World's First Typewriter Repairwoman?
Was Nellie Myra Thatcher
the world's first female typewriter repairwoman? In 1919, the Elmira Arms Company
, New York, believed so. By that time, Nellie
had been repairing typewriters of all makes for eight years. The company was the Elmira agent for L.C.Smith
. Typewriter Topics
announced in 1916 that Nellie
had been appointed manager of the company's typewriter department.
In 1919, Typewriter Topics
added this item to Nellie
's already impressive CV:
Nellie Thatcher was born in Elmira, Chemung, New York, in July 1872, the daughter of newspaper compositor Charles Cady Thatcher (1847-1931) and his wife Almira Caroline Thatcher (1850-1904). After living in Elmira for many years, Nellie moved to Petersburgh, Rensselaer, New York, to be near her older sister, Caroline Thatcher Hubbard (1870-1960), and Caroline's family. She was particularly close to her niece, Myra Hubbard Church. Nellie became a bookkeeper at an orphanage in Troy. Nellie died, unmarried, at Cambridge, near Troy, on January 24, 1958, aged 85, leaving the bulk of her estate to Myra.