Some great information about Homer Laughlin and the beginning of Homer Laughlin China.
The days before the creation of the world renowned dinnerware we now know as “Fiestaware.”
(Content from Wikipedia)
Homer Laughlin was born March 23,1843 in Little Beaver, Ohio. He was an American businessman and potter who, with his brother Shakespeare, formed the Laughlin Pottery Company in 1871 in East Liverpool, Ohio.
The city of East Liverpool offered $5000 to anyone who would begin to make pottery from “white pottery clay.”
Laughlin Pottery eventually became the Homer Laughlin China Company. Shakespeare Laughlin left the company in 1879. In 1889, William Edwin Wells joined Homer Laughlin, and seven years later the two incorporated the company. Laughlin sold his interest to Wells shortly thereafter. The company moved operations across the Ohio River to West Virginia on land purchased from the Newell family. The Homer Laughlin China Co. moved all operations to the Newell, West Virginia location in 1907. Operations continue in that location today.
Life for Homer Laughlin after selling his interest in Homer Laughlin China Company.
Homer moves to Los Angeles
(Courtesy of Bob at the Rebel Dish Barn)