On May 22, 2019 several trustees for the R.K.Laros Foundation gathered at the National Museum of Industrial History with Marge Tarola, a past employee of the R.K.Laros Silk Mill on Broad Street in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Recently interviewed as part of the Laros Oral History project in partnership with the Industrial Archives and Library, Marge began her career with Laros in 1946 at the corporation’s “Learner School” where she learned to sew. In 1954 Marge became a zig zag operator.The descendants of Laros employees Norman King and Roland Jones also joined the gathering to meet Marge. Their fathers both played important roles in her time with Laros.
Marge donated the 8” x 12” photograph of the sewing floor from the Laros Silk Mill on Broad Street during the reception. Marge is in the photograph second from left. After the photograph was taken, all employees received a copy and she has treasured her copy for almost 70 years. The photograph will be part of the Laros Collection at the Industrial Archives and Library.
Norman King, Robert Bilheimer Laros Trustee and IAL Director and Marge Tarola