They Got Letters
By Reno Bailey
In 1939, John C. Tate wrote the Company from Dallas, Texas, ordering some towels and washcloths. “Inasmuch as I was born just over the hill from the Cliffs, would like something nice from there.” (It turned out he could get the Haynes products cheaper in Texas.)
He inquired about an old friend: “Is big old, good natured Tom Jenkins still around?”
“Just a word or two about my being an ex-resident of High Shoals Community,” he wrote. “I have a vivid recollection of the day, many years ago, in the old Simmons School house, during history examination. The teacher asked, ‘And who, my children, was the father of our country?’ A bright youngster of tender age (who has since hit the ‘jackpot’) eagerly replied, ‘Raleigh Haynes.’”
The Company often got letters seeking employment, or offering their services. In 1927, W. L. Black from Ellenboro wrote George R. Waters of the railroad.
I have got over 200 fine Sawed ties at the crossing above the Caroleen Junction. I would love to Sell them to the Cliffside RRy. I am in need of some money. I owe a big Hospital bill and lost my wife barried her yistoday if you can use them let me know at once.
Mr. Waters declined.
This article originally appeared in the Society’s May-Jun 2007 newsletter.