Sad News: RIP Shirlee MacDonald, Longtime Findlay Bottle Club Member

Shirlee MacDonald in 2007.

Shirlee MacDonald in 2005, at a club meeting.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Shirlee MacDonald's passing. 

The club sends it sincerest condolences to Shirlee's children and their families at this sad time.

Shirlee passed away May 30, 2015. 

Shirlee will always be missed by the club members who knew her as a generous friend as well as a fellow collector. And by the fruit jar collectors who knew her as a passionate collector and historian for so many years. Her research contributions to the antique fruit jar and bottles hobby will live on as part of her legacy.  

Shirlee MacDonald (with FinBotClub members Tom Brown and Joe Frey) stand in front of the club's display at the Hancock Historical Society.

Shirlee Ruth MacDonald

Posted On Mon. Jun 1st, 2015
MacDonald, ShirleeWEBShirlee(YOUNG)WEBShirlee Ruth MacDonald, 86, of Findlay passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015. She was born on September 27, 1928, in Chicago IL to the late Edgar G. and Ruth Lyndon (Judd) Dallwig. She married Walter E. MacDonald on July 19, 1949, and continued their marriage for 35 years while living in Worcester, MA and Wenonah, New Jersey before moving to Findlay, Ohio in 1958.
Shirlee is survived by her sons: Steven E. MacDonald of Lima, OH and Paul A. MacDonald of Findlay, OH; her daughter, Laurie J.(Thomas) Biddle of Findlay, OH; her granddaughter, Amy Pugh of Lewisville, NC; her granddaughter Alicia Rene Pugh of Findlay, OH; her granddaughter, Heather (Shawn) Heidlebaugh (MacDonald) of Findlay, OH, and their children, Allena and Elise; her granddaughter, Athena (Kelli) MacDonald-Risner of Maryville, TN, and their children, Kori, Casey, Navaar and Natalya; and her sister, Janet M. Davis (Dallwig) of Leesburg, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Shirlee was a devoted homemaker through the years and was always actively involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
Beginning in the 1970s she became interested in collecting antiques, especially antique bottles and Findlay related items. She was a founding member of the Findlay Antique Bottle Club from 1977 through the early 2000s and was very passionate about her hobby.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME

Shirlee at 2007 Findlay Bottle Show dealer dinner, the last time she was able to attend our club show. 

Shirlee MacDonald was one of the earliest members of the Findlay Antique Bottle Club, joining in 1977. She served for many years as Newsletter Editor of the club's monthly publication Whittle Marks. Shirlee collected dozens, if not 100's, of categories of collectibles, with a strong focus on fruit jars and Findlay items. She always brought a wide variety of items to our meetings for Show'n'Tell, many of which she had researched.

Over the years, Shirlee shared so much information about her passion -- the bottles and jars she collected, and their history. Her research was published in many hobby publications, reference books, magazines and newsletters.

While Shirlee's enthusiasm for collecting never waned, sadly her eye sight did deteriorate, and she moved to an assisted living facility (in about 2005) . The FinBotClub was able to hold a few of our meetings there, until it became too much for her ailing health. 

When it came time for Shirlee's children to sell her home, in 2007, that meant they also had to sell her vast collection. The sale was accomplished over the course of several auctions, which are now legendary for the size and scope of the offerings.

The final Shirlee MacDonald auction was catalogued, and is viewable online, with photographs and realized prices here: Oct 19th, 2007.

Below, photos from just one of the auctions of Shirlee MacDonald's antique bottles and fruit jars collection held in 2007. They show just a small fraction as it took several auctions to disperse all of her vast and varied collections.

FinBotClub members Ton Brown, Joe Frey, and Jeff Klingler sharing memories of Shirlee and her collections. She had brought in 1,000's of items for the club meeting's Show'n'Tell sessions.

See more photos here:


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Sad News - Condolences to Club Member Kevin Keller

Sadly, long time club member Kevin Keller lost his son, Jecoa Keller, recently. The club sends our sincere condolences to the Keller family at this difficult time.

