Our great grandfather William Henry Coughlin was a glassblower.
He was born in Poughkeepsie New York (August 1872) and emigrated to Wallaceburg, Ontario in 1899 at the age of 27. He would find employment at the Sydenham Glass Company (later to become Dominion Glass).
|(Wallaceburg Chimney Shop c.1908)|
|"Glass In Canada" by Thomas B King (link below)|
Glassworks in Wallaceburg, Ontario 1891 - 1913
- In 1891 the first meeting was held concerning the possibility of creating a glass factory in Wallaceburg, Ontario.
- In 1893 the Wallaceburg Glass Works Company Limited was incorporated.
- In 1894 it became the Sydenham Glass Company.
- Construction of the glassmaking factory began in 1894 and production began in 1895.
- Actual glass production started September 20, 1895. Then came the rush of glassblowers from all parts of North America.
- The company produced and shipped patent medicine bottles and fruit jars all over North America.
- By 1899 they employed 400 workers. This was close to half of Wallaceburg's work force.
- William Henry emigrated to Canada in 1899 (He was naturalized in 1915)
- In 1913, the Sydenham Glass Company merged with the Diamond Glass Company to form Dominion Glass.
|Above: The earliest group photo of the Sydenham Glass Co. employees 1901|
|The Coughlin Family 1949|
Our GG Coughlin appears on the selected list of glassblowers in "Glass In Canada" by Thomas B. King
|"Knight's American mechanical dictionary" published 1882|
|Our Home Physician 1869|
Guide to the art of preserving health
|Practical Mechanics Journal|