From cotton duck to tire cord, explore the textile history of this cotton community.

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Inside of fan chambers in Stark Mill. Photo courtesy: LOC

Before the textile industry, local farmers and businessmen worked together to create a thriving economy built on cotton in Hogansville. Merchants, such as Frank Word, created the Ford Word’s cotton warehouse, located near the railroad, to ship the cotton sold there across the state. Ford’s cotton warehouse allowed local cotton farmers to sell their products to a wider audience.

In 1879, Word and northern investors, established the Hogansville Manufacturing Company. In 1905, a northern company, Consolidated Duck of Delaware, purchased the the Hogansville Manufacturing Company and began producing cotton duck. The mill changed ownership several times within the coming decades. During the 1930’s, the mill was purchased by Callaway Mills and operated under the name of Reid Mills. Another textile mill, Stark Mill was also built around this time. Stark Mills produced cotton cord for rubber tires for the growing automobile industry. During World War II, U.S. Rubber purchased the original Hogansville Manufacturing Company building and Stark Mills. Under this new ownership, the mills became one of the few factories in the nation to produce woven asbestos pipe insulation for the U.S. Navy.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Stark Mill became Uniroyal and today is in operation under Westech. The surrounding Stark mill village is still a visible reminder of the areas textile history.

 

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