORKS, GREENFIELD.

At this plant a lockout was inaugurated on December 19, 1898, on the same date as at Redkey and Swayzee. Mr. Streeter employed one hundred and eighty-five persons, among them being about fifty glassblowers. A reduction of wages for blowing half gallon fruit jars was the immediate cause leading to the trouble. Only twelve men were directly affected, but others had been reduced at various times, and an uneasy feeling prevailed, caused by the belief that other cuts were contemplated. Rather than continue in this uncertain frame of mind, they decided not to accept the cut, thereby hoping to remedy the evil of continued reductions. The Labor Commission visited Greenfield in January and February, 1899, and held interviews with the firm and the men.

Mr. Streeter made the following statement: On December 17, a notice was posted reducing the blowing price of half gallon fruit jars a half cent per dozen. This cut only affected twelve blowers, and as the reduction was slight he did not think the men would strike, especially as they were earning from $75 to $150 per month. He claimed the cut became necessary on account of the competition brought about by the machine-blown fruit jars manufactured by Ball Bros., of Muncie. This firm had made a market quotation of $3.25 per gross for quarts, and with that as a basis, Mr. Streeter said he was forced to put hand-blown jars upon the market at $3.15 per gross, the latter being less perfect, and hence not as salable. The cost price of quart fruit jars ranges from $3.00 to $3.09 per gross, allowing two per cent. for selling and two per cent. as a cash discount. He added: "I found I was only getting $2.05 per gross for the product that was costing me $3.06 to $3.09 per gross, and hence T was losing money. Thus I had to either continue losing money, cease producing or cut wages. I chose the latter, thinking that if there was an advance in the market I could restore the wages. The cheapening of production by the blowing machine is such that hand-blowing will soon be obsolete, and the men might as well realize the fact now as later on. The breakage in the making of hand-blown jars is about ten per cent., while with the machine it does not exceed three per cent. If present prices continue I can not make the product and exist, and were it not for the advance that usually comes later in the season I could not exist at all. If my men do not want to work at the wages, I will, no doubt, be forced to employ others. I will not recognize any union, but will meet committees of my men if locally organized.

The grievances of the men were as follows: Most of them are eastern men, and at the close of the last season, before returning home, were given to understand that they were all wanted again. and were told that the former prices for blowing would be continued for the coming fire. In September, after having worked but three weeks, the half-gallon blowers were cut one cent per dozen. About the last of October the quart blowers were cut from 44 cents to 4 cents per dozen, and on December 17, the following notice was posted:

We, the undersigned, agree to pay the following scale until we see fit to make a change:

Scale. 

Two men in a shop—
     Pints...................3 cents per dozen.
     Quarts................3 1/2 cents per dozen.
     Half gallon..........4 1/2 cents per dozen. 

Three men in a shop—
     Pints...................3 1/2 cents per dozen.
     Quarts................4 cents per dozen.
     Half gallon..........5 cents per dozen.

(Signed):

SWAYZEE GLASS CO.,
CLOUGH GLASS CO.,
HARRY STREETER GLASS CO.

They said: "Mr. Streeter took advantage of us because we are not organized. He never reduced wages in all departments at one time. He would first cut the half-gallon blowers; then at another time the quart and pint blowers, and in this way he avoided a strike until the third cut was made, to go into effect on December 19, 1898. On December 20, we held a meeting and effected and organization, and appointed a committee to wait upon Mr. Streeter, asking for .the union scale of wages, and a recognition of the union, and union rules to govern the factory hereafter. This recognition was point blank refused us, and we joined issues with the Swayzee and Redkey workmen, .who were making the same struggle, agreeing to remain out until the three plants granted our petition. We are, being supported by the Green Glass Blowers' Association, morally and financially, and we expect to win, or continue idle indefinitely."

Complaint was made because of deductions for breakage, and the cutting of the prices of blowing when only two men worked at a shop. They stated that when one blower was idle for any cause the price for blowing was cut a half cent per dozen for the other two men working on the same shop.

In the various efforts made at settlement, Mr. Streeter offered to employ the men on a sliding scale, and the following proposition was made:

"Whenever the prices of jars reaches $3.50 per gross I will agree to raise the price of blowing a half cent per dozen, when it reaches $3.65 I will raise another half cent per dozen."

This proposition was rejected, and nothing would be considered satisfactory but the union wages and union rules.

