The Louise Cotton Mill still stands at 1101 Hawthorne Lane in Charlotte. At the time of its completion in 1897, it was the largest mill in Charlotte. In 1901, a large additon was completed. Herbert Smith Chadwick (1856-1899) was the owner He also built 60 mill houses nearby in rows of five with twelve houses to a row. Chadwick came to an untimely end after being honorably discharged from the Army during the Spanish-American War. One year later, he committed suicide in 1899 while in Boston for business.
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Textile Industry North Carolina Charlotte
When it was completed in 1897, the Louise Mill was the largest cotton textile mill in Charlotte. Like most mills of the period, the owners also built a village for its workers and families. Hubert Smith Chadwick of Rhode Island, moved to Charlotte and formed the Charlotte Machinery Company in 1892 and organized the establishment of the Louise Mill. (He named the mill after his wife, Blanche Louise Dodsworth whom Chadwick married in Charlotte in 1896.
Hoskins Mill Village was a residential area for the workers at nearby Hoskins Mill that opened in 1904. The village was on Gossett and Hoskins Avenue. Physical Description: 3x5 Publisher: S H Kress
Hoskins Mill (1904) was located at 201 South Hoskins Road. Mecklenburg Cotton Mill (1904) was located at 3401 North Davidson Street in what is now know as the NODA neighborhood. Elizabeth Mill (1902) was on Dowd Road, and the Chadwick Mill (1901) was west of Biddleville. Physical Description: 3x5 Publisher: S H Kress
Machine reginning cotton in a cotton seed oil machine. Physical Description: 4x5. Negative Publisher: Unknown
Cotton Mill that manufactured yarn. Physical Description: 4x5 negative Publisher: Unknown
Bales of cotton waiting at the compress. Physical Description: 4x5 negative Publisher: Unknown
Row of mill houses somewhere in Charlotte. Physical Description: 4x5 negative Publisher: Unknown
The Atherton Mill opened in 1893. At one time it was one of Charlotte's busiest mills employing 300 people. Located on South Boulevard, the buildings have been restored for use as lofts, businesses and restaurants. Physical Description: 4x5 negative Publisher: Unknown
Cotton mill workers from the Atherton Mill. Physical Description: 4x5 negative Publisher: Unknown