Cambridge History from News Articles - Part XII

by Charles Upton
Issue No. 171 - July 1987

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
October 11, 1910

President A. 3. Bennett, of the Cambridge and Byesville Glass Plants, stated Monday afternoon that both Plants were badly handicapped by the lack of boys.

Notwithstanding the fact that the Glass company had had a number of men scouting in the cities and country trying to secure boys to work in the factories, the present force is hardly two-thirds as large as necessary. At the Cambridge plant alone the payroll for boys working there is $5OO less than formerly paid, owing to the smaller number now working there. Recently a number of boys came from West V1rginia to work in the local plant but they remained only a short time. The boys now working in the glass plants not only receive good wages for boys but they have an opportunity to learn one of the best paying trades in the country.

"The trouble with the boys now," said President Bennett, "is thet they do not want to work. A great many of them would rather go around with a pipe in their mouth, wearing clothes that have not been paid for, than to go to work and earn an honest living and make something out of themselvas. They won't look to the future. They will work a short time to get money for their present needs, perhaps, and then stop working to loaf around. The lack of boys in the glass plants is getting to be a serious proposition."

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
October 31, 1910

Mrs. Carl A. Carlson of the Glass Plant addition, received a telegram Sunday from Cumberland, Md., announcing the sudden death of her husband, which occurred at that place at an early hour in the morning. The telegram stated that Mr. Carlson was walking along the streets, when he fell to the pavement, the cause of death being heart trouble. The remains are expected to arrive in Cambridge Tuesday morning. Funeral arrangements cannot be made until the arrival of the remains here.

Mr. Carlson was an expert glass cutter and was well known in Cambridge Glass Plant almost from the time the factory started. He resigned his position about three weeks ago to go to Cunberland, where he had been offered a position at a larger salary. In a recent letter he spoke of how well he liked the place and when he could have his wife and children join him there.

Deceased was born in Sweden and at the time of his death was fifty-seven years of age. He is survived by his wife and the following children all living in Cambridge; Mrs. A. S. Alderman, Veda, Ruth and Alfred. Mr. Carlson was highly educated, being able to read and write five languages His family were members of the Swedish nobility. He came to this country when a very young man and took up the profession of a glass cutter.

At an early age Mr. Carlson united with the Lutheran church, and was a regular attendant at the services, taking a deep interest in all religious work. When the Cambridge Lutheran church was organised he became a member. He was made a member of the Knights of the Higabees. He had no relatives in this country, aside from the immediate family.

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
January 10, 1911

David Rice, an employe of the Cambridge Glass Plant, was the victim of a serious accident Monday afternoon, when he was struck on the left side of the face with a red hot "snag" which had been thrown by a boy working at the same place.

Mr. Rice went to the office of Dr. A. K. Cain, where the injury was dressed. The red hot glass on striking him, spread over the entire left side of his face, burning the flesh in a painful manner.