On February 2, 1899, co-operation was suggested by the Labor Commission as a proper solution of the vexed controversy, and Mr. Streeter offered to try the experiment on the following basis: That an invoice be made; separate books be kept; that orders already billed be filled; that the same contracts existing between Mr. Streeter and Hollweg & Reese, of Indianapolis, and a St. Louis firm be carried out; that the price of gas be left to experts to be settled by arbitration, and that Mr. Streeter receive a certain per cent. on all sales made for furnishing the capital and business experience. The men voted against accepting the proposition unless assured that their earnings would be equal to union wages.

At this point negotiations were closed, as the Labor Commission saw no possibility of effecting a settlement, and decided that time alone would force one or the other party to the controversy to yield.

On Friday, March 31, the lockout was "declared off," and the factory resumed operations with twelve "shops" in operation at the reduced scale.

Loss of wages, $800 a week for fifteen weeks.

McCormack, L. P and Schmid, B. Frank; The Second Biennial Report Of The Indiana Labor Commission for The Years 1899-1900 (Indianapolis, Wm. B. Burford, 1901)
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Number. | Date of Inspection 1900. | Name of Establishment | Goods Manufactured | Males | Females | Males Under 16. | Females Under 16. | Total. | Sanitary Condition | Paid | Age of Boiler Years | Pressure Pounds | H. P. Boiler. | H. P. of Engine. | When Inspected | Inspectors orders--See Exhibit C, Number.

888 | May 22 | H. W. Streeter......| Jars and bottles........| 106 | 13 | 10 | 2 | 118 | Good.... | Weekly, cash .... | 10 | 40 | 20 | 15 |........| 888

No. 888—May 22. H. W. Streeter, Greenfield: Fill out and post all blanks; secure affidavits from all minors between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years and keep them on file; post laws.

McAbee, D. H. and Spees, D. F.; Fourth Annual Report Of The Department Of Inspection Of The State of Indiana 1900 (Indianapolis, Wm. B. Burford, 1901)
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INDEPENDENT AND THE FRUIT JAR COMBINE

JUDGING from information, which comes to hand this month, in regard to the combination of fruit jar manufacturers, the organization of which was reported in the April number of The Review, some fun seems to be promised by the independents, or the concerns who are outside of the combine. The manufacturers who have entered into an agreement to maintain prices say that they wish it distinctly understood that no "trust" has been formed, and that they have merely sold their entire output for a year to another manufacturer, who will place the entire production upon the market. These concerns are the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, of East Muncie, Ind.; Marion Fruit Jar and Bottle Company, Marion, Ind.; Port Brothers Glass Company, of Muncie, Ind.; Swayzee Glass Company, of Swayzee, Ind.; H. W. Streeter, of Greenfield, Ind.; Giles Glass Company, of Uplands. Ind., and the Atlas Glass Company, of Washington, Pa.

These factories, it is claimed, control from 80 to 85 per cent, of the fruit jars made in the United States. The individual plants have a capacity of about 500,000 gross for the season, representing about ten months' work, as some, if not all, of the factories are often shut down from July to September.

The demoralized condition of the trade in fruit jars for several years past, it is said, and the earnest desire to bring about better conditions is the motive which induced the present concerted arrangement. Prices have been so low that there was little or no profit, and some action was necessary. Last year the ruling price for quart jars was $3.25 per gross, and even this rate was cut in some instances. In fact, there was so little profit in the business that many jobbers who had quantities of old jars on hand would not take them from their cellars. The combine price has been fixed at $4.75 per gross, f. o. b. at the factory, for porcelain lined tops.

The independent concerns will take advantage of the opportunity to increase their trade. The principal outside houses are the Sun Fruit Jar Company, New York; Lockport Glass Works, Lockport, N. Y.; Winfall Glass Works, Winfall, Ind.; the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company, New Brunswick, N. J., and the Poughkeepsie Glass Company, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Two new plants have been opened, one in West Virginia, which was to begin operations this month, and another at New Albany, Ind. There are bottle factories all over the country ready to take advantage of the situation should prices prove a sufficient incentive to change from bottles to jars. The combine, however, it seems, think little of this latter element, as time and money would be required to equip such plants. The capital of the federated factories, or rather, of the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, which has purchased the output of the other factories, is said to be in the millions. There is a report that company has secured a strong financial backing from bankers in New York. The combined capital of the factories, prior to the agreement, was less than $1,000,000.

The fact that there are manufacturers of caps or covers for fruit jars other than those who make jars is thought to be a point of special significance, and that indeed it is the key to the situation, for this element may resist the dictation of the combine.

