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By ]. J. FARRISS
Editor and Publisher T)aily Enterprise
HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE
SKETCH OF HIGH POINT WITH
ILLUSTRATIONS SHOWING ITS
PRETTY STREETS. RESIDENCES
MANUFACTURING PLANTS, Elc.
FEi 4 1910
F. N. TATE
Mayor City of High Point
W p. RAG AN
Judge of the Recorder's Court
J. W. Sechrest
H. A. Millis
J. H. Vestal
F. N. Tate
E. A. Younts
Dr. J. T. Burrus
S. H. Hilliard
High Point Police Force
W. H. Welch Benj. C. Ridge, Chief H. O. Hayworth
E. A. McGhee J. P. Myers
F. N. Tate
J. Elwood Cox
J. W. Harris
R. H. Wheeler
Board of Governors Manufacturers Club
J. J. Farriss, President
W. C. Jones
C. M. Hauser
C. F. Tomlinson
W. G. Shipman
W. G. Bradshaw
A. E. Tate
E. A. Snow
THERE is p>T-
haps no town
in the South
of the same population
that is so widely known
as High Point. This is
due to the fact, mainly,
that her manufactured
products are shipped to
every section on th(^
North American Conti-
nent as well as to place.*?
abroad. This informa-
tion has been before the
public at large only in
a general way and it is
the purpose of this pub-
lication to give in de-
tail the history of a
town that has made such
remarkable progress on an industrial line. We will not deal to any
great extent in figures, but the same information will be conveyed
by giving a short history of the town and its individual enterprises.
It will be seen that the claim of a most remarkable record is borne
out in this narrative.
High Point was given its name by the first surveyors of the old
North Carolina, now the Southern Railway. These, in their survey,
found the beautiful country now occupied by the wide-awake city, to
be the highest point on the line of survey. It is located in the midst
of rich farming lands. To this is due also the additional fact that
laboring men can afi:'ord to work for less, live in more comfort,
and save more than those who receive more wages in most other
manufacturing towns, especially those of the North and Northwest.
Its climate is almost luirivalled. The winters are mild. In the sum-
mer the mountains give cooling breezes. Its red and white oaks,
hickories and elms afi'ord the most grateful shade, and contribute
to make it a place of beauty. These things constitute it one of the
most desirable residence towns in the whole country. It has been
said by visitors that High Point has a larger number of fine resi-
dences than any town if the same population in the South. These
residences that adorn our main thoroughfares have been erected at
a cost varying from $2,500 to $25,000 each, and are of varied archi-
tectural beauty, many of which are produced on these pages. The
material for these homes is all manufactured at home, even to the
plate glass that goes into the windows and the costly mantels that
adorn the rooms.
High Point has established a reputation for building, not only
fine houses, but houses of moderate grade. For the past five years,
previous to the panic, the town made the incomparable record of
building- a house every day in each year.
Eighteen years ago there was scarcely any manufacturing busi-
ness in High Point The town had about the same beginning that
most towns had in Piedmont North Carolina. There was a small cot-
ton factory, a tobacco faclory, and one or two wood- working plants.
They did the average business of similar enterprises and sold the out-
put either to one firm North or retailed it in nearby markets- Most
of these plants, however, were successful and from "this success, pos-
sibly, came the desire for more manufacturing.
The great work of the town, however, follows from this on. For
years the town has been known as a furniture manufacturing town.
The first furniture factory was erected 18 years ago. It was success-
ful from the beginning. It had only been in operation a year or
so when some of the men who started the business erected another
plant. A third followed the next year. Then there were two, three,
four, all in the space of five years, and at the beginning of the seventh
year after the inauguration of the first furniture factory the citv
South Main Street M. E. Church
had ten. From this time on, the work was easy. The citizens of
the town, old and young, believed thoroughly in manufacturing and
put their small savings in new enterprises. In this way High Point
has prospered — little by little and by united action on a policy in
which all believed. High Point differs from most Southern manufac-
turing towns on this one point — her people did not Avait for outside
capital to come down on them in a lump which is demonstrated by
some of the large plants in other communities and controlled by only
one or two men. But her citizens erected new factories with their
own money as fast as they could make it. turning it back into new
enterprises, enlarging the smaller plants. Some of these plants have
as many as 50 stockholders and the man who was of moderate means
in the beoinuing was largely represented. So thoronghly was the
manufacturing business instilled into the people that the highest am-
bition of the young man was, to save enough money to put it into a
factory. ^lany of these IIOO young men can to-day count their money
by the thousands.
Twenty years ago th.^ Southern boy made a distinction between
the work of the head and the work of the hand. He was not to
blame. The distinction had been made for him- His brothers who
learned the lesson tirst that both kinds of work were honorable — the
one as much as the other— deserves the more credit. High Point
was the pioneer in this reformation and her people have reaped hand-
some rewards from the revelation. Thus endowed with a common
sense, energetic spirit, truly American, such citizenship has drawn
to it many recruits.
One of the strongest points in the character of the town is
its comopolitan spirit. It is free from any sentiment that
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sometimes acts as a l)arrier to progress, giving the "cold shoulder"
to newcomers who do not think exactly like their new acquaintances.
This spirit when carried to excess has held back the progress of some
towns for half a century. It is a sentiment unjust and unfair. There
is a just sentiment that every community should uphold. I)ut it does
not act in this way.
High Point has always given the glad hand to newcomers and
never questions their religious belief or political affiliations. This
seems a little thing on first thought, but it goes for much in the up-
I)uilding of every community. An American likes to be free and un-
hampered in these things and if he is made of the right kind of sand
he will not lend his presence and energies to anv commnutiv that does
not pern it freedom of thou; lit and action within the bonnds of ji'ood
The spirit of welcome that pervades the community together
with its other advantages has brought about an unprecedented urowth.
G. H. Kearns
J. M. Harrell
The stranger is not long a stranger here. He is made to feel at home
and given opportunities in business not offered in other towns in
the South. During the past three years there has been a great in-
flux of population and the census of 1910 will show a population
above 15.000. In 1890 there were 2,200 people in High Point accord-
R. H. Wheeler
J. H. Adams
ing to official figures. In 1900 there were about 5,000 but the last
census taken in January, 1908, showed the remarkable increase to
12,000. The tow^n has reached that position among the smaller cities
where its growth will be much more rapid in the future than it has
been in the past. There are in operation in the city 61 mannfactur-
ing- enterprises, and the indications are that this number will reach
100 by 1911. But without this addition of new plants, the natural
increase in the capacity of those already in operation will bring
about the realization of all that the most sanguine could expect.
Since High Point is known as a furniture market, the largest in
the South, we should speak of its peculiar advantages. So varied is
the style of furn/ture manufactured that dealers find it convenient
and profitable to buy here. This is true, both for large and small
orders. Here the small retailer may jilace in one car all kinds of
fui'niture needed in his store, at a large saving in freight charges.
On the other hand, the large buyers of specific kinds may fill cars of
anv one article his taste or needs may suggest. He can get a thous-
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and bedroom suites or 50.000 chairs, or any other artick' in large
quantities he may desire. And. best of all. he can secuK^ them at
lower rates than from the large factory towns and as firsi class goods
in every respect, of the grade manufactured. Dealers have found
this an important item. It is not an infrequent thing to see in retail
stores High Point furniture displayed along side that of the same
grade from other factories. The only difference is one of price. But
that counts with the retailer. For he can make a cheaper price on
the High Point article, and. consequently make better sales. Retailers
have long since found that High Point furniture sells. It has both
the quality and the price which make it go. Hence it is not a matter
for surprise that High Point factories are kept busy with orders.
While tlie furniture industry is large we would not leave the
imi:)ression that there are not other great interests here. In a manner
the manufacturing interests of the town are diversified. In the
wood-working business alone almost every line of goods is made and
many of the factories make a specialty of one line. Among other
articles manufactured in High Point are overalls, hosiery, silk, glass,
tobacco, pants, wheels, electric cars, paints, engines, iron piping, bed
springs, iron beds, roller tiour, buggies, show cases, and numerous
other goods which find a ready sale. In time High Point bids fair
to have more diversified manufacturing plants than any other South-
ern city- The town already leads largely in furniture and other
Those who come South to engage in the manufacturing business
first ask about the labor problem. There is no problem here. Labor
as a rule receives a just return for services rendered and as a rule
it may be said that there is no unrest or uneasy feeling among either
the employer or_ employee. The aggregate amount of wages received
by an operative is not so large as in Michigan, but the net profit that
accrues to the laborer is equally as much if not more. In the colder
Passenger Station, Southern Railway
climate the difference in wages goes for heavier and warmer clothing,
coal bills, rents and other things not required in a warmer climate.
In Michigan the workman burns coal seven to nine months in the
year, the clothing for his children is more expensive and other ex-
penses in proportion. It has been demonstrated and admitted by
a special committee of manufacturers from Grand Rapids, who spent
several weeks in this section getting- statistics on labor, that the
workman in High Point who was receivng $1-75 a day for his
labor was as well paid as the artisan in Michigan who was receiv-
ing $2.75 a day.
There has been very little outside interference with labor. This
in a measure would destroy to a large degree that condition which at
present operates so successfully for the mutual advantage of manu-
facturer and employee. Where snch interference is permitted by eith-
er party trouble follows. Contrasted with the position and conditions
of the workingmen under other conditions, the workingmen of High
Point have everything in their favor. With the latter is a growing
prosperity and an ever opening opportunity that the workingmen
under the control of others in the cities have not. This mutual co-
operation has done much to advance the town. There is a condi-
tion among the workinginen of High Point seldom found in an}^
other community. Many of the operatives in the factories own their
Dr. J. T. Burrus Dr. G. F. Duncan
homes. The way was provided through local building and loan as-
sociations and every man is encouraged to buy a home and pay for
it throuiih one of the numerous associatious which are kept up in the
Dr. D. A. Stanton Dr. C. S. Grayson
community. This is done by monthly ])ayments and it costs very
little more than the house would rent for. P]very seven years a large
number of working men become the ownei's of homes as it takes only
82 months for one of these associations to pay out- It has been said
that a larger jier cent of working' men in High Point own their homes
than in any commnnity in the South. It has all come about by the
co-operation of the employer and employe, referred to above.
We have given a few of the reasons for growth held by the manu-
facturers and most of the workingmen of the town. As it noAv ap-
pears, High Point is solving, or has solved a great problem in its
own way, and there is no reason to believe that the old era of pros-
perity both for emjiloyer and employed shall pass away. The com-
mon "interest of both and the unusual conditions which exists here,
must forever forbid any complications which would be mutually de-
We should say a word about the merchants of High Point. W^ith-
in the last few years many fine stores have been added to the already
long list. With the growth of the town the necessity has been met
for keeping as tine a stock of goods as may be found in any town of
Residence of O. N. Richardson
its size in the State. To-day the purchaser of almost any line can find
what he wants in High Point. Whether dry goods, suits for men or
women, shoes, hats, millinery, ladies' dress goods, heavy and fancy
groceries, horse and cattle feed, hardware, drugs, carpets, ehinaware,
silverware and what not. all may be had of first quality either at
wholesale or retail. The men and women who conduct these stores
are of well-established reputation and business integrity. And we
may add to this that possibly no town furnishes a number of men and
women who are more ready to sell fine goods at small profits. In-
deed, it is a fact not generally known that High Point merchants ai-e
not wholly confined to a local trade; but constantly ship goods out
of town, some of them to far away points, their excellent bargains
having become known to many who have visited the town. We con-
fidently predict that so well known is High Point coming to be the
mail-order business will, in the not distant future become a part
of business sinews in its success.
During the past few years High Point has become a whole sale
center. There are a number of wholesale merchants who give their
exclusive time to the business and theii' trade extends over the greater
part of Western North Carolina. ]\fany of the wholesale houses have
traveling- salesmen. This Inie of business in High Point has increased
very satisfactorily from year to year. Already there is one branch
railroad that extends 70 miles into the interior.
It is a significant fact that the wholesale business in the
South has increased at an astounding rate since 1900, and there is
no reason why these large establishments should not be maintained.
Up to a few months ag?) the discrimination in freight rates was a
drawback, but an adjustment of this matter is now only a matter of
a short time. High Point encourages wholesale houses.
An index to the en>)rmous business done in High Point in the
manufacturing business can be found by a reference to the railroad
business done at this station. The amount of freight tonnage to and
from High Point annually, is something enormous. The forests of
Residence of Dr. J. R. Reitzel
this and other States have been brought under tribute to supply the
millions of feet of hard and soft lumber. It is not too low an esti-
mate to say that the annual freight bill of High Point has gone
beyond the one million dollar mark. Thousands of cars have been
necessary to meet the demands of the factories to convey their output
to every part of this country. Year after year the tonnage has in-
creased. It is safe to say that within the last two years the increase in
this particular has been over two thousand per cent. This may be
taken as a fair indication of the steady commercial growth of the
town within that time. The value of this fact to the town is inesti-
mable. To handle a large traffic the Southern Railway Company em-
ploys at the station 25 clerks and assistants and operators, two yard
engines to facilitate the solid car load shipments from the factories
Diii"ing the busy season this force as large as it is, is compelled to
work from 18 to 20 hours in order to keep the tracks clear.
We have stated that the business of High Point is worth a mil-
lion dollars a year to the railroad. This is a conservative estimate.
The receipts in cash are from $2,000 to $3,000 a day, but the greater
amount of revenue goes to the road from the heavy shipments origi-
nating here and which is collected at the destination. The passenger
service here is quite heav^' and in 1907 the Southern Railway Com-
pany completed a handsome passenger station, a cut of Avhich is pro-
duced in this book. It might be well to note in this connection that
the Southern Railway has given every factory in High Point a side
John W. Clinard
A. B. Homey
track where it was possible to do so. This is an unusual situation
and an advantage which has come only to towns in Piedmont North
Carolina. The interests of the Southern Railway Company at High
Point are in the hands of M'r- L. H. Schaub, who is one of the most
competent railroad men in the South and an officer who is well liked
C. J. Field
W. G. Shipman
by the citizens and the company by whom he is employed.
As may be seen by reference to other pages of this book High
Point has admirable banking facilities. It has now one National
l)ank. three savings and trust companies and one State bank. Their
urowth has been commensurate with the growth of the town. Thev
have contributed and still contribute as greatly toward the enlarge-
ment and progress of the city as any other one agency within its
])nsiness circle. They are all regarded as safe institutions, having as
officials and stockholders many of the leading capitalists of the com-
munity. The officials are known for their accommodating spirit.
Any enterprise which has promise meets their full approval and
While many large towns are discussing the feasibility of mu-
nicipal ownership, the city of High Point has long ag'o settled that
question in reference to its water and electric lights. The city is well
lighted at moderate cost. The power is furnished by the large power
plant of the N. C. Public Service Co. and the Southern Power Co.. but
Wachovia Loan & Trust Company
the city is owner of the dynamos ai'd has a superintendent in charge
of the work.
High Point has many private wells, which furnish drinking
water as cold as that from mountain springs. While these have not
been discarded altogether the city furnishes pure spsing water from
a reservoir five miles away. This reservoir is located within ten acres
of land, well protected from any sort of contamination. A stone dam
strongly built and fitted with' let-offs and other purifying appara-
tus, gives an abundant supply of the purest soft water. Steam
pumps, located at the reservoir keep the picturesque tank, (which is
175 feet high, on steel piers, on the highest point within the city
limits) filled with 150,000 g-allon.s of Avater and the lo miles of water
mains hold 500,000 gallons niore. This gives an abundant supply.
and. as it yields a pressure of 60 poniids to the inch, capable of being
reinforced by powerful steam pumps, it is considered an adequate
protection in case of tire. ^lany tire stations, located at convenient
portions of the city, has the effect of cheapening insurance rates.
