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When did Mersman start making tables?

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The first Mersman table was crafted by J.B Mersman in 1876 after his relocation from the state of Indiana to the city of Ottoville, Ohio. Mersman initially worked as a mill sawyer but changed careers to table making after a decline in the lumber business.

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After finding success in making tables, beds and bed parts in Ottoville, the city of Celina invited J.B. Mersman to build a factory in the city's premises. The city also provided the craftsman with a $7,500 investment that led to a successful furniture factory by 1900. During the lifetime of the Mersman furniture company, it produced approximately 30 million tables.

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