From time to time, we get corrections or clarifications
to the content of this website. We'll put those updates here. Click
on the paragraph heading to view the page containing the original
reference. The update will appear at the bottom of the page.
Raymond Lindsey's Combinators (Photo of the Month, June 2012) - Ellen Huskey identifies one of the Combinators.
Daddy and His Doffers, Photo in “Faces At The Mill” gallery - Boy identified.
Buzzards Roost (Photo of the Month, November 2010) - There's more to this buzzard story than we initially knew about. They're everywhere!
Field on Fire (Photo of the Month, November 2009) - Myles Haynes adds a colorful sidebar to the train-fire story.
“Which Side Are You On?” - In an article on the strikers' march on Cliffside Mill in 1934, we wondered about the identity of one of the men arrested for trespass and other charges. Buzz Biggerstaff advises us that the man, identified in the court documents as “Pick” Biggerstaff, was not Buzz's father, but another man.
The W.T. Grady Family Band - The last surviving member of the family, who was interviewed for this story, has died.
Engine 110 (Photo of the Month, February 2008) - Myles Haynes and Ben Honeycutt have confirmed the location and purpose of the building shown behind the locomotive.
Snowy Suburb (Photo of the Month, January 2008) - Where was this photo—of a lonesome, snowy landscape— taken? We've had a handful of readers who are, 86 years later, pretty sure they know the answer. Go to page and scroll down.
Cliffside Man Kills Wife and Shoots Self - What happened to George Tate after he shot himself? Did he die? Did he survive and go to prison? These questions nagged Johnnie Tate Holland, whose husband Ray is a grandson of George and Sallie Morris Tate.Go to story and click on See Updates.
Over There - We've heard from Bob (Robert Hoyle Elliott), a Forest City native. Bob is the son of Hoyle Elliott, brother to Robert Cone, the World War I soldier talked about in the articles. Go to the bottom of the page and read the update.
Dam Maintenance - More information has arrived about the dam being repaired, including activity as recently as December 2006.
Cliffside Sketches -
Sam Hill died on Thursday, November 2, 2006, at age 79. There's a “See update” link at the top of his page in Sketches.
Dam Maintenance - In our article on the deterioration of the wooden top of the dam at the old Cliffside Mill, we speculated that it had not been repaired since the '70s. Not so, says Ron Arrowood, who, every day for 27 years, could look out from his job in the machine shop and see the dam. Go to the article and scroll down to the update.
Cliffside Commerce (Photo of the Month, June 2006) - Eloise Whisnant-Fuleihan of Henrietta believes one of the men in the truck is her late grandfather, Dr. J. F. Whisnant, area dentist. See the footnote.
Cliffside Commerce (Photo of the Month, June 2006) - Richard Mauney of Mooresville, N. C., tells us a lot about the old truck in the photo. Go to the article and scroll down to the update. Also there's a nice letter from Richard, formerly a Rutherford County native in Reader Comments.
Family Stories - Ruth Wilkins Camp - Shortly after this article was written, Mrs. Camp’s heart problems returned. In early March of 2006 she once again entered hospice care; she died on April 10. We've appended to the original article her obituary and a beautiful comment from the Guest Book. Go to the article and scroll down to the update.
Old Trestle (Photo of the Month, May 2005) - We scratched our heads long and hard about the Cliffside Railroad trestle across the river near Henrietta. Why would it have been built when the Henrietta Mill was on the same side of the river as main line of the railroad? A reader has provided the answer, which was right under our noses all the time. There were plans to build a second Henrietta mill on the western side of the river. (Also see the Photo of the Month, September 2005.)
Black Bear Trail - We've received another artifact testifying to the existence of the trail. It's a postcard from 1936 showing a quaint photo of a 1920s auto creeping along the segment of the (unpaved) trail between Blowing Rock and Boone. Or jump directly to the story referenced by the update.
