Felker family collection

Felker family collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Felker family collection
Dates: 1884-1975
Quantity: 78.0 Linear feet
Coll. Number: ms3360.TEMP

Biographical/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 Note

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, to name only a few. 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.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type in two series: Series 1. Walton Cotton Mill business records; and Series 2. Felker Bank records.


Index Terms

Account books--Georgia--Monroe--Specimens.
Account books--Georgia--Walton County--Specimens.
Avondale Mills. -- History
Avondale Mills. -- Records and correspondence
Bank of George W. Felker. -- Records and correspondence
Banks and banking--Georgia--Monroe--History.
Banks and banking--Georgia--Monroe--Records and correspondence.
Banks and banking--Georgia--Walton County--History.
Banks and banking--Georgia--Walton County--Records and correspondence.
Bookkeeping registers.
Business records.
Correspondence.
Cotton manufacture--Georgia--Monroe--History.
Cotton manufacture--Georgia--Monroe--Records and correspondence.
Cotton manufacture--Georgia--Walton County--History.
Cotton manufacture--Georgia--Walton County--Records and correspondence.
Cotton textile industry--Georgia--Monroe--History.
Cotton textile industry--Georgia--Monroe--Records and correspondence.
Cotton textile industry--Georgia--Walton County--History.
Cotton textile industry--Georgia--Walton County--Records and correspondence.
Felker family
Felker, George W., b. 1853
Invoices.
Ledgers (account books)
Textile factories--Georgia--Monroe--History.
Textile factories--Georgia--Monroe--Records and correspondence.
Textile factories--Georgia--Walton County--History.
Textile factories--Georgia--Walton County--Records and correspondence.
Textile workers--Georgia--Monroe--History.
Textile workers--Georgia--Walton County--History.
Walton Cotton Mill Company. -- History
Walton Cotton Mill Company. -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Felker family collection, MS 3360. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Walton Cotton Mill business records



Subseries 1.1: Correspondence Incoming

Subseries 1.1 Incoming
BoxFolder
11January 1900
2February 1900
3-4March 1900
5-6April 1900
7-8May 1900
9-10June 1900
BoxFolder
21July 1900
2August 1900
3September 1900
4October 1900
5November 1900
6December 1900
7Undated 1900
8January 1901
BoxFolder
31February 1901
2March 1901
3April 1901
4May 1901
5-6June 1901
BoxFolder
41-2July 1901
3-4August 1901
5-6September 1901
7October 1901
BoxFolder
51November 1901
1December 1901
3January 1902
4February 1902
5March 1902
6April 1902
7May 1902
8June 1902
9July 1902
10August 1902
BoxFolder
61September 1902
3November 1902
4December 1902
5January 1903
6February 1903
BoxFolder
71March 1903
2-3April 1903
4-5May 1903
6June 1903
BoxFolder
81-2July 1903
3-4August 1903
5September 1903
6-7October 1903
8-9November 1903
BoxFolder
91-2December 1903
3-4January 1904
5-6February 1904
7-8March 1904
BoxFolder
101-2April 1904
3-4May 1904
5-6June 1904
7July 1904
BoxFolder
111-2August 1904
3-4September 1904
5-6October 1904
BoxFolder
121-2November 1904
3December 1904
4January 1905
5February 1905
6March 1905
7May 1905
8June 1905
BoxFolder
131July 1905
2August 1905
3-4September 1905
5-6October 1905
BoxFolder
141November 1905
2December 1905
3January 1906
4February 1906
5March 1906
BoxFolder
151-2April 1906
3-4May 1906
5June 1906
6July 1906
BoxFolder
161-2August 1906
3September 1906
4-5October 1906
6November 1906
BoxFolder
172January 1907
3February 1907
4-5March 1907
BoxFolder
183October 1928
4November 1928
5December 1928
6January 1929
7February 1929
8March 1929
9April 1929
10May 1929
11June 1929
12July 1929
13August 1929
14September 1929
Subseries 1.2 Outgoing



Subseries 1.2: Correspondence Outgoing

CartonItem
111900-1906
2Feb-Nov 1900
2May 1901-Feb 1902
4June 1901-April 1903
5July 1901-Feb 1904
6Jan 1903-May 1904
7April 1903-Jan 1904
8May-Nov 1904
9Nov 1904-May 1905
CartonItem
21May 1905
2May 1905-May 1906
3May 1906-April 1907



Subseries 1.3: Sent Invoices

CartonItem
24July 1901-June 1903
5June 1903-Nov 1904
6Dec 1904-June 1906
CartonItem
31June 1906-Feb 1908
2Feb- March 1908



Subseries 1.4: 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



Subseries 1.5: Cloth Invoices

OS BoxItem
111934-1936
21936-1940



Subseries 1.6: Cloth Production Reports

CartonItem
331910-1923
41935-1936
51962-1969
61964-1967
81968-1969
91969-1970
Volume
321960-1968



