Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

June 13, 2013

'This factory should live forever'

Kokomo Opalescent Glass celebrates 125 years in business

A Kokomo man walked into Jerome Durr’s New York studio in 1982 looking to make a sale.

“He said, ‘What’s it going to take for me to sell you Kokomo Opalescent Glass?’” Durr said Wednesday.

The stained glass artist told the salesman he was looking for a company that would sell him one sheet of glass at a time.

The salesman returned to Kokomo and designed a cardboard box that would accommodate one sheet of glass during shipping. And, of course, the company won Durr over.

Sue Shea left her home in Massachusetts in the 1980s for a road trip to Kokomo Opalescent Glass. She had heard about the company’s work and wanted to see it for herself.

When she arrived, employees took her back to a room full of glass in “odd ball” colors. The company’s unique color selection won her over.

“We bought our first glass inventory on that trip,” she said. “We bought 50 cases of glass.”

Durr, Shea and about 100 other members of the Stained Glass Association of America traveled to Kokomo Opalescent Glass Wednesday to help the company celebrate its 125th anniversary.

The company started production in Kokomo in 1888. It was begun by glass chemist Charles Edward Henry.

Henry was born in Paris, France, in 1846. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1880s and formed Henry Art Glass in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1883. Henry Art Glass made glass buttons, novelties and opalescent glass rods.

Henry heard about the gas boom in Central Indiana, and when he was returning to New York from a business trip to Chicago, he stopped in Kokomo.

On April 27, 1888, the same day he arrived in Kokomo, he met with local officials about establishing a glass plant in the city. Within 24 hours, an agreement with local government officials was signed, providing Henry with a plant site and a natural gas supply.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS KT 072314 Serena Youth Center pic Serena Youth Center to offer safe haven for young women

    Young women in Kokomo in need of security and additional support will soon have a new place to call home as plans move forward to open the Serena Youth Center. On Tuesday, Coordinated Assistance Ministries Inc. closed on a property for the youth cent

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Residents organize outreach for fire victims Josh and Courtney Justice lost everything they owned Tuesday afternoon after a fire ravaged their home in Indian Heights. The community has been reaching out to help replace some of what was destroyed. Just hours after the blaze displaced the Justice

    July 23, 2014

  • Man jailed on sex charge Kokomo police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday afternoon on a warrant charging him with sexual misconduct with a minor involving a 14-year-old. Officers arrested Malachi Ely at 4:38 p.m. at his residence in the 500 block of South Goyer Road on the

    July 23, 2014

  • Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame seeks nominations INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new hall of fame for Indiana military veterans is seeking nominations for its first class of inductees. The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame says it expects to induct the first honorees around Veterans Day at Fort Benjamin

    July 23, 2014

  • Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers approved new license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road. Members of the Legislature's transportation

    July 23, 2014

  • Ivy Tech job fair Jobs for the future With an aging workforce, Duke Energy Corp. finds itself in a precarious position.The primary electrical power provider for Kokomo and adjacent counties, Duke Energy is the first line of defense when residents are left in the dark after storms and oth

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - KT072214 - Ryan Ledbetter mugshot - CLG Bunker Hill councilman Ryan Ledbetter arrested for firing gun

    BUNKER HILL — A member of the Bunker Hill Town Council was arrested Saturday after police say he broke a no-contact order with his children’s mother and fired a gun inside a trailer park near Peru.Indiana State Police responded to the Woodland Hill t

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian Heights fire 01 [Duplicate] Fire engulfs Indian Heights home

    Josh Justice left his house and went to get a haircut Tuesday afternoon. When he came back, his house was destroyed. Firefighters said it was likely a propane-tank explosion inside an RV parked beside his house that caused severe fire damage to Justi

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Apollo 11 program at library Kokomo High School graduates Greg McCauley and Dave Hudson will present a 60-minute, graphic-rich multimedia lecture called Earth to the Moon: Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The lecture will be at the

    July 22, 2014

  • NWS - KT072314 - Kareen Dunn Kareen Dunn sentenced to 18 years for non-fatal shooting A Kokomo man charged in a 2012 shooting on East Mulberry Street pleaded guilty to an aggravated battery charge and was sentenced last week to 18 years. After accepting the guilty plea of Kareen Dunn, Howard Superior Court 4 Judge George Hopkins sente

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries