- 626 Arch Street, Philadelphia (Hires & Co, Ltd)
- "Factories: Quinton, N.J." 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES ·
Senator Hires was born in Elsinboro, Salem
county, January 26th, 1835, and follows the business of glass manufacturing.
He was formerly a merchant. He has all his life been identified with the
interests of Salem county, and has ever been a staunch and earnest Republican.
Not a partisan, but so thoroughly imbued with the principles and purposes
of the party as to act from a conscientious devotion to duty—never
seeking office, but always ready to put his shoulder to the wheel to win
success. In 1867 he was elected Sheriff, which office he filled with
entire credit to himself and to the county. He is at present at the
head of the firm of Hires & Co., the extensive glass manufacturers at
Quinton. By his industry, integrity and wise fore- sight, he has enjoyed
a remarkably successful business career.
Last year Mr. Hires was Chairman of the
Committees on Miscellaneous Business and Engrossed Billsm, and of the Joint
Committees on Public Grounds and Buildings and Commerce and Navigation, and
a member of the Committees on Corporations and Passed Bills.
1878—Keasbey, Rep., 2,822; Grier, Dem.,
2,504; Dickerson, Gr'nb'k, 335; Cooper, Tem., 310.
1881—Hires, Rep., 3,062; Casper, Dem.,
2,401; Atkinson, Gr'nb'k 99.
Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey
by Edward J. Mullin, F. L. Lundy, Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Louis C. Gosson,
J. Joseph Gribbins; New Jersey Legislature
M. R. Dennis & Co, New Jersey, 1872
Hires, Turner Glass Co.
HIRES & CO. (Limited.)
Importers, Dealers and Manufacturers of Window, Picture and Car Glass,
Rough and Polished Plate Glass,
626 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
The independence of Philadelphia in the important matter of obtaining
from an adequate stock, any size or quality of glass within her own
borders, is of recent accomplishment, and was inaugurated by this
progressive house, which now takes the leading place in the business
in this city. In the rear of the offices of this company, at 626 Arch
Street, a large annex building is filled with an unequalled assortment
of glass from which orders for either local or distant customers are
immediately filled. The assortment kept in store includes polished plate,
window, picture and car glass, beveled plate, plain and beveled mirrors,
curved glass, and a rich line of stained and decorative glass. The best
sources of supply, both foreign and American, are drawn upon, in addition
to which the Hires, Turner Glass Co. own and operate the large plant at
Quinton, Salem County, N. J., where upwards of 150 skilled workmen make
the now popular Quinton window and picture glass, the product reaching
3,000,000 feet annually, and much of which is shipped either by rail or
water, direct to purchasers, in all parts of New England, the Middle
and Southern States. The vast amount of plate and sheet glass used in
the construction of the two great railroad terminals of Philadelphia
was furnished by this firm.
The establishment originating in the firm composed of George and
Charles Hires, has passed its thirtieth anniversary.
The Hires, Turner Glass Co. issue practical, special pamphlets,
defining the various qualities of standard glass, for the information
of architects, builders and others, together with a description of the
finishing of plate glass.
The officers of the company are: George Hires, President: Charles
Hires, Vise- President; John Turner, Secretary and Treasurer; William
Plummer, Jr., Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.
The City of Philadelphia as it Appears in the Year 1894: A Compilation of Facts Supplied by Distinguished Citizens for the Information of Business Men, Travelers, and the World at Large
by Frank Hamilton Taylor
G. S. Harris & sons, 1894, Philadelphia, PA, 279 pages
- 1872 · "He [George Hires] is at present at the head of the
firm of Hires & Co..."
- 1883 · Hires & Co's "Quinton Window and Picture Glass
Revised Price List"
—New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 1890 · Employees—males:100, females:0, under sixteen:0,
children discharged:0 —Report of the Dept. of Labor of New Jersey
- 1890 · "The present commerce of Alloway Creek amounts to as
much as $1,000,000 according to the very full statement of Messrs. Hires
& Co., forwarded herewith, two-thirds of the amount being connected
with the canning and window-glass factories."
—Report of the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army
- 1892 & 1896 · Quinton, Salem County, Hires & Co,
—Annual Report of the Inspector of Factories and Workshops of the State of New Jersey
- 1894 · "Hires Turner Glas Co. (Successors to
HIRES & CO., Ltd.)" —Catalogue of the architectural exhibition by the T Square Club
- 1914 · International art glass catalogue: art and beveled
glass in all its branches by the Hires Turner Glass Company,
dated January 1, 1914
- 1916 · "Hires & Co., Quinton, N.J., 2 furnaces, 16 pots"
—National Glass Budget: Weekly Review of the American Glass Industry, Volume 32
- 1924 · "One interesting example involves the use of wire glass
in the construction of lighthouses. In its product catalogue published
in 1924, the Hires Turner Glass Company, based in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, advertised its wire glass product for use in nautical
buildings, including piers and lighthouses. More specifically, the
Company promoted a special "lighthouse" quality type of construction
involving corrugated wire glass."
—Wire Glass: History of Technology & Development, Konstandena Kefallinos
- 1926 · Advertisement for "Hires Turner Polished Residential
Glass", corrugated wire glass skylights, and actinic glass
—Corning Museum of Glass
- 1935 · "The Federal Trade Commission, the petitioner, charged
Hires Turner Glass Company, the respondent, with unfair competition
in interstate commerce in violation of section 5 of the Federal
Trade Commission Act (15 USCA § 45) and issued the following cease
and desist order..." —Justia
- 1945 · For the Relief of Hires Turner Glass Company
—United States. Congress. House. Committee on Claims
- 1957 · Mentioned in "Windows and Glass in the Exterior of Buildings: A Research Correlation Conference Conducted by the Building Research Institute, November 14 and 15, 1956, at the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Washington, Part 3"
- "Importers and dealers in GLASS: French Plate, American Plate,
Silvered Plate, Rough Plate, Ribbed Plate / Window, Picture,
Colored, Cathedral, Ornamental"
- "The only House in Philadelphia that carries a full stock of
Polished Plate Glass"
- "Super-Glass" windshields; glass reinforced by wire; corrugated
wire glass; "Intaglio" mirrors —Hires Turner Glass Co trade catalog, Smithsonian Museum
Hires & Co., Limited.
Philadelphia, ca.1895, 12p
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|Glass for Every Industry
Hires Turner Glass Co.
Philadelphia, 1919, 170p
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