Mr. Glenny, of the Glenny Glass Company, is quoted as saying, "That his company are not manufacturers of fruit jars, but have been drawn into the business incidentally. We have," he continued, "a specially prepared tin cap for fruit jars. We went into this business last year and sold many thousand gross to factories and the trade at large. We now have a factory which turns out 2,200 to 2,500 gross per week. When we learned that there was to be an advance in the price of jars, we went in as others did, and bought largely, investing $15,ooo to $20,000, buying from some of these very companies now sold out to Ball. We have placed other contracts, too, buying all that the new West Virginia factory will make, and we will probably buy the output of the New York house, the one at Lockport, which is one of the largest in capacity. We are buying elsewhere too. We sell quart jars complete at $4.25 per gross, which is 50 cents per gross under the the newly established price, and we can sell lower if necessary. Ball, I understand, has made the price of porcelain lined covers $2 per gross. Last year he sold at $1.75 per gross. We made sales last year as low as $1.20 per gross. We can manufacture 40 cents per gross less than they can; in fact, we have made prices as low 80 cents per gross. We offered our caps to some factories and had them brought to the attention of Ball, but he gave them a black eye. Understand, we are in the glass business, and have been drawn into this by chance."

The manager of the Vacuum Can and Jar Company, when asked what the effect of the combination would be, said:

"The jar we make is a patent one, and the combination will not affect us. It will give the jar people a chance to get a living, which they have not been doing lately. Jars have been sold here as low as $3.16 a gross. There was no money in them at that price. The trust price announced, $4.75 a gross, allows a fair margin, but is not exorbitant. I don't believe there will be any independent companies. All will go into the trust ere long. Nor do I believe bottle manufacturers will go to making Mason jars. I understand they are all busy as they can be in their own line."

W. H. Barren, of James S. Barron & Co., said he thought $4.75 a gross only a fair price. "Think of it," he said, "144 jars, 144 rubber rings, 144 tops, all for $4.75! That's cheap. There is not a great deal of profit in them at that price. I think the combination will prove a good thing, and I don't believe there will be any competition. No jar can be made so cheaply as the Mason, and all the Mason jar makers will be in the trust."

The Consolidated Fruit Jar Company said: "We are not in the combination. Beyond that I do not care to say anything. We can't say what the effect on prices will be."

George Alexander, treasurer of the Phoenix Cap Company, which makes tops for fruit jars, said: "This combination appears to be wholly one of Mason jar makers, and affects no others. The Mason is a very cheap jar. Every manufacturer almost has made it for years. Glass is cheap, and the patent has run out. So many have made them that competition has forced prices down, until there

has been no money in them. I am glad to see the price go up. I don't believe there will be much competition from cap makers going into the jar business."

L. Garvin said: "I have been in the business thirty years, and this year's rise of prices is nothing but a repetition of what happens regularly every decade—combination or no combination. I do not believe the combination will affect much; all depends on the fruit crop."

James Rorke, of Edward Rorke & Co., said: "Something is needed' to procure uniform prices on fruit jars—one for the big dealer and another for the retailer. The big dealers get no more rebate on their purchases from the manufacturers than the small buyers. As we take all the risks, we should get a lower price. If this combination, which I believe is backed by bankers acting as agents for the manufacturers, will fix a price and offer a liberal scheme of rebate, it will be a great thing."

Parish & Unger said: "I believe sugar and fruit are the ruling factors in the price of jars. When sugar is cheap and fruit is plentiful, jars will sell regardless of price. Enough of the Eastern manufacturers are out of the combination to make competition strong and wholesome."

The outcome of the fruit season will be looked forward to with much interest. It is thought by some that if the season is good 800,000 gross of jars will find sale. Others maintain that the fruit crop has very little to do with the number of jars sold in any year, as failures of crops are local, and a shortage of sales in any particular section is fully made up by the increased sales in some other section. Ball Brothers are reported to have about ten acres of ground covered eight feet deep with fruit jars, and they continue to turn out thousands daily. It is said they are holding the stock, looking for a big increase in prices when gas as fuel fails them.

L. C. Cole, who is largely interested in the manufacture (jf glass fruit jars, says the report of the combine is not correct as far as he is concerned. "I have had a proposition to go into a trust," Mr. Cole said, "and my answer was that my plant is for sale at a price."

House Furnishing Review Volume XVII No. 5 (New York, New York) May 1900
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Name of Company When Filed

   Talbot Place company..............................................June 17, 1899
   Terre Haute Electric Company................................June 23, 1899
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   Terre Haute Glass Mfg. Co......................................January 20, 1900

Carter, Thomas J.; Annual reports of the officers of state of the State of Indiana (Indianapolis, Wm. B. Burford, 1901)
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GLASS WORKS ARE RESUMING
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  Terre Haute, Ind., Sept. 5.--The Streeter Glass factory started yesterday morning with glass blowers from Muncie.

