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for The State Vol. 3 Issue 13, Aug 1935
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Mill village refers to the community developed in conjunction with any mill. Traditionally mill owners built and maintained homes for their employees to rent and supplied these makeshift villages with deputy services. Mr. Ferrell of Raleigh proposed a new plan of individual ownership of mill homes and the property to alleviate the mill owner's financial burden and to instill mill workers with a sense of pride in owning a home.
Simon Dixon moved from Pennsylvania to Alamance County and constructed a mill on Cane Creek. The 1751 still operated in the 1930s and was reportedly the state's oldest operational mill. Folk tales about buried treasure near the mill brought thrill seekers and prospectors in search of silver and gold.
The Burlington Coffin Company, started by Tom Moore, has been in business for fifty years, and during that time has manufactured 450,000 coffins. Caskets, instead of coffins, are made at the present time. The writer explains that coffins resemble a violin case, broad at the top and tapering at the bottom, while a casket is a box without any twist in the sides. Chestnut is the most frequently used wood. The company employs between forty and fifty men.