According to the website, Peachridge Glass, "In Baltimore, glassmaking ranked as the third largest industry in the 19th Century." http://www.peachridgeglass.com/
Here is the obituary of William Swindell from Volume 2 of Baltimore: Its History and Its People, pp361,362:
from Volume 2 of Baltimore: Its History and Its People, pp361,362
Editor Clayton Colman Hall
Publisher Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912
William Swindell, whose death occurred some years ago, was one of the most important workers in the manufacture of glass that have brought benefit to the city of Baltimore. He was a business man of marked force and energy, and well exemplified the fact that constant labor, well applied, especially when joined with sterling personal qualities, must inevitably win the respect and esteem of fellow men. His methods in business were clear and concise, and the system and ability he displayed would have been equally effectual if fate had placed him on the battlefield at the head of an army. His father, also named William, was a native of Tralee, Ireland, who came to America when young, and died in 1835. For many years he was the superintendent of the Union Glass Works of Philadelphia, which had been established by the father of his wife in conjunction with several others. Mr. Swindell married Lydia, daughter of William Emmitt, who came from Bristol, England, about 1812, and was one of the first to manufacture glass east of the Allegheny mountains. At his death, Mr. Swindell left a widow, five sons and two daughters, the responsibility of the support of this family falling upon the shoulders of his son, William Jr.
William Swindell Jr. was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 19, 1821, and died at his home in Baltimore, September 27, 1891. At a very early age he was obliged to work in the glass factory established by his maternal grandfather, in order to support the other members of his family, and this left him but little time to devote to scholastic acquirements. However, being naturally of an earnest and inquiring mind, he utilized his evenings and all other spare moments to the best advantage, and by means of shrewd and careful observation, and judiciously selected reading in later years, he was enabled to supplement the meager learning of his early youth. In the Union Glass Works, his first workshop, he applied himself to learn the manufacture of flint glass with all the energy of which he was possessed, and upon the completion of his apprenticeship was enabled to accept a position as journeyman in Camden, New Jersey, which he held for the following five years. The next five years were spent in the employ of F. and L. Schaum, and he then, with the co-operation of William Garten and David L. Lawson, organized the Spring Garden Bottle Works, he being part owner and also assuming the duties of superintendent. The glass works of Boker Brothers & Company next engaged his attention, and as they had purchased the Spring Garden Glass Works, Mr. Swindell, for a period of nineteen years, acted as superintendent of both establishments, a task which would have surpassed the strength and executive ability of the majority of men. In 1869 he became a member of the firm of Seim, Emory & Swindell, and superintended the erection of another factory for window glass on Leaden-hall street, and in 1873 he organized the Crystal Window Glass Works, a plant which has been in successful operation since that time. In this latter enterprise his sons became associated with him, and the firm was known as Swindell Brothers, one of the leading concerns of its kind in the city of Baltimore, which ranks next to Pittsburg in the manufacture of glass in the United States. In 188o they extended the business to include the manufacturing of green glass bottles, and in 1883 added a branch for the manufacturing of flint glass bottles. That Baltimore has achieved this reputation is largely due to the personal efforts of Mr. Swindell, who followed the most progressive methods in the introduction of new machinery and ideas. An important step which he took in this direction was during his first four years with Boker Brothers & Company when he substituted Cumberland coal for resin, thus bringing about a decided reduction in cost of fuel.
Mr. Swindell was very conservative in his political opinions, and while he served his ward as a member of the city council in 186o, would never permit his name to be used in connection with any other political office, al-though he would have been a very acceptable candidate. He took an intelligent interest in public affairs and was always ready to assist with his advice, but preferred to give his time and attention to the important business interests which he had originated. He was a member of the Merchants' and Manufacturers' Association, and one of the active officers of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he was a liberal contributor.
Mr. Swindell married Henrietta Mullard, born in Camden, New Jersey, 1812, died at her home in Baltimore, No.1020 West Lafayette avenue, September 20, 1910, the adopted daughter of Hughby Hatch, a gentleman farmer. For many years she was a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, and had been an ardent and faithful worker in its interests, as long as her strength permitted her to do so. Children : Marietta, married William B. Myers ; George E., deceased ; John W., deceased ; Walter B. ; Annie, married Frank E. Davis ; Cora, married James R. Hagerty ; Charles J. B.; Joseph Rodgers, deceased ; and William E.
Mr. Swindell was a man of large nature, and his treatment of those in his employ made them consider him a sincere friend as well as an employer, a condition of affairs which was in a great measure due to his strict sense of justice. At the time of his death one of the most important daily papers of Baltimore said of him editorially, in part : "The death of William Swindell takes away one of the well known citizens and successful business men of Baltimore. By enterprise, integrity and wise management he built up one of the largest glass manufacturing establishments in the South. His loss will be sincerely deplored."
Rose Swindell Cruikshank's memory page makes the point:
"Her grandfather was one of the founders of Swindell Brothers Glass, a large glass factory in Baltimore, Md. The family considered themselves Baltimore aristocrats. Just like in a Henry James novel, the grandmother took her daughters to London to be presented to society, and one daughter married Sir Pardley Bramwell Reece. Alas, the young couple died at sea when their ocean liner was torpedoed shortly before the first World War.
Until her father died in 1926 Rose and her brother Ben grew up at “Old Crossing” in Wardour near Annapolis, Md. She remembered going to an Easter egg roll at the White House when Calvin Coolidge was president, and did a funny imitation of his wooden handshake, "Howdoyado, I'm pleased to meetcha."
While a student at Johns Hopkins University, Rose travelled around Baltimore giving speeches from a sound truck for the reelection of Franklin Roosevelt. It shocked members of her strictly Republican family. She graduated in 1939." More at: http://rosecruikshank.blogspot.com/
While I'm not a glass collector, I'm a fan of Baltimore history and the city's connecton to glass manfuacturing is a new area for me to explore.