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We currently have limited information on this community from Davison Blue Book textile directories and Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion by Ashley Callahan.

Businesses listed in Davison Blue Books:

  • T.F. Chitwood, Chitwood Rug Company, and Chitwood Broadloom, Inc. — 1947-1964
  • Chitwood Mills, Inc. — 1988-2003
  • Nicklaus Lee Carpets, Inc. — 1988-present
  • Shaheen Carpet Mills, Inc. — 1978-present
  • Thurman Carpet, Inc. — 1988-2000

Information from Callahan’s book:

  • Thurmon Chitwood
    • Owned Chitwood Rug Company and Chitwood Broadloom, Inc.
    • Along with his wife Martha, they opened a spreadline at their home on US Highway 41 in 1935.
    • They purchased two single-needle machines in 1938 to make chenille robes, and began making bath sets in 1939.
    • Their business was temporarily closed while Thurmon served in World War II.
    • An advertisement from 1946 shows the production of bath sets, rugs, spreads, and robes, but he soon came to focus on the production of rugs.
  • Malvia Putnam Chenilles
    • Owned by Malvia Lucinda Chitwood Putnam.
    • Created peacock robes in 1970.
  • Benjamin Putnam
    • Husband of Malvia Putnam.
    • Listed in the 1940 US Census as a chenille operator at home; he also lived on US Highway 41.
    • He supplied chenille goods to several nearby businesses.
  • Lillie Maude Young Putnam
    • Mother of Benjamin Putnam.
    • She tufted and sold candlewick spreads.
    • Listed in the 1930 US Census as having a “spread yard” at home.