Obituary: Jeconiah "Jecoa" Daniel Keller, 31, of Las Vegas, NV, formally of Defiance, OH, passed away on June 6, 2015 at his residence. He was born on June 5, 1984 to Kevin and Elizabeth (Hagerman) Keller in Defiance, OH. He graduated from Durango High School, Las Vegas, NV in 2003. After graduation he worked at SimplexGrinnell as a sales person in their fire safety division, and was a Nevada State Fire Marshall. Jecoa, his father Kevin, and his brother Christopher, often went to football and baseball games together. They traveled all over the Southwest exploring parks, monuments, and often camped. -- [Obituary link]
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2016 Fruit Jar Annual Price Guide Now Available for Jar Collectors

 2016 Fruit Jar Annual by Jerry McCann

The all-new reference book is now available for immediate shipment to customers of North American Glass.

Softbound, spiral bound with 392 easy-to-read pages, with many jar photographs, drawings and period ads.

$60 plus shipping

For more information, and to order your copy of the book:

All-new and expanded, the HUGE new 2016 edition contains 392 pages, featuring...
  • Comprehensive PRICE GUIDE of fruit jars and related packer jars.
  • Cross referenced with Dick Rollers STANDARD FRUIT JAR REFERENCE
  • Listing information on availability, closures and history in the glass houses that manufactured or jobbed the jars.
  • 392 Pages Packed with Comprehensive Listings & Values
  • Feature Articles by well-known veterans of jar research
  • Fruit Jar Collector Directory
  • Softbound, spiral bound with 392 easy-to-read pages, with photos, drawings and period ads.

TABLE OF CONTENTS for 2016 Edition:

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Dr. E.L. Welbourn: A Hustler of Wide Experience ~ Medicine Bottles History Union City Indiana

Dr. E. L. Welbourn: A Hustler of Wide Experience
Joe Clevenger
[Article text is an image - click to enlarge.]


Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 12, 1947
Welbourn Rites Are Held Today At Los Angeles
Funeral services for Mrs. Malinda J. Welbourn, 87, widow of Dr. E. L. Welbourn and a former resident of Union City, who died Sunday at a hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., were held this afternoon at Los Angeles, Calif. Burial was in Forest Lawn cemetery at Los Angeles.
The death of Mrs. Welbourn followed an eight weeks' serious illness from a heart ailment and complications resulting from a broken hip.
A resident of the Union City vicinity most of her life, she was born on September 23, 1860, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Gettinger. Following her education in Randolph and Jay county schools, she was married to Dr. Welbourn, whose death occurred in California about 20 years ago.
For 40 years she resided at the home which was formerly the residence of Governor Isaac P. Gray, corner of West Oak and Union streets, Union City. Mrs. Welbourn sold that home to Dr. Leroy B. Chambers for office use two years ago, before making her permanent residence in Van Nuys, Calif.

Surviving are three sons, Dr. Marshall Welbourn, who resides in California; Raymond, of South Bend, Ind., and Dr. Leland Welbourn, of Van Nuys; two daughters, Dr. Pina Welbourn and Roxie J. Welbourn, both of Van Nuys; one step-son, Dr. Carl Welbourn, of Los Angeles; several grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. H. R. Roush, Mrs. Carl Thornburg and Mrs. Minnie Lindley, and a brother, B. F. Gettinger, all of the Union City community. One step son, Edward, and a sister, Mrs. Wesley Mangas, are deceased.

