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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - January 29, 1939, High Point, North Carolina Day january 29, 1939the High Point Enterprise Piedmont Center of High Point North Carolin Page seven Sec. Furniture manufacturing is Thomas dle s greatest Industry St factory Thomasville first factory lilt Here by is Moreland a Dusty i 6 1 years old jew produces most payroll the Enterprise la Arrau. Commerce Street phone 535 a did i Tor s note Rill is tin Iii of a series of articles ing with the growth Anil tie it in it it of i booms Hie. My will appear in consecutive is of the Sui lax int a save them As they con Ini Hgt rant ii int Ort in i data c. T. Lull Mai old Komas i . Jan. 29. A difficult to think of Ali Rule without the thought int to the furniture Indus Here equally As hard to of Tjie furniture Industry in country without Thomie. For the furniture Indus is Thomasville a greatest creating the majority of i Roll and creating jobs lie majority of its working e. This City in turn ships quids of pieces of fit in i to retail markets thro Zurh he United states and Sev fore fun countries. Thorn e chairs adorn Many from hut to mansion and have become known Over Pat part of the world. I think of the furniture lilies in Thomasville i Day in of the vast modern fat. Equipped with the mos in up to Date mat loin i v and la out carloads of Furui every Day. Wever not a great number Iris have parsed since the i Aire Industry was unknown i is City Ami Thomasville was la a bid to bet nine tin and leather goods a nut a j Center of the South. I Hill la it n n he Houtho get a concise picture of the this photograph was taken in i huh and shows the first furniture factory in Thomasville. Machinery for the manufacture of chairs was first introduced in this building in that year and the factory named a Westmoreland hair company ofter its owner David 8. Westmoreland. To the right is the factory building and to the left the general merchandise store where the factory a 40 to 50 employees bought their food and clothing. This factory burned in i hot and Hie site is now occupied by the Wall Box photo Courtesy mrs. F. Ii. Alexander and Burts studio. Earliest movement toward chair manufacturing in this Section it is necessary to glimpse at Thomasville during the Days of the civil War and Early in the reconstruction Days thereafter. At the close of the civil War Thomasville was a very Young City having been incorporated in is52, but was thriving with its shoe and leather goods factories a Railroad had been built through the town and with its Thomasville female College and Garrison of soldiers stationed Here was bustling with growth it was known As the prettiest town Between new York and Atlanta because of its clean White Sand Street an i its Beautiful Shade Trees. It was acquiring the nickname of a the Lyon of the South because of the shoe factories. It was during this time that Thomasville made its bid to become a shoe renter. With the Well established factories already Here a Northern capitalist came with Money and intentions to establish an enormous shoe factory just South of the Railroad. However the friction that had developed Between the North and South during the four year of warfare had not yet diapers i a n 0 s be on display this week world s most famous piano in Itlen Nally guaranteed. See the uti Narv tone Contr von Welcome whether it of Huv or special h Alit Al n s in used pianos $60.00 up j a rears guarantee a i Bench Sis lessons free. Easy terms a on All models. La c n e Illus furniture co. High Point n. C. Commerce St. A Thomasville ii f�0 when Miller construction co. Thomasville n. A. Cd and the Klu flux klan ran the capitalist out of town. Vast stands of Fink Tim bar during the bustling years during and immediately after the War few people gave thought to the vast stands of Fine Timber growing nearby other than to use it for the construction of their houses. One Man David s. Westmoreland. Who had come Down from Forsyth county with a natural Knack of carving out of Wood raw and realized what the Forest would some Day mean to the town. In 1865 Westmoreland began making chairs and furniture for the shoe factory and other workmen of the town. Many wondered during following years How he managed to eke out a living and raise a family of eleven children. Estok Eland bral Pioneer however Westmoreland w Ith the tenacity of a real Pioneer Clung to his business and in 1878 the business had expanded to the extent that he decided to install machinery