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Looking Back 4/12

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Journalist Thomas J. Ham wrote in “The Honesdale Citizen”: “The glass works [near Bethany in Dyberry Township] were started in 1816 by a company of Germans who had been employed in the manufacture of glass at Frankfort-on-the-Main. Christian Faatz, who came to this country in 1802, first engaged in the business on a small scale in Philadelphia.” 

Failing to meet with much success in the big city, Faatz and his group of friends and family moved their enterprise to the Beech Woods in the wilds of Northeast Pennsylvania, first in Pike County, and then to the Wayne County site, where they produced mostly window glass. After passing through several owners, the enterprise finally came to an end after a disastrous fire in 1845. Although the community became known as Bodietown and later Haines, the one-room school was still called the Glass Factory School, and the three ponds nearby were the Glass Factory Ponds. 

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The museum and research library are open Friday and Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.; they will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p.m., beginning April 25. 

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