These latter will become more and more reasonable after certain con-
templated improvements in the factoiy district are carried into effect.
Municipal ownership of the water plant makes the price of water for
the citizens as low as can be found in any town in the State and far
Asa Mendenhall Farm
lower than is had in most towns. This is an item not to be despised,
it contributes not only to safety, but to beautifying the town, and
makes the creation of beautiful lawns and flower gardens a possibi-
lity of Avhich the citizens have not been slow to take advantage with
the aid given by the Civic League.
Municipal ownership of water and electric light and sewerage
systems are facts which unite with the comparatively nominal cost
of taxation. At present this rate is $1.33 on the $100 i>roperty valu-
Country Residence of W. L. Kivett
ation. including school tax. Such a condition of things, existing in
an up-to-date modern town in every particular, is not short of marvel-
ous. The attention of home seekers and investors naturally and
speedily turns to such a thriving place where one may hold real estate
and carry on business, without the feeling that he is being taxed to
death. It also throws a side light on the high moral standing of the
city government, where such a thing as graft has never been known.
High Point values its law against open saloons. This principle,
incorporated years ago, in its charter, has wrought much for the
people and the city. Money that would have been spent in saloons
has been invested in factories or put into homes, with the assistance
of the prosperous building and loan associations.
The rate of taxation for schools is only 33-1-3 cents on the $100
and the poll tax is $1.00.
Robt. R. Ragan Capt. A. M. Rankin
All other taxes for the city is $1.00 on the $100 valuation and
$2.00 on the poll.
This rate of taxation furnishes sufficient revenue for the current
expenses of the city and the interest on the bonded indebtedness.
Lee A. Briles
E. R. Carr
The total rate of taxation for the city is $1-33 1-3 on the $100
valuation. The assessed value of taxable property in the city of
High Point for the year 1907 was $3,349,718.00. The estimated actual
value of property in the city is $7,000,000,00. The school property
of the city which includes two very handsome school buildings and
spacious lots is valued at $65,000.
The city water works and electric light plants are valued at
There are four well equipped volunteer fire companies with ap-
paratus valued at $15,000. It is a matter of g-eueral comment that
High Point is better equipped in public improvements and schools
than any town of 12,000 population in the South. Notwithstflndincr
the fact that High Point has accomplished much, the work has only
begun. Only recently $60,000 was appropriated for more improve-
ments on the streets. The city has already 12 miles of granulithic
sidewalks, all alike which adds much to the beauty of the city] The
streets in the business centre are made of bitulithic and are admired
Residence of J. M. Harrill
by every stranger as well as the home people. There are other streets
well laid with macadam and this work is being extended every year.
While High Point has been busy with internal affairs much time
has been devoted to encourage others to become citizens of the town.
So much impressed are the citizens that the community offers special
advantages to people who desire to settle in this section of the coun-
try or change their location that they feel it a duty to emphasize the
advantages of High Point. This work is being dime all the time.
A few years ago the ]\fanufacturers' Club was organized here and it
has been instrumental in many ways in bringing into notice the ad-
vantages of the city and has come in touch with influences on the out-
side which have proven very beneficial to the community. It numbers
among its membership some of the most prominent manufacturers,
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bankers and other business men in the city, who take an interest in
its affairs. The value of such an organization to a community can-
not be estimated.
Hio'h Point has two excellent graded school buildings. The old-
est and largest of these is located at the corner of East Greene and
South INIain Streets- It if. built of brick and stone and is valued at
$40,000. The auditorium is capable of seating about 12.000 people
This buildino- is well heated bv hot air. It is furnished through-
Residence of C. M. Hauser
out with the best of school fui'uiture, maps, etc., and its blackboards
are of the best slate. In addition to the usual school furniture, nuich
attention has been paid to the decoration of the walls of the halls
and recitation rooms with the portraits of distinguished and useful
men. This is done with the lielief that children are greatly assisted
by such information.
Another fine building for graded school purposes was built in
1905. This is located North of the railroad on Elm street, from
Suburban Home of W. L. Horney
which it derives its nani'^. It is built of brick and has a slate roof.
One of the features of the building is that it is thoroughly well-
lighted and well-heated. Hot air is also used in this building, as
in the Main street school. The value of this new property is placed
The High Point graded schools have a faculty of 20 expert
teachers. These are recognized as occupying a high and useful place
One of High Point's Business Street
A Day's Sport, Near High Point
in the community, and are received into the social life of the city
with great cordiality. The cnrricnlla of the two schools include ten
The present board is constituted as follows: J. Elwood Cox,
chairman; W. J. McAnally. A. E. Tate, treasurer; L. C- Sinclair, sec-
retary ; A. E. Alexander, W. H. Ragan. S. L. Davis, Dr. J. R. Reitzel,
A. B. Horney, J. J. Farriss, J. W. Harris and O. N. Richardson.
Original Growth of Pines
Residence of Mrs. John A. Lindsay
Residence of J. W. Sechrest
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Hifflhi Poimit^s lodiiastri^
THE TATE FURNITURE COMPANY.
For nearly 20 years the Tate Furniture Company has been do-
ing- business in High Point. Air. John H. Tate president of the
company, was one of the organizers of the furniture business here.
He, however, soon left the original company and with his brother
Mr. A. E. Tate and others, formed in 1890, the present company.
The business beginning from the first with a splendid equipment,
has from year to year, enlarged and perfected its plant. Under the
vigorous management of these young pioneer furniture manu-
facturers, it grew almost phenomenally. Its first buyers were in the
South, and before many years the name of the Tate Company
was known far and wide throughout this growing section of our
John H. Tate
country. In this field it still has a large number of buyers, but
is by no means confined to it.
The Tate Furniture Company is one of the largest and best
industries of High Point. Its line of manufacture — medium grades
of Chamber-suits, Chififoniers, Beds and Dressers, besides certain
specialties — have become well known as among the most relia-
ble goods at the most reliable prices to be found anywhere in the
manufacturing world. It could not be otherwise with the man
who controls the plant as its secretary and treasurer, Mr. A. E.
Tate. The quality of the goods a factory produces is always a
reflection of the character of the manufacturer. Mr. Tate is a
man that can be counted on to do well whatever he undertakes,
whether it be a task of a private citizen, a public executive or a
manufacturer. His word is as good as his bond and he always
does for his customers not only what he promises but a little more.
From his early youth he has been identified with the business in-
terests of High Point, and as a business man is never so well
known as in his own town, his irreproachable private character
and business qualities among the people among whom he has
spent his life are Mr. Tate's glory and crown.
As indicative of the high esteem in which Mr. Tate is held
by the people of the city, it may be said that he has been frequent-
ly selected as Alderman and for years has been a most efificient
member of the School Board. To his wise counsel and vigorous
attention to the interests of his town are due to some extent
the splendid improvements of the last ten years. By general con-
sent he is given the credit of the procuration of the new charter
of the city for which it is expecting so much in the matter of its
future prosperity. And not only has he served well in the admin-
istration of public office, but has always shown himself a man of
advanced public spirit, laboring night and day, in season and out
of season, for every interest or new enterprise whiich in his judg-
ment he regards as conducive to the upbuilding of the city and
the betterment of i.ts people. This large public spirit could not fail
in attracting the attention of wide awake men elsewhere. He is fre-
A. E. Tate
quently in receipt of letters from such men seeking information
concerning our city and its manufacturing interests, and these so-
licitations and inquiries alwaj^s receive his attention..
Several years ago Mr. Tate was appointed by the Governor
of the State as one of the Board of Control of the large charity
institution at Morganton, known as the State Hospital, and, as
was to have been expected, his associates on the board as well as
the Governor of the State have expressed their appreciation of his
qualities of mind and heart which have equally helped in one of
the best, if not the best administrations this great institution has
Considering the fact that Mr. Tate is assiduous and untiring
in his devotion to the interest of the large furniture factory under his
control, the demand made upon him by his public spirit and pub-
lic service makes him one of the busiest of men. Yet with all he
is never any more hasty and noisy in his actions than in his judg-
ment. He belongs to that class of men who always do much and
talk little, although thoroughly capable of expressing himself well
and to the point, whether in private conversation, in the public
meetings, or as superintendent of the Sunday-school. In fine, the
secretary and treasurer of the Tate Furniture Company is a man
of telling activity, sound judgment and large efficiency in whatever
sphere or enterprise he consents to serve. Consequently it is not
a matter of surprise that success in business has accompanied
him from the beeinninof.
THE DALTON FURNITURE COMPANY.
One of the best managed factories in High Point is that of
the Dalton Furniture Co., presided over by Mr. R. B. Terry, a
young man wdio has demonstrated his ability along this line to
that extent that the plant is counted one of the most successful
in the community. Mr. Terr}^ is secretary and treasurer and
The Dalton Furniture Company was named for its popular
president, Mr. R. F. Dalton. Of Mr. Dalton we have given our
R. B. Terry
estimate, in an account of the immense manufacturing business
known as the Snow Lumber Company. Sufifice it to say here that
since the Dalton company came into his hands, it has felt the force
of his wonderful personality most decidedly, being ably assisted
by Dr. W. G. Bradshaw in his councils.
The officers of the company are R. F. Dalton, president ; R.
B. Terry, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Terry came to High Point
several years ago from Richmond county. As secretary and treas-
urer for the Piedmont Table Company, he showed excellent busi-
ness capacity. It was a matter of course for the Dalton Company
to engage him as its secretary and treasurer. His subsequent
energetic and safe conduct of the business shows that he is the
right man in the right place. He is regarded as one of the com-
ing business men of the place. ]\Ir. Terry is doing much for the
company, carryng along its affairs successfully. He is one of the
best equipped young men in the State and is popular with all.
The special line manufactured by the Dalton Furniture Co.,
are tables in many styles and grades. Up to June 1909 the company
manufactured for the U. S. Government a Special Post Office desk,
but this contract was given up in order to increase the line of
These lines have gained an enviable reputation for excellence
of finish and beauty of design. The success of these goods on the
market is alreadv assured.
KEARNS FURNITURE COMPANY.
The Kearns Furniture Company is one of the largest and
best plants in High Point. Its management is principally under
the care of Mr. O. E. Kearns, the able secretary and treasurer,
assisted by Mr. G. H. Kearns, the superintendent. The Kearns
Furniture Company was organized in 1904. Mr. O. E. Kearns
was the manager of and a large stockholder in the High Point
Mantel and Table Company when the company bought the large
plant of the American Lumber Company and merged the two
plants under the name of Kearns Furniture Company with an
increased capital stock to a point near $100,000. Mr. Kearns had
built up a large trade in furniture before enlarging the business
and w^as well versed in the manufacture of goods as any man in
the State. The large volume of business only gave him a bet-
ter opportunity and a larger field to demonstrate his ability. The
success with which the company has met has proven that no mis-
take was made in following the Messrs. Kearns and their advice.
This company makes medium grade suits, odd dressers, chiffo-
niers, safes and tables, and their customers throughout the fur-
niture buying world rate the goods among the best on the market.
The ofifice work is in charge of Mr. O. E.Kearns, while the super-
intendency devolves upon Mr. G. H. Kearns. They make a strong
team as the success of the business has largely demonstrated.
This plant employs about 175 hands.
Mr. O. E. Kearns. the head of the factory is considered
one of the best equipped business men in the city. He has never
O. E. Kearns
undertaken any business proposition that he did not carry through
successfully. This is accounted for in a measure by his unusually
quick perception in business matters, fine executive ability and
strict attention to business. The biggest effort of his career is
crowned with the marked success of the Kearns Furniture Com-
pany, which he has brought from a small plant to one of the largest
and most successful in the community.
Mr. O. E. Kearns is at the head of one of the largest banks
in the city, being president N. C. Savings Bank & Trust Co., the
owner of the handsome 6-story office building in the city. As
president of this institution he is counted among its best and safest
advisers. He is well posted in financial matters, of sound judg-
ment and makes a valuable counsellor for the bank.
Mr. Kearns has recently completed a beautiful colonial resi-
dence, one of the handsomest in the county, a cut of which ap-
pears in this book.
Mr. G. H. Kearns. the superintendent of the plant is a well
equipped business man and has contributed much to the success
of the plant. Like his brother, he is attentive to his duties and
has a way of bringing about results. He is a fine manager of labor
and has the tact of gaining and keeping their good will and re-
spect. He is not only interested in the Kearns plant, but has
stock in other enterprises and is a large property owner. He has
served acceptably on the Board of Aldermen, and as Chairman of
the committee on fire department, did some good work in that di-
rection. It was during his administration that the first "home" foi
the firemen was built.
ALMA FURNITURE COMPANY.
The Alma Furniture Company is one of the best. For a score
of years it has been putting- a line of goods on the market which
has held its own for all these years and made thousands of new
friends. It was about the year 1890 that Mr. Jonathan P. Redding,
after visiting many foreign lands, in some of -which he conducted
business, returned to his native State to settle permanently. He
came to High Point and bought out the Barker factory which he
turned into a manufactory of kitchen safes. In this venture he had
In 1895 he organized the Alma Furniture Company. Its spe-
cialties are tables and safes. They manufacture the best article of
the kind, at such prices that buyers, in large numbers, have
been drawn to their warerooms and the mail orders are something
tremendous. In fact hardly a buyer of furniture considers his
visit at this manufacturing town as complete until he has seen the
J. P. Redding
display of tables and safes exposed to view at the Alma Company's
rooms. The Alma has never had to close down even under the
The Alma enjoys the distinction of being one of the best
plants having as its secretary and treasurer and general mana-
ger a man who knows lumber as he knows the sun light and can
size up a perfect piece of work with a glance. No article leaves
the Alma factory until it has undergone his critical inspection.
The Avorkmanship and finish of the goods are of a high order of
merit in every particular.
Jonathan P. Redding not only knows the manufacturing business
but he is a business man in every sense of the word. Enterprise
after enterprise, which has had his endorsement and financial sup-
port, has gone forward on the high tide of success which has char-
acterized High Point ventures.
He was the first citizen of High Point to build an u])-to-date
city flat .which is one of the most imposing buildings in the city.
Mr. Redding is a man of fine public spirit. Many times he
lias served acceptably and ably upon the board of aldermen of the
city. He is also highly interested in religious and educational mat-
ters and is a liberal contributor. He is one of the prominent trus-
tees of the Greensboro Female College. He is director in the Com-
mercial Bank and connected with other leading enterprises.
In 1908 Mr. J. H. Petty became part owner of this successful
plant and is now its secretary and treasurer. Mr. Petty for a num-
ber of years followed the merchandise business successfully and
is one of the State's best equipped business men. He has carried
his methods into the Alma Furniture Company and if possible
added greatly to the success of the business. For thoroughness in
the details of business, Mr. Petty has few superiors while at the
J. H. Petty
same time he is endowed with good executive ability. \\ ith these
Cjualifications it is not surprising that the Alma is increasing its
Mr. Petty is a member of a well known family in the state
which has done much for its material progress. He and his brother
the late A\'. C. Petty who built the Carthage railroad, were pion-
neers in the lumber business in which they were successful. He
is a prominent member of the Baptist denomination and takes
much interest in its affairs in the state.
JUDGE W. P. RAGAN.
