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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 16, Sept 1943
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Divided from Buncombe County, Henderson was established in 1837 and boasted of a mixed economy of agriculture, industry, and tourism. Cotton mills, hosiery mills, and thread companies made up the bulk of Henderson's industry. Tourists flocked to Henderson's mountain scenes especially during summer time heat waves when the county was much cooler than other state locales. Agricultural goods produced in Henderson included some crops but focused primarily on beef and dairy herds.
During World War II, North Carolina residents moved to the Portsmouth-Norfolk-Newport News area in Virginia to find jobs in the shipbuilding industry. Wartime efforts created a great need for laborers and demand raised average wages from $45 to $125 a week. Shipbuilding, ship repair, and other defense industries required the greatest number of workers. Higher salaries for office work also tempted women away from clerical work in rural North Carolina.