We call them Cotton Mill towns. Later they were referred to as Textile Communities. Belmont, Sherry’s home town, had over 20 mills in and around it. Folks came from Georgia, Eastern NC and Western NC and West Virginia to work in the cotton mills. Susie Hawes, Sherry’s mama was raised by her mother in a log tobacco barn. When they heard of work in The Piedmont area they moved to Belmont. Sherry’s mama went to work in the cotton mill at 12 yrs of age. Her dad, Wiley Harris went to work a little earlier.
Susie became a spinner and Wiley worked the slubbers and ropers. They were married in their early twenties and raised a family of three girls and four boys. Sherry was the youngest girl with a younger brother. Most of her young life they all lived in a three room house when I met her she lived in a four room house. Yeah that would mean wall to wall beds.
Baths were taken in a tin tub, and the toilet was on the back porch.
Fate nearly caused me to miss her. She had a friend, Grethern, who moved to Burlington, NC. Sherry visited her and was considering quitting school and moving to Burlington to work. While she was in visiting in Burlington, I moved to Belmont.
Shirl and I had lived in Burlington when I was six years old. (Shirl was much older, just kidding sis!) My best friend at 6,7 & 8years of age was Sonny Turner. Wouldn’t you know that Sherry, while visiting back and forth to Burlington dated that rascal. I still want to shoot him! Hahahahaha!
More in the continuing saga of Jack & Sherry…… Thanks for coming this way.
PS: A day without sunshine is like ……….night