Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harry Mercer Orwig, Interior Decorator

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Harry Mercer Orwig was born in March, 1878. In 1900, he was residing with his parents Harry and Edna Orwig in Mansfield, Ohio. About 1905  Harry Mercer Orwig moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was successful as an interior decorator. The advertisement below appeared in volume 15 of the Weekly Bulletin of the St. Louis Medical Society.

On February 27, 1906, Harry Mercer Orwig married Mabel Amanda Wilcox at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio.

 Mabel Amanda Wilcox was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Wilcox. Mabel's father was a successful businessman in Sandusky, where he operated a department store. On October 28, 1953, Harry Mercer Orwig died at St. Mary's Hospital in in Richmond Heights, Missouri, at the age of 75. His remains were taken to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Oakland Cemetery in the Wilcox family lot.  An obituary in the October 30, 1953 issue of the New York Times reported that before moving to Missouri, Harry M. Orwig designed the interiors of thousands of homes in New York.

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