“Children working in the cotton mills…”
City Directories and History: The links associated with this page from the Lewis Hines Photo Collection tell an important history of the textile industry in Chester,
S.C., and elsewhere in the South. Click on the sites below to be linked with the Hines photo collection which can be viewed here or researched on the Hines website
at: http://lewishinephotographs.com/ Also, see the images below from the Lancaster Cotton Mill, owned by the same company operating the Springstein Cotton Mill in Chester, S.C.
Also see additional information on the Spring’s family home in York County, Springstein Plantation.
The RH Record of Jan. 21, 1899 reported the Chester Cotton Mills is in the hands of a receiver. There have been no buyers and the price has been reduced to $25,000. The sale will be in February.”
The RH Herald on Feb. 22, 1899 reported the Chester Cotton Mill has been sold to O.P. Heath and Eli Springs of Charlotte, for a price of $48,000.” This was a bankruptcy sale.
On May 10, 1899 – “the name of the Cotton Mill in Chester recently purchased by Mr. Heath and Springs has been changed to, Springstein after an old Springs family name in Holland.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Sept. 10, 1902 – “That Mr. J.W. Westerland has a force of hands in Chester covering the Springstein Mill.” (Mr. Westerland was a roofing contractor from Rock Hill and often installed roofs on industrial building across the state.)
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Oct. 25, 1902 – “A fire originated in the dye room of the Springstein Mill and did about $75,000. in damage. It destroyed the dye room, engine, boilers, slashers, piping and a stock of fabric. The mill will be closed for one to two months. During that time the Euraka Mill will add extra shifts to hire the Springstein operatives as extras.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Feb. 25, 1903 – “In an article taken from the Spartanburg Journal, that R.W. Boney, who has been in the insurance business in Spartanburg for sometime, has secured the position as bookkeeper for the Springstein Mills of Chester. In the past he worked with the Tyger River Manuf. Co., of Fairmount.”
The RH Record of July 22, 1909 – “The Springstein Mill of Chester is changing this week from steam power to electricity. Some of the motors are already in operation. The Southern Manufacturing Company of Gadsden Street has also recently installed electric power.”
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