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Felker family collection

Felker family collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Felker family collection
Creator: Unknown
Inclusive Dates: 1884-1975
Language: English
Extent: 78 Linear Feet
Collection Number: ms3360
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Felker family relocated to Georgia in 1824, when Stephen Felker (b. 1799) moved to Monroe, the seat of Walton County, from South Carolina. By the outbreak of the Civil War, Stephen Felker was one of the richest men in the county, deriving his income from slaveholding and a private banking enterprise. Stephen's son George Walton (b. 1853) also entered the banking trade, founding the Bank of George W. Felker in the early 1880s, which he personally operated until 1907. George W. Felker was also a co-founder and chief financial backer of the Walton Cotton Mill Company, which was founded in 1900. During the first few decades of the mill's operation, Felker and his bank played a crucial role, often providing loans and other financial assistance to the fledgling company. George W.'s son George, Jr. (b. 1886) succeeded his father in operating the Walton Mill in the 1930s, and was in turn succeeded by his own son, George W. III, in 1962. In 1986, the Walton Cotton Mill Company purchased Avondale Mills of Alabama, and changed its own name to Avondale Mills. In 2006, the plant was shut down after more than a century of operation.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of hundreds of ledger books comprising the records of the Walton Cotton Mill Company, 1900-1975, including sent and received letters, invoices, payroll records, paid checks, general ledgers, construction blueprints, cotton records, sales journals, employee bond records, insurance records, and employee housing records. Also included are many more ledgers documenting the business transactions of the Bank of George Walton Felker, 1884-1934, including balance ledgers, deposit ledgers, collection registers, bank registers, check drafts, balance books, daybooks, loans and investments, and address books.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Felker family collection, ms3360, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Avondale Mills -- History
Avondale Mills -- Records and correspondence
Bank of George W. Felker -- Records and correspondence
Banks and banking -- Georgia.
Bookkeeping registers.
Business records.
Correspondence.
Cotton manufacture -- Georgia.
Cotton textile industry -- Georgia.
Felker family
Invoices.
Ledgers (account books)
Textile factories -- Georgia -- Records and correspondence.
Textile workers -- Georgia -- Walton County -- History.
Walton Cotton Mill Company -- History
Walton Cotton Mill Company -- Records and correspondence

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Walton Cotton Mill



Correspondence

boxfolder
11-10Incoming, 1900 January-June
boxfolder
21-8Incoming, 1900 July-1901 January
boxfolder
31-6Incoming, 1901 February-June
boxfolder
41-7Incoming, 1901 July-October
boxfolder
51-10Incoming, 1901 December-1902 August
boxfolder
61-6Incoming, 1902 September-1903 February
boxfolder
71-6Incoming, 1903 March-June
boxfolder
81-9Incoming, 1903 July-November
boxfolder
91-8Incoming, 1903 December-1904 March
boxfolder
101-7Incoming, 1904 April-July
boxfolder
111-2Incoming, 1904 August-October
boxfolder
121-8Incoming, 1904 November-1905 June
boxfolder
131-6Incoming, 1905 July-October
boxfolder
141-5Incoming, 1905 November-1906 March
boxfolder
151-6Incoming, 1906 April-July
boxfolder
161-6Incoming, 1906 August-November
boxfolder
172-5Incoming, 1907 January-March
boxfolder
183-14Incoming, 1928 October-1929 September
cartonitem
11-9Outgoing, 1900 February-1905 May
cartonitem
21-3Outgoing, 1905 May-1907 April



Sent Invoices

cartonitem
24July 1901-June 1903
25June 1903-Nov 1904
26Dec 1904-June 1906
cartonitem
31June 1906-Feb 1908
32Feb- March 1908



Received Invoices

volume
11900-1903
volume
21902
volume
31905-1908
box
191908-1909
box
201908-1923
box
211911-1919
box
221923-1924
box
231935-1945



Cloth Invoices

oversized_boxitem
111934-1936
121936-1940



Cloth Production Reports

cartonitem
331910-1923
341935-1936
351962-1969
361964-1967
381968-1969
391969-1970
volume
321960-1968



Payroll Books

oversized_boxitem
21July 1901-Oct 1903
22Oct 1903-Oct 1905
23Jan 1904-April 1905
24May 1905-Feb 1907
25Sept 1937-Nov 1949
cartonitem
41Aug 1945- May 1948
42May 1948-Feb 1951
43Feb 1951-Nov 1953
44Nov 1953- Aug 1956
45Feb 1962-Dec 1964
46Dec 1964-Oct 1967
47Oct 1967-Aug 1970
48Aug 1970- June 1973



Employee Pension Fund Record Book

cartonitem
4101949-1969



Employee Time Book

oversized_boxitem
431901-1904



Paid Checks

box
241903-1905
box
251905-1908
box
261908-1912
box
271925-1927



General ledger

oversized_box
231900-1901
oversized_box
221900-1905
volume
61900-1909
volume
71905-1912
volume
81909-1913
volume
91909-1926
volume
81912-1917
volume
111912-1921
volume
121921-1929
volume
131926-1945
volume
141929-1936
volume
61917-1922
oversized_box
231923-1927
volume
91927-1942
volume
181936-1942
volume
191942-1947
oversized_box
231945-1956
volume
211947-1951
volume
221948-1952
volume
231951-1952
volume
241952-1955
volume
221953-1957
oversized_box
241956-1961
volume
271962-1967



