The Greentown Grapevine – 1996-07, 03:07 - Page 1
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The Greentown Volume 3, Issue 7 6ca paper for the people" July 1996 ~ Grandson of Famous Inventor Visits Greentown Admirers of Greentown Glass annually trek to Greentown for the Antique Show and Sale? held the second weekend of June. Members of the National Greentown Glass Association. were $ n attendance at the meeting and/ or dinner from thirteen states, ranging from California to New York and Florida to Minnesota. A relatively new member of NGGA is Harry Rosenthal of Daytona Beach, Florida. Harry is t h e grandson of Jacob Rosenthal, inventor of Chocolate glass. Jacob Rosenthal spent his life in the manufacture of glass, beginning in 1866 at age eleven as a carrp- in boy in a Pittsburgh firm. The National Glass Company transferred him to the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown in 1900 as plant manager. He soon perfected an opaque brown glass which came to be called " Chocolate". According to James Measell in Green town Glass, the new color probably saved the Greentown factory from being closed by the financially pressed parent company, National Glass. Rosenthal later sold his recipe for chocolate glass to the National Glass Co., after which the color was made in a number of National's plants. In 1902 he invented a new color, Golden Agatetwhich went into production in the Holly pattern. He also invented the now rare Rose Agate color. After the Greentown plant burned June 13, 1903, Jacob Rosenthal worked in other glass f a c t o r i e s , l o c a t i n g i n Williamstown, West Virginia in 1906, where he worked for Fenton Art Glass Company where he developed over twenty colors. Landmark Gets New Coat Putting the finishing touches on Greentown's water tower are part of the crew of the George Kountoupes Painting Company of Lincoln Park, Michigan. The job, which included spot sanding, priming, and three coats of paint, was completed in mid- June. Good weather allowed the task to be done in five days, a remarkablefeat, considering the method used is brush and roller. As the color previously used is not now available, another green was selected. The informal paint color poll at the Comet Cone ( how much higher can you go?) produced some furrowed brows. The new, paint is epoxy, which should last 10- 15 years. The former paint job was done in 1990. Former Water Superintendent, Tom Harper, shared these statistics: The tower is 100 ft. high to the bottom of the bowl. The bowl is 25 ft. tall and 24 ft. in diameter. The riser ( the center pipe) is 4 ft. in diameter. Capacity of the tank is 100,000 gallons. The letters are 3 ft. tall. By the way, the Kountoupes crew commented that they could turn this into " Greektown" with the change of just one letter. Dave Turner, past president of the National Greentown Glass Association, and Donna Huffman of Carmel, current president, with Harry Rosenthal ( center), grandson of glass chemist, Jacob Rosenthal. How Harry learned of his Greentown roots. Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Harry Rosenthal knew of his grandfather Jacob's long association with Fenton Glass but had never heard of Greentown or Greentown Glass. He learned that a meeting of the Fenton A r t Glass Collectors would include a talk on Jacob Rosenthal by his great- great granddaughter, Judy Brown. There was also to be an auction of " The Rosenthal Glass Collection." Harry made the trip to Williamstown and bought t h r e e p i e c e s of h i s grandfather's Fenton glass. While there he was shown a book on Greentown Glass which mentioned Jacob. Upon returning to Florida, he requested a copy of the book through inter- library loan. This led to his first meeting of the National Greentown Glass Association in Greentown about 1990. Rosenthal r e p o r t s t h a t Greentown Glass is difficult to find in Florida, so he usually makes a purchase or two while in Greentown, being particularly fond of Nile green. He is very complimentary of the nice people associated with Greentown Glass. " If they can't help you, they gladly direct you to someone who can," he reports. Photo by R. Jenkins Last Call n * ror- Logos The S e s q u i c e n t e n n i a l committee wishes to remind everyone that July 1 is the deadline for submitting designs for the official Sesquicentennial logo. See the April Grapevine ( available at the Greentown Library) or call any committee member: Bonnie Bonebrake, Darwin Freeman, Rachel Jenkins or Craig Trott. The s e s q u i c e n t e n n i a l observance will be June 11- 14, 1998. No Parking on High School Road The Greentown Town Council voted to allow no parking on either side of High School Road. The reason stated is the narrow width of the street, which does not allow opposing traffic to pass if any cars are parked on the street. The ruling wiU apply kom Meridian Street to Harrison 3 treet.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1996-07, 03:07|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Grandson of Famous Inventor Visits Greentown; Landmark Gets New Coat; :ast Call for Logos; No Parking On High School Road
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, July 1996, Volume 03, Issue 07|
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