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Starting in 1926, W. C. Page, Sr., and Arthur Presnell manufactured rocking chairs in Asheboro. The P&P Chair Company still occupies the original factory buildings. Presnell sold his share to his partner in the 1930s. The company experienced economic up-and-downs, and in the 1950s, the owners contemplated closing. Dr. Janet Travell, a back specialist, liked the chair and ordered several for her waiting room. When she placed her order, she asked for the Carolina Rocker, and the name stuck. One of her patients, a U.S. Senator, sat in one, and just had to have one for his office. When the senator moved to the White House in January 1961, the rocker went with him. The Carolina Rocker quickly became the Kennedy Rocker, and company sales took off.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 6, Nov 2005, p44-48, il, por Periodical Website
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