The Button Works in Oquawka

Here is a larger picture. My great-grandfather, Charles Oscar Jern, as well as other members of his family, used to work in an Oquawka button factory. I don't know if this is the one or even if there were more than one.

One more thing -- the pile of "rocks" in front of the building is actually the remnants of shells from which the buttons were stamped out (i.e., mother of pearl).

Submitted by Laura Balluff

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