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    A. MORRISON ORR, vice-president of the Orr Felt and Blanket Company, one of Piqua's successful business enterprises and one of Miami County's largest manufacturing plants, was born September 7, 1856, in Darke County, Ohio, and is a son of Gen. W. P. Orr.

    Mr. Orr was reared in Darke County and secured his education there and at Piqua, and when he went into business it was as a dealer in grain and linseed oil, with Orr and Leonard, under the style of Orr & Leonard. This name later was changed to the W. P. Orr Linseed Oil Company, which subsequently sold out to the American Linseed Oil Company. When this change came about, Mr. Orr remained with the new company, in charge of the sales department at Cincinnati, until February, 1907, when he severed this connection. In the meanwhile, Mr. Orr had become financially interested in a paper mill and stove works in Miami County and also looked into other investments which resulted, in 1900, in his buying out the F. Gray Felt and Blanket Manufacturing Company, and the establishment of his own large enterprise. Increasing business has shown the absolute necessity of an extension of quarters and facilities and a new plant located on South Main Street is in course of construction, which, when finished will give the plant 190,000 square feet of floor space. The old quarters at No. 129 East Water Street were formerly considered adequate, but the new ones will be vastly superior, being equipped with all modern appliances, a compound condensing engine being used and electricity transmitted to every point. This will be the largest felt and blanket mill in the country. Employment is given to some 400 work people and the pay toll amounts to a very large sum. Mr. Orr is a director in the Citizens National Bank, the Piqua Savings Bank and the Piqua Home Telephone Company.

    Mr. Orr was married to Miss Eliza Van Bibber Boal, who was born in Kentucky. He has four, children: W. P. Jr., who is engaged in the wool business in Australia; Margaret, who is the wife of R.D. Hopkins, Jr., of Baltimore, Maryland; Martha Louise, and Morrison Boal. Mr. Orr is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is identified with the Elks and with the Piqua Business Men's Club.

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