“Chasing History is Hard Work” - On September 30, 2005, in the article about the problems with accuracy in identifying old photos, we speculated about the identities of people standing at a grave site. We immediately got word from a reader that one of the girls in the photo was his mother. Go to the bottom of the article and read the update
“Old Cliffside's” New Owners - On Oct. 24, 2004 we reported on the acquisition of the mill properties and the Main Street area of Cliffside by new owners. We failed to include another acquisition that had previously occurred, the purchase of the old Baptist church building. Go to the article and scroll down to the update.
Black Bear Trail - The puzzle pieces are coming together about the trail. Turns out, the Black Bear Trail Association membership included some Cliffside people. Go to the article and scroll down.
Old Trestle (Photo of the Month, May 2005) - Mike Buckelew has a thought about which way the camera is pointing, and Myles Haynes wonders why they built the trestle in the first place. It's his contention they didn't need to cross the river to get to the Henrietta mill.
Jim's Cabin (Photo of the Month, July 2004) - Jeri Padgett Conner, Jim's great granddaughter, wants to set the record straight about Jim being “something of a hermit.” For this and other information about Jim and his family, go to the article and scroll down.
Man Kills Wife - In a Guestbook
entry, Frances McMurray Houser reported that her mother was a witness
to this incident, and speculated that, if it were a weekday, her
mother, then a 16-year-old student, must have been playing hooky
from school. Maybe not. Go to the article and click the “See update” button.
Exhibit (Photo of the Month, July 2003) - The photo
taken in the 1920s shows two young woman in a Cliffside Mills
booth at the Cleveland County Fair. Don Bailey
may have discovered their identities.
Head Accident - In Sam Davis'
Flashback on Glenn Head driving into the pond, we've added a photo
of the car being towed from the river. Courtesy Nell Flo Head.
of the Month (“Buddies,” May 2004) - From Rebecca
McCraw of Matthews, N. C.: “I believe we may have an answer to
your question regarding the photo of the month. Attached is a
photo of my husband's great-great grandfather, John C. McCraw, longtime
resident of the Cliffside area. What do you think? I believe he is
younger in our photo but notice the hands and the droop to his right
eye. I would love to know who his [older] companion is. I know that
[John] was very close to his brother Chesley, with whom he fought
in the Civil War, and they do seem to resemble one another.”
with a Bird (#cgw047) - Charles
F. Moore posed with a large bird sometime in the early 1920s. We've
established that it was an eagle that was shot and stuffed
in 1920 then sat on a perch for over half a century in the library
in the Memorial Building. The old raptor still “lives”—in
the conference room at the new mill. Look
here for the full story.
of the Month (“Snowy Alley,” Feb. 2004) -
From Phillip White: “The later versions of the parking barricades
made of concrete and metal rebar were commonly referred to as "sputniks" by
some of the mill officials. I believe Mr. Bearden was in charge
at the time. When he left one of the first things done was to remove
all the sputkniks and bury them in a dump.”
Little Building (Remember That?) -
From Zan Fisher: “The little house across from Miller Furniture was also used as a Personnel Office for the Cliffside Plant somewhere around 1970. I was Personnel Manager during that time and we renovated it for that purpose. John Scoville was the plant engineer."
Big Parade (Photo
of the Month) -
From Jim Haynes: “A while back I was looking through the 1910 Cliffside
census and spotted the Rubin McBrayer family on N. Main Street. I have been
friends with this man's son
and grandsons for many years. I remembered R. B. (the son) telling me that
he was born in Cliffside and that his dad managed a store there.
“I made copies of this part of the census and mailed it to
both grandsons. A while later one of them, Blanton, wrote to thank
me for the copies and enclosed a copy of the picture of the month
on your web site. He wrote, 'Just
a word about the [photo on the web site]. I have the original
copy on the web came from the picture I have here. Bill McArthur usually
comes by our store once or twice a week and throughout the years he has
been a camera and photo buff. I let him take our copy of the picture
and he made us several copies.'
is the good part:'The
[original] picture came from a house up the street
from our home [in Forest City]. My granddaughter Kelly bought this house
several months ago. Her father, my oldest son Mac, is a house builder,
and is in the process of
remodeling the home, Mac found the picture, brought it
down to our house and asked if I knew what it was. I told him I did not
know, but it looked a whole lot like Cliffside in the early days that
I remembered. I
brought the picture up to the store to asked other old timers, and most
of them said it was Cliffside, but did not know what event was taken
I get a chance, I am going to ask the lady who lived in the house before
Kelly bought it if she or someone in her family knows anything about
the picture. If they do and let me know, I will write and let you know.'
just goes to shows that you do not know what you miss if you don't ask
the question. I just thought you would like to know, as Paul Harvey
says, the rest of the story.
