Passing of the Mill Village by Harriet L. Herring download in ePub, pdf, iPad
This includes detailed information regarding experiences within the factories themselves, labor protests, and technical information regarding mill operations such as machinery. The Newcomers - the First Generation To the first generation that whistle meant new opportunity. But the practice of providing housing, churches, company stores, and recreational facilities continued, as a means of maintaining control over the lives of an increasingly mobile workforce. For those of us getting long in the tooth, things like rolling stores bring back pleasant memories. Nobody had time to take a couple days off to hitch up a mule and wagon and drive to the nearest settlement.
Finally the mills themselves were torn down and the hearts of the mill villages were torn out. Black employees were housed in separate alleys, often on the other side of the mills from their white counterparts. One of his stops was near the mill gate at shift changing, where workers going in or getting off would stop and visit. The Mill Whistle itself stopped. Shortly after the Civil War they began to be prevalent throughout the land.
The whole block of housewives would come to see what fresh vegetables, butter or eggs she might have, and the price. Miss Bobo and Miss Crece Pullen would pull to the curb in the middle of the block and toot the horn. During this time, the mills and the people barely got by. Seems like the more history we read the more we can learn about traveling peddlers, anywhere in our country. There began to be competition from overseas with textiles made by cheap foreign labor.
They purchased a small farm and opened a country store on the side of their house. Despite the often paternalistic approach to the operation of the villages, many mill villages gained a reputation for crime, disorder, drunkenness, and other vices. In Lindale we had two, not in wagons but pickup trucks.
You had a famous dope wagon. They had a loaded day and even an hour or two saved was needed. The mill villages were dismantled for many reasons, beginning in the s. The town of Clinton, home to Presbyterian College, saw its leading citizen W. His mother died when he was three years old and he was sent to friends or relatives in Pacolet Mills to raise.
Intense competition forced mill owners to reexamine their costs, and often the amenities of the mill villages were allowed to decline. The men all worked from daylight till after dark trying to scratch out a living, and so did the women. Mike Ragland is a former Cave Spring city councilman and a retired Rome police major. The automobile became more affordable, making it easier for workers to commute and easier for them to change jobs if working conditions deteriorated. That mill whistle meant different things to the different generations.
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