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Glasfabriek Leerdam

Perhaps not the most interesting subject, but still a little.

Glassfactory “Leerdam” started as “Jeekel, Mijnssen & Co.” in 1875. “Leerdam” is not only the name of the factory, but also the place where the factory stood.

In 1912 the Theosophist Petrus Marinus Cochius (1874 – 1938) became director. Under Cochius the factory went more into an ‘artsy’ director which was fairly successful. Cochius had worked for the factory since 1895 and he was semi-director since 1903.

Economic difficulties caused Cochius to have disagreements with the members of the committee early 1930, but remained in his function for the better of the factory. The committee members were replaced in September 1930. Farwerck was appointed together with H. Hamming, W. Schermerhorn, H. v.d. Vegte and J.M.A. Wynaendts van Resandt. Other members were appointed too, one of them the Theosophist Ernest Louis (Tenno) Selleger (1876-1967).

A few years later the situation had improved and Cochius was of the opinion that he had worked with the committe “in great harmony”. In November 1933 he found it safe to lay down his function and chairman of the committee Farwerck gave a little speech and transferring the function to Hamming.

In the post-war hearings Farwerck uses the Leerdam factory a few times as an example of how he tried to make working conditions more social. Leerdam indeed had the system called “arbeidersgemeenschap” (‘workers society’). Basically it meant that the factory was low on cash, so they had the workers buy shares to increase the funds. This was in May 1933. The shares would be “collective possession”.

Newspapers were positive about this novel and social movement. Not all employers were, they actually turned in salary for a piece of paper. In any case, in 1939 the stocks were “liquidated”, but I’m not sure that the employers got their benefit payment. That said, the factory had been taken merged into a larger company by then.

So here we can connect Farwerck to the Theosophists Cochius and Selleger, yet only from 1930. Also I haven’t found out until when Farwerck stayed in function. The only information I can find is from the 1930’ies.


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