Mrs. Marion B. Ware


Manufacturer of Mattresses and Fillings—Dealer in Feathers, Pillows, etc.—Tatnuck, Near Corner of Pleasant and Chandler Streets. This enterprise was started by Mr. J. E. Ware at Ashland in 1875. He subsequently removed to Worcester, where for some years he prospered, but was at last overtaken, a year or two ago, by business difficulties and forced to suspend. An arrangement having been effected with creditors, his wife assumed the direction of affairs and the concern is continued in her name. The premises comprise twenty acres of land, with dwelling, barn and appurtenances, and a two story mill equipped with shoddy-picking and other machinery and a sixty-horse-power steam engine. From twelve to fifteen operatives are employed, and the output embraces all grades of mattresses, white and gray wool, cotton, excelsior, husk, fiber and hair fillings, feathers, pillows, cushions, cotton and wool flocks, seagrass and other materials. Trade extends throughout New England, New York State, south to Richmond, Va., west to Omaha, and east to Halifax and Frederickton, N. B.”

Source:  Inland Massachusetts Illustrated, by The Elsner Publishing Co. Worcester, Mass., 1891, page 81


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