William Moore Hallam

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It is said that when the county, of Lin- Lin- coin was formed: the projectors of the I iMirona of Including new county were desirous 01 wciuoing the town of Wesson In the new terri- terri- torr owlnz to its wealth and consequent Kerens. inthe tax assessment. But those who preferred to remain m uopiau set. 10 work and ' succeeded ; in ' defeating the I scheme to acquire' the rich and prosperous prosperous town.- town.- - In 1884 the Mississippi Manufacturing Company, which was then established in the central portion of the state, was de-m.tmvA de-m.tmvA de-m.tmvA rfnrin? Oravaon's celebrated raid through that section. Captain J. M. Wesson, Wesson, nothing daunted, sought another lo cation. At mat ume w c " """I I the busy bee-hive, bee-hive, bee-hive, nowniiHtwm 1 l-o-ln l-o-ln l-o-ln l-o-ln l-o-ln nlno forest. In 1805 A tOWtt WSS located and named "Wesson," In honor of Csptain J. M. Wesson, who waa the president, and W. M. Hallam. vice president president of the old Mississippi Company. At that time there were only , sixty-four sixty-four sixty-four looms in operation and, the bulldinrs consisted consisted of a one-story, one-story, one-story, f ramebOxsUO, and the employes numbered 200 in all. m 1870 the Mississippi manuiaciuriu pany went Into bankruptcy, and the piant was sou si iu j, H fvna-ht- fvna-ht- fvna-ht- fvna-ht- in br Messrs. J. T. Hardle Sons, who still retain control of the mills. In 1873 fire destroyed much of the rain- rain- able property, but in 1 U71 111 m OUtat W the same year ras made general manager, ant wje ixmMx "r? the MISSISSIPPI alius, m tuis tKxutv j mill No. 1, conslstlnj of a tour-story tour-story tour-story brick building. 60x400 feet, was erected, in isTA ttxm hnxinua had Increased to such aa extent that It was found neces- neces- ssrr to build anotner siraciure, mv uuu xjr. m fnnr.mtnrr hrlck bnlldlng. 50x200. wlthmaneard roof, was erected. Business contmned to increase, ana me manage- manage- couiwura w uu. - . mont waa eaual to the demands,, so in 1888-89 1888-89 1888-89 another addition was necessary and was erected. It consisted of a five- five- story brie, ouxwu. ana nan "sx shop holding ,1000 looms. f the roof of Which IS glass. VI USX as tnis large room was completed and before the mschlnery was placed la position the celebrated Bam Jones held services there, and filled It at every service. t v In the year asoo tner were wmr n..j- n..j- ivr.ma in th mill: to-day to-day to-day there are 8000 looms and 18,000 spindles, jind the employes will number sbout 1800. The mill uses about OOOO Dales ot cotton an nually. It not only manuiacture cotton - , zz mm. I -roods, but is engaged in the manufacture I OX WOOieuS aisw, usmi auvui . - i . r I A . , iwwi iui pounds annuauy. xne pay rou aoiouuua to 815,000 per month. Mr. J. 8. Bay is y,m. Mihl.r and secretary of the com pany, and Oliver is the superintendent. .... L , 1 jt I. W.1M1I WOll nil uecu atwuiiiNiu Annm ht almost eyery town in the south. If the business people could only b Drought to reiun mt jawumaui. benefits to he . derived from the cotton miiia. when located at the base of sap- sap- piles. In many sections there ar now COttOn Hullo - 1U uivmu.uu, uu towns are preparing to follow th example example set by Wesson so many years Bl Wesson has about 3500 population, snd not over 100 of these are negroes. Of course, there are more negroes than that. but they live on the outside of the cor S orate limits, inere r seyen yrry rit ry goods stores, domiciled in commodious commodious brick buildings; two large drug stores, five grocery stores and one hard ware-store, ware-store, ware-store, two noteis ana iwts t fifteen smaller store snd shops, and one Mt... hank-. hank-. hank-. Th.r ia on newsoaoer here, the Wesson Enterprise, owned and edited by Mr. Walter W. Bobertson, who has done much to advance the Interests of th town. - . .. : ' . ' J. . Wesson nas a nne puduc scnooi. woicn Is under the management of Prof. J. Reese Lin. who has ten assistants. The term is nine months and the attendance Is between 400 and 450. The school building building is a magnificent structure of brick, three stories high, and has Its own system system of water works. The religious tendency tendency of Wesson Is evidenced by the number of Its churches, there , being seven white churches in att. ;- ;- -.- -.- -.- The town Is supplied with electrle lights, though theplant is owned by private private Individuals. The town has no weter works, but the mills have a complete system of water works encircling their plant, - and on several occasions have saved property from destruction by fire, slthough not on their plant. The mill also has a well-drilled well-drilled well-drilled fire company. There is also a fine company of citizen soldiers here, known as the Wesson Rifles, Captain Captain D. H- H- MeColum." commander. There are ten secret societies - here, snd all seem to be in a flourishing condition. The health of the town is rood, and there does not appear to be any reason why It should be otherwise, for the town is situated on quite an eminenea of red clay niiis. it is saia mat wesson ia tne A h. mmmrmm f m. until. dividing of the water shed of the south- south- era portion or tne -state, -state, aii tne wster that falls on the east side of town finds its way to the - Pearl " river, . end sll on the west side runs to the Mississippi river. . - - - .. Tbe municipal officers are: Mayor, H. M. Buckley: aldermen,!. C. Hurcum, R. J. Mitchell A. T. Woodln, John E. Thompson. J. G. Lyell; Dr. J. A. Rowan, health officer. - - . Ta' 1 1 for alas -of failure 1 The I tor nas mat-tor his submitted avail-I able, tne expense of ar the r ,ou origin Some tract eeateentrat-ing snd in of will be I la more , are the I I Ilk i.r win th I , I Ar. i ox better pointing - of -picks i ' In In to 668 srtati-tlcs 13, or i for ln - ion I I i I analysis of no It

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 02 Oct 1900, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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