One of the best things connected with the estabhshment of a
Recorder's Court for High Point and vicinity was the selection
of the man to fill the office. This honor was conferred on Mr. W.
P. Ragan, a young attorney of High Point, who has made a suc-
cess in the practice of law and along with it has established a repu-
tation as an upright, broad minded citizen, who loyes his fellow
man and is just and fair to all. He has only filled the office a
few months and yet the people of the community have already
seen that their selection was a fortunate one for the community.
Judge Ragan is that type of man that has the respect of all , one
whom every man knows is honest and true. , ,
Judge Ragan is the fourth son of Amos and Martha E. Ragan,
and was born on the 5th day of April, 1868. two and one-half miles
south of High Point, and was reared on a farm. He attended
public schools at Archdale and Springfield a short distance from
his home, until the year 1888. when he entered Guilford College
and for tvyo years was a student at this institution. After leaving
Guilford College he then taught school at Bethany and Spring-
In the year 1890 he became assistant postmaster at High
Point, which position he held for about four years during Harri-
In the spring of 1894 he went to Alabama as a representative
for the J. Van Lindley Nursery Company, of Pomona, N. C.
In the fall of 1894 he entered the University of North Caroli-
na, where he took a course preparatory to the study of law. In
1895 h^ was deputy clerk of the Superior court at Greensboro,
N. C, and while acting in this capacity he studied law under Dick
In September 1896, he obtained license to practice law. In
1897 he formed a co-partnership with Major ' Charles^I Stead-
man, of Greensboro and practiced law in High Point and Greens-
boro until the year 1900, when this co-partnership was dissolved,
since which time Mr. Ragan has continued his practice alone,
both in High Point and Greensboro.
On March the 2nd, 1905 he was married to Miss Elizabeth
Gurley, of Windsor, North Carolina.
Mr. Ragan is the owner of one of the beautiful homes for
which High Point is famous.
In politics he is a Republican and in religion a Quaker.
In 1902 he was nominated for the State Senate by the Guil-
ford county Republican convention, and while defeated, he led
his ticket by about 500 votes. He has canvassed Guilford and ad-
joining counties for the interest of the Re])ublican party in every
campaign since 1894.
THE WELCH FURNITURE COMPANY.
One of the livest and most successful business concerns of
High Point, is the Welch Furniture Company, named for that
sterling" and worthy man, Mr. J. J. Welch, one of the largest pro-
perty owners and financially surefooted men in the community. The
same qualities which made J. J. Welch a brave and notable sol-
dier, namely, courage, calm judgment and a sure aim in the con-
flict, having- contributed to his high standing as a manufacturer.
The Welch Furniture Company, which was organized in 1891,
commenced from the first with a large and substantial advantage,
in that it was contributed of men who had already made a
name in the world of business. Mr. AY. P. Pickett is its presi-
dent, a man of large capital and many years experience in the
As the planning and furnishing of large enterprises of this
sort is dependent more upon the secretary and treasurer than
J. J. Welch
upon any other official, it is appropriate that we should especial-
ly speak of Mr. J. W. Harris, who occupies this important of-
fice in the Welch. Mr. Harris is yet a young man, but even be-
fore he entered the manufacturing world was known far and wide
as a man of the keenest business insight. His business appren-
ticeship was made in the sphere of the traveling salesman, where
he was known as afTable, constant and pre-eminently successful.
He always made himself essential to his house and was always
welcomed by the trade. Had he decided to continue in this de-
partment of business life, he would have achieved much and made
his fortune even there. But, like many successful men, he knew that
if he could succeed for others he could do so for himself. His
judgment in this was not at fault. It was one of those lucky
events which gave to High Point a permanent citizen who, from
his first entrance into the manufacturing arena, spelled his ex-
perience there with seven charmed letters which make up the
great American word, "success". His management of the manu
facturing and financial side of the Welch Company has been to
the best degree satisfactory to its stockholders. Besides his splen-
did business qualifications, Mr. Harris is a man of large public
spirit, and is ever ready to lend a helping hand for the betterment
of the body politic and the establishment of new enterprises which
in his judgment will turn out to the advantage of the city. He
is a director in the Commercial National Bank as well as stock
holder in other important and successful business ventures.
He is vice-president of the High Point Savings & Trust Co., an-
other successful financial institution, President of Parker Paper
J. W. Harris
& Twine Co., vice-president Ring Drug Company, director in High
Point Perpetual Ikiilding cv Loan Association. He was also one
of the promoters of and is a large stockholder in the Marsh
Furniture Company and is now its president. This is one of the
most successfui plants in the city.
Mr. Harris while a very busy man with his private afifairs and
the afifairs of the institutions with which he is connected gives
much time to public matters. He is a member of the Board of
Governors of the Manufacturers club, a member of the school
board and a member of the township executive committee of the
Piedmont Good Roads Association recently organized.
The \\'elch Company manufactures a beautiful line of goods,
consisting of chaml)er suits, odd dressers and folding beds. Its
product is noted for its fine workmanship, careful assembling and
excellent finish which appeal at once to the buyers.
THE CONTINENTAL FURNITURE COMPANY.
Mr. Fred N. Tate, who has entire control of this company-
has spent the most of his life in this community. He has occcupied
positions of trust here since he was a boy and has fulfilled them
to that degree of excellence which is responsible for his present
position in the business world and in the affairs of the city.
In returning- to this city from Charlotte, N. C, whither he
had gone as agent of the Southern Railway, Mr. Tate brought
with him the names of a number of Charlotte capitalists, who de-
sired to co-operate with him, forming another large factory for
the manufacture of fine furniture.
The authorized capitalization of The Continental Furniture
Co.. is $100,000. Mr. F. N. Tate is president, treasurer and general
manager. It turns out fine grade chamber suits, sideboards, ward-
robes and chififoiners. The company employs a large force of
skilled mechanics, who manufacture some beautiful creations in
The Continental has done a good business from the start.
Xow in its eighth year, its manager may look back upon its
F. N. Tate
record of success and forward upon its brilliant prospects, with
gratification and pardonable pride.
Air. Tate is a man greatly interested in every public enter-
prise of his city. His great desire is to see it the most beautiful,
as it is the mosl progressive place in the State. He is a man of
decided convictions, and an executive of the finest ability. Whether
as member of the school board, member of the city council or presi-
dent of the Manufacturers' Club, he worked unceasingly and with
■as great an enthusiasm and expenditure of personal energy as if
he were working for his private interests. Whatever he does he
does with his whole might. One is not surprised, therefore, at
So universally was his ability and true worth recognized that
he was elected Mayor of the city of High Point in May 1909 by the
largest vote any candidate has ever received in this city. Since taking
charge of the afifairs of the office he has already inaugurated many
improvements and hopes to carry out plans which will make High
Point the best governed city in the South. He has with him to aid
in this work a city council composed of live business men all of
whom have a like interest of the city at heart.
Mr. Tate stands not only for high civic efficiency, but is also
a prominent member of the Methodist church.
He is president of the North Carolina Case Workers Associa-
tion, which position he has held for two years. This organization
stands for the upbuilding of the furniture manufacturing interests
of the South and its membership comprises practically all nf the
more than one hundred factories in North Carolina.
Mr. Tate was only a few weeks ago elected president of the
Piedmont Good Roads Association, an organization comprising
the central counties of the state and formed for the purpose of
vigorously pushing the work of building good roads throughout
Birdseye View of City, Showing Water Tower
THE GLOBE-HOME FURNITURE COMPANY.
One of the largest furniture factories in the South is the
Globe-Home Company. Its enterprise is in keeping up with the most
up-to-date furniture, some of it very fine grade, and has broug-ht
it an enviable reputation and a large business. Its capitalization at
present is $175,000, while the men who own its stock are among
the most substantial in the state. It has not hesitated to place its
furniture alongside the best that is made culminating in
business success and carrying; strength with whatever it is as-
sociated. Mr. J Elwood Cox is president of the company. His
rare and varied talents as a financier and manufacturer have con-
tributed their share in originating and making permanent this
really great manufacturing plant.
The secretary and treasurer of the company is Dr. W. G.
Bradshaw. This gentleman, who has so ably conducted the affairs
of the Globe-Home for many years, while first, last and all the
time a typical successful business man, would make a success in
Dr. W. G. Bradshaw
any department of life toward which he might direct his energies.
He was the first cashier of the Commercial National Bank and
achieved distinction in that position. But his soul yearned for
greater activity and he was appointed secretary and treasurer of
the present company, in the consolidation of the Home and Globe
in 1891. Since then, the responsibility of his important position
has been woven into his life and his fine nature has responded to
it in a manner which has been most gratifying to his associates.
He makes it a point to keep in touch with the furniture world,
not only in High Point, but in the whole country. Consequently,
although crowded with much business in the factory whose inter-
ests he never ceases to push forward, it is a frequent thing to see
him on his way to the great furniture centers of the world, to see
what others are doing, and how they are doing it. Such aggres-
siveness has yielded rich returns to his company and that up-to-
date concern has not been slow to recognize it and put into prac-
tice the information he has gained.
\Ye said that Dr. Bradshaw is a man of diversified talent.
This is shown by the frequent calls upon his time at all meetings
of public nature in his town, when a clear, succint statement of
the matter in hand is desired.
Dr. Bradshaw is among the leading public spirited men of the
county and takes much interest in its affairs. He is now a member
of the Board of County Commissioners.
Dr. Dred Peacock, who succeeded the lamented Dr. J. J. Cox
as vice president of the Globe-Home, came to High Point with
his reputation as a man of excellent business talent preceding him.
Dr. Dred Peacock
After graduating with honor from Trinity College, he took
charge of Greensboro Female College. There he showed him-
self to be a competent executive of a large school and gained the
confidence of the world of business. His residence in High Point
is a great gain for the city in more ways than one. Prepared both
by education and experience and possessed of large natural talent,
he is well fitted both for the responsible position held by him and
for counsel in educational and other matters of public moment.
The people of High Point recognizing his superior ability and
fitness, elected him a member of the city council in Alay 1909 and
he is now chairman of the finance committee of the council.
Dr. Peacock has bought a splendid estate here and is a fixture.
HIGH POINT FURNITURE COMPANY.
The High Point Furniture Company was the tirst company in
High Point to begin the manufacture of furniture on a large scale.
That was back in 1890. Mr. M. J. Wrenn, the present owner, was
then the proprietor of the largest dry goods store in the city, a
business, which he conducted for years with success. He afterwards
employed his talent in the development of his large furniture
plant. Some years ago,, the old wooden building was destroyed
bv fire. Mr. Wrenn "then at once rebuilt of brick. He has now
one of the safest and largest structures in fact a mammoth com-
cern, embracing three large buildings.
The High Point Furniture Company does a large business in
all parts of the world. Under Mr. Wrenn's able management i't
M. J. Wrenn
has established an enviable reputation for bed room suites, at
moderate cost, well-made and well-finished. The factory has been
continually enlarged in order to meet his growing trade.
^Nlr. Wrenn is owner and occupant of one of the handsomest
homes in Piedmont North Carolina and has accumulated a
It is rarely the case that one has so early in life reached the
largest decree of success which has already been achieved by this
gfentleman. His is one of the many phenomenal success of the
'Sir. AA'renn served two terms as Mayor of the city.
THE EAGLE FURNITURE COMPANY.
The Eagle Furniture Company is one of the finest and best
organizations for the manufacture of furniture to be found in this
city of furniture factories. It was organized in 1893, with Mr. AV.
H. Ragan, one of High Point's most substantial manufacturers
and business men as its secretary and treasurer, and Mr. E. A.
Snow as its president. He was succeeded by his son, Mr. Charles
Ragan, who conducted it successfully, but gave up the position
to assume control of the Columbia Furniture Company.
At that 'time Mr. T. H. Spencer took charge as secretary and
treasurer. This gentleman, in order to accept a factory position,
resigned High Point agency of the Southern Railway, where he
had gained an enviable reputation as one of the best business men
in the employ of the system. During the five years he has been
secretary and treasurer, his enterprise, push and vigor has con-
T. H. Spencer
vinced the stockholders of the company that they were fortunate
in their selection. He is a born manufacturtrer, and knows how
to get business and how to keep it. Those who know him have
no hesitation in predicting for him a continued and ever success,
and that of the admirable company with which he is associated.
It turns out some of the most beautiful and attractive suites,
side-boards, chiffoniers and odd dressers. It does not aim at the
manufacture of the most expensive articles in these lines, although
all of them are well made, highly finished and of the modern styles.
Its best suit is a thing of beauty.
The Eagle has one of the best built plants in -High Point. It
occupies a number of large buildings. The machinery room is
finely equipped with the best furniture making apparatus and is
a gigantic apartment 80x140 feet. Its warehouse is a two story
structure which has a floor space of 14,000 square feet.
THE COLUMBIA FURNITURE COMPANY.
The "Columbia line" is known on every market as one of the
best. ^Ir. Ragan the Manager has succeeded in embodying style,
finish, and durability in his g'oo.ds at a moderate price.
This company is finely located on the main line of the South-
ern Railway. It is finely equipped with the l^est machinery, and
is constituted of factory building-, finishing- departments and ware-
rooms, oil room, steam kilns, lumber yard and offices.
Its articles of manufacture compose an excellent line of med-
ium and fine grade suits, odd beds, odd dressers and chift'oniers.
No better goods of the styles and grades produced can be found
anywhere. These are the materialization of the ideas of Mr.
Charles Ragan, the general manager, who is ever on the qui vive
to note any changes for the better in styles of furniture. His taste
in this respect is known by all good judges of furniture. Conse-
quently his salesmen have only to present the goods, and visiting
buyers have only to see them and note the prices, at which they
are offered. Immediately sales and large orders are inevitably
the result. Many of the goods produced by this factory are in
a class by themselves, being the most artistic expression of the
furniture market's skill.
Mr. Ragan has been the general manager of this company
for a number of years and has built up the standard of its goods
He w^as educated at Guilford College, the alma mater of so
many of High Point's business men. He is a young man of strong;
and excellent physique and is capable of any amount of work,
which he has shown in his vigorous and unflagging- attention to
the business, the responsibilities of which rest upon his shoulders.
Mr. Ragan takes much interest in public improvements. He is
a member of the township Executive Committee of the Piedmont
Good Roads Association.
THE FURNITURE COMMERCIAL AGENCY COMPANY.
PUBLISHERS OF THE RED BOOK.
Twenty-one years ago the furniture manufacturing industry
realized that the credit service that was being furnished them by
the general agencies, Dunn and Bradstreet. included a vast amount
of information that was useless to them and at the same time was
deficient in that it did not supply in thorough, concise form the in-
formation on the particular trade that they were interested in. To
meet this urgent need of the furniture manufacturers a special,
co-operative mercantile agency the Furniture Commercial Agency
Company, was organized with executive officers at Cincinnati. O.,
and associate officers in all furniture manufacturins: centers
J. Alfred Eshelman
throughout the United States, and now its service, both credit
and collection, is used by practically the entire trade.
The Red Book, the reference book of the F. C. A. Co. is re-
garded everywhere by the furniture trade as the standard authori-
ty on credits, and is famous for its thoroughness, accuracy and
original explicit system of ratings.
The Southern office of the company is located in High Point,
in the North Carolina Savings & Trust building and is in charge
of J. Alfred Eshelman. Mr. Eshelman has grown up with the
furniture industry of High Point and although quite a young man
he is mature in his judgment and has fine executive ability. He
and his splendid corps of clerks are largely responsible for the
phenomenal growth of the business of the High Point office of
recent years. The collection bvisiness alone of this office exceeds
$100,000 and it pays Uncle Sam about $1,500 per year for postage.
