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Sep 17, 1840   Born near Lexington, Kentucky of Thomas and Charlotte Fry.
1856   Moves to Pittsburgh, joins William Phillips and Company (glass manufacturers) as shipping clerk.
1860   Meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois while traveling as sales representative.
1862   Joins the Army, attached to the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Marries Emma Mathews
1866  First child, Harry C.
1867   Second child, E. Gertrude
1868   First patent for cut glass (#?)
1869   Third child, Clara B.
Returns to Pittsburgh after Civil War, joins Lippincott, Fry and Company.
Company becomes Fry and Scott, then...
Fry, Semple and Reynolds
1869   Disposes of business interest, accepts position as general manager of O'Hara Glass Works, James B. Lyon and Company, Pittsburgh.
1872   Fourth child, Jesse Howard
Moves family to Rochester, Pennsylvania
Forms Rochester Tumbler Works with a number of area businessmen; first president; George W. Fry (a brother) also involved
1874   Helped organized First Baptist Church in Rochester
1875   Using natural gas from own wells
1876  Fifth child, Mabel M.
1879   Director and stockholder of Olive Stove Works (through 1922)
1884  Wife Emma, R.I.P.
1890  Marries Belle McClintock
1897   Owens Punch-Tumbler Machine introduced
1897   Tumbler works joins the National Glass Company (a combine of 19 formerly independent glass manufacturers); Fry is president.
1900  Resigns from National
1901   Forms Rochester Glass Company with sons Harry C. and J. Howard.
1902   Name change to H. C. Fry Glass Company
Founds and heads Beaver Valley Pot Company (making batch pots for glass furnaces)
1905   Opens showroom for cut-glass designs
Award-winning exhibition at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon.
1906   50' × 100' warehouse added.
1910   Park built next to company grounds.
1911   Factory improvements double business; mold department capacity increased by 1/3 (2,400 different molds at this time!)
General offices of Beaver Valley Glass Company and H. F. Fry Glass Company are consolidated (all orders go through Fry)
1913   Two-story brick office replaced old building (cost: $17,000)
1918   Guarantee Liquid Measure Company (manufacturing Fry Visible Gasoline and Oil Dispensers).
1920   $35,000 in factory improvements made, including a two-story addition. Order placed with Amsler-Morton Co. of Pittsburgh for continuous lehrs.
1924   J. Howard leaves to join the staff of Libbey Glass Co., Toledo, Ohio. George Kenneth takes over Harry C. and J. Howard interests.
1925   George E. Gerwig and W. H. Green appointed receivers.
1926   H. C. petitions to have Gerwig and Green replaced by Edward T. Davis; granted June 15; company remains in receivership
Jan 3, 1929   R.I.P., Rochester, New York
Company reorganized under new president. S. C. Stebbins and remains in operation through Great Depression
1933   Stebbins requests the company be placed in receivership; W. A. Kleeb appointed receiver; one of his first acts: dismiss the office, shop and other employees. H. C. Fry Glass Co. is done.