History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.


Documenting the American South
From "Mill News" - The Great Southern Weekly for Textile Workers. Devoted to the Textile Industries. Vol. XXII, No. 16, Charlotte, NC, October 14, 1920

Jackson Mills Community Building
Jackson Mills
Residence of O.H. Farr, Superintendent
Icemorlee Cotton Mills
Icemorlee Office, Residence of E.L. Iceman and 
View of One of the Village Streets

Jackson Mills
Manufacturers of Fine Cotton Blankets and Wide Sheeting
H.B. Heath, President; C.W. Walton, Treasurer

The Jackson Mills Company, incorporated in 1913, has the distinction of having never stood idle since that time except on regular holidays. The mills have ten thousand spindles and two hundred looms.

The community building shown below is provided by the company for entertainments and social features, in co-operation with the Sunday Schools and day schools.

The Jackson Mills library is a collection of books contributed by the people of the community, and once or twice a week magazines are furnished free of charge to all who apply for them.

Jackson Mills village is located in the corporate limits of Monroe, which is a prosperous and progressive city with fine graded schools and handsome churches.

The employes are a fine class of citizens, most of them being people from the country near by; and they have developed into skillful workers who take pride in the quality of the product of the mills.

It is hoped that classes in arithmetic, letter-writing, and other useful things may be organized in the mill village this winter. These classes will use the Community Building which has recently been newly furnished for this purpose. A Reading Club and Debating Society may also be organized later.

The mills have baseball and basketball equipment for their employes, and splendid grounds on their own property. The boys and girls take interest in these sports, and gain much pleasure and helpful exercise from them.

O.H. Farr, the efficient superintendent of the Jackson Mills, is not only an excellent superintendent, but he is a good friend of the people,--working right with them in their Sunday Schools and social life,--and, when there is sickness, he and his good wife are almost as good as doctors and never tiring in their services.

Icemorlee Cotton Mills
Robert Chapman, Pres.; J.H. Lee, Vice Pres.; C.C. Stokes, Sec'y & Treas.
Spinners of High Grade Yarns 10s to 24s Carded and Combed.

The Icemorlee Cotton Mills--10,000 Spindles--400 Employes.

The view presented by the Icemorlee Mills and their pretty village is one of the most attractive in the State. Thousands of dollars has been spent in beautifying the village. The houses are painted in different colors which harmonize with the foliage of the trees and present a pretty contrast with the pure white of the mill and office buildings. All houses in the village are provided with sanitary closets and lighted by electricity, the current of which is continuous for electric irons and other purposes as desired. The water which comes from deep wells and is piped to the houses was recently analyzed by the State laboratory and pronounced perfectly pure.
In the center front of this group is the office of the Icemorlee Mills, over which are lodge rooms, used free of rent by the several secret societies of the village, and by the Icemorlee Cornet band. At left of this is the residence of Supt. Robt. E.L. Iceman; and the picture on the right is a partial view of one of the village streets.

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