Photo of The Month – Mar 2006
Spooler Room Help
Picture contributor: Betty Luckadoo Wall
It was around 1912 when photographer Will Hames posed this group beside the mill office. The men in the back row are, from right: W. K. Collins, ? Pearson, Maurice Hendrick and Rucker Bland. The train tracks seen at the bottom of the photo ran across the entrance to the mill to the coal dumping trestle on the east side of the mill.
This photograph was found in the household of Alfred Luckadoo who died in 2001 in Rutherford County. On the back of the photo is written “Clemmie McCraw” and underneath her name is the puzzling phrase “Black M. or W.” Clemmie is very likely in the picture. In the 1910 Census, as abstracted by Mr. and Mrs. Bud Crow, she is recorded as being 21 years old and working in the mill as a spooler. Her full name was Clementine Hesentine McCraw, daughter of Willis and Frances McCraw. She never married, and died in 1917 of pellagra.
Research by Joyce Atkinson Hunter