Stouts in Snow Camp part one

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Stouts in Snow Camp part one - IN YE4RS GONE BY Snow Camp, Its History And...
IN YE4RS GONE BY Snow Camp, Its History And Connections, Goes Back Many Years By JULIAN HUGHES | Times-News Special Writer I On the banks of Cane Creek, a tributary of Haw River, is located I that peaceful and historical com- munity long known as Snow Camp. The initiative and ingenuity of the pioneers of this little settle- ment made it a trading center in the first half of the 19th century. Cane Creek definitely is an Ala- mance County stream. Its source is in southwestern Alamance. Near Cane Creek Meeting House the Wells Creek, which rises in the Cane Creek Mountains, flows into Cane Creek. The union of Wells and Cane Creek gives a swift current and. numerous falls ideal for water wheels and power for grinding grain. The creek g o t j its name from the abundance of! cane that grew along its banks, j This eane grew wild, the Quaker i settlements on this stream were| too peaceful- to "raise cane." j Snow Camp got its name along! about the middle of the 18th cen- tury -- a quarter-century before the Revolutionary War. A band of hunters from P e n n s y l v a n i a camped in that neighborhood in the winter of 1748, and the snow war so deep that when they felled trees for fire wood they cut two feel above ground. The next yearj those hunters, and others who had j heard of the abundant game and i timbei and fertile soil, came back in quest of this spot and brought their families. They found the spot where the hunters had "camped in the snow the previous y e a r . They recognized the spot by the tali stumps from which they had ci't their fire wood. " is the place where we camped in the snow," said the huntc's. "Camped in the snow" became a by - word with the pio- neers. Soon it was transposed and shortened to "Snow Camp." And it is Snow Camp to this day. The early settlers quickly no- ticed che natural fall of the stream as it wound its way to Haw Riv- er. When the water fall was high, that was fine -- there would be little or no darning to do. If the creek passed through a deep ra- vine, then the dam wouldn't have to be so wide, and it would take less work to build it. Those hardy pioneers, the Dixons and Stouts, found a dozen such water-power sites, so grist mills and sawmills were b u i l t along the banks of Cane Creek. Simon Dixon, the "father" of Snow Camp, built the first grist mill on Cane Creek in 1751. Two relatives, William and Peter Stout, built the first cotton factory on the creek in the early 1800's. The exact date of the cotton spinning mills is not kn o w n, but it is thought to have been built about 1530, the same year the first cot- ton factory run by steam was slatted in Greensboro. William Stout was the father o f ; Joseph Stout, and Joseph Stout was ihe father of Henry Clay Scout of Burlington, to whom we ire indebted for this information. Incidentally, H. C. Stout was 97 years old last January. When the Dixons and Stouts and other Quaker families settled in South Alamance where the band ot hunters were snow - bound, pious people lost no time rai*iiiil a meeting house near the fork of Cane and Wells creeks. Here the men, women and chil- dren met every Sabbath and wor- shiped their maker in their quaint »,.d quiet manner. The/'men and boys wore their hats in church, tile women and girls wore splint bonnets. And all waited for "the npirii to move than." William and Peter Stout, more than likely, tot their idea of spin- ning c o t t e n yarn from Henry Humphrle't steam cotton mill of Grfi-n«boro. It Is of record that Edwin M. Holt got his Idc* (or iplnning cotton into yarn f r o m Humphries. And it is reasonable to assume that the Stouts and Holt discovered Humphries' mill while they were trading In the Guilford county scat. Of course. Greensboro was only n courthouse village in 1830. There was no mil roid in Greensboro prior to lf6, not even « plaik road. In 1630, all roads from Snow Camp led lo HilUboro, Greensboro or Fayctte- Tilit. The mode of travel was by no-re - back, covered wagon or, il oiie wanted to travel first-class, by tiagecoach. Peter Stout was the grandfather ot William Stout, and settled in the S n o w Camp neighborhood sometime before William moved in from Pennsylvania. By the year 1830, Peter had built a dam across the creek high enough to supply sufficient fail to turn two water w h e e l s . One over - shot wheel turned the shafting for a grist mill; the other furnished mechani- cal power for a sawmill. Neverthe- less, a lot of water passed over Hie dam before the cotton factory was built.. William Stout and Edwin Holt were very much alike in that they were onth mechanically inclined. And since cotton mill machinery was a nove'tj in the South, and the invention of the cotton gin had made production of cotton more practical, William Stout and Ed- win Halt, both young, men with vision in 1*30, became interested in carding ind spinning of the staple. Although there are no authentic records of wheer William S learned about carding and spin- ning machinery for making cot- ton yarns, or where he got such machinery, it is quite likely that he learned it from Humphries' mill in Greensboro, as did Edwin Holt. It is reasonable to assume thai Goodwin - Clark Co., of Patterson, N. J., the same ma- chinery builders who equipped Humphries and JJolt's mills in 1830 and 1837, respectively, also furnished the cards and spinning frames for Cane Creek Cotton Factory. It is possible, as well as likely, that the c a r d s and frames the Stouts bought were de- signed and built by Samuel Slater, the father of cotton manufacturing in America. And if Samuel Slater was the father of cotton manufac- turing in America, then Edwin Holt was the father of cotton goods manufacturing in Alamance County. The Alamance Factory (See SNOW on Page Ten-C) 9 SAVE ON FULLY FULL-SIZED ELECTRIC 1957 J U S T '279 .95 even /ess with trade-in... easy terms! PLUG-OUT UNIT Deluxe 40 Model WK ' Mctt-UMd High-Speed easy cleaning. This Westinghouse ranges! · Rotaty Central* on surface units are marked with of 1001 heats in between! · AH Ccrm* CMktaf Unto are faster than ever. · Mlnd*~lMl «f FlbtrftM on oven keep* temperature) baking results in any nek position! · FuH Width (ten* Draw keep« big pans · Awtwrartfc Clsffc MH| ThMsr leti you cook even YOU CAN MSUR£...IF ITS WALKER Furniture 710 K. Davis Street

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  1. The Daily Times-News,
  2. 25 Apr 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 21

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