Looking back: Talking to New York
Wanda Armes, left, and Genny Armes work at the “Teletype Machines” in the information systems office at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis in the late ’60s.
Though it was called the information office, it was, in effect, many offices through which their work kept the data flowing from Cannon to salesmen, customers and executives in New York. The proximity also kept them in close contact with each other since Wanda, on the left, was the daughter-in-law of Genny, on the right.
The office shown here was one of the smaller offices there, according to Norris Dearmon, long-time employee of Cannon Mills and well-known historian in Kannapolis.
Material was bleached in the basement and first floor of a building that was five stories tall and had a basement. The second floor was for drying, three and four were for cutting and sewing, and 290 people worked on the fifth floor where the big computer system was installed when the building was constructed in 1966.
Dearmon was systems analyist and computer programer for the large-scale computer, “but we were not that far along with computers then,” he says. Later, computers took the place of the women at those machines who were then communicating with the executives and the salesmen in New York.
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