NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

U.S. Senate Candidates Oz and Fetterman Vow More Support for Pennsylvania Police, But Forget the Details
Glassboro-Camden Line Presentation Oct. 13 at 7 PM

GCN Archives (1948-2005)Mr. Louis Barber, The Glassman, Succumbs, at 97; Collected Glass, Old Newspapers in Gcity


by Connie Cleary Woods/Staff reporter

Gloucester City News, February 2002

Louis H. Barber, “The Glassman,” of West Deptford, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 18, 2002, at the age of 97.

You could say Mr. Barber started recycling before many communities. He made a living for 20 years, collecting used bottles and newspapers weekly from businesses and residents in Gloucester City and nearby towns. He then would take the tons of glass and newspapers to the junkyard.

The Glassman had a strong resembelance to the Jazz Trumpet Player Louie Armstrong

Mr. Barber retired from the defunct Armstrong Cork, where Holt Cargo is today, unloading ships. He was a likable man who had great wit and would greet friends and strangers
with a big broad smile and a hardy laugh. He sounded a lot like Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz trumpet player and singer.

He was a regular at Jim's Pizzeria, Broadway and Mercer Street. Everyone knew his name, and enjoyed talking with him.

He loved the Phillies and could quote you the stats on each and every player going back to the Whiz Kids. Incidentally, “The Glassman” didn’t retire from his other job until he was in his late eighties.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Margaret E. Barber, nephew Minister Louis Barber, and nieces Margaret A. Haye, Lois, and Sharon Barber. Services were held at the Mt. Zion Wesley United Methodist Church, Glassboro. Interment Oddfellows Cemetery, Jericho/Deptford.



EDITOR'S NOTE-(Gloucester City, NJ)(October 4, 2022)--The Cleary family owned the Gloucester City News, Inc. (GCN) for 57 years (1948 up until 2005). Over the next several weeks, we will post articles that appeared in the paper from that period on ClearysNoteBook (CNBNewsnet) Screen Shot 2022-10-08 at 16.28.55 (

The Internet became a reality in 1983. For many years, the Internet was mainly used by government groups and scientists, but in 1995, commercial Internet access started to be sold to consumers. As a result of our effort, the stories we will be publishing will now be available on the World Wide Web. If you have an obituary or a news article published in the Gloucester City News from the period mentioned that you would like to share with the world, send it to [email protected].