In NC’s Calcium Light – 3
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Interested in Many Enterprises
While interested in many enterprises, consisting of an extensive lumber business both in the eastern part of this State and Georgia; a line of general stores owned exclusively by him and which are doing a successful business; to say nothing of his banking interests, being president of a small bank at Henrietta, known as The Haynes Bank, vice-president of The Commercial Bank of Rutherfordton, director of The Charlotte National Bank, Charlotte, and The Loan and Savings Bank, Charlotte, director of several other banks, and postmaster continuously for the past thirty-two or thirty-three years, Mr. Haynes’ chief interest centers around Cliffside, the last of his undertakings thus far.
Cliffside—An Ideal location
Perched upon a cliff, in a setting of rare panoramic beauty, one’s first impression of Cliffside is of the natural charm of the place. Below and around one side of the town, Second Broad River takes its serpentine way, and in two places forms a perfect horseshoe. The dam, with its splendid fall of water just below the mill, adds materially to the varied scenic attractions. Beyond the river, the emerald green of the hills forms a soft silhouette against the skyline. Off to the other side of the village, tiers and tiers of trees skirting the undulating ridges afford a pretty background. A park,on an eminence just above the river, slopes gradually down to the shore-line. Fitted up with seats, a grandstand, and other attractions, the park is a favorite rendezvous for the operatives, especially in summer. Naplitha launches and rowboats may be seen on the river during the season. Beyond the park stretches the town proper. The streets, lined with shade trees, are broad and well planned; the drainage is excellent, nor can the sanitary condition be excelled by any town in the State: The four hundred tenements or cottages,located at healthful distances apart, and affording splendid ventilation, are neatly painted, and contain three, four, six, and eight rooms each. In front of many of these cottages are pretty grass plots, surrounded by hedges. Flower beds of violets, sweet old-fashioned pinks, and other gaily-colored flowers in season disturb any uniformity of arrangement in the plan that might otherwise exist, and lend to these pretty cottages an air of homelike attractiveness. In the rear of the home is the garden, from which a supply of fresh vegetables may be had during the summer. Electric lights, telephones, an excellent water system, and various modern conveniences add to the comfort of the residents of Cliffside.
During the past twelve years the plant has enlarged, and the business has steadily increased in volume. From a once barren waste has sprung the largest gingham mill under one roof in the South. The mill, first capitalized at two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, has been added to from time to time until it is now six hundred and forty-eight feet long, one hundred feet wide, and four stories high. Sixteen hundred horses in waterpower and an auxiliary of seven hundred and fifty or eight hundred horses in steam is the power used to operate the mill. There are today over forty thousand producing spindles and fifteen hundred looms, quite an increase over the earlier years. Over nine-hundred names are entered on the payroll. Two classes of gingham are manufactured, the Cliffside and the Haynes Brands. The Cliffside is a staple gingham, and the Haynes Brand is standard. The output is seventy thousand yards daily. Seven thousand five hundred bales of local cotton are consumed yearly in its manufacture. The Cliffside mill does its own coloring and finishing, and the product is ready for the jobbers when it leaves the mill. The Cliffside is considered one of the most up-to-date and best managed mills and mill towns in the South.
Offices—Public Buildings—New Additions
Within a stone’s throw of the pIant are the offices, which harbor the brain power of the mill, and in which the clerical work is transacted. Besides Mr. Haynes’ private offices, and those of his son, Mr. Charles H. Haynes, the express office, central telephone office, and postoffice are located within this building. Across the street are the company’s general stores, where anything may be bought from an automobile to a hairpin. Farther up the street stands the Cliffside Hotel, conducted by Mr. and Mrs. James V. McFarland, who spare no pains in looking after the comfort and pleasure of their guests. Between the stores and hotel is a brand-new moving picture hall. Across the street from Mr. Haynes’ offices is a substantial new library building, built of red brick, with concrete floors. Adjoining and in the same building is the engineer’s office. A garage recently completed is located nearby. A number of other improvements are being made.
0fficers-Managers associated with Mr. Haynes are his son, Mr. Charles H. Haynes, secretary and treasurer; Mr. W. L. Packard; superintendent ; and Dr. T. B. Lovelace, of Henrietta, vice-president. Mr. Z. O. Jenkins, a son-in-law of Mr. Haynes, is buyer and manager of one of Mr. Haynes’ largest private stores, and of the company’s store at Cliffside.
Mr. Charles H. Haynes
Mr. Charles H. Haynes has been in his father’s offices ever since he left college, and there is not a detail of the office work with which he is not thoroughly conversant. Mr. Charles H. Haynes has inherited his father’s ability. One of his pronounced characteristics is his genius for handling men. As a result, absolutely no friction exists in the offices. Coupled with has fine executive ability and other business qualifications, Mr. Haynes is a young man of fine integrity of character, and has already taken his place with North Carolina’s foremost business men. His long course of preparation, together with his natural ability and the public confidence he has already won, render him exceptionally well adapted to assume his father’s responsibilities in the event he should become his successor.
Mr. Z. O. Jenkins
Mr. Z. O. Jenkins, a buyer and manager of long experience, has by his fair dealing, sagacity in buying, tact, and courteous treatment towards those with whom he comes in contact, won the respect and confidence not merely of the Cliffside people but of the business and traveling public.
Mr. W. L. Packard
Mr. W. L. Packard, superintendent, has a creditable mill record back of him. Twenty-three years ago, Mr. Packard cut down the trees that were used in building Major Schenk’s mill at Lawndale, and had supervision of the general construction, Mr. Packard was with the Lawndale Mill fourteen years, and during this period passed through every phase of mill work, from cotton buyer to superintendent.
He was superintendent of the Shelby Mills for nearly two years. From there he went to Henrietta, and had charge of Henrietta Mill, No. 1, three years. For the last six and a half years Mr. Packard has performed faithful and efficient service as superintendent of the Cliffside Mill.
Mr. Packard contends that the cotton mill is the poor man’s friend; that the mill people are the most cheerful and contented of any people. They feel no anxiety for the future; they know the pay envelope will be forthcoming.