Howell Manufacturing Co.
Ballard was Supt. of this mill, eventually passed the Job on to his
son, Tom Ballard, Mack Hayes also had the job, as did Johnny Greene,
Webb McGinnis and Carl Hicks. Mr McGinnis worked his way up from the
doffers to head the mill holding all positions in between. The mill was
always a stock company and in the reorganization of the mid thirties,
D. E. Rhyne, C. A. Rudisill, George Falls and A. H. Huss all held
W. K. Mauney served many years as President that position is now held by Tom Borland with Dr. V. R. Cromer as Vice President, the mill is operated by Tom White, son in law of W. B. Rhyne, some of the shares held by D. E. Rhyne were acquired by Lenior Rhyne College through Mr. Rhynes' estate.
Red Daves, Lee Self, Dave Reynolds, Frank Robinson, Enoch Devine, Walter Friday were some of the overseers
Sections were Clarence Thornburg, Clee Huss, Pink Mayhew and John Ballard. Tom Ballard was Super until 1930 when he moved to a similar position in Clover, South Carolina.
Some of the employees were Clyde Price, George Cody, Horace Lingerfelt, Walter Parker, Tom Detter and sons Ernest, Luther, Fred, and Pride, Bleva Ramsey and Marion, Louis and Rueben. Cullen Jarrells, Jim Maybew, Andy Carpenter and sons, Monroe, Cromwell, Gant, Fred and Carl, Horace Seagle, Yates Allen, Carl Williams, Kelly Chapman, Ed and Walter, Bill Pruett, George Pruitt and family, Henry Self, Jake Self, Sorrell Self, Frank Ballard, Furman Hendricks, Pink Chapman family, Woodrow Anthony, Van Bridges, Oscar and Lola Blanton, Ed Carroll, Caleb Weatherly, Ed Hayes, T. B. Ballard, Ervin McGinnis, Roy Ingle, Phillip Sisk, George Cody and family, Tom Seagle, Adkin Putnam, Mrs. Huffetetler and sons Jim and Plomer Carson Hoyle, Mr. Bivens, Howard Ballard, Fred Parker, Theodore Parker.
Willie Ballard ran a store across the railroad tracks, taken over by Robert Ballard later. George Kiser ran the lunch cart through the mill in the early 30's. Dave Paysour was machinist and Marion Parker was the carpenter. Jim Plair was the Jack of all Trades.
Will Hayes, Farrell Ingle, Ray Hayes, Golden Bridges, Ed Chapman, Russell Cody, Horace Pruitt, Homer Sisk, Glenn Hayes, Roby Knight, Cletus Lail, Jim Travis, Luther Robinson, Austell Paysour and many others worked at Howell Mill.
Frank Wright, Lizzie Weaver, Chloe Waters. Carrie Bellamy, Mr. Massagee, Gid Newton, Dixon Newton, Haywood Newton, Flay and Minnie Huss, Addie Carpenter, Ray and Jessie Sigmon, Ben Sigmon. Garland Sigmon was boss here for many years as was Will Goins. Carl Bridges, Dean Goins J. D. Sisk all worked here.
Many family members, especially the women are not mentioned in this narrative. Usually every able bodied member in the family worked as needed. In the late 20's the child labor law prevented anyone under 16 to work in a textile plant.