March 9, 1939
The old Piney Mountain road leading from Thermal City to Mooresboro, connected with the old Rutherfordton and Shelby road about one mile west of Mooresboro. I want to start down this old road from Thermal City and mention a few places and a few prominent people who lived on or near this road.
About one and one-half miles out we come to Reed and Deck’s Mill, where Mr. William Reed lived and as I remember now he attended the mill. They ground both corn and wheat at this mill. This old mill is not now in operation. The burrs are still there but the other machinery and the building is very much dilapidated.
Mr. Reed was a very fine man. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He had a number of children, I don’t recall just how many. Dr. George P. Reid, of Forest City, is one of his sons.
We next came to Mr. Lawson Deck’s. Mr. Deck was a very prominent man in the community and was well known throughout the county. He served as county commissioner for Rutherford county for several years. He was elected as a Democrat. He once lived near Mt. Lebanon church and I think he was reared there. I went to school with his three eldest children. Mr. Deck has been dead about forty years.
A few miles further down this old road we came to Dr. A. H. Nabors, where he ran a general store. Dr. Nabors was a prominent physician and was well known in the county. He served as First Lieutenant in Company G, 50th Regiment during the War Between the States.
We then came to Nathan Young’s mill. This mill is now completely torn down and there is no sign of any building there now. Mr. Young, the owner of this mill, was a very popular man and was well known throughout the county, having served Rutherford county in the General Assembly of North Carolina at a time when politics was very warm in this county, the session of 1879. Mr. Young was elected as a Democrat. As I recall now, Mr. Young had only one son and Dr. Nabors had one child, a daughter. This son and daughter married, so at the death of Mr. Young and Dr. Nabors they fell heir to the two estates.
Cochran’s (Cawhorn’s) Cross Roads is where the old Piney Mountain road crosses the Cane Creek road. Mr. William (Bill) Cochran or Cawhorn lived there. If I am not mistaken these roads now cross at exactly the same location as they did fifty years ago.