]\Ir. Eshelman has recently erected a beautiful home in the
THE STANDARD MIRROR COMPANY.
This company is under the supervision of Mr. Frank Wineskie
and has been a success from the beginning in 1904.
For years before the organization of this large mirror man-
ufacturing company in High Point, the manufacturers of the city
were exposed to considerable inconvenience by their dependence
upon the factories of the North for mirrors. Shipping of these
goods was not infrequently accompanied with breakage and
consequent delays. Now these impediments are all out of the
way. The Standard Company is able to furnish any pattern of
the best mirrors made, delivering them at the doors of the fac-
The plant has enlarged three times since it was first erected
and is today one of the best equipped factories in the South. Only
Interior Standard Mirror Company
recently the company commenced the manufacture of art glass
in connection with the plate glass business and ate doing a thriv-
The Standard Company was opened for business m 1904-
Since that time it has done a thriving business. In fact their
progress has been commensurate with the increasing business of
the'factories in need of this class of goods.
Every visitor to High Point who is interested in seeing the
wonderful process by which thick plate glass is ground into va-
ried and beautiful shapes, polished with marvelous skill and sil-
vered until reflection is the most perfect attainable, is allowed to
do so, under certain limitations. This is one of the many
"sights" of High Point factories and has elicited much favor-
Mr. Frank Wineskie. the gentlemanly manager of this com-
pany, is one of the most enterprising, skillful and up-to-date men
in the mirror-manufacturing business. The managers of the dif-
ferent furniture factories have found in him and in his work all
that the most sanguine expectations could have desired.
THE COMMERCIAL NATIONAL BANK.
This is one of tlie strongest and safest financial institutions in
the state and enjoys the confidence of the people wherever it is
known. It has had a remarkably successful record from the time
it began business.
The following compose its board of directors : W. P. Pick-
ett, J. J. Welch, J. P. Redding, AV. G. Bradshaw, F. M. Pickett,
J. Elwood Cox, R. R. Ragan, J. W. Harris and PI. W. Fraser.
This bank occupies counting rooms in that portion of the El-
wood Hotel, which eight years ago was built expressly for this
purpose. • The vaults are of the most modern structure and con-
venience. These are absolutely fire and burglar proof. The bank
has also a fine burglar proof safe that is not only the finest and
most costly manufacture, but it is the wonder and admiration of
all beholders. It has the triple time lock Howard movement and
three fire and burglar proof doors. So delicately and perfectly
are these balanced and swung open that a mere child can move
them when open. But crowbars and dynamite could not open
them if once closed and locked. This equipment makes the
R. C. Charles
storage of mone}' and valuable papers in the Commercial safe
beyond the shadow of a doubt.
This insti'tution has been a great success from the da}^ it
opened its doors for business in 1891. The volume of its busi-
ness has increased at almost a phenomenal rate. Depositors have
increased in number and deposits in extent in a way most gratify-
ing lo the wide-awake men who constitute its officials and stock-
holders. From the first, it has regularly paid a semi-annual
Its capabilities for bearing a severe strain and at the same
time being of great service to its patrons and friends were tested
in 1893 and again in 1907. when many banks went under in the
great business panic, ^^.t that time the Commercial showed that
it was built upon solid foundations. Nobly it responded to call
after call and tided over many quiet enterprises that were cauglit
in the throes of those dreadful years. The men who were assisted
at that time have never ceased to show their appreciation, and
have done much to add to its ever increasing business.
There is a feeling among the people who patronize the Com-
mercial that so safe and conservative are the men in charge ot
its loans and other paper that no panic is possible which could
unsettle its financial foundation.
Since its beginning, the Commercial has paid regular semi-
annual dividends. Its surplus and profit account, as shown by
the last report to the Comptroller of Currency, was $86,000. The
same report shows deposits to the amount of $600,000. It shows
also a grand total resource of over $1,000,000.
Nothing could be more gratifying than this splendid show-
ing. It argues a great history of its past while it points to a high-
ly prosperous future.
Of Mr. Elwood Cox, the highly gifted president, we have
spoken several times in this book. His connection with the bank
in this capacity is a source of strength to it. The public well
knows that whatever he puts his strong shoulder to moves, and
mrnes in the right direction. He is in the full height of liis powers.
C. M. Hauser
and has large plans for the institution over which he presides.
Mr. R. C. Charles, the cashier, is in every way well-fitted for
his responsible position. He is a man of fine business talents. y\t
the cashier's desk or in the busy marts of trade, he is known as a
man of excellent business judgment. He began business in Salem,
N. C, as a merchant and was successful. In 1876 he joined the
tide of 3'Oung men who went West and settled in Missouri. But,
like many others he felt a longing for his native State, returned
and was for eight years with George E. Nissen, his brother-in-law,
where he was highly successful. In 1887, however, he became res-
tless in the service of others and came to High Point where he has
ever since made his home. In 1894. Mr. Cleveland made him the
postmaster of High Point. Into this work he injected his fine
business ability and made one of the most efficient postmasters in
The assistant Cashier, Mr. C. M. Hauser. has been connected
with the Commercial since i8g6. He is one of the best bankers
in the State. He is a young man of fine presence, known integ-
rity and splendid business judgment. In him, both patrons and
stockholders recognize a strong and admirable force in the con-
duct of their growing institution. His position is one of high re
sponsibility, and full of work. Into it he puts great energy and
capability. Mr. Hauser is interested financially in manufactur-
ing- plants of the city and is counted among the most successful
Mr. Hauser has recently erected a beautiful home in the city.
Mr. V. A. J. Idol is the efficient teller of the bank. He is a
young man of much promise and very popular with all his friends.
V. A. J. Idol
He is a competent official, clever and obliging and of fine ad-
dress. He has chosen a business for which he is naturally fitted.
He possesses all the attributes of a young man of fine character.
He is the superintendent of Washington Street Sunday School
the largest in the city.
THE RANKIN COFFIN AND CASKET COMPANY.
This company under the excellent management of Capt. A.
M. Rankin is one of the most successful of the kind in the South.
It began business six years ago. Mr. J. J. Welch is the president,
and Capt. A. M. Rankin, secretary and treasurer.
The class of goods manufactured by the company exhibits
the most delicate and appropriate taste of design, and the highest
skill of workmanship. The margin of prices is also reasonable,
and these two facts have brought about large sales to the under-
takers in dififerent parts of the country.
Mr. J. J. Welch, the president of the company, has been asso-
ciated for many 3^ears with dififerent business enterprises in the
city and is recognized as one of its best and most successful men.
Capt. A. M. Rankin, the active head of this institution, is
known throughout the State. For years he was one of the most
affable and able conductors of the Southern Railway system.
When president of the Tate and Alma furniture companies or of
the High Point Mantel and Table Company he did good service.
^^"hen he concentrated his energies upon the upbuilding of the
company of which he now has control, he went to his work with
an extensive experience, and a reputation which commanded the
highest respect, in the business world.
Capt. Rankin possesses a rare advantage in his business ad-
dress. While he counts the moments as belonging to his business
Plant of Rankin Coffin & Casket Company
he is most accessible socially and has a good, cheering word for all
his acquaintances and friends.
He has built for himself and family a beautiful residence on
North Main street, and has permanently located as a resident of
the city. The community has not been slow to recognize his abil-
ities. It has made him one of the board of aldermen, and a mem-
ber of the school board on several occasions. He is a prominent
member of the M. P. church and has done much to build up the
work in this community. In the conference he is on some of its
most important committees.
Captain Rankin has large interests in Randol])]i and Cumber-
land counties which vield him handsnmeK-.
Trinity High School
(One Time Trinity College, Erected Through the Efforts of Dr. Braxton Craven)
THE WACHOVIA LOAN & TRUST COMPANY.
The Wachovia Loan & Trust Company was organized in 1893
and commenced business June 15, 1893. Its incorporators were
among" the best known business men of Piedmont North Car-
olina. These g^entlemen saw the possibiHties of banking along'
lines which were advanced over prevailing methods. They had in
mind a bank which should be more than a safe place in which to
deposit money — a bank whose equipment should be so complete in
every detail that people would be attracted by it.
Thus realizing- that the new conditions in trade demanded
greater facilities in banking, these men of affairs organized the
Wachovia Loan & Trust Company. In proof of their wisdom The
Wachovia Loan & Trust Company is a very strong monetary ins-
titution — strong financially — strong in management — strong in hav-
ing over 10,000 patrons interested in its welfare. It is the oldest
Wachovia Loan & Trust Company Building
and largest trust company and also the largest financial institution
of any kind in the State of North Carolina.
Its capital and profits exceed $750,000 and its total resources
are $5,000,000, forming a bulwark of financial strength that few
banks can equal.
Strong as the company is financially, it is equally as strong m
management. Its board of directors, executive committee, and
advisory board are composed of practical bankers, solid business
men, and men distinguished in the professions.
Its savings department is an ideal place for the money of the
thrifty, affording unquestioned security and paying interest on
accounts of any amount from one dollar up. High Point, with its
manufacturing interests offers opportunity for quick and safe in-
vestment of funds, thus enabling the bank to offer a liberal inter-
In its trust department it dra\\-s and files wills, acts as execu-
tor, administrator, trustee of estates, guardian and agent. Its
bond department buys and sells high class bonds and securities.
Its insurance department represents the best fire, life, liabili-
ty, burglar, bonding- and accident companies as agent. The capi-
tal of these companies so represented, being more than twelve
From the day of the opening in High Point almost daily
growth has been noted. The company brought what was needed
— strength, strong management, experience, the new banking
powers, g-iving- the laborer a place of deposit for his money, yet
offering- encouragement to lay aside for the day of need by paying
a liberal interest.
As there is no l^etter section than that found in the center of
the great Piedmont section of North Carolina, likewise there is
no better financial institution than the Wachovia Loan & Trust
Mr. Chase Idol is the cashier of this institution and is manag-
ing its affairs with marked ability and success. He has been con-
nected with the ^^'achovia Loan & Trust Co. for several years,
receiving his training in the home ofifice at Winston. In coming
W. Chase Idol
to High Point he was in reality returning home, because he was
reared within a few miles of this place. He is a son of Mr. W. H.
Idol a prominent farmer of this county.
Mr. Idol is counted one of the safest and most progressive
bankers in the State although he is quite a young man. He watches
closely the affairs of the bank as well as taking; an interest in the
patrons of the bank. Under his administration the business of the
bank is gradually increasing. Those who know him best predict
for him a brilliant future in his chosen calling. He is ably as-
-sisted at the bank by Mr. Herl)ert Austin and Mr. Gray Archer.
Mr. Idol is a graduate of Guilford College. He received his
])rimary education in the High Point schools.
HIGH POINT VENEER AND PANEL COMPANY.
This Company is conducted successfully by ^lessrs J. A. Clin-
ard and John W. Clinard. They were the first to enter this line
of manufacturing- here and have built up a large business. The
plant is well located and occupies three large buildings and a spa-
cious lot on the Asheboro road.
These gentleman saw the need of a veneering company in High
Point and several years ago established The High Point Veneer
and Panel Company. The authorized capital was $75,000, when
the company was organized under another name. The results
show the wisdom of the enterprise. Not only has the com-
pany met with large sales in High Point, but furniture companies
from other localities are aw^arding them their orders. A gratify-
ing success is the record of this enterprise.
The quality of goods turned out is universally agreed by
the furniture companies to be first class in every particular. In
January, 1907. the company bought the plant of High Point Roll
J. A. Clinard
and Panel Company and changed the name to that of ^igh Point
Veneer and Panel Co., and increased the authorized capital stock
to $125,000. This company manufactures rotary cut poplar ve-
neer, any thickness from 1-30 to 1-4 inch, excelsior, wood wool,
sawed quartered oak veneer, and built-up stock.
Mr. J. A. Clinard, the president of the company, is one of
High Point's safe financial men. For years he has been conduct-
ing a large dry goods establishment with pronounced ability and
success. He is a man who attends strictly to business and owns
much valuable real estate in the city.
Mr. J. AV. Clinard is the young and progressive secretary and
treasurer. Mr. Clinard has given evidence of his business endow-
ment by the growing success of the company, for the popularity
of which he is mainly responsible. He is a man of great tenacity
of purpose. He devotes himself to the interests of his factor}^
with a singleness of purpose which makes anything but success
an impossibility, giving close attention to everv detail. All goods
turned out are in perfect shape.
HILL VENEER COMPANY.
While the Hill \'eneer Company was not organized until 1906
it has grown substantially until it now owns one of the largest
plants of the kind in the state.
The company erected a large plant on a spur of the Ashe-
boro track in the heart of the manufacturing district. The com-
pany has been turning out g'oods in large quantities and finds
ready sale for them here and elsewhere. The manager, Mr. Carl
Hill is a practical man, haxing; had much experience in the wood
working- line. He is aided in the conduct of the business by Mr.
C. M. Hauser the secretary and treasurer. The company bids fair
to become one of the largest in the community.
AMiile this company has been in business only a short time
it has built up a larg-e trade, which is due largely to the hustling
spirit of Mr. Carl Hill, the manager. It has among- its customers
the largest furniture plants in the South and bids fair to lead in
this line of manufacture.
Mr. Hill is still unmarried and yet the gentle zephyrs mention-
ed last year are still playing al^out his manly form and ere long-
Cupid's dart will yet find a tender spot. In proof of this Mr. Hill is
now erecting a handsome home for himself.
HIGH POINT PANTS COMPANY.
There is no business in Hii;ii I'oint which is conducted more
satisfactorily than the High Point Pants Co. It does not make
very much noise but can count resuhs with any .
Mr. R. L. Pickett is at the head of this Company. This com-
pany has unhmited capital, being- owned by \A'. P., F. ^I., and R.
R. L. Pickett
L. Pickett and J. J. Welch, of this cit}'. Since the organization of
this company the business has grown until to-da}- it is one of the
best of the kdnd in the State.
Air. R. L. Pickett, the manager , is a thorough-going business
man and has few superiors as a safe manager. The business has
prospered under his management and is one of the best plants in
the city, doing a large volume of business. High Point pants are
sold over a large section of the country and have established a repu-
tation for superior ((ualitv.
This company is the jiioneer in the manufacture of pants here.
FERD ECKER GLASS COMPANY.
One of the cleverest men in business in High Point is Mr.
Ferd Ecker, proprietor of the Ferd Ecker Glass Company and
This compau}' was the second to begin business here for the
manufacture of mirrors, which are used extensively in the furni-
ture trade. The ^lant occupies a large two story brick structure
on Hamilton street. The plant is one of the best and the policy
of the clever proprietor is popular with all of the trade. The busi-
ness is owned by Mr. Ferd Ecker. a most practical man in the
lousiness. He gives the management his personal attention in
every way and success is crowning his efforts. Mr. Ecker holds
his custom well. He strives to give every one satisfaction, mak-
ing this point the prime motto in his business. A business that
pursues this policy will succeed.
The Ferd Ecker glass plant has steadily increased the vol-
ume of its business in High Point. Mr. Ecker was among the
hrst who ever broached the subject of putting a glass factory here
and made a visit to High Point for this purpose. This fact was
appreciated by the local factories.
Xo man has ever made any stronger friends for himself and
his business than Air. Ecker. It can be said that he is one man
whose "word is as good as his bond." Such principles carried out
in his business have won for it a large patronage. High Point
has no better citizen than Ferd Ecker.
Recently Mr. Ecker has built a beautiful home in the Northern
part of the city which is attracting attention on account of its
MR. J. ELWOOD COX.
Manufacturer and Banker.
When the Repul)lican State Convention at Charlotte last year
extended to Mr. J. Elwood Cox, of this city, the unanimous nomina-
tion for Governor, their action met with the hearty endorsement
of every member of that party and it was admitted by the opposite
party that the nomination was a strong one both on account of
the record of Mr. Cox as a citizen and as a successful business man.
At the election he polled the largest vote ever given a nominee
of his party in this state. Mr. Cox is recognized as a leading fac-
tor in the affairs of his state by the leading men in business.
High Point has indeed been fortunate in having the business
J. Elwood Cox
endowment of such a man associated with its progress. The city
coveted the best gifts when it lured by its natural charms this
gentleman to cast his lot here. From the far eastern county of
Northampton, a county which has given many notable men to the
Old North State, Mr. Cox came to Guilford College where he
was educated and afterwards moved to High Point, while yet a
mere youth. After receiving his education at Guilford College,
the Business College of IJaltimore and at Earlham College, the fa-
mous Friends' College of Indiana, he taught for a short while,
but he soon heard the sun>nions to the arena of business. The
South had just begun to arouse itself to new energies, and had be-
gun to set in motion forces which have made the last quarter of a
century one of phenomenal growth and enterprise. Mr. Cox put
himself in line with the manufacturing interests. This was in 1883.
At that time he associated himself wath Capt. W. H. Snow in the
manufacture of spokes and handles, shuttleblocks and bobbin-
heads. In a short time Capt. Snow retired from the business and
Mr. Cox became sole owner. Bv his wonderful skill, able manage-
ment and unwearying energies, he placed the crown of great suc-
cess upon his work, ^^'here others had failed in various parts of
the State he had succeeded. In order to get material for his fac-
tory he placed small mills in various parts of the South. He
soon ran up the fig-ures on his annual business fifteen hundred
per cent. The mills of New England and other parts of the
world became attracted to the business on account of the high
quality and excellent finish and reliability of the article turned
out. For years they have taken his whole output and have been
glad to secure it. Some years ago Mr. Cox sold out his spoke
and handle business, and has confined his factory to bobbin-
heads and shuttle blocks.
Although he laid the basis of his larg'e fortune in this bus-
iness, Air. Cox has been interested financially in many of the suc-
cessful enterprises of the city. He is president of the Globe-
Home Furniture Company, and owns stock in other factories.
He is a man of great public spirit. To see High Point move for-
ward in its march of progress, stimulated him to build the El-
wood hotel, one of the best in the State.
Mr. Cox finds time in his busy life to aid other institutions.
He is president of the Board of Trustees of Guilford, College and
has been instrumental in securing a large endowment for the col-
lege as well as erecting substantial buildings.
Mr. Cox's acquaintance extends widely outside of his native
state. This is responsible largely for his endorsement for Ambassa-
dor to a foreign country which President Taft has signified his de-
sire to tender him.
Mr. Cox is just in the prime of life and the community and
state look forward with interest to his future achievements.
Home of the Commercial National Bank
SOUTHERN FURNITURE JOURNAL.
An institution that has made High Point famous as a furni-
ture manufacturing" center all over the United States and around
the world. Started in April. 1901. it has made not only the furni-
ture factories of High Point, but those in the entire South and
Southwest known to the trade in all parts of the country. It is
one of High Point's leading institutions and it would be difficult
to select any concern which has been as beneficial to the furniture
manufacturing indus'try of the town and of the South, as has been
the Southern Furniture Journal.
- With its first issue it immediately took rank with the first
two or three of the leading- furniture papers in the country, of
Residence of Wilber Jones
which there are. all told about twenty. It has broug;ht buyers,
orders and inquiries to Hig-h Point, and other furniture towns in
the south, from Europe, Australia and nearly every quarter of the
globe. In the United States it has made High Point known as a
furniture manufacturing center to the entire retail furniture trade
of the country.
It has given a great distinction to what is usually called a
small North Carolina town by the fact that it is recognized every-
where as authority on all matters pertaining- to the Southern furni-
ture business, and is acknowledged by all authorities to be the
handsomest and best gotten up trade publication in the entire
South. This in itself is no small distinction for High Point.
It is publshed by the Southern Furniture Journal Co., of which
the following- are officers : H. W. Kronheimer, president ; J. J.
Farriss, vice president ; ^^'ilber Jones, secretary-treasurer-manager.
From its inception it has been under the general management
of Wilber Jones, who with his associates, are trained trade paper
and newspaper men of long and varied experience. For the past
six 3'ears the paper has been printed in High Point under con-
tract by the Enterprise Printing Company, of wdiich Mr. J. J
Farriss, who is also a stockholder in the Southern Furniture Jour-
nal Company, is the head.
THE ELWOOD HOTEL. J. B. RECTOR PROPRIETOR.
High Point has one of the handsomest hotel structures in
the State and has been endorsed universally by traveling men and
tourists. As a matter of fact, it is a building which would do
credit to a city of 50,000 or 75.000 inhabitants. It is built of light
gray brick and stone, in the Greco-Roman style of architecture
Its facade is constituted of lofty stone columns of Greco-Ren-
naissance pattern of Roman arches spanning double windows for
three stories with , Ionic pilasters between, the whole surmounted
by a beautiful cornice, above wdiich rises the fourth story.
The interior arrangement and finish is in keeping with the
taste displayed on the outside. The main office is also in the beau-
tiful column work, with beamed ceiling and Mosaic floors and
luxurious lounges and chairs. The halls, dining rooms and par-
lors and living rooms are spacious, finished in natural wood and
furnished handsomely and with the best of taste. The whole
plant is lighted by electricity and heated by steam. Baths are on
every floor, besides rooms with private baths. In fact, the El-
wood is modern in every respect.
What such a hotel is worth to the city can not be easily ov-
er-estimated. The traveling public, including traveling sales-
men and tourists from all sections of the world, have given it as
their dictum that the Elwood, for luxurious accomodation cour-
teous attention and cuisine, is an unsurpassed hostelry. Traveling-
men when near enough to do so, invariably choose High Point as
a stopping place on Sundays, on account of the fine accommoda-
tion at the Ehvood.
Mr. J. B. Rector, a hotel man of much experience is the ])ro-
prietor. Fie has no superior in the business and is popular with
the traveling public and is justly so. Since taking charge of the
hotel he has made many improvements. He stops at nothing but
the best for his patrons, all of which is appreciated as demons-
trated by a large patronage. ]\lr. Rector is not only a good hotel
man but is a public spirited citizen, doing much to aid in the up-
building of the communitv-
SNOW LUMBER COMPANY.
Snow Lumber Co. began bus'ness in 1881. From a com-
paratively small beginning it has crown to be one of the largest
plants of the kind in the entire ^^)Uth. The enormous plant at
High Point covers about 4 acres, 2 of which are under cover. Be-
sides the home plant the company operates mills at other points.
Their trade is so well established that in good times they have
more than they can do and in panic periods they have plenty. No
company in the South has a better established custom.
It is a technical education in itself for one to spend some
time in this factory. There is manufactured in the most perfect
manner, and in prodigious quantities, everything needed in a
house from the strong sleepers of the foundations to the most
beautifully designed Creek columns and skillfully wrought
mouldings, mantel pieces, lovely windows and blinds and majes-
The company has a paid up capital of $100,000 which repre-
sents about one fourth of their capital, and the men comprising
R. F. Dalton
the firm are capable of duplicating it more than once, at a moment's
notice. Some idea of the extent of the growth of the output may
be formed when it is considered that in 1881 a thousand dollars
would have covered it all, while the business of last year amounted
to more than half a million. Then a small number of hands turned
out annually a few doors and pairs of sash and blinds, while now
an army of workmen and superintendents are required to produce
in a single day as much material as was formerly produced in six
The president, Mr. R. F. Dalton, is a man of fine antecedents.
Although he has attained the age of middle life, it is remembered
with pleasure that he is the son of Rev. P. H. Dalton, a Presb}^-
terian minister of revered memory, pastor of the First Presbyter-
ian church of High Point, which he founded. Rev. Mr. Dalton,
while an excellent preacher and pastor, was known himself to have
been a man of more than ordinary business ability. Had he de-
voted himself to business life he would have attained a large sue-
cess in that sphere. His business talent descended to his son in
enlarged measure. President R. F. Dalton is regarded by those
who know him, as easily one of the foremost men in the State in
all matters pertaining to upright and clear sighted business.
Mr. Ernest A. Snow, the secretary and treasurer, also is de-
scended from fine business stock. Capt. W. H. Snow, his father,
came to High Point many years ago. He was the father of the
spirit of manufacturing in the city. Coming as he did from Ver-
mont, he was imbued with the idea that the success of High Point
lay in becoming a manufacturing city. For many years he toiled
on laboring with this in view. He lived to see his fondest hopes
realized and passed away a few years ago universally lamanted.
To his son, E. A. Snow, he gave an excellent technological educa-
tion in the public schools of Lowell, Mass., and at Cornell Uni-
versity. His mantle fell upon strong, broad shoulders in the per-
son of his son, the secretary and treasurer of the Snow Lumber
Company for Mr. E. A. Snow is not only a man well equipped
E. A. Sr
by education for his task of building up a great factory business,
but he is richly endowed with fine mechanical talents as well.
Mr. Snow is now regarded as one of the most solid men, financial-
ly, in High Point.
In order to attain the highest success of a great factory, a
sound, level-headed man is needed in the shops and in the yards.
Such a function is that of ]\Ir. J. Ed Kirkman, superintendent and
one of the largest owners of stock in the company. That Mr.
Kirkman is the right man in the right place is attested by his long
years of service in this connection. He is regarded as a man of
large capability in his position. He is a native of High Point.
More than once the city has coveted and secured the benefit of
his counsels and conservative judgment by choosing him as a
member of its Board of Aldermen. Tlie board has honored him
upon some of its most important committees, especially upon that
which has charge of its thoroughfares. Although Mr. Kirkman
lives in a beautiful home, he has decided to erect one of the hand-
somest homes in the city.
No man in High Point has put his money in more successful
manufacturing enterprises than Mr. Kirkman all of which are do-
ing well, remunerating him and helping" the town.
Mr. Kirkman takes much interest in local affairs and encour-
ages all efforts to give the city good service in the fire depart-
The office man of the compan}-- is Mr. E. A. Bencini. This is
another task which has fallen into ready and capable hands. As
cashier and book-keeper of so large a business he has his hands
full. Mr. Bencini is a large stockholder of the company. He has
been with it many years. Every one regards him as a most im-
portant part of the sinews which contribute to its large success.
But this is not all. "Sir. Bencini has expressed his sterling busi-
ness ability in other ways. He is identified with other success-
ful enterprises, is a large owner of city real estate and occupies a
place in the front row of the men who have achieved large
things in High Point. Mr. Bencini has exhibited rare taste in
erecting for himself one of the most beautiful homes.
A Pretty Residence Section
SOUTHERN CHAIR COMPANY.
In the "Chair World" so to speak there is no factory known any
better than the Southern Chair Company, which is operated by
Mr. S. L. Davis, who did not begin the work, but lifted it up on
a hig-h plane of success, which indeed was a most remarkable re-
cord. The goods of this plant are known everywhere as good sell-
ers and the plant has increased its output every year until it is
now one of the largest chair factories in the state. Everythino-
about the chairs is made at the factory beginnning wih the block
of wood. At the factory may be seen the enormous output in
process, handled by a multitude of hands conveying it to cars
to be shipped to all parts of this countrv and to other countries.
There are dining room chairs, arm chairs, nurse chairs, cottap^e
chairs, &c., &., galore made and finished in the best styles. For
the Southern Chair Company is known for its large output and
The general manager, secretary and treasurer, Mr S L
Davis has won for himself a far-Veaching reputation as a man
who brings things to pass with whatever he is connected. He is
yet a young man. Few men of his age have achieved such suc-
cess as has been his. To his splendid business talent is due more
largely than any other one thing, the fact of the great success
and wide fame of the company.
Mr. Davis is a man of fine educational attainment. He holds
diplomas from Oak Ridge Institute, the University of North Car-
olina and the National Business University. He commenced his
career as a professional man and spent sufficient time in the
school room to disclose to his friends that he was well-fitted for
large success in the educational world. But the professors chair
was unable to hold him, as his business genius called him into
the more active sphere of a manufacturer. During his twelve
years of association with the present company, he made its career
synonymous with success. Mr. Davis takes quite an interest in
civic affairs. He has served on the Board of Aldermen and is
now a member of the school board, being chairman of the teachers
committee. ^ He is a member of the Executive Committee of the
I^iedmont Cood Roads Association and is an enthusiast on the
subject of good roods.
Mn Davis is a prominent Mason, a Shriner and takes an in-
terest m everything pertaining to this ancient order.
South Main Street Graded School Building
PARKER PAPER & TWINE COMPANY.
One of the best managed suppl}' houses in the State is the
Parker Paper & Twine Co. of this city. It has only been organized
a few 3^ears and yet it has succeeded in building up a business of
which a much older company might be proud. This is due to
the excellent management of the business by Mr. W. T. Parker.
Mr. Parker promoted the company and organized it and whatever
success has come to it is due altogether to his energy and busi-
The plant occupies a spacious building on the Asheboro rail-
road, wnth side tracks to the warehouse, a well regulated whole-
W. T. Parker
sale house. The company has a paid in capital of $10,000, and carry
by far the largest stock and best assortment of paper, of any
house south of Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Parker was born in Perquimans county. N. C, where he
spent his boyhood days. For the past 20 years or more he has
l)een residing in this vicinity with the exception of a year or so
when he resided in Baltmore. Md. Up to the time he went to
Baltimore he was engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Arch-
dale. N. C. In this business he spent several years rendering
valuable services to that well known company. !Mr. Parker has
associated with him as stockholders several of the leading capital
ists of the state, and his success in spite of two years of panic and
hard times which set in just two months after he had laiMiched his
company -'ndicate thaf he has laid the foundation for a l^rg-e and
THE KEARNS UPHOLSTERING COMPANY.
A C(jmi)any that is i^raduall}' increasing" its lousiness and mak-
ing" a tine impression on the trade is the Kearns Upholstering Com-
pany. It is managed by two of High Point's most promising
young men who are workers and know how to build gradually
on a sure foundation.
Mr. J. W. Kearns is the secretary and treasurer of the com-
pany and Mr. T. A. Kearns, the manager. Under their supervis-
ion the affairs of the company are conducted in a safe business-
like manner and as a consequence their efforts are meeting with
J. W. Kearns
success. They are the sons of Mr. H. C. Kearns, a prominent
citizen of High Point.
This company was organized a few years ago. During this
time it has met with unusual success and the business
is increasing from year to year satisfactorily. The company man-
ufactures a medium grade of popular suits, lounges and couches,
besides some attractive odd ])ieces. The goods turned out are
popular with the trade and are always classed among the good
The young men, brothers, who are conducting this business
are sure of their ground and will one day have one of the largest
plants in the city, is the prediction of their friends.
SOUTHERN MACHINE WORKS.
The Southern Machine \\'orks is conducted Ijy Mr. George
F. \Mlson and is doing a good business. The plant is located
in the factory district, convenient to most of the repair trade
and is doing a good work. Mr. Wilson besides doing all
kinds of work usually done in plants of this character, manufac-
tures mining machinery for which he has a large sale in the
Western states. This machine is simple and yet very valuable
to mining interests.