Aurora Daily Express (Aurora, Illinois) September 5, 1900
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The Terre Haute Express, Historical Industrial Record of the Prairie City

Terre Haute Glass Manu-
    facturing Company

  The newest industry of Terre Haute, and one which promises to be of very great importance in the industrial growth of this section is the manufacture of glass. The possibility of the coming of glass manufacturers to the city came with the discovery that the coal of Vigo, Sullivan and Green counties could be used for making what is known as "producer gas." Several years ago a bank of fine sand was found near Coxville, but it was useless until a method of utilizing it commercially was found. Some time ago experiments were made with the coal of this section and it proved that it could be used in the manufacture of glass. The Commercial Club took up the matter and has already succeeded in locating two plants, one the Terre Haute Glass Manufacturing Company, situated on Maple avenue on the Big Four and Vandalia tracks, which was started some weeks ago. The old piano case factory was utilized as a main building for the concern, and the remainder of the plant built new. The majority of the capital in the enterprise has been furnished by home capital. H. W. Streeter is president, and H. H. McLane secretary.
  This company produces glass fruit jars and green bottles. It has a capacity of 4,200 dozen per day, and sells its output by the car load only to jobbers and wholesales throughout the country.
  Since the plant has been in operation it has been visited by thousands of people, most of whom have never visited such a place. On the day y=that the concern was formally opened the commercial Club, with their ladies and a few invited guests, were taken to the plant through the courtesy of the Terre Haute Electric Company.
  A brief description of the process of making glass jars will be of interest to those who have not had the opportunity of visiting the plant. The most important feature, perhaps, are the "producers." The heat from the burning of coal itself cannot be used to bring the mass of sand, lime, etc., to the proper temperature, but there must be made from coal, a fine quality of gas. This is done in "producers," which are huge furnaces ten feet in diameter and fifteen feet high. the coal is placed in them from the top and through the burning fuel a constant draught of steam is forced to make it burn slowly. The bottom is immerged in water to prevent an air draught. This burning produces a gas which is conveyed by means of pipes to a reservoir. A tank eighteen feet wide, fifty feet long and five feet deep is filled with a mass of sand, lime, soda and arsenic, over which mass this gas is burned, making a temperature of from 2,500 to 3,000 degreed Fahrenheit. It requires three weeks to heat the bulk to the proper temperature, and it is maintained for a year at a time. The tank is made of the finest fire clay, which has to be replaced at frequent intervals.
  At one end of this tank the molten glass becomes somewhat cooler than at the other. Small apertures are arranged where the glass blowers insert their pipes, bring out a ball of white hot glass and blow it into the molds. These molds are opened by boys who carry the jars as they come from them to a furnace. In this furnace they remain from two to six hours, being gradually pushed the entire length, and come out thoroughly tempered and cooled. They are then ready for sorting and packing. Each blower can make upwards of a thousand jars per day. The plant here will run when in full operation two sets of blowers of twenty-one men each, making a total of forty-two.
  One of the interesting features of the works is the mammoth stack 125 feet in height, which is required to produce a sufficient draught for the producers and for the melting tank.  The glass industry, if properly developed, will bring much commerce to Terre Haute, and will be of vast benefit in developing there heretofore unknown resource. The citizens of Terre Haute take great pride in this new factory and wish it every success. It has been the first one to invade this field, and it is to hoped that it will meet with the success which has been predicted for it.

Terre Haute Express (Terre Haute, Indiana) October 1900
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The Terre Haute Glass & Manufacturing Company has been placed in the hands of a receiver, on application of Beatty Bros., of Columbus, Ohio. The assets are placed at $80,000 and the liabilities at $70,000. The concern manufactured fruit jars.

Pottery And Glass World Volume XI Number 5 (Chicago, Illinois) May 1903
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HARRY W. STREETER
     DIES SUDDENLY THURSDAY
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Of Spinal Meningitis at Indiana-
     polis __ Lived Here For
         Several Years.
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   Harry Winton Streeter died at Indianapolis Thursday morning at the home of his father-in-law, Capt. W. H. Armstrong, of spinal meningitis. He had been sick but three days. He leaves a wife and three young children.
   Mr. Streeter came to Terre Haute several years ago from Greenfield where he had a glass factory, to become manager of the Streeter Glass factory of this city. He left Terre Haute about a year ago. His wife was a native of this city. 
  Their home, first on south Fifth and later north Thirteenth, was the center of much social life. Both Mr. and Mrs Streeter were very popular in this city. Their friends are shocked and grieved to hear of Mr. Streeter's taking off in the prime of his manhood. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.

