Can Anyone Help Date This Piece of Glen Rock Furniture?

Glen Traditionals headboard
In a response to my post on Glen Traditionals Furniture, Misty from Massachusetts emailed a photo of this ornate Glen Traditionals headboard. She would like to know about when it was made. If anyone can help, I will be glad to pass on the information.
I had previously blogged about Glen Rock’s concentration of a variety of manufacturing in a fairly small town in the latter part of the 19th century. This time I looked at George R. Prowell’s 1907 History of York County. Glen Rock was still going strong.
According to the Prowell, there were very few people living in the area now known as Glen Rock until around 1838. Then the railroad came through and so did William Heathcote. A recent immigrant from England, Heathcote built a woolen mill. Prowell sees that as the start of Glen Rock’s manufacturing boom. By 1907 he calls the town “One of the leading manufacturing and business centers in York County.”
Prowell lists an impressive list of factories manufacturing shoes to rope. He includes several furniture factories:

“The Enterprise Furniture Company of which George W. Geiple is president, Flavel Seitz, secretary and I.J. Young, treasurer, make sideboards and other furniture in large quantities. Dise Furniture Company, of which U.S. Dise is the principal owner, makes furniture of different kinds.
Glen Rock Stamping Company makes furniture, hardware, specialties and stamped metal goods. J. M. Grove is president and Irvin F. Grove, treasurer.”

The railroad is gone along with most of the manufacturing, but Glen Rock is still a picturesque little town on the south branch of the Codorus Creek. Today hikers and bikers follow the recreational rail trail along the route that took all those goods out of town and distributed them throughout the nation.

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5 Responses to Can Anyone Help Date This Piece of Glen Rock Furniture?

  1. Kathy says:

    This is just a guess, but it looks like the furniture made by Glen Traditionals in the 1960’s.
    I vaguely recall my great aunt and uncle, who owned Glen Traditionals, having a headboard similar to that when I was a kid, which would have been in the 1960’s. Aunt Helen still had it when she died in 2001. The furniture was well made and really holds up well over the years.

  2. June Lloyd says:

    Thanks Kathy. Once again, you are a great help. I’ll pass it along to Misty. I haven’t had a chance to go through the Hoover family file or the miscellaneous Glen Rock file at York County Heritage Trust yet, but I will get into them one of these days. Glen Traditionals seems to have been quite an operation, manufacturing really good furniture, so I would like to find more on them. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge.

  3. M.S. says:

    Ms. Lloyd:
    I came across this old post about Hoover furniture, and it is my fiance’s grandfather [James], great great uncle [Herbert] and great-grandfather [Emerson] who founded and ran the business. You can find the Hoovers in the phone book, but the company is no longer in business. I tried at one point to see if the dispatch would do a story on Glen Rock Furniture for the paper, but never got much of a response. James and Betty Hoover have some information about the company, pics, etc., as well as James sister, but I don’t know if there’s anything in the files about the company at the YCHT.

    • Fred Schock says:

      I’m doing some personal research about the former factory/ warehouse on Hill Street in Glen Rock and would appreciate any leads (Internet, etc.) that you might be willing to share. Earlier today I received an email from Jim Hoover stating that:

      “The company you may be referring to was called Glen Traditionals Inc. It was founded by brothers Herbert and Emerson Hoover in 1947. They made modern style bedroom furniture until the mid 1960s when they found a niche in French Provencial which was their specialty until closing in 1989. Prior to Herbert and Emerson taking over, I believe the building on Hill St. housed the Werner Toy Desk Company and then Glen Desks. Glen Desks was the company the Hoovers took over.”

      Do you know how the building was used and by whom after it closed in 1989? Has anyone written a history of Glen Traditionals?


      Fred Schock

      • june lloyd says:

        Fred–I don’t have one at hand, but I think the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society covered Glen Traditionals in the book they did for the borough’s Susquicentennial two years ago. I’m sure some of their members are knowledgable on the subject too. Their website is: Thanks.

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