How Did I Not Know That Boonville Had An Underwear Factory?
I found out an interesting piece of history the other day, and I was somewhat surprised that I didn't know about it.
There is a building right across the street from Boonville High School that used to be the Industrial Arts building. That'w what I always knew it as. It is a very old building, and used to creep me out when we would walk though it. Now, it is the home of Manna Market. However, it wasn't until recently that I found out what the building was originally. An Underwear Factory!
That's right, Boonville, Indiana had its very own underwear factory back in the day. I had no idea! Embassy Apparel opened up shop in the early 1920's according to Warrick County historian, Barbara Young. The factory produced high end garments made of some very expensive material to major retailers.
In an article published by the Boonville Standard on February 10, 2016, it mentioned that Embassy was a big deal in Boonville. It made undergarments for some very well known people such as former president Lyndon B. Johnson. The company also made underwear for solders fighting in World War 2. Embassy Apparel remained operational until 1977.
You can read more on the Embassy Apparel underwear factory by checking out the Boonville Standard article here. The section about the underwear factory can be found on pages 14 and 15. However, you can can look at the entire publication and find out some other interesting fun facts as well!
Quite the interesting fun fact! Who knew that Boonville's big claim to fame was making underwear for the president of the United States!? I'm sure that I can't be the only one who didn't know about this...hopefully not, anyway. Now I hear rumors that the building will be demolished. I certainly hope that's not the case as it has such a rich history in Boonville.