Terre Haute Evening Gazette (Terre Haute, Indiana) May 20, 1904
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Catherine Armstrong Streeter, of Terre Haute, is an Indiana woman whose life record possesses 
elements and factors out of the ordinary.

She was born at Terre Haute July 14, 1874, of a family of substantial business and social position. She attended the common and high schools of her native city and in 1891 graduated from Knickerbocker Hall, a girls school at Indianapolis. In 1896, when she was twenty-two years of age, she. became the wife of Harry Winton Streeter, of Muncie, Indiana. Mr. Streeter was connected with the business of glass manufacture at Muncie. His affairs were highly prosperous and his future was one of much promise at the time of his early death in 1903. In the meantime three children had been born into the home, and Mrs. Streeter was left with these as practically her only asset.

Mrs. Streeter refused to accept the common lot of widowhood. She determined to make herself independent and make that provision for her children which the death of her husband had interrupted. She had no special business training, only determination and resourcefulness. She at once came to Terre Haute, and here started in the insurance business. Mrs. Streeter confesses that she had never seen a policy and and had absolutely no experience or knowledge of the insurance business. But she applied herself to mastering its principles, and despite early discouragements she was soon turning in a large monthly report of business, and once started that business has grown and accumulated until today she is at the head of one of the best agencies in Terre Haute and represents some of the largest and best known companies. It would be only natural that she took much pride in her record as a business builder, but it means most to her because it has been the means by which she has reared and educated her three children. These children are: Winton, a student in the Rose Polytechnic Institute at Terre Haute, was in the United States service, stationed at Camp Taylor, in the Field Artillery, Thirty-Seventh Training Batten,-, with the rank of second lieutenant; William Armstrong, a graduate of the State Normal School at Terre Haute, was in training for army service with the S. A. T. C, and is now a student in the Rose Polytechnic Institute; and Virginia, still at home and in school. Besides keeping up her home and providing for the education of her children Mrs. Streeter has always contributed generously to all good causes.

Her father was the late William H. Armstrong, who was born in England and was three years of age when his parents came to the United States. He had only a common school education and as a boy he enlisted as a soldier 
in the Union army. He was all through the war and rose to the rank of lieutenant. After his military service he located at Terre Haute, where he engaged in the drug business. He became prominent in city affairs, served as mayor and for thirty years was president of the board of trustees of the State Normal School. He was also one of the prominent members of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Loyal Legion, and he organized the Sons of Veterans in Indiana. In 1890 William H. Armstrong removed to Indianapolis, where he engaged in the manufacture of surgical instruments, a business that is still carried on by members of the family. He died at Indianapolis in October, 1914. William H. Armstrong married May Eldred, who was born at Joliet, Illinois, and finished her education in St. Xavier Convent in Chicago. She is still a resident of Indianapolis. They became the parents of six children, three sons and three daughters: May A., wife of Frank Cleland, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Catherine Armstrong Streeter; Richard F., who died at the age of thirty years; Helen A. , wife of Moses H. Malone, of Indianapolis; William C., of Indianapolis; Eldred B. , who is a commander in the United States Navy.

Dunn, Jacob Piatt; Indiana And Indianans Volume III (Chicago, American Historical Society, 1919)
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Indiana Deaths

Harry W. Streeter May 19, 1904 at Indianapolis 36 Years Old White Male

Ancestry.com
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Lured by quality sand, and aggressive commercial Club of Terre Haute, Harry W. Streeter founded Terre Haute Glass Manufacturing Company in January 1900, to fabricate mason jars and green bottles, utilizing the factory abandoned by Cobleigh Piano case company at 16th and Maple. It was the first Indiana business to use producer's gas for fuel.

McCormack, Mike; Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash (Chicago, Arcadia Publishing, 2005)
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Historical Perspective: Building permits in Terre haute increase in 1900
Mike McCormick

   In the summer of 1899, a successful glass manufacturer from Greenfield named Harry W. Streeter expressed interest in building a plant in the Indiana coal fields. Using a facility at 16th and Maple streets built to house Cobleigh Piano Case Co., it became the first glass plant in Indiana to use producer’s gas for heating fuel. 

   Though its name was the Terre Haute Glass Manufacturing Co., it was called “Streeter Glass Company.” Its immediate success making mason jars and green bottles meant much to Terre Haute’s future. Sadly, Streeter died while his firm was in its infancy. 

Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) May 1, 2010 
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Root Glass Company

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In October 1905 Root acquired the Terre Haute Glass Manufacturing Co, to fabricate Mason jars. On Nov. 9, 1909, Root sold the former Streeter plant to Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co. of Muncie........

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