George, Japans, was born in Redwood, town of Alexandria, Jefferson county, February 5, 1846, a son of Benjamin
George, a native of Vermont, who was one of the oldest potash burners of those times. He was the father of twelve
children, of whom our subject was the youngest. His early life was spent in Jefferson county, and he was educated
in the common schools. As soon as he was old enough he went into the glass factory, first as a helper, and then
as a gatherer and blower. He remained in the Redwood factory till 1877, when he went with the company that started
the co-operative works at Blossburg, staying until the next season, when he went to Pittsburgh. In the spring of
1881 he came to Ithaca, and was first employed with Hagany. These works burned, and he became interested in the
Washington Works, having ever since been employed in their factory. In 1893 Mr. George, in partnership with C.
Shorter, of Bernhardt's Bay, patented and built a new annealing oven, which revolutionized the annealing of glass.
He is a member of Alexandrian Lodge F. & A. M., and is also a member of the Aurora St. M. E. Church. He was
married, February 14, 1867, to Hattie McLona, of Redwood, Jefferson county, and they have two children, Benjamin
F., and Mabel. Messrs. George & Shorterhave just received a patent of a muffler to protect glass being annealed
while in the flattening oven.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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