to make los chairs. His demands were mostly for chair so he decided to specialize in them. He built has factory on the site that is now occupied by the Wall Box company and by 1 890 a employing 40 to 50 men and shipping Thomasville Reade chairs throughout the country and to several Central and South american counties. But Westmoreland did not live to see the full realization of the dream that he had created. In Issi after years o struggle his sturdy body lost its strength and he passed away Westmoreland factory Burns after the elderly Westmoreland a death his son. Emanuel who is now one of Thomasville s oldest residents was selected to take charge. Emanuel Westmoreland remembers vividly today the trying times of that Day. The a Cleveland depression was in full swing and Thomasville during that time the Dollar carries the Load the terrific financial Burden necessitated in Ever growing Industrial and commercial operations building of new Homes housing projects. Every step along the path of Progress must be ably upheld by Money. Money is the foundation ,. Strengthened by the network of superlative banking institutions. The first National Bank is a vital part of this unfailing network. Its facilities Are open constantly to you. Founded in 1907 member Federal Deposit i surant corporation Safe dependable banking for Over 30 years first National Bank of Thomasville n. C. Chui town chatter by c. T. Brumfield report from local motorcyclists returning from the recent National motorcycle races at Daytona Beach fla., indicate that Moat of the Stalwart who went Down with the avowed intention of coming Back with the prize Money backed out. No wonder when the Only local who did enter a forced to withdraw because the gruelling Pace shattered i gasoline tank. The real show a saturday night according to s. A. Culler of the local club when motorcyclist a took Over two of the main Street of Daytona Beach to practice with their motorcycles. Our hat Are off to anyone who can take Over anything from Florida. Usually locals who go Down there Are a a took. Moat profound thank to j. Waiter Lambeth for a gift of an inscribed copy of Cyrano de Bergerac to this office. We Hope that we can get the same inspiration from the Long due Ted gentleman As our Numier con gee a my a did. And use the inspiration a effectively. After watching several women Bowling at Thomasville a newest Bowling Alley we re convinced that it is one sport that women can t do gracefully. Women. With their scanty costumes and Graceful figures have very nearly become the Center of every sport from surf bathing to ice skating. But somehow they can t seem to blend their natural poise and Grace with bending far Over and laying a Ball along the alleys. If j our a to anyone going around seemingly in a Daze balk it a to the new craze chinese checker. Faical five mid tens report that it impossible to Supply the demand. If you Haven to tried the new game or did t have All j your life sating tied up in the Stock Market in the fall of 1929 you have a sensation to experience. Thai the Best i comparison we the Hren Able to find. In 1898 John w. Lambeth f. S. Lambeth e. W. Cate and John Pope organized the Standard chair company and began the manufacture of Fine chairs. Lua of mushroom growth for City the turn of the Century brought an Era of mushroom growth for the City of Thomasville and for the furniture industries Here. John t. Cramer Stewart t. Cramer George h. Yow and John r. Myers formed the Cramer furniture company in 1900. The Cates chair company was organized in 1902 by e. W. Cates f. S. Lambeth John w Lambeth and r. L. Lambeth. The Queen chair company was organized in 1903 by o. M. And c. M. Hoover. The Thompson chair company was organized in 1904 by George a. Thompson and f. S. Lambeth. The Thor Saville chair company deriving its name from the nickname of the old Westmoreland chair company was organized in 1905 by g. A. Allison f. S. Lambeth r. L. Lambeth and John r. Myers the Lambeth furniture company was organized in 1905 by r. L. Lar Beth John w. Lain Beth and f. S. Lambeth. The Thomasville manufacturing company was reorganized in 1905, with the organization of the thomasvp1 furniture company by r. L. Lambeth c. F. Lambeth John Myers c. A. Julian John w. Lambeth g. A. Alison John w. Shaw and w. A. Lambeth and merged with the new organization nine factories in City in 1905 thus in 1905, Only 17 years after the first chair manufacturing machinery was installed in the City Thomasville boasted seven chair manufacturing factories and two factories that made general furniture. The City had grown to a population of 3,500 inhabitants and was turning out a chair a Day for each inhabitant besides numerous other pieces of furniture. The Cramer chair company was the largest at that time and was known As the Best equipped Cair factory in the South. It boasted a two Story Brick factory. 