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Gainesville mill alums relive happy days in village
Reunion brings together former mill workers, their children
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Marvin Crane shows Herman Hooper a car show advertisement while they are talking at the Gainesville Mill on Saturday. Former employees and children of employees of Gainesville Mill Village gathered for a reunion. - photo by Erin O. Smith

People who worked, lived or went to school in Gainesville Mill Village gathered Saturday to celebrate their heritage.

Event Organizer Cherry Woodall Lobo said the fifth annual Gainesville Mill Reunion, held inside the mill’s old administration office, was a success, with lots of food and plenty of reminiscing.

The room was filled with friendly chatter and much laughter as they talked about the good old days.

Jane Black, who went to school at Gainesville Mill School, said it’s “fun meeting with all the people who grew up together.”

Saturday was her third time attending the annual gathering.

Ronnie Hooper lived and worked at the mill many years ago, and he’s attended his share of these mill reunions.

“I’ve always been a history buff, and this is a chance to step back in time a little,” Hooper said. “It’s great. There’s lots of history here.”

Pacolet Manufacturing Co. bought Gainesville Mill in 1943, making it Pacolet No. 6. Pacolet became part of the Milliken Co., which ceased operations there in 1985.

Milliken gave the property to the city of Gainesville in 1986, and Adams Transfer and Storage bought it in 1992.

Many families worked at the mill and lived in the village for generations.

Gainesville Mill School was built around 1918, and it burned down in 1973. Because the school burned and the mill closed, life changed for many of those who grew up there.

“It was different times back then,” said Bobby Canupp, who attended the mill school and was present at Saturday’s reunion.. “It’s interesting to stir up the memories.”

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