City Directories and History: The Newberry Cotton Seed Oil Mill and Fertilizer Company was organized on July 8th, 1890, and the following Directors were then elected: Thos. V. Wicker, Thos. M. Neel, O. B. Mayer, L. W. Floyd, G. W. Summer, G. F. Long, H. H. Folk, J. M. Johnstone, Geo. S. Mower. The Directors held a meeting a few days afterwards. J. M. Johnstone was elected President and L. W. Floyd the Secretary and Treasurer – General Manager. Work was at once commenced on the necessary buildings, which were located on Caldwell Sheet, at the junction of the Columbia and Greenville and the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroads. The mill began running the latter part of December, 1890. There has been no change in the officers of the company since its organization. It has a capital stock of $80,000.
(Information from: The Annals of Newberry Co., SC – O’Neall and Chapman, Aull and Houseal Publishers – 1892)
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