Home A Dunson Mills Timeline
Chartered Nov. 19 by Joseph Eugene Dunson, Walker Sanford Dunson, Sanford Harris Dunson, Sanford Harris Dunson, Jr., Edgar Haygood Dunson, J.F. Ogletree, William Ellington Morgan, Ashton Hall Cary, Dr. Francis M. Ridley, Wiley Asa Reeves, Maj. John H. Barnard, P.H. Hutchinson, Francis Marion Longley, Reuben Otis Pharr and Thomas J. Thornton II.
Dunson Mills built in land lot 87 of the 6th district, just east of LaGrange. T.J. Thornton II is first manager.
Dunson Mills News became a regular column in the papers.
Dunson Mills built Dunson School on corner of Hogansville Road and Cary Street for mill employees' children, named for Capt. Sanford Harris Dunson Sr., his portrait hung in the entrance.
Dunson Kindergarten opened for mill employees' children.
Dunson Mills baseball teams opened the season against local pros; all merchants closed for the game. LaGrange city limit expanded to include Dunson Mills under Mayor Sanford H. Dunson Jr. Dunson School became part of the city school system.
Dunson Mills Concert Band directory was T. Altobellis, who went on later to conduct the Atlanta Band.
Dunson Mills was enlarged and nearly doubled in size.
Company offices were robbed.
Dunson Mills sponsored cooking schools.
Dunson Mill was listed as the largest single cotton factory in the State of Georgia. Manufacturing was mostly industrial fabrics.
Dunson Mills still is largest textile plant in Troup County, with 41,000 spindles.
Dunson Mills Recreation Center built (including pool, playgrounds, playing fields). New grandstands at Dunson Park were built.
Dunson Mills Girls' Softball Teams. Dunson School moved to Barnard Avenue in new building. Portrait of Capt. S.H. Dunson continued to hang in building.
Dunson School's old building on Hogansville Highway used as a recreation center for Soldiers during World War II.
Dunson Mills Recreation Center opened.
Pepperell Mills bought Dunson Mills and it became the Dunson Division of Pepperell.
Pepperell merged with West Point Manufacturing Co. and the parent company became West Point-Pepperell, Dunson Division.
Old Dunson School building on Hogansville Highway razed.
Dunson Mills was air conditioned, and the giant windows were bricked up, by West Point-Pepperell. Manufacturing was switched from fabrics to sheeting.
Dunson Mill was expanded.
Parts of Dunson Park land was donated to city.
City Board of Education closed Dunson School. Building was utilized for storage and maintenance. Georgia's first lady, Elizabeth Carlock Harris, a Dunson School graduate, attended closing ceremonies.
Dunson Mills installed modern air-jet weaving looms.
West Point-Pepperell became West Point Stevens.
Dunson Park grandstands and remaining park areas donated to city of LaGrange.
West Point Stevens announced imminent closing of Dunson Mills.