Mr. Wilson is a voung man very much devoted to his busi-
ness and will cause it to expand.
SHIPMAN ORGAN COMPANY.
While the Shipman Oroan Co. is comparatively a new con-
cern its achievements will rank along- with some of"^the best that
have been in business for many years. This is due largely to
the man at the desk. Mr. W. G. Shipman. the secretary and treas-
urer and general manager and who was instrumental in organizing
the company. He understands thoroughly the work in which he
IS engaged and this coupled with his" superior business qualifi-
cations and his close attention to business has brought success to
the company in a very short time. Those who have watched the
progress of this business under Air. Shipman's management are
convinced that in a short time the plant will be one of' the largest
in the city. The goods are now shipped to every state in '^the
No business in High Point has demonstrated a larger growth
m so short a time than the business of this companv. "Beginning
Plant of Shipman Organ Company
business in the winter of 1905, the capacity of the plant has been
taxed to Its utmost. More than twice has the companx
increased its capacity and only recentlv doubled its capital stock.
The goods manufactured bv the companv are popular with the
trade and even durino- the dullest seasons the factorv has ahvavs
had to run on full time. These organs are known far and wide
and their reputation is increasing dailv. The phenomenal success
of the company is due entirely to Mr. W. G. Shipman. a man of
hne parts, socially and in a business wav without a peer .Mr
Shipman is a hustler in the true sense of "the term. This companv
under his management has a bright future.
Much depends upon the office work in anv manufacturino-
plant and the Shipman Organ Companv is fortunate in havino- Mi"
Shipman in charge. '^
CENTRAL FOUNDRY & MACHINERY COMPANY.
It has become widely known that the most substantial and
reliable engines, ranging from 5 to 80 horse power are made in
High Point. They are made at the Central Foundry & Machine
Company. The sale of these perfect machines has been large.
The company has calls for them not only in the South but in the
North and A\'est.
The foundry of this company turns out some of the most
absolutely perfect castings to be found anywhere in the world.
Its files are kept filled with large orders from cotton factories
where the best of castings are needed. Mr. Wilkes McClave,
proprietor, keeps about him only the most skilled workmen, and
never permits a piece of Avork to leave his foundry or machine
shop until it has been tested in every way. The company, while
making engines its leading work, also manufactures horse powers,
saw mills and supplies. It has supplied hundreds of these with-
in the past dozen years or more to the saw mill men of the country.
This company has just passed its twentieth birth-
day. It has had a wonderful success during that time. It began
with a small foundry and machine repair shop. But indomitable
energy and splendid judgment brought such large business that
he tore down his small wooden building and built mammoth brick
striictures which are almost fire-proof. In the engine rooms he
has a large" number of 'the finest machines- which are "tools" for
iron working necessary to engine construction.
The present owner and manager of this plant purchased it
from Mr. O. N. Richardson, who started it and conducted it suc-
cessfully for 17 3^ears. It was then the High Point Machine Works.
Mr. McClave gives the work his personal attention not only in
the office l)ut in the mechanical department. Since taking- charge
of the business Mr. j\IcClave has made many improvements and
is conducting- his business very satisfactorily.
Mr. McClave was born in Newark, N. J. He was educated
in the New York city schools and when quite a young man enter-
ed business there. Before coming to High Point he Avas en-
g-aged in the machinery business, being connected with the firm
of AlcClave, Rimmer &: Co., at 90 A\'est street.
Home of Beeson Hardware Company
BEESON HARDWARE COMPANY.
One of the largest hardware establishments in North Caro-
lina is the Beeson Hardware Company, of High Point. It occu-
pies two large 'four-story brick buildings on Main street and a
large warehouse on the Southern Railroad and does both a whole-
sale and retail business. This business is owned by^ Mr. Robt.
R. Ragan, who by his indomitable energy, has made it what it is.
He is a tireless worker, a man of foresight and has been rewarded
richly for his work. Mr. Ragan is a son of the late Amos Ragan,
who was a large property owner in central North Carolina. Mr.
R. R. Ragan spent his earty manhood on the farm and trained him-
self well in the school of hard work. He attended .school at
Springfield, Trinity College and later took a course at the uni-
versity of North Carolina. When he quit school he went into
the mercantile business which he has followed successfully ever
since. When Mr. Ragan took charge of the affairs of the Beeson
Hardware Company it was a comparatively small business and did
a retail business only. Steadily the volume of business has in-
creased until to-day the sales of the company amount to over
$100,000 annually. Mr. Ragan is ambitious and has only started
on his successful career. He is a director in the Commercial
National Bank and stockholder in numerous manufacturing
THE LYON FURNITURE AGENCY.
The Lyon Furniture Agency is kno^vn all over the world,
wherever furniture is manufactured. During its thirty two years
of existence it has forged its way to tiie hrst place of all such
agencies. What Bradstreet and Oium aro to the world of com-
merce, the Lyon is to the world of Juruituie.
The main office of the agency is in New York city. It has
branch offices in Philadelphia, Pa., Cincinnati, Ohio ; Chicago, Ill-
inois, Boston, Mass., Jamestown, N. Y., and High Point, N. C.
Mr. Robert P. Lyon, the originater and manager of this great
system of agencies, is with the main office in New York. He is a
man known far and wide for his judicial mind, conservatism and
business wisdom. It has been his policy to select as managers of
the branch agencies the best men wdiich can be secured. They
are chosen for their sound business judgment, their knowledge of
the furniture trade and their high standing morally.
The agency chose as their representative in the High Point
office, Hon. AVescott Roberson. This was nine years ago, when
the agency first opened for business in this important furniture
manufacturing center. A better man could not have been selected.
This has been abundantly proven by the manner in which the
agency has been managed at this end of the line. Mr. Roberson's
fine legal and business talents as well as his progressive energy
and careful attention to the affairs of the agency have made it the
sine qua non of all who manufacture furniture. He brings to his
work an extensive experience and a knowledge of values and rat-
ings which make the Lyon an absolutely reliable guide to its sub-
scribers. Its attention to all collections has also brought it into
conspicuousness for its excellent methods and its w'isdom in handl-
ing this sort of business. He has one assistant. Mr. Walter
Chandler a High Point boy who served for some time in the Phil-
adelphia office and who is competent in every w-ay.
Interior Matton Drug Company's Store
NORTH CAROLINA SAVINGS BANK & TRUST CO.
The North Carolina Savings Bank and Trust Company, com-
menced iDusiness. Feljruary 3rd. 1908, in the banking rooms of its
own commodious office building, on North Main street, which is
one of the handsomest business structures in the State. This ed-
ifice of five stories besides basement and roof garden, is most
substantiall}^ built of Mount Airy granite and best quality of terra
cotta ; its four massive, polished granite columns, large plate glass
windows and gray pressed brick pilasters constituting an impos-
ing front that is a conspicuous addition to the architecture of the
Residence of Lee A. Briles
city. It contains the largest fire proof vaults of any bank build-
ing between Richmond and Atlanta. In one of these vaults stands
a chrone steel and iron burglar proof safe with double time lock
attachments for the protection of money and other valuables
stored therein. Another vault contains safety deposit boxes which
for a small rental, may be used for the safe keeping of papers,
plate, and other valuables. The other vaults are for the use of the
occupants of the office rooms throughout the building.
This bank has a charter to do a general banking and trust
business, act as executor, administrator, guardian, receiver, fiscal
agent, and trustee of individuals and corporations. The officers
President, (). E. Kearns ; Secretary and Treasurer, Lee A.
Briles. These are hustling, business men, and although the bank
is yet in its infancy, the officers and directors have mapped out for
it a career of usefulness that means much for the future grow^th
and prosperity of High Point.
The President of the bank, Mr. ( ). E. Kearns, is well known
here as a successful manufacturer and is a financier whose in-
fluence will be felt in the community even in a larger degree than
it is now, as it is a well recognized fact that he has special ability
in this capacity. He is a man of executive ability, of cjuick per-
ception, keeps his own counsel and brings about results.
Air. Briles, the cashier, while yet a very young man has been
very successful in business. For several years before coming to
High Point he was in the lumber business in Florida.
MR. ERNEST CARR.
One of the most popular insurance men in North Carolina is
Mr. Ernest R. Carr, of this city. He has been connected with the
insurance business in North Carolina for about 15 years. He be-
gan business under his father, who was also in the insurance busi-
ness in North Carolina for 40 years.
Mr. E. R. Carr moved to High Point from Greensboro in 1903
and for a time was connected with the firm of J- J- Cox & Co.,
insurance agents. When the High Point Savings <!<: Trust Com-
pany, was organized Mr. Carr was appointed manager of the in-
surance department of that bank and has met with unusual suc-
cess in the business. He represents the largest and oldest agency
in High Point, which succeeded J. J. Cox & Co. Mr. Carr repre-
sents about 40 old line companies, fire, accident, health, liability,
storm, boiler, bonding and plate glass. This creates a volume of
business of which any firm might be proud. Mr. Carr is con-
sidered one of the most careful agents in the business and looks
closelv after the interests both of his companies and his patrons.
Although a young man, he has achieved great success in this
special line and is well liked bv all classes of people.
Plant of Hill Veneer Company
MR. W. H. RAGAN.
One of Higt Point's most successful business men is Mr. W.
H. Ragan. He began business here when High Point was a small
village and has been closely identified with its interests ever since.
For years he was a member of the firm of Ragan & Millis well
known at the time over the state.
He is today largely interested in the manufacturing business
here and elsewhere.
He is secretary and treasurer of several large manufactur-
ing plants and a stockholder in many more.
He was born in 1846 in Randolph county. His father moved
to Guilford county when he was about 14 years old and com-
menced farming and merchandising nine miles southeast of
W. H. Ragan
In i860 Mr. Ragan went to Franklinsville, N. C., to learn the
cotton milling" business and worked there until 1865.
He came to High Point in 1866, and went into the mercan-
tile business, being one of the firm of Pleasants, Ragan & Co.
Mr. Ragan was one of the most successful merchants and business
men in the county. He was secretary and treasurer of Eagle
Furniture Company for six years. He is president of Oakdale
Cotton Mill, at Jamestown : president Mt. Pleasant Cotton Mill, at
Kimesville ; director in Southern Chair Company; director in
National Bank of Greensboro, and chairman executive committee
of the A. and M. College, Raleiph.
He has been a very successful business man in all affairs. He
was one of the county commissioners, being chairman of the
board for ten years and the county prospered under his adminis-
HIGH POINT BUGGY COMPANY.
High Point has many successful manufacturing" plants but none
more so than that of High Point Buggy Company which was
established eight years ago. It is enjoying today a prosperity
equal to that of the oldest and largest buggy factories in the
Mr. H. A. White is the business manager of this thriving com-
pany. This is the ninth year of his residence in High Point. He
has, during that time made for himself a warm place in the esti-
mation of all up-to-date men in the city of his adoption.
This he has done by the fact that he is known as a man wdio
attends strictly and conscientiously to the large business of which
he has the main responsibility. An admirable and evergrowing
success has followed his painstaking and progressive efforts. He
never misses an opportunity to have the public know what an ex-
H. A. White
cellent work his factory is doing. He is just the contrary of that
sort of business man who thinks that the public must hnd out by
their own efforts, the kind of goods and the quality of goods manu-
factured. In other words, he believes in advertising. The result
has been the usual one accompanying this sort of business policy
— an all round and accumulating success.
The company manufactures nearly every kind of road ve-
hicle, including medium and high grade buggies, surreys, road
wagons, delivery wagons, phaetons, wire and wood wheel run-
abouts, etc. The splendid workmanship and reasonable prices are
facts of common knowledge.
The up-to-date mechanical department is ably presided over
by the Briggs brothers, whose experience and skill in their de-
partments have done much to brins^ about the great success of
The enterprise has a capitaHzation of $45,000. Its officers
are: J. Elwood Cox, president; A. M. Briggs, superintendent and
vice president ; H. A. White, secretary and treasurer.
The duties inside the factory devolve upon Mr. A. M. Brigo^s,
the superintendent and to his skill and energys is due largely
the success in the mechanical department. He and his brother
have been in the buggy business for a great many years and un-
derstand thoroughly every detail. The combination of office
and factory force as it exists is a fortunate one and is bringing
marked success to the business. There is no factory in the South
that has a more satisfactorv trade.
Plant of High Point Buggy Company
Farm of R. W. Gray
HON. WESCOTT ROBERSON.
To be a leader in any walk of life is the natural ambition of
any man though but few attain to that enviable position. Some
men are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them and
some achieve greatness by studious endeavor and conspicuous
among the latter is the subject of this sketch.
The Hon. Wescott Roberson was born at Chapel Hill where
the State Umversity is located from which he graduated in the
class of '96. Afterwards attending the Law School of the Col-
lege and completing his studies in 1898, when he took up his
residence in High Point and commenced the practice of his
chosen profession. For some years he was associated with Col.
Barringer in the practice of law, having offices in High Point
His legal ability and personal integrity of character, his keen
business intelligence and careful attention to the afifairs of his
clients have raised him to a high place in the confidence of the
citizens of High Point and his busness associates. He has been
Col. Wescott Roberson
retained as counsel by many large corporations and firms and
has been a prominent factor in many notable cases. He is
acknowledged to be one of the leading lawyers in the State which
has produced many men who have been and are a credit to their
profession and rank high among the best lawyers in the coun-
try. The greatest and most active members of the bar of North
Carolina accord him a meed c f praise second to none and his coun-
sel is eagerly sought on many important questions.
]\Ir. Roberson recently refused a flattering offer to make his
home in New York as leading counsel for a large corporation.
The Hon. \\'escott Roberson is still a young man and has
attained a position in tlie world's affairs which would do honor
to men twice his age and which many men in the exalted pro-
fession of law never reach.
In both business and social life Col. Roberson has stamped
his personality indelibly with an imprint of character and learn-
ing- which will eventually place him in one of the highest of-
High Point is proud of one of her foremost citizens.
THE PEERLESS MACHAINE WORKS.
One of the important and constantly increasing' business en-
terprises of High Point is the popular Peerless Machine \\ orks.
Mr. W. D. Burgess is the capable owner and manager.
The vigorous manner in which Mr. Burgess pushes his ma-
chine shops and foundry to the front, and the excellent workman-
ship for v/hich they are noted, have gained for them wide attention
and the thorough confidence of the public. The manager is a man
of great determination, push and energy and may be counted on for
anything in his line.
The shops pay especial attention to all kinds of repair work,
including repairs to engines. The foundr}- turns out castings of
W. D. Burgess
various kinds and of a high order of merit. The consequence has
been that Mr. Burgess is in constant demand not only by the fac-
tories of the town, where a vast amount of varied machinery is
used, but also receives orders for castin,gs etc., from factories lo-
cated in other places.
Perfect satisfaction and promptness in attending to all work
have given the Peerless Machine AA^orks its ever growing success.
This business has graduallv increased under Mr. Burgess' manage-
THE ARMSTRONG BROTHERS.
Mr. Ji)hn Armstrong is the manager of Furlough Kennels
which are owned by Mr. George J. Gould and located about one
miic from the city limits at what is known as the Carter place and
owned at one time by Joseph Worth. The place has been made
very attractive and besides has one of the finest kennels in the
Mr. Armstrong was born in Danby, Yorkshire. England. He
came to this country in 1894. He has been with Mr. Gould for
over 14 years. Eleven years ago he came to High Point and lo-
Ned and John Armstrong
cated the Gould Kennels. Mr. Gould now has under lease in this
vicinity for shooting privileges 19000 acres, all under the super-
vision of Mr. John Armstrong. He is a good business man. con-
siderate, taking care of the interests of Mr. Gould and at the same-
time getting along pleasantl>- with the hundreds of farmers from
whom he leases land. He has made many friends since his resi-
dence in High Point. He is a prominent Mason.
