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Mannetta Mills Monroe Plant Newsletters (The Manettism), 1927-1938

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-007

Content Description

The Manettism was the newsletter for the textile mill known as Manetta Mills, Monroe plant, in Monroe, North Carolina. The Monroe plant was originally known as Jackson Mills, and was incorporated in 1913, manufacturing cotton blankets and sheeting. Published by C.W. Walton, Treasurer at Manetta Mills, The Manettism included jokes, letters-to-the-editor, and articles about mill workers and their families. It was published by Mr. Walton at his home press from the summer of 1927 until his death in 1938. The final issue in January 1939 is a memorial issue.

Each volume of newsletters is mostly complete, however all except the final volume XII, are missing some issues.

Dates

  • 1927 - 1939

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Dawson Heath founded Manetta Mills in Lando, South Carolina in 1896. By 1921, the company was expanding rapidly, and Manetta Mills bought Jackson Mills in Monroe, North Carolina, thereby doubling its production capacity. The Monroe plant was located on the corner of Miller and Heath Streets. The Lando plant remained the company’s headquarters, with Monroe as the finishing plant. Cannon was one of the major brands made at Manetta Mills.

The Manettism, was created and printed by C.W. Walton, who was born on September 22, 1885 in Tignall, Georgia. He moved to Lando, South Carolina in December 1903, and accepted a position as a clerk. From there, Walton moved up in the company, took courses in bookkeeping and accounting, left to complete his education at Erskine College, and returned to Lando to take a position as principal of the company school. Following the acquisition of the Monroe plant, Walton became head and Treasurer of the new building. Married to Emma Wilson in 1916, Walton had seven children. On December 22, 1938, he became ill while at his office in Monroe, and died at home shortly thereafter. He was buried in the Monroe cemetery.

The Manettism was initially touted as published “some times” for the mill workers and their community, and later “usually twice each month.” Each newsletter included a cover drawing or picture, some jokes, and letters or articles by contributors about mill workers and community events. The price of a subscription was “Just Let Us Know You Want It.” Walton began printing it during the summer of 1927, and continued until his death in 1938. Its final January 1939 issue contains an obituary for Walton, and several tributes to him.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

0.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Manettism was the newsletter for the textile mill known as Manetta Mills, Monroe plant, in Monroe, North Carolina. The Monroe plant was originally known as Jackson Mills, and was incorporated in 1913, manufacturing cotton blankets and sheeting. Published by C.W. Walton, Treasurer at Manetta Mills, The Manettism included jokes, letters-to-the-editor, and articles about mill workers and their families. It was published by Mr. Walton at his home press from the summer of 1927 until his death in 1938. The final issue in January 1939 is a memorial issue.

This collection contains newsletters dated 1927-1939.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in chronological order. There are no series in this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Cities and Towns—Lando. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Heath Family. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Mills—Textile—History. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Mill Villages. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Textile Industry and Fabrics—Individual Mills A-Z. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Williams, Paul Scott. Heath Brothers: The Story of the Heath Family of Upper Lancaster County, South Carolina, Mercantile, Cotton, Banking and Textiles, 1865-1920. South Carolina: Heath Family Descendants, 2011. (CALL NUMBER NCR: 929.2 H437 W726h)

Bibliography

Lando Manetta Mills History Center. “About Us.” http://landomanettamillshistorycenter.com/about_us

The Manettism, “C.W. Walton.” Monroe, NC: 1939.

Monroe, North Carolina—Miscellaneous History. “Mills.” http://monroenc.blogspot.com/2012/08/mills.html

Williams, Paul Scott. Lando. Arcadia Publishing, 2007. https://books.google.com/books?id=hmEB-BpcEV8C&dq=manetta+mills&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Hannah Cox, 2015.
Title
Mannetta Mills Monroe Plant Newsletters (The Manettism), 1927-1938
Status
Completed
Author
Hannah Cox
Date
2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Contact:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA