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Leaksville Woolen Mills Homestead Plant records

 Collection
Identifier: MS0175

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1900 - 1988

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Overview

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paula Stathakis, 1989.

Separated Materials

See oral histories for interviews with Houston and Blannie E. Cline, and with Virginia Oates. were located by T.Wright 10/2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, June, 1992.
Title
Leaksville Woolen Mills (Homestead Plant) records
Status
Completed
Author
Randy Penninger
Date
1992
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated