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Remembering Mooresville Past

Dixie Cotton Mill, Co., was organized in 1906 with a capital stock of $100,000 and began operations in yarn manufacturing in 1907. A village of homes equipped with electricity, along with water supplied from deep wells drilled in the area, quickly sprang up around the mill.

In 1923, there was a reorganization of operations and the plant was renamed, Cascade Cotton Mills. The business fell on hard times at the beginning of the Great Depression, operations stopped, and the area was all but abandoned.

Burlington Industries purchased the mill in 1933 and re-opened the plant in January 1934. Along with new ownership was another new name; Cascade Weaving Company.

Recent Acquisitions

The Museum has received several items from Mooresville Senior High. They include a school band parade banner probably from the late 1970s or early 1980s, three band uniforms, six seats from the soon to be demolished Roland R Morgan Auditorium, and a dress that was a drama prop.

Mooresville Museum Annex at Main St. Antiques & Design

In an effort to attract more visitors to the Mooresville Museum, Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery will now feature an annex dedicated to the keeper of the town’s history.

The annex opened Monday, May 1 and includes a variety of displays of historic Mooresville artifacts, including high school memorabilia from Mooresville High School.

“Main St. wanted to make ties with the community, and what better way to do that than with the presence of the local museum,” said Rex Butler, manager of Main St.  “NOWOur business is based on older stuff, so it fits into our theme. It felt like a no-brainer.”

 Museum president David Whitlow struck up a friendship with Butler, and that’s when the idea of collaborating came about. Whitlow was especially impressed with Butler’s collection of African-American history.

Recent Acquisition

Toledo Steel Furniture Typewriter Desk

The Museum received this typewriter desk from Mike Lebaron.  The following information comes from him

“This typewriter desk was probably originally purchased in the early 1920’s in Denver, Colorado by John and Anna Hayes, my maternal grandparents. John Hayes was a Civil Engineer doing irrigation projects in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. Anna (Hansen) Hayes was born in 1886 in what is now Twin Falls County, Idaho. She graduated from the Albion Normal School (a teachers school) in Albion, Idaho and married John Hayes in 1904 in Twin Falls, Idaho. The town of Twin Falls was platted and the original town survey done by my grandfather John Hayes in 1904 when the Twin Falls Irrigation Project was under construction in south central Idaho. The desk would have been moved from Denver to Twin Falls, Idaho in the late 1920’s. I acquired it when my grandmother moved from a house to an apartment in the 1960’s. It has moved with me from Idaho to Colorado to Texas to North Carolina.”

Toledo Steel Furniture Typewriter Desk 1

Toledo Steel Furniture Typewriter Desk 2