Subseries 1.7: Payroll Books

OS BoxItem
21July 1901-Oct 1903
2Oct 1903-Oct 1905
3Jan 1904-April 1905
4May 1905-Feb 1907
5Sept 1937-Nov 1949
CartonItem
41Aug 1945- May 1948
2May 1948-Feb 1951
3Feb 1951-Nov 1953
4Nov 1953- Aug 1956
5Feb 1962-Dec 1964
6Dec 1964-Oct 1967
7Oct 1967-Aug 1970
8Aug 1970- June 1973



Subseries 1.8: Employee Pension Fund Record Book

CartonItem
4101949-1969



Subseries 1.9: Employee Time Book

OS BoxItem
431901-1904



Subseries 1.10: Paid Checks

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



Subseries 1.10: General ledger

OS Box
231900-1901
OS Box
221900-1905
Volume
61900-1909
Volume
71905-1912
Volume
81909-1913
Volume
91909-1926
Volume
101912-1917
Volume
111912-1921
Volume
121921-1929
Volume
131926-1945
Volume
141929-1936
Volume
151917-1922
OS Box
231923-1927
Volume
171927-1942
Volume
181936-1942
Volume
191942-1947
OS Box
231945-1956
Volume
211947-1951
Volume
221948-1952
Volume
231951-1952
Volume
241952-1955
Volume
251953-1957
OS Box
241956-1961
Volume
271962-1967



Subseries 1.11: Cotton Record

OS BoxItem
311930-1934
21934-1938
31940-1949
41942-1945
OS BoxItem
411975-1976



Subseries 1.12: Invoice Ledger

OS BoxItem
421902-1922



Subseries 1.12.1: Warehouse Book

CartonItem
491900



Subseries 1.13: Voucher and Distribution Journal

OS BoxItem
511962-1967



Subseries 1.14: Sales Journal

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



Subseries 1.15: Finished Goods Journal

Volume
161943-1950
Volume
51950-1954
Volume
201954-1957
Volume
41957-1959
Volume
261959-1962



Subseries 1.16: Freight Journal

OS BoxItem
611951-1961
21961-1962



Subseries 1.17: Cash Journal

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



Subseries 1.18: Trial Balances

OS Box
91902-1911
91927-1947
91934-1950
9undated



Subseries 1.19: Expense Accounts

OS BoxItem
711908-1912
21913-1925
31925-1927



Subseries 1.20: Accounts Payable

CartonItem
611902-1929
21951-1961
31961-1962



Subseries 1.21: Cash Receipts and Disbursements

Volume
281915-1925
Volume
291925-1933
Volume
301933-1939
Volume
311939-1943
OS Box
211958-1961
OS Box
201961-1962
OS Box
191962-1967



Subseries 1.22: Construction Specifications

Box
28Blueprints and specifications, 1923



Subseries 1.23: Insurance Documents

OS BoxItem
811912-1928
21954-1956
31954-1958
41957-1960
51958-1960
61960-1961
71961-1962
81962-1963
91963-1965



Subseries 1.24: Insurance Appraisals

CartonItem
561920
71922
81939



Subseries 1.25: Employee Bond Records

CartonItem
511942-1944
21944-1946
31946-1949
41949-1951
51951-1955



Subseries 1.26: Tax Documents

OS Box
101930-1935
101931-1935
101935-1937



Subseries 1.27: Housing Records

OS Box
121935-1963
121935-1963
121957-1961
OS Box
181957-1960



Subseries 1.28: Miscellaneous Unsorted Business Correspondence

Box
29circa 1901-1906
Box
30circa 1930s



Subseries 1.29: Miscellaneous Unsorted Accounts

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



Subseries 1.30: Miscellaneous

OS Box
11Investment book, 1968-1975
Box
33Pasture Rent Book, 1943-1948
OS Box
11Interest time table, undated
Box
33Walton Mill 50th anniversary prochure, 1951
OS Box
111934 Yearbook, 1934
Box
33Notes collected for estate of G.A. Lewis, 1908-1909
OS 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
OS 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
 

Felker Bank records



Cash Book

OS Box
251891-1892
Volume
371892-1894
Volume
381894-1896
Volume
391896-1897
OS Box
261896-1907
Volume
401897-1899
Volume
411899-1901
Volume
421901-1902
Volume
431902-1904
Volume
441904-1907
Volume
451908-1912
OS Box
261908-1926
Volume
461900-1909
OS Box
261912-1916
261912-1917
OS 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

OS Box
271899
271908
Volume
481901-1907
Volume
491905-1911
Volume
501906-1912



Mill Balance Books

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



Collections Register

OS Box
281899-1903
281905-1908
281908-1910
281910-1912
Carton
81918-1935



Check Drafts

Volume
511891-1896
Volume
521901-1904
Carton
81912-1914
81914-1921
81918-1920
81924-1925
81925-1931
81931-1933
81933-1934



Bank Registers

Volume
531891-1900
Volume
541898-1902
Volume
551900-1910
Volume
561902-1904
Volume
571904-1906
Volume
581905-1910
Volume
591906-1908
Volume
601908-1912
Volume
611908-1912
Volume
621909-1916
Volume
631910-1913
Volume
641912-1919
Volume
651919-1934



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

OS Box
291897
29undated
29undated
29undated