There is no doubt that the textile industry has long been one of the most influential businesses in Cabarrus County. By the 1930s, most families had someone working in the textile industry; in towns, whole families often worked together in the same mill. The North Carolina Year Book, 1931, published by the Raleigh News and Observer, lists 11 textile mills in Cabarrus County. Cannon Mills Company, with five plants in Concord and two in Kannapolis, produced sheeting, towels, ginghams, madras, novelty dress goods and yarns. Other Concord companies included Brown Manufacturing Company, which made flannels; Hartsell Mills Company, which produced cotton tapestry, rayon draperies, cotton bedspreads and carded yarns; and Locke Cotton Mills Company, which turned out chambray, shirting, dress ginghams and yarns. Several Concord mills produced hosiery and/or hosiery yarn; they were Hoover Hosiery Company, Roberta Manufacturing Company, White-Parks Mills Company and Willis Hosiery Mills. Two Mount Pleasant companies, Kindley Cotton Mills and Tuscarora Cotton Mills, made knitting yarns.
|General merchandise stores, such as the grocery opened by H. G. Blackwelder on |
McGill Avenue at the mouth of Kerr Street in Concord, were in Cabarrus in the 1930s.
Blackwelder's Grocery stayed in business until the 1970s. From left is H. G. Blackwelder
and his butcher, J. Brite Thompson. From "Images of America: Concord," by Michael
North Carolina Year Books for 1902, 1904, 1914, 1916, 1922, 1925 and 1931 are available in the Lore Room at the Concord Library.
Courtesy of the Concord Library, Lore History Room