CORPORATE HISTORY: Bald Knob Furniture Co.

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BALD KNOB FURNITURE CO., Rocky Mount, Va., manufacture bedroom furniture. Charles A. John­son, president and general manager, was born September 19, 1882, near Winston-Salem, N. C., the son of a Baptist minister. He attended local school in a log cabin school house and later went to high school in Winston-Salem. At the age pf 17 he started in the Oakland Furniture Co. which was later absorbed by the B. F. Huntley Furniture Co. His first work was hblp-ing to install machinery in the plant and his ability and trustworthiness won him the job of machine room foreman two years later. This plant was one of the largest in the South in its time. He later was made superintendent.

In 1914 he joined the Bald Knob Furniture Co. as its purchasing agent and superintendent. He built the Johnson-Carper Furniture Co. in 1927 in Roanoke, planning its construction and the laying out of its machinery. He was president of the company until 1931 when he retired on account of ill health. However, Mr. Johnson could not remain idle long. Mr. Angle of Bald Knob pleaded with him to return to Rocky Mount. He did and was made assistant manager and at Mr. Angle's death was elected president.

Charles Johnson is known not only as one of America's able manufac­turers but one of the most humane men in the industry. He is a director of the Southern Furniture Manufac­turer's Association; belongs to the Bassett and Shenandoah Country Clubs, Masonic Lodge and Lions Club.[1]
  1. ^ Furniture World Magazine 1940. 70th anniversary issue. "The Furniture Industry of the Southeast".