Their son:
DR. OCLASCO C. WELBOURN was born January 28, 1871, near New Paris, Ohio, during the temporary residence of his parents on a farm. He passed his boyhood and youthful years in Union City, Indiana, attending the schools of the city, and in 1888 was a student at Bethany College. In 1889 he entered the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, from which he graduated in 1891, and during his three years study took a special course in diseases of the eye and ear, as well as private instruction and clinical practice as an extra course. Since his graduation he has been an
assistant to his father as manufacturing chemist, and is now a partner, under the firm name of Dr. E. L. Welbourn & Son. 
Dr. O. C. Welbourn was married in 1892, to Miss Daisy AL. Coldren, of Union City. His residence, one of the best in Union City, is directly across the street from his father's, and is the first and only one heated by hot water in Union City.
In 1899, he began a two years' tour of the world. In Paris, he took a special course in operative gynecology under the celebrated Dr. Samuel Pozzi. He also worked in England under the eminent surgeon, Mr. Charles Stonham. Upon his return to California in 1901, Dr. Welbourn located in Los Angeles and became medical director of the Deaconess Hospital. Death: 06 MAR 1956 in Los Angeles, California [Source]

Another bio [source]:
0C. WELBOURN, M. D. During the few 
years which mark the period of Dr. O. C. 
, Welbourn's professional career he has met 
with gratifying success, and though his residence 
in Long Beach dates back scarcely six j'ears, he 
has won the good will and patronage of many of 
the families of this place. He is a great student 
and endeavors to keep abreast of the times in 
everything pertaining to medical science, taking 
the leading journals devoted to the discussion of 
"the ills to which flesh is heir," and the treat- 
ment thereof Progressive in his ideas and favor- 
ing modern methods as a whole, he does not dis- 
pense with many of the true and tried systems 
which have stood the test of years. 

His father was Dr. E. L. Welbourn, who was 
actively engaged in medical practice in Union 
City, Ind., for many years, and was one of the most 
influential and respected citizens of that section. 
The birth of our subject occurred in that place 
twenty-nine years ago, and there he passed the 
days of his youth. He received his elementary 
education in the public schools and subsequently 
it was his privilege to pursue a course in the 
higher branches of learning at Bethany College, 
in West Virginia. He then began the study of 
medicine, for from his early years he had mani- 
fested unusual aptitude in everything relating to 
his father's profession, and under his guidance 
had laid the foundations of medical knowledge. 
After taking a thorough course in the Cleveland 
(Ohio) Eclectic Medical College and being grad- 
uated from there in 1S91, he gave several years 
to practice in the hospitals in order to better 
equip himself for his subsequent duties. In 1894 
he came to Long Beach, where he established an
office. Within a very short time he wou the 
coufidence of the people and his practice has 
steadily increased, until his time now is fully 
occupied and he rarely has any leisure. 

That Dr. Welbourn stands high among his 
professional brethren is shown by the fact that 
for the past four years he has been honored with 
the responsible position of secretary of the South- 
ern California Medical Association and of the 
State Medical Association. His handsome suite 
of offices is in the Long Beach Bank building. 
He has erected a pretty, modern residence for his 
family and is prospering in every way. Socially 
he possesses those qualities of mind and heart 
which rarely fail of winning friends. Fraternally 
he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Macca- 
bees and the Woodmen of the World. He also 
has been identified with the Masonic order for 
some time and stands high in the estimation of 
his brother Masons. 

Eight years ago Dr. Welbourn married Miss 
Daisy L. Vinson, who was born and reared in 
Kentucky, and who is a lady of amiable qualities 
and excellent attainments. They have one child, 
a little daughter, Hester L- by name. In the 
domestic circle the doctor finds his chief pleasure, 
and like the majority of California householders 
he spends considerable time in the beautifying of 
his property and in keeping his flowers and lawn 
in fine condition. 

Here are a couple photos of Billy Tibbets' drugstore in Union City, Indiana, but that's a whole other rabbit hole to go down some other day.

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New Fruit Jar Show & Get-Together June 13, 2015 Cambridge City Indiana

There's a new Fruit Jar collector event coming up in June!

