Isaqueena Cotton Mill

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The Isaqueena Cotton Mill was the first identity of a textile plant that began operations in Central, South Carolina in 1903, and which remains in business in 2011 as Central Textiles, Inc.


With the rise of the textile industry in Upstate South Carolina in the late 1890s and early 1900s, the Isaqueena Cotton Mill was erected and began operations in 1903. The American Wool and Cotton Reporter reported in an issue dated April 16, 1903, that the secretary of the state of South Carolina had issued articles of incorporation to the Isaqueena Cotton Mills Company of Central. O. A. Robtins (sp?), of Charlotte, North Carolina, F. B. Morgan, D. K. Norris, and J. T. Gassaway [sic] of Central, as the incorporators. Initial capital stock was $200,000. "It was first intended to incorporate this company under the name of the 'Norris Central' mills, the change having been made last week just before the charter was applied for." (American Wool and Cotton Reporter, 16 April 1903, Boston, New York, Philadelphia,Volume XVII, Number 16, page 17/485.)(

The Textile World Record (Lord & Nagle Company, Philadelphia, Boston, New York) reported in 1906 that the Isaqueena Cotton Mill, Central, South Carolina, had adopted the American Moistening Company's system of humidification. (April-September 1906, Volume XXXI, pages 180-181.) (

Its president as of 1908 was R. G. Gaines. (Watson, Ebbie Julian, Commissioner, "Handbook of South Carolina: Resources, Institutions and Industries of The State", The State Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Immigration, Columbia, South Carolina, Second edition, 1908, page 453.)(

The Isaqueena Cotton Mill fell into receivership during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, and in 1935 it was purchased by the Cannon Mills of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and renamed the Central Mills. ( It remained a Cannon operation until about 1984, by which time the Cannon family no longer controlled the company, and new management sold the Central plant. It then continued operation as Central Textiles, Inc.

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