MR. NED ARMSTRONG.
Two years after Mr. John Armstrong left home he was follow-
ed to this country by his brother, Mr. Ned Armstrong. He is the
manager of Deep River Kennels owned by Mr. Clarance H.
IMackay. He has been with Mr. Mackay for 10 years and is as
valuable a man to his interests as his brother is to"^ Mr. Gould. Mr.
Xed Armstrong spends the winters at the lodge near here and in
the summer looks after like interests for Mr. Mackay in New York
THE HIGH POINT MILLING COMPANY.
One of the best and most prosperous Roller Mills in the
state is conducted by the above company.
Roller flour and feed both of a first-class sort are produced
by this Company, in large quantities. The company is capitalized
at $10,000. The business is a thriving- one, in every sense of that
word. The mills are kept constantly at work in order to satisfy
the demands. The sun goes not down on a single day which does
not see the men engaged in this work full of business.
Mr. A. B. Horney, a man who has long and successful e>:pe-
rience in milling flour and feed, is the reliable secretary and
treasurer of the company. For years he was connected with the
large Wachovia Mill, in Salem, and there gained acquaintance
with every detail of the business. But Mr. Horney has more
than experience. He is a man of the soundest judgment and
fine insight into the needs of the business. He sticks constantly
to the one duty of making the public acknowledge that the flour
and feed manufactured by his mills are of the finest and best
goods of the kind produced. The consequence, his efiforts have
been crowned with deserved success.
Mr. W. H. Ragan, the well known manufacturer and business
man is the president.
Mr. Horney is chief of the fire department and a director of
the Wachovia Loan & Trust Company and member of the school
He takes a great deal of interest in the afl:"airs of the city and
as chief of the fire department has done a valuable w'ork for the
city. Mr. Horney occupies a prominent place with the firemen.
Junior Order and Masons of the state. He is one of the oldesi
and most active Masons in the communitv.
NORTH STATE TELEPHONE COMPANY.
The North State Telephone Co., began business here several
years ago, giving the city the first telephone service and from
this small beginning the company has gro^\^l to be one of the
strongest and most useful in the State. The service has been ex-
tended every year and now there are al:)Out 800 subscribers. The
o3^stem has recently been changed to full central energy and the
company has not only increased the service locally, but has in-
dependent long distance lines connecting with Greensboro, Lex-
ington, Thomasville, Asheboro. Randleman and Winston-Salem.
The company does a good lousiness and has the loyal support
of the people.
The following are the officers: W. H. Ragan, president; W.
H. Townsend, secretary and treasurer ; J. F. Hayden, manager.
Board of directors, W. H. Ragan, W. P. Pickett, J. S. Wilborn,
C. C. Muse, W. L. Stamey, J- F. Hayden and A. B. Horney.
MYRTLE DESK COMPANY.
One of the largest and most successful plants in the city is
the Myrtle Desk Company, conducted by the principal owner, Mr.
H. W. Fraser, ably assisted by Mr. L. C. Sinclair. Mr. Fraser
has been a manufacturer all of his life, being engaged in the cot-
ton milling business for many years before removing to High
For 14 years, however, he has given his attention solely to
furniture manufacturing. His first venture of this kind was as
part owner of the Alma Company. He afterward organized the
Catawba Furniture Company, at Alarion, N. C. But his final judg-
ment was that High Point was the best place for furniture manu-
Accordingly he returned to High Point in 1899, and built the
present factory of which he has charge. This is one of the largest
in the city, and is well located in the western part of the city, on
the main line of the Southern Railway.
The floor space of this factor}- covers more than 54,000 sqtiare
feet. Every part of it is used for the making of roll top desks.
That the articles are of finished workmanship is evidenced by
the large business which the company had during the 14 years of
its existence ; in fact its roll top desks have taken the
day. It is about conceded by makers of these useful ar-
ticles that the goods produced by Mr. Fraser are facile
princeps, along side those of other makers. The
buyer has not been slow to find out this. He has seen for himself
that for excellence of structure, beauty of outline, the smooth w^ork-
ing of the roller tops of the desks, and for beauty of finish, they
appeal to office men in such a manner as to sell themselves.
Mr. Fraser is ably assisted in this business by Mr. L. C. Sin-
clair, his son-in-law, a young man of good education and well
versed in business. Mr. Sinclair began his career as a successful
attorney and gave up his practice to become a manufacturer, at
which he is succeeding admirably.
Mr. Sinclair takes much interest in the affairs of the city. x\l-
though he has been a citizen of High Point a comparatively short
time he has served acceptably as a member of the city council and
is now a member of the school Board. He is a charming man
socially and very popular with his friends.
One Davs Catch
HIGH POINT HOSIERY MILLS.
If a stranger would ask about some of the most prosperous
and best managed manufacturing plants in High Point, this com-
pany would be named among the first. The reason is clear. They
have seen it grow from a very small beginning to its present enor-
mous proportions with a pay roll equal to any establishment in the
The company began business in 1904. In 1905 the production
of the mill was only 200 dozen a day. The business grew so ra-
pidly under the excellent management that the capacity of the plant
had to be continually increased and to-day three larg-e buildings
are required for the business and the output is very large.
These goods are sold both at home and abroad, the export
trade being very flattering indeed. The mills make a medium
grade of goods wdiich are always in demand. This demand has
always been good enough. Even in panics the mills have done a
The business has been a success from the very beginning all
of which was forecasted on account mainly of the men who were
Mr. J. H. Alillis, the president, is the highly gifted and sub-
stantial business man and manufacturer, whose connection with
any enterprise speaks volumes in its behalf.
Air. J. H. Adams, secretarv and treasurer, is one of those men
who "brings things to pass." Of quiet temperament, he is charac-
terized by indomitable energy and perseverance with all and has
business talent of the finest kind.
He is one of these quiet business men who attends strictly to
his business, carrying on everything under him with a system "that
makes it easy for all. He is a man of fine executive ability.
The quality of goods put upon the market is of the highest
order. The motto of Mr. Ajdams and his co-laborers is the best that
can be manufactured and the most reasonable price for it. Thai
this motto has been carried out to the letter, is evidenced by the
splendid success the company has had in the sale of the goods.
The managers of this business do not let a year passwith-
out making some improvement and increasing the plant.
AMiat has been said of the Hoisery Mills may be said of the
other department of the company's business, the High Point
Overall Co., because it is under the same management. This busi-
ness occupies a separate building and is meeting with the same
(Owned by Geo. J. Gould, Situated One Mile East of High Point)
THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING CO.
The Enterprise I'riiiting- Company is one of the largest and
best equipped printing plants in Western 2\orth Carolina. It
is owned by J. J. P'arriss who has conducted the business for 21
years. It is equipped with the best high class machinery that
could be bought, embracing two Optimus presses, a Mergenthaler
Linotype machine, power paper cutter, wire stitcher, jobbers, etc.
The owaier of the plant has always believed in buying the best
and he has made no mistake in pursuing this policy. The
aggregate cost of the plant was about $26,000. The office makes
a specialty of fine catalogue work, trade journa;ls and emboss-
ed stationery and has as its patrons prominent business men, not
only in High Point, but in other cities in and out of the state.
The mechanical work of the Southern Furniture Journal is exe-
cuted in this office. During the past few months the business of
the office has widened and improved in many departments, es-
pecially in the embossing department. Within a year or so this
increase will necessitate a large embossing and engraving depart-
ment. The office employs none but the best, skilled workmen.
J. J. Farriss
DAILY AND WEEKLY ENTERPRISE
The Enterprise is almost as old as High Point and is one of half
dozen papers in the state that has been published continually
for over 35 years. For 21 years J. J. Farriss has been the edi-
tor and has endeavored to conduct the paper on a high plane.
The principal work of the paper has been in building High
Point and its friends at home and people in the vicinity have given
due credit. In 1904 Mr. Farriss began the publication of a daily
which has increased from year to year. The advertising patron-
age and subscription list will compare favorably with papers in
towns of the same population.
In January 1909 Mr. Farriss added S1500 in improvements
and hopes to make another increase at the close of the year.
R. A. WHEELER.
Mr. R. A. Wheeler is one of the most public spirited men
in High Point. He was until 1906 in the manufacturing busi-
ness. He originated what is now the Beeson Hardware Company
and began the manufacture of coffins in High Point. He is now
largely interested in real estate, one of the largest dealers in
the State, being the owner of Sunbright.
He is one of our North Carolina men to the manor born,
having first seen the light of day in this (Guilford) county in 1855.
His first business experience was as a clerk in a eeneral store
of John A Lindsay for five years. He then embarked' in the hard-
ware business, which he successfully conducted for ten years,
to which business, the present Beeson Hardware Company
R. A. Wheeler
are the successors. Looking for '"larger worlds to conquer" he
then moved to Washington, D. C. where he was engaged in
the wholesale produce commission business for nine years. He
says he never felt "quite at home except in North Carolina and
that his heart would turn back home." Besides he is a firm be-
liever in a great future for the South, and has permanentlv estab-
lished himself in his old "home town", which success is' crown-
_ Mr. Wheeler is an influential man both in the political and
social world. He is greatly interested now in starting the cotton
CAROLINA LOAN & REALTY COMPANY.
This is. without a doubt, one of the strongest and most ac-
tive companies in our city, dealing exclusively in real estate,
loans, stocks and bonds. A business the efforts of which have been
crowned with success from the very beginnino;, is the Carolina
Loan & Realty Company.
The Secretary and Treasurer of this Company is Mr. Geo.
T. Penny, whose record as a financier and real estate dealer is
hard to equal.
This young; man began business in High Point only a few
years ago on a small scale. He has pushed his way along so
successfully that today he is known as a great financier and
handles more real estate than any man in the South. His
sales in North Carolina and South Carolina alone last year
Geo. T. Penny-
amounted to over v'? 1, 500,000.00. His services are in demand
throughout the North and South, and he has the record of never
having made a failure on a sale of lots at auction, which comes
in a special line of his company.
Mr. Penny has a twin brother, J. C. Penny who is president of
the American Realty & Auction Company, of Greensboro, N. C.
who assists him in his auctioneering. The}- are well known all
over the United States as Penny Brothers, the Twin Auctioneers,
who turn real estate into cash quick. It is often said that Pen-
u}' Brothers, "the Twins", who manage the auctioneering
department of these companies, are the strongest auctioneering
force in the world.
The Carolina Loan &: Realty Company has made ample
capital to promote any deal on a large scale, being one of the
strongest firms in the State.
Mr. Geo. T. Pennv gives the business much of his attention
along with his other business. He is the organizer, president and
general manager of the Southern Live Stock Insurance Company,
and director of the Home Banking" Company, which he also helped
The president of this Company is Mr. Thomas F. Wrenn, who
started in High Point as a boy in the merchantile business and
has managed his affairs in such a skillful and business-like man-
ner that to-day is one of the wealthiest men in the State of
North Carolina. He has had a remarkable career as a manu-
facturer and banker, equalled by few of his age. He was one of the
first organizers of the furniture factory in High Point, and
conducted this factory successfully for several years.
He decided to move to Marion and continue the manufactur-
ing business and at this point he has made his wonderful suc-
cess, not only in the manufacturing business, but as a banker and
financier. He organized a bank at Marion a few years ago and
became its president. The bank has prospered ever since the first
day of its organization. In 1908 he was instrumental largely in
organizing the Home Banking Company of High Point with a
capital of $50,000, which helped our city, and has proven to be one
of the most prosperous. He is a stockholder in four of the lead-
ing banks of this city and a number of others throug'hout the
country. He is a stockholder in some of the largest cotton mills
and woodworking enterprises in the South.
He spends the summer at his summer home in Marion, which
is located in the mountainous part of North Carolina. Mr. Wrenn
is a self-contained modest man, far more so than most men of
his vast wealth. He is yet a comparatively young man, and he
alone knows of the opportunities that lie before him, and this
company, in the industrial world.
In the Vetch Field, Blair Farm
HIGH POINT METALLIC BED CO.
A manufacturing establishment here which has met with
marked success from the beginning is the High Point Metallic
Bed Co., which was promoted by Mr. R. H. Wheeler, Mr. J. H.
Millis and others, Mr. Wheeler taking the active lead in forming
the company and the responsibility of introducing the goods and
establishing a trade. This was quite an undertaking because at that
time the manufacture of metal furniture in the South was practi-
It has now become well known that High Point not only ex-
cels in the manufacture of wooden furniture, but has a factory
that excels in the manufacture of iron bedsteads.
The plant has its own foundries, finishing and packing de-
partments, warerooms and shipping departments. These go to
C. L. Wheeler
make up one of the most unique manufacturing establishments
in this city of factories. It is located directly on the line of the
High Point, Randleman and Asheboro Railroad a part of the great
Southern system. Occupying one of the largest buildings in the
It is not the purpose of this company to manufacture a fancy
line of goods. But their output of medium grade iron bedsteads
has met with a success which has satisfied the most sanguine ex-
pectations and brought many buyers.
During the many years that the goods of this company have
been before the trade they have made an impression which speakj
well for the company and the excellent management. A good
strong custom has been built up which is being added to every
year. There is no iron bed factory in the South which has made
any better record than this one.
The president of the company is Mr. J. H. Millis, one of the
city's best and most successful business men.
Mr. R. PI. Wheeler is vice-president and finds
time with his many industries to give the business the time de-
manded. He makes a most valuable officer. Most ot the duties
of this successful company fall upon Mr. C. L. Wheelc the sec-
retarv and Treasurer. Inhere are no manufacturers in the
city who understand their business better and perform ihe duties
with more abiHty than Mr. Wheeler. He is quick of perception
and handles everytlyno- that comes up for disposal with dispatch
and accuracy. With these qualities it is not surprising that the
company is meeting^ with marked -uccess. High Point is proud
of her iron bed factory and the men who built it and are main-
taining- it so well.
The Jonathan Welch Old Home
(Built in 1786)
BEST CHAIR COMPANY.
The names of B. A. Best and J. T. Best have been associated
with the chair business here for many years. For ten years or
more these two young men were connected with the High Point
Chair Company in which their lamented uncle, J. B. Best, was a
In February 1906 the Best boys organized the Best Chair Co.,
and the plant is one of the best in the city. This is located along
the Southern Railway Company. The company manufacturers a
medium and cheap grade chair which has been the special line of
work of the proprietors. Mr. B. A. Best, the senior officer, is coun-
ted a first class business man and has been successful from youth.
He attends strictly to his own affairs and is accurate in all of his
dealings. He and his juniior brother will prove a strong team in
t'he management of the company.
Since beginning business the company has built up a large
trade and their chairs are meeting with ready sales all over the
South and West. There is nothing on the market superior to the
THE HOME BANKING COMPANY.
The Home Banking Company of High Point, N. C, was orga-
nized in the month of March. 1908. under the laws of N. C. Its
capital stock is $25,000.00. Mr. T. F. Wrenn, formerly of High
Point, now of Marion, N. C, who is spoken of elsewhere in the
book, is president. Dr. J. R. Reitzel ist vice-president, Mr. J. C.
Welch, 2nd. vice-president,Mr. M.J. Wrenn, 3rd. vice-president. Col.
