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Leaksville Woolen Mill (Homestead Plant) Records

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Leaksville Woolen Mill (Homestead Plant) Records

Records of the Leaksville Woolen Mills Homestead Plant
MS0175

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Homestead Mill (Charlotte, N.C.).
Title
Leaksville Woolen Mills Homestead Plant Collection
ID
MS0175
Date [inclusive]
1900-1988
Extent
0.5 Linear foot
General Physical Description note
30 items (including 13 photographs and 6 cassette tapes)
Language
English
Abstract
Material relating to the history of a West Charlotte mill. Includes photocopies of a promotional piece (1900) and a notebook (1919-20) involving construction of mill #2, an historical essay by former executive vice president James P. Wilson, photographs, interviews with former employees, and a letter (1988) by Major League Baseball player Whitey "Pickle" Lockman describing his youth at Leaksville. Lockman played for the New York Giants.

Preferred Citation note

Leaksville Woolen Mills (Homestead Plant) Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Homestead Mill was the Charlotte plant of the Leaksville Woolen Mills owned by the Morehead family. The Homestead plant was personally supervised by John Lindsay Morehead. One of Morehead's workbooks, containing the mill construction records, indicates that plans for Leaksville Woolen Mills #2 were laid August 1, 1919 in Motley, NC in the township of Paw Creek. The mill made blankets, and carried out the process from start to finish, processing raw wool, weaving, binding and packing the blankets for shipment. Homestead opened for operations in 1920, and it got its popular name (Homestead) from the nearby P & N Railroad stop which the railroad had named "Homestead" for no other reason than the name "sounded good. The mill and village stood on Rozzelle's Ferry Road. An immediately striking aspect of the village was the care that was taken in the planning and the landscaping of the complex, which was designed by landscape architect Earle Sumner Draper. The community was designed to have a village or self-contained atmosphere, which must have made it unique among the other mill complexes of Charlotte. The village was set off the road to the east of the factory, and at one time, 56 three and five room houses stood amid tall oaks and winding roads. Other facilities included a community store, a community building, a boarding house, a scout cabin, a baseball field, and tennis courts.

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Scope and Contents note

Material relating to the history of a West Charlotte mill. Includes photocopies of a promotional piece (1900) and a notebook (1919-20) involving construction of mill #2, an historical essay by former executive vice president James P. Wilson, photographs, interviews with former employees, and a letter (1988) by major league baseball player Whitey Lockman describing his youth at Leaksville.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1992

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Paula Stathakis, 1989.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, June, 1992.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Homestead Mill (Charlotte, N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Lockman , Whitey, (Carroll Walter ), 1926-2009

Subject(s)

  • Textile industry--North Carolina

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Leaksville Woolen Mills (Homestead Plant) records 1900-1988 

Scope and Contents note

includes a photocopy of a 95-page company promotion piece, "The Middle South Wool Book" (1900); photocopy of a notebook (1919-20) involving construction of mill #2; historical essay and notes by James P. Wilson, former executive vice president; obituaries of John L. Morehead, former president; a letter (6/20/88) from baseball player Whitey Lockman in which he reminisces about his youth at Leaksville; and photostatic copies of photographs of the company baseball team, which include bat boy Tommy Helms, one-time player with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Photographs 

Box Folder item

Blannie Cline [boarding house in background] undated 

Scope and Contents note

Blannie Edwards Cline was married to Houston Cline.

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Employees and families undated 

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Employees 

Scope and Contents note

(left to right): Houston Cline, Harue McCall, Ed Houston, Frank Stewart, Jack Miller

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