Cotton Record

oversized_boxitem
311930-1934
321934-1938
331940-1949
341942-1945
oversized_boxitem
411975-1976



Invoice Ledger

oversized_boxitem
421902-1922



Warehouse Book

cartonitem
491900



Voucher and Distribution Journal

oversized_boxitem
511962-1967



Sales Journal

oversized_box
161922-1927
161927-1930
161930-1934
oversized_box
151943-1945
oversized_box
171945-1947
171947-1949
171950-1952
171952-1954
oversized_box
131954-1955
131955-1957
131957-1959
oversized_box
151959-1961
151961-1962
oversized_box
141962-1966



Finished Goods Journal

volume
161943-1950
volume
51950-1954
volume
161954-1957
volume
51957-1959
51959-1962



Freight Journal

oversized_boxitem
611951-1961
621961-1962



Cash Journal

volume
471909-1915
volume
341943-1946
volume
351946-1948
volume
361948-1950
volume
331950-1952



Trial Balances

oversized_box
91902-1911
91927-1947
91934-1950
9undated



Expense Accounts

oversized_boxitem
711908-1912
721913-1925
731925-1927



Accounts Payable

cartonitem
611902-1929
621951-1961
631961-1962



Cash Receipts and Disbursements

volume
281915-1925
volume
291925-1933
volume
301933-1939
volume
311939-1943
oversized_box
211958-1961
oversized_box
201961-1962
oversized_box
191962-1967



Construction Specifications

box
28Blueprints and specifications, 1923



Insurance Documents

oversized_boxitem
811912-1928
821954-1956
831954-1958
841957-1960
851958-1960
861960-1961
871961-1962
881962-1963
891963-1965



Insurance Appraisals

cartonitem
561920
571922
581939



Employee Bond Records

cartonitem
511942-1944
521944-1946
531946-1949
541949-1951
551951-1955



Tax Documents

oversized_box
101930-1935
101931-1935
101935-1937



Housing Records

oversized_box
121935-1963
121935-1963
121957-1961
oversized_box
181957-1960



Unsorted Business Correspondence

box
29circa 1901-1906
box
30circa 1930s



Unsorted Accounts

box
31circa 1906-1933
box
321940s-1950s



Miscellaneous

oversized_box
11Investment book, 1968-1975
box
33Pasture Rent Book, 1943-1948
oversized_box
11Interest time table, undated
box
33Walton Mill 50th anniversary prochure, 1951
oversized_box
111934 Yearbook, 1934
box
33Notes collected for estate of G.A. Lewis, 1908-1909
oversized_box
11Will of Stephen Felker, 1884
box
33Advertising brochures, 1960s
33American Snuff Company advertising notices
33Map of the dwelling houses of the Walton Cotton Mill's Company, 2pgs, 1949
oversized_folder
1ACertificate of labor safety for Spinning the Department for preventing loss-time accidents, 1961
roll
1Unidentified labor chart with initials and dates, circa 1960s
 

2. Felker Bank



Cash Book

oversized_box
251891-1892
volume
371892-1894
volume
381894-1896
volume
391896-1897
oversized_box
261896-1907
volume
401897-1899
volume
411899-1901
volume
421901-1902
volume
431902-1904
volume
441904-1907
volume
451908-1912
oversized_box
261908-1926
volume
461900-1909
oversized_box
261912-1916
261912-1917
oversized_box
251917-1921
251917-1923
251922-1928



Day Book

carton
71886-1887
71888
71888-1891
71891
71893-1896
71896-1899
71899-1901
71905-1908
71906-1908
71910-1918
71912-1918
7undated



Deposit Ledger

oversized_box
271899
271908
volume
481901-1907
volume
491905-1911
volume
501906-1912



Mill Balance Books

oversized_box
271900-1902
271902-1903
271903-1904
271904-1907
271907-1909
271909-1911



Collections Register

oversized_box
281899-1903
281905-1908
281908-1910
281910-1912
carton
81918-1935



Check Drafts

volume
511891-1896
511901-1904
carton
81912-1914
81914-1921
81918-1920
81924-1925
81925-1931
81931-1933
81933-1934



Bank Registers

volume
531891-1900
531898-1902
volume
551900-1910
551902-1904
volume
571904-1906
571905-1910
571906-1908
volume
601908-1912
601908-1912
volume
621909-1916
621910-1913
volume
641912-1919
641919-1934



General Ledgers

carton
81893-1895
volume
661897-1907
volume
671900
volume
681908-1912
carton
81917-1928



Balance Ledgers

volume
721891-1896
carton
91892
volume
691895-1896
volume
701896-1897
volume
731899-1901
volume
741901-1903
carton
91905-1906
91906-1907
volume
711908-1912
carton
9undated



Loans and Investments

carton
91917-1923
91924-1928
91924-1934



Address Books

oversized_box
291897
29undated
29undated
29undated