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Donnie Thrower, 1994 October 4

Identifier: GF-TH0199

Scope and Contents

Donnie Thrower describes her early life and career in the textile industry in McAdenville and Belmont, North Carolina. She recalls how she quit school at age sixteen in order to go to work at a nylon hosiery mill in Belmont, where she remained for the next twenty-two years. Mrs. Thrower later returned to school and then became a secretary at Fleissner, Inc., a textile machinery company owned by Germans. She notes that the company hired her even though she only spoke English, since they knew she would not divulge company secrets when performing her duties. Despite having a successful career, Mrs. Thrower explains that she left her job to care for her mother, who had Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Thrower also describes how her own near-death experience with cancer strengthened her desire to care for family and loved ones, and also brought her closer to her faith.


  • 1994 October 4

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Donnie Thrower was a 65-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her home in Belmont, North Carolina. She was born in McAdenville, North Carolina in 1929. She completed tenth grade and received college secretarial course credits, and was employed as a textile mill worker and a secretary.


81 Minutes



Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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