Memories from the home front

Mary Glasson had a special reason to read the Feb. 14 story in The Republic about plans to convert the 19th-century Orinoco Furniture Co. building on 17th Street into an apartment complex. She once worked there.

It was a while back, long before John Counceller and his son, Andrew, acquired it in the 1990s and rented it to a variety of small businesses. It was before Arvin Industries made radios there in the space where early 20th century skilled craftsmen turned out some of the finest furniture in the country.

Mary worked in the Orinoco building during World War II, shortly after the structure had been purchased by the Noblitt-Sparks Co. The building was used to make bombs.

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