In memoriam: Jim Davidson
James (Papa Glass) Harley Davidson, 88, died Nov. 17.
He was the founder of the City Glass business on West Colorado Avenue.
Funeral Services will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.
Mr. Davidson was born April 27, 1925 in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. His family moved to Colorado Springs around 1940, where Jim graduated from Main High School (now Palmer) in 1943. In World War II, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines.
After the war, he married Bertha M. (Nicholson) Davidson. She passed on in December 2009.
He is survived by his four children, as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
According to the family-provided obituary, “Jim had started his lifetime career working at Wright Glass Company in Colorado Springs. When a union strike locked Jim and his fellow workers out of Wright Glass in 1949, he and good friend, Joe Johnny, started a small glass business (J&J Glass) in a one-stall garage with a dirt floor in Colorado Springs. The pair worked hard at trying to make a living on their own, but soon Joe Johnnie felt the need to return to his old job at Wright Glass Company. In 1950, Jim needed permanent employment, so he started a new business, City Glass Company, that he owned and operated until 2010.”
The City Glass business is now owned by Chris Bole, who also owns Pike Peak Glass, according to a City Glass Company spokesperson.