Root Glass Company
Terre Haute, Indiana (1901-1932)
The marks “R.G.CO.” and “ROOT” were used by Root Glass Company. Both marks were frequently embossed rather lightly on the base, or along the lower heel of bottles, and sometimes the lettering is almost illegible. Root produced a wide variety of soda, mineral water and beer bottles as well as fruit jars. (Root Glass Company is justly famous for having produced the first “Hobbleskirt” shaped Coke bottles, circa 1915 or 1916).
There were two separate factories in the early years, one for fruit jars and the other for bottles. The fruit jar factory was purchased by Ball Brother Glass Manufacturing Company in 1908, and operated by Ball until it was closed in 1912 or 1913. Root Glass Company was bought by Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1932.
Later the plant became part of the American-Wheaton Glass Corporation, in 1962 it was sold to the American Can Company, and then sold again to Midland Glass Company in 1968. After being purchased by the Anchor Glass Container Corporation, the property was closed down in 1984.
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