Years ago, Belmont, NC was a Cotton Mill Town(5,000 pop). It was dressed up later and called a Textile town. There were over 26 mills in this small town. The larger mills built houses for the workers and rented them reasonably. It was about 50 cents a room per week, which was deducted from the main workers pay. A 4 BR house was $2 a week. Sherry’s parents started working before their teens (not a bad thing in the early 1900’s).
These villages became a tight knit family. When asked, ‘ where are you from?’ The kids would respond with the name of the Mill, “I’m from the Imperial(etc)!” Now, There are no mills operating that I know of and there ARE NO MORE Mill Villages.
As with many things, the children raised on the Mill Hills (a term interchangeable with Mill Village) are now 55 to 80 years old and some have a Reunion meal and get together most months. Last night was one of those times. I usually do not go, too loud for me, but I went.
Wow, I was swamped by fans, readers of my books, who declare I am the best author they have ever read. (All three of the women said that!) Well at least that is what I thought they said, since it was so noisy I could not tell. LOL!
The food is some of the best in this area. They have country style steak that melts in your mouth. Fried chicken and catfish with all the trimmings and a great salad bar. They also have a sweet potato casserole topped with a crust of pecans, I always get that for dessert.
Anyway I did see some old friends that I played sandlot ball with on the Climax Mill village. One man was very glad to see me. I explained I was now deaf. (I have no idea who he was, but I want to. He is a nice guy!)
Jerry Ward, who used to pour my concrete was there. Jerry is younger than me and has already had his heart attack.(everyone seems to think they deserve at least one!) He still pours some concrete.
Sherry loves going, she knows MANY of the folks that attend. I went because I thought she would need my help since it is a Buffet, but she did not need me and handled her plate well. ( I felt so unnecessary!LOL)
Thanks for coming this way.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
1941 Merc Coupe. I honestly do not remember one of these. The ‘41 Ford was very popular. But the Merc had rounder lines maybe.(thanks Rose)