D. H. Milton is cashier and Mr. James C. (jilkey assistant cashier.
The following compose its board of directors : George A.
Matton, H. A. Tomlinson, S. F. Wall, Dr. H. C. Pitts, D. N. Wei-
born, W. T. Kirkman, George T. Penny, W. G. Shipman, and
J. A. Clinard.
This excellent bankoccupiesthebuildin<4on the corner of North
Main and Broad streets one of the most desirable locations in the
city for a l^ank. These magnihcant l^anking apartments are finished
in burnished steel bars encased in walnut.
It has an up-to-date fire and burglar proof safe. And in a
short time will put in an up-to-date vault, all fixtures having been
purchased, and placed upon the floor. The Home Bank has been
a success from the day it opened for business.
Col. D. H. Milton
James C. Gilkey
The stockholders, allof them,areHighPointmen andUook to the
prosperity of the city. These gentlemen saw the possibilities
and the need of a good Home institution of this kind and they
have gone to work and equipped an up-to-date-liank for the
convenience of its home people, making it attractive and ag'ree-
able for its customers and friends.
Few financial insti'tutions in the state have made so great progresis
in so short a time as this which is an indication that the bank
has bright prospects before it. The management is very accom-
modating and exercises a cosmopolitan spirit in dealing with
the people. The bank was instituted for the convenience and ac-
commodation of all classes of people and it is deeply appre-
Mr. T. F. Wrenn needs no commendation at our hands as
every one who knows him knows him as Tom Wrenn. whose sue-
Home Banking Company
cess in life as a modest business man has not been surpassed in
the history of our city or state. He being president of the Home
Banking Company makes it a Gibraltar within itself.
Col. D. H. Milton, the cashier is a native of Stanley county
N. C, and is well fitted for the responsible position. He is of a
social turn and is well equipped in a business way to promote the
interests of the bank. He has held several responsible positions
in the state and nation. He was in the Treasury Department
under the Cleveland administration and later was chief clerk in
the office of State Insurance Commissioner. For ten years he was
deputy clerk of court of his county and was also deputy sheriff
for several years. He has held positions of trust since he was a
Col. Milton is a man of wide acquaintance both in and out
of the state and will do much towards advancing- the interests of
Mr. Jas. C. Gilkey, assistant cashier was born in Rutherford
county, Rutherfordton, N. C. Mr. Gilkey comes to High Point
from Marion, N. C, where his parents now reside. He was con-
nected with both the banks of Marion for several years. He hav-
ing- had a good deal of experience in the banking business was
chosen by the board of directors of the Home Banking Company,
for his experience and good character as a young man of the very
best talent and worthy of his vocation.
PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS COMPANY.
One of the largest as well as one of the best managed plants
in High Point, is that of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, a
branch of the factory at Pittsburgh.
In 1905 the Company erected here a large brick factory for
making mirrors and has built up a large business from this plant.
The plant works 60 men. all skilled mechanics of course. The
building covers over half an acre, is substantially built, well lighted
and convenientlv located.
W. D. Brooks
The manager of the plant is Mr. \\\ D. Brooks who is a man
fully versed in every detail of the business. He has been with the
company for 14 years which has given him a knowledge of the
work which not only equips him well for his duties to the com-
pany but puts him in a position to be of assistance to the trade.
Mr. Brooks has only been in charge of the plant for a year
or more, but during that time has made many friends for himself
and the Co., among the manufacturers of the South. He is a good
business man in every sense and is making friends for the com-
pany. Coupled with his business qualifications he is fortunate
in his social accomplishments.
SOUTHERN LIVE STOCK INSURANCE COMPANY.
Among the strongest and most successful companies in the
State doing an insurance business is the Southern Live Stock
Insurance Company, of High Point. This company was promot-
ed and organized by business men throughout the State with
Mr. George T. Penny as the prime mover, who became the prin-
cipal officer of the company and is doing much to bring to it suc-
cess. The company commenced writing business on the 8th. day
of December, 1906, and, while it was a new form of insurance pro-
tection in North Carolina, its success from the start has demon-
strated the fact that the company will fill a long felt want with
the live stock owners of this and adjoining States. The manage-
ment of the company has already entered Virginia, West
Virginia and South Carolina. Since organization, this company
has paid to the owners of live stock in North Carolina more than
$15,000 in losses, all of which have been paid promptly.
Residence of Geo. T. Penny
The Southern Live Stock Insurance Company occupies the
proud position of being the only insurance company of its kind
in the South with a large paid in capital in cash. Among
the stockholders are included some of the most successful busi-
ness men in North Carolina. The officers of the company are :
Geo. T. Penny, secret?'-v and treasurer; T. F. Wrenn, president,
and Mesisrs. J. C. \\'e' .1. Ctco. M. Harden, of Raleigh, and W. W.
Smoak. of Winston-Salem, vice president.
The officers of the company are George T. Penny, President ;
T. F. Wrenn, Secretary and Treasurer; O. E. Mendenhall assistant
secretary and office manager. The company numbers among its
stockholders some of the most prominent business men of the state.
There have been few insurance companies in the south that have
done as satisfactory business from the beginning as the Southern
Live Stock Insurance Company. The rates are reasonable in the
scope of safety while every detail of the business is looked after
with promptness. EA-ery loss is promptly adjusted and paid and the
communities that have been doing business with the company
longest are its greatest patron*^.
The officials are composed of men who are not only well known
as business men but some of them are specially fitted to judge of
matters in this kind of insurance.
George T. Penny, the President, is one of the best equipped
business men in the state. He has had a successful career from
the time he was in his teens until today he is recognized as one
of the state's leading business men.
The Secretary and Treasurer is Mr. T. F. Wrenn, the well
known financier and banker, whose prominence in the financial
world is well known to all. His connection witli the company
gives it prestige and strength.
The Southern Live Stock Insurance Company has a great
future before it. It has increased its business from the first and
the value of it now is a handsome tribute to the management.
The company feels it has a valuable assistant in Mr. Menden-
UNITED STATES GLUE COMPANY.
One of the latest institutions which has come to High Point
to locate is The United States Glue Company. This is a branch
of the concern which has head offices at Milwaukee, Wis,, and a
factory at Carrollville, Wis.
This branch was established here for the convenience of the
furniture factories in this city and the surrounding country and,
under the able management of Mr. George E. Matthews is do-
ing a large and increasing business.
They have their own warehouses here and keep in stock a
full line of their products which are used extensively in wood-
working plants. By this means a great saving in freight and
time is made by those who use their output and the fact of their
being established in the center of the Southern Furniture man-
ufacturing district is of great benefit to the trade.
Mr. George E. Matthews, the manager is gradually extending
the scope of his business and will eventually serve the whole of
the Southern trade from the High Point Office. His courteous
manner and business acumen will insure success for the undertak-
ing and the plant of the United States Glue Company adds an-
other to High Point's man\- fine l)usiness enterprises.
J. H. MILLIS.
One of the most prominent and successful business men in
High Point is Mr. J. H. Millis. He came to High Point when
quite a young man and engaged in the merchandise business and
was successful. For many years he was a member of the firm of
Ragan, ]\Iillis & Co., the leading firm of the community. Later
on Mr. Millis became interested in manufacturing. He has been
connected with several of the furniture factories as an officer and
stockholder. He yet retains his interest in some of the companies.
He has practically, retired from active work at the desk, yet he
is at the head of some of the largest indusitries here. He is a
leading factor in the High Point Hosiery Mills and High Point
Overall Co., whose success has been so marked. Mr. MilHs is also
interested in banking and is a large stockholder in some of the
financial institutions in Piedmont North Carolina. Mr. Millis is
considered one of the strongest men financially in Guilford county.
He is a very modest man. keeps his own counsel and brings about
large results. He is a very popular man among his friends and has
done a great deal to aid young men in starting life, when there
was nothing in it to him except the satisfaction he gets from know-
ing that he has helped some one.
Mr. Millis has two sons. H. A. MilHs and J. Ed. Milhs, both
of whom are in business in Hgih Point and doing well. H. A.
Millis is conducting a prosperous real estate business while J. Ed.
J. H. Millis and Sons, H. A. and J. E. Millis
Millis is a member of the firm of Adams-Millis Co., Jobbers and
There is a strong aiTection between father and sons, their
companionship and business association being worthy of note.
The young men have even a brighter business future before them
than their father had as a young man and give promise of ac-
complishing as much.
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Residence of H. A. Moffitt
North Carolina Savings Bank and Trust Company
nterior Mann Drug Company
Interior Office Standard Mirror Company
A. L. ELLISON & SON.
Manufacturers Mantels and Specialties.
One of the most prosperous of the smaller factories in High
Point is owned and operated by A. L. Ellison & Son. They manu-
facture Mantels, Tables and Rolls and do all kinds of special
work. The principal output of the factory is the high-grade
mantels which have met with a ready sale ever since they were
put on the market. Some of the trade have given their highest
endorsement to these goods, as they are splendid sellers.
The gentlemen who conduct this business are in everyway
suited to it. l\Ir. A. L. Ellison is a natural mechanic and a fine
workman and gives every detail of the work his personal atten-
A. L. Ellison
tion. It can readily be seen that under the supervision of an ex-
pert mechanic the g-oods turned out would have everything to
recommend them to the trade. Mr. Ellison has spent the greater
part of his life in High Point and has been identified with work
of this character all of his life. Since establishing this business
he has learned its possibilities and it keeps him busy to prepare
for the increasing' business.
Mr. A. L. Ellison has associated with him his son Chas. E.
Ellison who has charge of the finishing department of the plant.
He inherits much of the mechanical talent of his father and is
making a success.
The plant is well equipped in everyway for the business and
is well manager.
BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS.
It may be well doubted whether there is any other one enter-
prise which redounds to the prosperity and happiness of people
in moderate circumstances more than a well-manaoed Buildins;
Postmaster W. E. Snow
Geo. A. Matton
and Loan Association. High Point has had four of these. The
H.gh Point Perpetual Building- and Loan Association, Mechanics.
Perpetual Building and Loan Association are now in operation hav-
ing about 12 series.
THE HIGH POINT PERPETUAL BUILDING AND LOAN
The first association paid out in 76 months with the splendid
record of not 'having lost a dollar on an investment. This operated
under the 6 and 8 per cent. law. The High Point Perpetual Buil-
Deputy Sheriff J. L. Parrish
ding and Loan Association was organized in November, 1901 and
now has 6 series. This operates under the 6 per cent. law. The
officcers are J. P. Redding, president; C. M. Hauser. treasurer.
A sixth series in this association started this year.
KITCHEN CABINET COMPANY.
The Kitchen Cabinet Company is on a special line of goods
which have taken well on the markets of the country. The busi-
ness has steadily grown from year to year and has a promising
Capt. Lloyd M. Dodamead
future. The secretary and treasurer is Capt Lloyd AI. Dodamead
who by his pushing qualities has put the company to the front
in every way. Interested with him is l\Iaj. A. J. Dodamead, and
others. High Point has no better smaller plant than the Kitchen
Plant of A. L. Ellison & Son
D. H. HALL.
One of the best mechanics in the state is Mr. D. H. Hall,
who conducts a business which brings his services in demand all
over the state. He is a decorator, plasterer and road builder and
while the business is individual he has a laree number of em-
Residence of D. H. Hall
ployes and often carries on several contracts at a time in dif-
ferent parts ofthestate. Mr. Hall uses the latest road building-
machinery and his work is equal to the best.
Mr. Hall is among Hig1i Point's successful business men.
He has erected a nice home and beautified the grounds.
Mr. Hall is almost indispensible to a growing city like High
Point and hi>-' efforts are fully appreciated.
W. G. Brokaw's Hunting Lodge
BRADNER & COMPANY.
The largest surburbaii store in the city is that of Bradner cs:
Co., located on West Green street, in a thickly settled section of
the factory district. This business is conducted by Mr. B. H.
Bradner and Mr. D. W. Davidson, two of the cleverest gentle-
men who have made their home here during the past few years.
About two years ago they came from Virginia and occupied a
large double brick store which they filled with a general stock.
During their residence here they have established a large busi-
ness and have made manv friends in the communitv.
Bradner & Company's Store
Before coming to High Point they were engaged in the mer-
chandise business in Virginia. The firm of Bradner & Co., is now
one of the largest doing a retail business here and it is due in a
large measure to the personality of the members of the firm. They
are known for their afifable manner and straightfordwardness in
all their dealings, llie}- never make a good customer that they
do not keep him.
The business is growing every year and it is a pleasure to
know that these gentlemen have become permanent citizens of
UNION FURNITURE COMPANY.
Union Furniture Company — incorporated Dec. 6. 1899 with
J. H. Alillis Secretary and Treasurer.
In 1902 Mr. A. bherrod, the present secretary and treasurer,
took cliarge, succeeding Air. Alilhs. Air. Sherrod is a native of
Alartin county, N. C, where (at Hamilton, N. C.,) he followed
the farming and mercantile business for a number of years. He
was also the founder and secretary and treasurer of the lianiil-
ton Pants Alanufacturing Company. By devoting his full time
and energy in his official capacity, supplemented by safe conser-
vative business plans The Union Furniture Company now ranks
in prestige and business standing as one of the leading furni-
ture manufacturing plants in the South.
Associated with Air. Sherrod in the official Avork of the Union
Furniture Company, is Air. A. F. Eshelman, who in October 1903
took charge of the bookkeeping and correspondence department
of the company, and has filled that capacity ever since. He is
a painstaking, accurate man of business which has counted for
much in the conduct of the business.
Air. Eshelman is also one of the board of directors and a stock-
holder of the company. He is a Pennsylvanian by birth and came
South in 1890, and has been a citizen of High Point since 1897.
He takes much interest in the development of the community
and is a most valuable c'tizen in everyway.
From an annual output of some sixty thousand dollars in
1902, the sales of this company have increased to one hundred
and fifty thousand dollars ner annum.
In 1906 the capacity of the plant was materially increased by
the installment of a nCAv large Corliss Engfine of 150 horse-power
and a new boiler. The machinery building raised another story
and a solendid basement excavated under the building. New and
imporoved machinery and other important features w^ere added.
making this one of the best equipped up-to-date factories in the
The compan3''"s products consist of a good, well constructed
staple line of Cliamber Suits, odd Beds, and Dressers and Side-
This company feels greatly indeljted to its many old cus-
tomers, and greatly appreciates their splendid patronage from
year to year which the compan}- feels has made their growth and
The Union Furniture Company is also fortunate in having
its lines represented by a splendid ccsrps of salesmen, whose
relations with the officials of this company have always been of
the pleasantest kind, and the compau}- fully realizes the fact that
to these wide awake "Scouts" is due \•er^• much of its success.
Residence of R. A. Wheeler
Birdseye View of the Perry Home
C. B. Mattock's Store
Plant of Peerless Machine Works
B. A. Best
J. T. Best
Residence of Judge W. P. Ragan
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Interior Ring Drug Company's Store
Residence of V. A. J. Idol
Residence of A. E. Tate
Residence of F. N. Tate
Washington Street M. E. Church
Residence of W. G. Ragsdale, Jamestown
Interior High Point Hardware Company
Plant of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
J. W. Sechrest
J. Ed. Kirkman
J. E. Marsh
A. F. Eshelman
D. W. Davidson
H. C. Field
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Plant of High Point Pants Company
W, J. Armfield
Dr. W. J. McAnally
G. F. Wilson
Home of Commercial National Bank
St. Mary' Episcopal Church
Junior Order Hospital
C. F. Long
D. H. Hall
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