At Work in the Mill – 3
James Boss Scruggs
It’s doubtful that people today in their 60s and 70s could hold down such jobs. They were considerably more strenuous than being a greeter at Wal-Mart.
The photo at left was taken on Boss Scruggs’ last night on the job. It’s likely he had worked in the Cliffside Mill all his life.
Weavers in front of Memorial Building – Circa 1931
1st row (L to R): Tom Owensby, Quinn Womack, Clarence Watkins, Boyce Bridges, Robert Edward Prewitt, Sr., ?, Mrs. Sid White, Carl Scruggs, Claude Jonas, Ishel Parris, Dwight Winn, Dargin Harris
2nd row: ?, Tom Crow, “Fat” Hardin, ___ Hardin, ?, Broadus Cash, John Atkinson, Dick Scruggs, Horace White, Jess Stallings, Clyde Hardin, Cling Ellis, P.D. Causby, ___ Jonas, ?, Bill Ingram
3rd row: ?, ?, Bess Hunt, ?, ?, ?, ?, Mrs. Tom Thrift, Ocie Lee Thrift, Janie Thrift, ?, ?
4th row: Charlie Keeter, ?, __ Lancaster, Dargin Tate, Elija Harris, Clayton Scruggs, ?, Howard Packard, C.A. “Red” Hamrick, ?, ?, Worth Womack
Slasher Room Crew
1st row (L to R): Abe Jolley, Pink Honeycutt, Arthur Rhymer, Earl Brooks, Wesley McMurray
2nd row: Mae Stephens Scruggs, Selma Price Davis, Gladys Stephens Kirby, Austin T. Roberson, Mabel Harrill, Lou Campbell, Sue Hames Waters, Clara Atkinson
3rd row: Jim Callahan, Oliver Stephens, Claude Scruggs, Will Hames, Jim Packard
Austin Roberson was the overseer. The ladies in the slasher room were known as “draw-in hands.” The two Stephens girls were the daughters of Oliver Stephens.
Picture information supplied by Ben Humphries, that walking encyclopedia of Cliffside lore.