Clayton Historic Preservation

Clayton, New Jersey 08312

Glass Industry Comes to Clayton




1850:          Benjamin Beckett  and Jacob P. Fisler,  great grand-son of Felix Fisler, bought 80   acres of land and began to erect  buildings  needed for a glass factory.  The  firm of  Beckett & Fisler built five  dwelling-houses, a storehouse and barn.  In less than one year, the company dissolved when Mr. Beckett withdrew from the enterprise.

1851:   Jacob P. Fisler, then joined forces with Edward Bacon and the firm of Fisler & Bacon prospered. 

1856:   Mr. Bacon was killed in a railroad accident   and the company was dissolved.




 1856:     John Mayhew Moore, of Milllville, NJ,  purchased the Fisler & Bacon firm, the stock and business, and rented the property as a sole owner of the business.  In a few months, he purchased all the real estate owned by the factory and started manufacturing glassware.

1859:       John Mayhew Moore  took  two  partners,  George C. Hewitt and Jeremiah D. Hogate. The firm operated under the name of  John M. Moore & Co.

1863:      George C. Hewitt sold his interest to D. Wilson Moore, a brother of John Mayhew Moore, changing the firm's name to Moore Brothers & Co., Fislerville Glass Works.

1863:      Moore Brothers & Co. issue scrip, non cash vouchers, to their employees for use at their company store. Scrip printed

"Moore Brothers & Co., Fislerville Glass Works."

1864:  Jeremiah D. Hogate  sold his interest to both brothers,  John M. and D. Wilson,   now establishing the firm of Moore Brothers. The firm grew steadily especially during the  American Civil War.  Moore Brothers covered fifteen  acres, with a gristmill, sawmill, a machine shop,   a  carpenter shop,  five  storage  warehouses, a large general store, offices and railroad tracks that ran the entire grounds.

1880:  The two brothers associate themselves with Francis M. Pierce, Harry Steelman and Charles F. Fisler and the firm took the name of Moore Brothers & Co.

1888: "John M. Moore, Wilson D. Moore and Frank Pierce purchased the old glass works known as Fisler & Morgan Works." (The Post, Camden, N. J. Feb. 14, 1888)

1912:  The Moore Brothers & Co. ended production with the arrival of automation in glass manufacturing.

                                                                                     FISLER & MORGAN COMPANY

1880:  Charles F. Fisler withdraws from Moore Brothers, and along with Albert S. Fisler, Henry Morgan and Walter Morgan start the new firm Fisler & Morgan Glass Company and begin operations in the north end of town.

1888:  "The Fisler & Morgan Glass Works were sold by the assignees to Mrs. Fisler, for $8,100.00." (West Jersey Press, Feb. 08, 1888)



1881:    "It is stated that a new glass factory is  about  to  be  put  in  operation in Clayton, under the firm title of Iszard, Fisler & Co." (Camden Democrat, Jan. 08, 1881)

1886:    " A company has been organized at Clayton  to  conduct  the  Fisler  glass works.  The   new   enterprise   has   a   capital   of $25,000.00,   and   will   be   known   as  the Clayton Bottle Works. Operations will begin as  soon  as  the  factory can be put in proper condition"' (Courier Post, Nov. 22, 1886)                                         


1890..........."Trouble between the glassblowing firms of South Jersey and the union blowers continues, and some half dozen firms have held out against the union.  Green glass blowers are on strike for a 10% increase. Among these are Bodine, Thomas & Co. of Williamstown; Moore Bros., of Clayton, and the Whitney Glass Co. of Glassboro.  All three firms report that they will never employ union men again.  Many union men have gone elsewhere to seek employment, and there are fifty vacant houses in Clayton."  (Camden Daily Telegram, March 01, 1890)