Before her career as an illustrator, Starbody remembers demonstrating a nifty brand new gadget called the paint roller at Bob Whelan’s paint store at 116-120 E. Main St., which eventually became Thomas Conron Hardware.
“Boy, that invention sure was a winner,” she said of the paint roller.
Starbody continued to work at Conron Hardware in the mid-1940s as a switchboard operator “to help out during the war,” and she also was in charge of running the Lionel train display at Christmastime.
Carol Roehm is the education reporter. Contact her at 477-5174 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.