“Rubin Mc Brayer left Cliffside and went to Forest
City and opened a furniture store some time after 1910. When I met his
grandson, Blanton, Rubin was still coming to the store every day, but his
son R.B. and wife were running the store. Blanton, their
oldest son, worked on Saturdays. Now Blanton and Eddie, his brother,
still go to the store every day, but their kids are running things. This
is a fourth generation family business still in the same building where
Rubin started about 85 or 90 years ago (on Main Street in Forest City next
to Ron & Eddy's
customers are still the sons and grandsons of their original customers.”
Clock's New Home - From Sam Davis: “After the clock works were removed from the Memorial
Building tower, the next step was to bring down the clock frame itself. They
had the town blocked off and had a bulldozer with cables hooked to the clock
frame. Several people were at the old church and I was one of them, to
watch the old town clock tower fall. Well, we all waited for a good
while for this to take place and when they finally did pull at the
old clock frame, I guess maybe 10 bricks came off and that's all.
The old tower didn't want to go. When we saw it wasn't going
anywhere, we all left. I don't know how they tore it down but
they didn't do it with a bulldozer that's for sure (not that day
was the last time I saw G.C. Fisher alive; JD Johnson was also
there that day. For some reason nobody in the
crowd had a camera. If we had only known.”
Cola - You've seen the rolling advertisement for
his product that Robert E. Haynes devised. Now we've found an
announcing the startup of his company in Rutherfordton in 1905. Just
follow the links.
Operation - Surely
you recall Mrs. L. L. Surratt, whose gall bladder operation we chronicled
the "Cliffside in 1910" section. Well, we've discovered
she survived another 14 years, to age 79. Her obituary, which we've
appended to the article,
appeared in the Dec. 4th, 1924 Spartanburg Herald.
Time - Lula Goode Humphries says when she was nine
or ten years old (about 1918), John Phillip Sousa and his band
indeed came to town and performed at the exact place shown in the
She remembers going barefoot and standing in the crowd. Whether
captured in the
the one she remembers are the same, she can't say.
2003 Photo of the Month - We've learned the identity of the “Lady
On The Street.” It is not Una Edwards as we guessed. We heard
from Maurice (“Marny”) Hendrick and his sister Susan,
children of Harry Hendrick and grandchildren of Maurice Hendrick,
for many years general manager of Cliffside Mills. “She is
our grandmother, Lela McFarland Hendrick, who was born in the Westminster
community on January 21st, 1894. That picture is of her when she
in the mill store. The scissors hanging from her waist is what she
used to cut ribbon and fabric. While she was working at the store
she met our grandfather, Maurice Hendrick, and they later married
(on top of Chimney Rock!) The picture was probably made between 1912
and 1914 because her family lived in Cliffside during those years.”
Jet Crash - Apparently
we've misidentified all that sheet metal in our Odds & Ends item
called “Jet Crash.” David L. Taylor writes: “That
is the picture of the top of the water tank that blew off. I know
because I was there. I saw it blow off.” He did not provide
the date or circumstances.
Amos Owens - Since
publishing the 1903 news article mentioning a man named Amos Owens
(and professing ignorance as to who he was) we've received information
about him from two sources. One was R. G. Watkins; Gary Hunt was the
other. Amos Owens, we've learned, was a well-known “distiller”
(moonshiner) in Rutherford County in the late 1800's. Click here to read the information Gary Hunt provided. (According to Bill Floyd's cemetery website,
a grave stone exists in Walls Baptist Cemetery for “Amos W.