Central Indiana Early Summer Fruit Jar Get Together/Show

Saturday, June 13, 2015

9:00am - 3:00pm

Huddleston Farm House Inn Museum
838 National Road
Cambridge City, IN 47327

The Huddleston Farmhouse is located approximately 60 miles east of Indianapolis and 20 miles west of Richmond on U.S. 40. [Google map link.]

Marty Troxell tells us his hopes & dreams for the get-together:
  • Friday eve socializing. My home will be open for awhile. 
  • [Overnight camping]
  • Saturday: the show/sale, more camaraderie, tearful goodbyes to those who must leave. 
  • Saturday eve: food (as yet to be determined), more show & tell, campfire socializing. 
  • Sunday morning: Clean up/ pack up, more tearful goodbyes.
  • The Midwest Fruit Jar Club meeting [in Muncie] (great opportunity for all who can go), and more goodbyes & maybe a tour for those who may not have made it earlier. 
  • Doesn't this sound good?!
See the official Facebook Event Page with lots of chatter: what jars are coming/ what peeps are coming / food, etc. Everyone's excited. ​

Call Marty Troxell for details -- (765) 478-3800

You can check out the nearby antique shops too. [Link

Nestled along the Old National Road and in the very heart of Antique Alley, Cambridge City could easily qualify as the best-kept secret in Wayne County. What’s the secret? The secret is that this quaint town is the home to ten antiques shops and malls, four eateries and three museums – all within walking distance of one other. Rich in history and filled with beautifully-restored homes, this picturesque town of 1,900 people has a small town feel and a huge heart. But it is the abundance of antiques shops and quaint eateries that make this a must-see weekend destination spot. Nine of the ten antiques shops are located in a 2-block stretch along the Old National Road in downtown Cambridge City, including Marty's shop:  

Doublehead Trading Company specializes in reclamation with hundreds of old doors, windows, fireplace mantels, porch columns, a large selection of collectibles and so much more. Marty has one of the largest glass jar displays in the area. 137 W Main St Cambridge City, IN.


SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015

The Midwest Fruit Jar Club meeting is nearby at the Minnetrista Center's Cantina in Muncie. June 14, 2015 Sunday, 1:30 pm.

The Minnetrista is on the grounds of the Ball Brothers estates at
1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN 47303

Minnetrista: A Ball Family Legacy
In 1887, the Ball family moved its glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie. Ball Brothers Glass Company became one of America's best known manufacturers of canning jars.

The Ball family purchased most of the land along the north bank of White River between Wheeling and Granville pikes in 1893. The name chosen by the family for the property was taken from a Sioux word, "mna" (pronounced mini) which means "water," and combined with the English word, "tryst," to form "Minnetrista," or, "a gathering place by the water."

L.L. Ball house was remodeled in 1910.

The L.L. Ball House, today.

The Lucius Lorenzo Ball House on the grounds of the Minnetrista Center . 

The building is one of the five founding Ball brother's original Muncie homes. The brothers moved from New York to Indiana in the 1880s to relocate their glass manufacturing business. William H., Frank C., Edmund B., George A., and Lucius L. Ball, founded what is now Ball Corporation, prospered in business, married into Indiana families, and began engaging in a variety of community activities.

Read Dick Cole's History of the L.L. Ball House here.
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2015 Findlay Bottle Show NEW LOCATION - Sunday Oct. 18, 2015 Ohio

  • Sunday October ​18, 2015
  • The show is held at the Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.

  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.

  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.

Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

Announcing THE 2015 

We're pleased to announce that the 2015 Findlay Bottle Show will be held in a new location, at The Sterling Center.

Yes, we're moving again. You know what they say, "The only constant in life is change!"...

Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us at this wonderful new show venue. 

The Sterling Center is located at 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay Ohio - map link.

Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show will retain its best features:
  • Great dealers selling
  • Wonderful collectors shopping
The Sterling Center has all the features that make for a great bottle show:
  • Room for more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles, padded chairs
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Plentiful restrooms
  • Huge paved parking lot
  • Handicapped accessability
  • Food concession inside w/seating
  • Dealer-only set-up on Saturday
  • Complimentary donuts and coffee for Early Birds and Dealers during Sunday morning set-up.

Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 18, 2015 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections, making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese". 

Read the details below, and hope to see you there!

This is a wonderful new location for us, and is a little larger and much nicer than our old location. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.

Note: For our 2014 show we sold more tables than will put us at ''sold out'' in this new 2015 venue.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • This new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. 
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis.
Dealer contracts are now available.

Call the show chairman to reserve your tables NOW!
Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​)

  • Contract can  be viewed here -- it's a pdf -- link.
  • New: You can pay online with Paypal. 
The contract pdf link might not work in all browsers, so please email to receive it as an attachment.
  • You can read the contract online, and then pay for your dealer table(s) via Paypal. 
  • Online tables are $1-more-each to cover part of the Paypal fees.
  • The show chairman will be notified when you reserve your tables by Paypal. 
  • In the chance that tables are sold out, we will contact you, and you can cancel the payment before we ''accept'' it.
  • Online payment signifies contractual agreement. We will still need you to fill out and sign a paper contract at the show.
Don't want to pay with Paypal? You can call Fred to have him snail-mail you a contract, or you can print out the contract and mail it in with a check.

If your contract/payment is received after the tables are sold out, we will contact you. Don't worry, your payment will be cancelled / refunded / returned.

It's best to call Fred to reserve your table(s) before you make a payment.

# of Tables
Contract Signature: Name Here
When you make your Paypal payment there will be a place to fill in the two names for your dealer name tags (2 per contract).

  • Sunday October ​18, 2015
  • The show is held at the Sterling Center Reception Hall 
    4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Google Maps link - Also, see detailed directions and map below.

  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.

  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.

Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​ 

There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

Saturday Oct. 17 is for dealers only. Sorry, no ​public ​early bird adm​ission on Saturday.​ You must have a ​​dealer contract.

There are always plenty of outside spaces available​ (weather permitting​)​.​ Most years the day is nice enough, and we have several outside dealers. Even if it's cold, there are always a few hardy souls who set up out there. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine this year.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
Directions from I-75:

Sterling Center Reception Hall 

4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio

From I-75, coming from North or South, take exit #157, and just follow the signs for Rt. 12, approx. 5 miles. 

Rt. 12 becomes Fostoria Avenue, so it is easier to find than these directions seem:
  • Take exit 157 for OH-12 toward Findlay/Columbus Grove
  • Turn East onto OH-12 E/W Main Cross St
  • Turn North onto S Main St
  • Turn East onto Center St
  • Continue onto Tiffin Ave
  • Slight left onto Fostoria Ave
The Sterling Center / 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay / is located behind the Humane Society building.

Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.

  • The best selection of hotels are at I-75 exit #159 / Rt 224
  • You can easily get to and from the hotels area and the bottle show. It's just a 10-15 minute drive. (Follow the same directions as above.)
  • There are many restaurants near the I-75 hotel area.
  • There are also many restaurants on 224/Tiffin near to the show venue. 
  • There are a few hotels near to the show, but their prices tend to be higher than the ones at I-75.
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.
Saturday's Dealer set-up will run from 1pm - 9pm.

Since there are so many restaurants within 5 minutes drive of the show venue, the club will not be serving dinner on Saturday.

Link to a list of all the nearby restaurants.

Here's a map to give you an idea. There are dozens of restaurants, from fast food to fancy, from Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Chinese or... you name it!

For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486

  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 3.
  • Full payment must accompany each contract.
  • Checks may be held until the show. Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st. Confirmations will be mailed.
  • Final table assignments will not be made until after October 1st, since this new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. BUT...
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis, so get your PAID contracts to Fred Curtis right away. 
  • These details are subject to change until the contracts are released.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​
  • No tables reserved untill the contracts become available on May 11, 2015.

Some pix from previous shows: 


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See more photos: 2012 -- 2011 -- 2010

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