City Directories and History: “The Enoree Manufacturing Company is situated on the Enoree River at Mountain Shoals. It is about the same size as the Charleston Cotton Mills. The capital stock is $400,000. There are 20,000 spindles and 576 looms in the mill. About 400 operatives are employed and the character of the labor is excellent. The operatives live in tenement houses, numbering about one hundred comfortable homes. A well-appointed school house has been erected and a handsome church is about being completed.
The officers of the company are: Grange S. Coffin, president and treasurer; F. Enzel, secretary; directors, A.B. Rose, William E. Huger, F.J. Pelzer, and A.R. Guerard; superintendent, K. McGowan. It will be seen that these officers and directors, with one exception, are Charlestonians, and distinguished for their business enterprise and wealth. In fact, this factory may well be called a Charleston factory, for nearly [all] if not all of the capital stock is owned by Charleston capitalists.” (Reprinted from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer by J.H. Moore, Sandlapper Publishing Company – 1989)
The Yorkville Enquirer on Nov. 28, 1894 reported – “Mr. F.H. Barber of the Fishing Creek Manufacturing Co., has leased the factory to Mr. McGowan of Enoree.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on Sept. 16, 1907 – “The new freight and passenger station of the Charleston and Western Carolina Railroad at Enoree was destroyed by fire Saturday. The fire was probably started by a passing locomotive. The loss is $15,000.”
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