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A History of

Caldwell Glass Company Inc.


William E. Jonas


Early Times

In 1912 my grandfather AG Jonas Sr. moved his family to Lenoir, North Carolina to begin a mirror silvering and glass fabrication company to serve the early furniture companies of Lenoir. Broyhill, Bernhardt, and a few others were started by lumbermen owners after they decided to make furniture near the lumber source instead of just shipping raw lumber products to other more industrialized parts of the country.  Lenoir Mirror was founded to serve these companies.  My father, John K. Jonas the second oldest son born in 1902, worked with the family business until 1919 when he left Lenoir and moved to Miami Florida to work for Pittsburgh Plate Glass as an glass installer and later as a manager.  He remained there until the great depression when he returned to Lenoir and the family because of lack of work.   He bought a truck and became a contract carrier for the mirror and furniture companies of Lenoir until the end of World War II.  Tiring of the life on the road he decided to start another venture involving glass.








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