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Lonaconing Silk Mill 1948

Silk mill workers 1948 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Left to right:
Row 1. William McIndoe, Charles Hacker Jr., Bill Albright, George Robertson, Charles Hacker Sr., Ruth Stafford, Betty Likens, Rosalie Likens, Lindley Michels, Ervin Anderson, Ellsworth Shockey, Albert Jobson, William Whiteman, Hugh Speirs, Harry Gephart, Elmer Miller, James Muir, Ab Stevenson, Doug Spiker, Tom Shockey, John Wilson, Ada Cunningham, Maybelle Robertson, Viola Shockey, Josephine Robertson, Josephine Bosley, Gertrude Cave, Maxine Teasdale, Violet Nines, Geraldine Nichols, and Helen Llewelyn.

Row 2. Patty McDonough, Harry Dixon, Betty Lou Robertson, John Atkinson, Florence Hughes, Rita Jones, Agnes Atkinson, Julia Corfield, Harry Lane, William Gephart, Clara Hutton, Jane Beyers, Elizabeth Beyers, Mayme Connors,

'We looked out for everyone." — William "Doc" Savage, local merchant

The mill moved with the rest of the country into the Great Depression. Company records indicate that from 1932 until the end of World War II, the mill only briefly ceased operations. One noticeable shutdown was immediately prior to World War II when the United States government imposed trade sanctions against Japanese products. Payroll ledgers consistently list fewer than 200 employees, a sharp drop from the more prosperous 1920s. Pay during this time was low, and frequently the result of part time 10

Photograph: 2nd floor silk mill.


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Allegany High School, Oral history project

Allegany High School, Cumberland


Collection Location:
Cumberland, Maryland

Original Size:
28 cms x 22 cms

Anne Failing, Erin Degyansky, Chris Jewell, Amber Sallerson, Dan Whetzel and Mike Lewis

Allegany County (Md.), History; Lonaconing, Allegany County (Md.), History; Lonaconing Silk Mill; Silk mills, History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1907-1957

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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