Monday, December 26, 2016

Hoosier Dusty Files - December 26, 1929 - Fulton Glass Company Organized - Hartford City

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

December 26, 1929 - Fulton Glass Company Organized - Hartford City
The gas boom that began with the discovery of natural gas in central Indiana fueled the economy with new job creation. Glass factories require massive amounts of energy. When the gas boom began in the late Eighteenth Century, manufacturers began moving into the state. Hartford City, Indiana became a major beneficiary of this movement. Seventeen glass factories operated in or around Hartford city. The population had stood at 2,287 in 1890. It more than doubled to 5,912 by 1900. Hartford City began to think of itself as the "Glass Capital of the world. By the early Twentieth Century, the pockets of gas began to run out and by 1909, the gas boom was over. Many of the glass plants of Hartford City began to close. Many of the plants remained open and several more did open. The manager of the Johnson Glass Company, George T. Fulton, founded the Fulton Glass Company on December 26, 1929. The company would operate until fire destroyed the factory in 1966. A sister facility in Vincennes would operate until 1986; however the corporate headquarters remained in Hartford City.

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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