Owens, CSA,” but bears no dates. This is likely our man.)
The Hames Studio — As to the whereabouts of the studio: our old friend J. D. (“Dugan”) Johnson remembers that, in the mid-1930s, Will Hames
maintained a studio in his home on River Street, just a few houses
south of the river bridge.
at the Pumpl From Jim Haynes: “I think this well was at Reservoir
and North Main Street by the Methodist Parsonage. My brother Bob
in the house next door at 56 North Main in 1927 (the place you and
I know as the Shine Freeman house).” Lula Goode Humphries also
remembers the pump being on Reservoir Street.
The Foot Bridge
Several have responded about the location of the footbridge. It was
located just east of the Methodist Church and spanned the creek to
Academy Street. The house on the hill in the background is on Highland.
In earlier times, before erection of the more modern creek bridge
we remember, the footbridge in the photo was somewhat wider, and was
used for all traffic, pedestrian, buggy and auto.
The Oil Man For months we've wanted an identity for #159, whom we've taken
to calling “The Oil Man.” Recently Don Bailey wrote that
he has found a copy of this picture among his effects. On the back,
in Don's uncle Clayton Scruggs' handwriting, is this notation: “Boss
Scruggs last night he worked.” (Putting two and two together,
we've decided that the first man in the last row of picture
#877 is the same man.) What was Boss' real name? Ben Humphries
found Boss in an old census. He was listed as “James B. Scruggs,”
so maybe Boss is his real (middle) name. Anyone?
photo Revised identification list. Had previously stated
(incorrectly) that only five managers in group were from Cliffside;
rest from other Cone plants. Buzz Biggerstaff has provided us with
definite ID of every individual in group. All were from Cliffside.
Cliffside Mills Store
R.G. Watkins remembers the entry to the “company” store
was in front of the building where it was a “dry goods store.”
The dry goods section continued all the way to the rear of the building.
Near the rear you could turn left, where it became a grocery store
that ran all the way to the side entrance, where later the Miller
Furniture store was housed. Between the furniture store location and
the rear of the drug store there was an open space, which had a wide
flight of stairs to the second floor where the Mason Hall was located.
The county use to send a nurse around every summer. She used that
open space to give “free shots” to one and all.
Was that man John Phillip Sousa? No, according to Jim Haynes, grandson
of Robert Edgar Haynes (son of R.R. Haynes). Jim thinks the man in
uniform addressing the crowd is Barron P. Caldwell (1882-1952), husband
of RRH's daughter Virginia. Caldwell was Superintendent of Cliffside
School in the early days. It's told that, on special occasions, he
would wear his WWI army uniform to school.
The Goat Man
Our article about this eccentric who traveled through Cliffside was
read with interest by Bobbie Quarles, who remembered the same man
coming through her home town, Lexington, S.C., about 50 years ago.
Bobbie did a search and sent us a couple of internet links that reveal
the Goat Man's actual identity. Seems he was as weird as we thought.
Man, the Legend Lives On and Legendary Traveler Not Easily Forgotten.
Women's mill uniforms Through Dan Wortman, we hear from his mother, Maude, that women
had to buy, at their own expense, the blue chambray material from
the cloth store (beside the drugstore). Using a common pattern, the
women either had to make their own dresses, or hire someone else to
make them. It's still not clear if only the women in the finishing
plant had to wear the uniforms, or whether the rule was standard throughout
the mill. If anyone can straighten us out on that, please do.
for County Commissioner Colleen Biggerstaff, widow of Odell,
points out in our Guest Book that it was not Shaw who ran for the
office, as we stated on one of the train picture pages; the candidate
was Joe (or “Jobie,” as we knew him), who at one time operated
the dry cleaners. Jobie and Shaw were both nephews of Odell.
Those small white structures
alongside the mill We've heard from both Myles Haynes,
Jr. and R.G. Watkins that these little buildings held fire-fighting
equipment: hoses, nozzles, axes, etc.