400xxl75 ft., and had an engine of 250 horse Power. It had its own Light Plant Aud water works. However there we As some distrust yet remain ii g As to the possibilities of the chair Industry for this the largest factory was proud of the fact that it could be immediately transformed into a Cotton Mill. 1905 marked yeah in Imp Stry 1905 is a marked year in the history of the chair Industry for it marked the beginning of the great consolidation movement among chair manufacturers of the City an Era of the Industry a Prosperity that is still being enjoyed. F. S. Lamber and e. W. Cates who together owned controlling Stock in the Standard and Cates chair factories sex s changed their holdings Cates taking the Cates chair company Stock and Lambeth taking the Standard furniture. Company Stock thus making the two companies separate the re merged a Short time later under the Nazje Standard chair company. Finch Brothers come to Thomasville in 1907 t. J. Finch former sheriff of Randolph county and Bis brother c. F. Finch came to Thomasville and bought out the Thomasville chair company and made it Plant a of their present system. Later the Finch Brothers bought the Large Cramer furniture company making it Plant c of their present system. The Thompson chair company was combined with the Standard chair company in 1906 but burned several years later. The Queen chair company Vas operated independently until 1013 when it also burned and when reorganized moved to Lexington. Consolidation Complete so that before t h r world i War consolidation was Complete and instead of a number of Small plants there were four Large furniture manufacturing companies in the City Thomasville chair company Standard chair company Lambeth furniture company and Thomasville furniture company. Since the world War the furniture Industry Here has enjoyed steady Progress. The amount of chairs manufactured increase i until in 1925 Thomasville was known far Aud wide As a chair Tow us and was heralded As the second largest chair producing Center in the world. The Thomasville chair company under the guiding hand of t. A. Finch who is still at the Helm forged to the front As the largest chair and furniture manufacturing unit in the City a leadership that it still enjoys. Continued on Page 18, Sec. A the crowd that witnessed the bowing of the Duke Southern California game Here the other Day was definitely partisan ,.most of them left before the end j father than to endure again those last few seconds when Southern California came Back to score via the air. W till Many of the citizenship j of Thomasville gone to High j Point for the furniture show and j there being very Little news any Way we plan to have another Alk with a i a Clef a Westmoreland in the next few Days about the Quot id mining done Here some it ears Hack. We wonder How Many old timers remember when Gold mined in and near Thomasville was brought in every Day. If so where can we find some. Saw the last of its shoe factory. Of the Westmoreland chair factory however safely weathered the depression and Atter Mckinley was elected and Prosperity restored was planning to quadruple its output when it burned in 1897. No insurance was carried and the factory was abandoned after several attempts were made to restore it. Others were beginning to reside the possibilities of making he Timber growing near Thomasville into Fine furniture and n 1 890 Frank s. Lambeth j George a. Thompson and or. It w. Thomas pooled their re-1 i roes to convert a roller Mill Myown of the Thomasville roller i Mill into a factory for the manufacture of Chiffo Niers. They named the new factory the j Thomasville manufacturing Cora any. In 1s97 t. F. And w. C. Har i Ais organized the Climax chair company which flourished be i fore it met the same tragic end of the Westmoreland Shair factory that of burning. It was revived aft r burning once but burned again a Short time later. Penney a with a Gigantic Lull i s s eve ext thousands of Gay Spring frocks have been assembled for this smash events the greatest High Point has Ever seen you la Marvel at the selection Quality and Price be on hand when our doors open at 9 00 a. In. 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