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In about 1894 the Peerless Lead Glass Company relocated from the glass making hotbed of Wheeling, West Virginia, to a new factory on 2nd Street in Ellwood City. The firm, owned by Larry Fletcher, employed about 150 workers and manufactured glass chimneys and globes for various types of lanterns. The plant and another local glass works known as the Clark Brothers Glass Company (formerly the Northwood Glass Company) both faltered and were shut down by 1903. The Peerless Lead Glass Company went into receivership and in June 1905 its property was purchased by the neighboring Steel Car Forge, which expanded its own operations at the site. (c1902) Full Size
As you can see the workforce of the Peerless Lead Glass factory, which went on strike briefly in early 1902, included a host of young boys. (c1902) Full Size
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