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ted

Sparta, NC employees

After my tour with Joe, and a conversation we had, I realized that I'm one of few living employee of Grabow/Sparta.

I want to list as many names of the 444 that were there when I started as I can remember.

PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT respond to this until I am done..

John Anders, Mont Roten, Jay Sexton, Troy Irwin, Austin Miller (he came from Boone), Garnet Wagoner, Joe McCann, Staley Woods, Lamon Loggins, Porter Wagoner, Edna Boyer, May Owens (Austins girlfriend),
Athon McCray, George Bryan (he is still there, and I worked beside him in 1966). Harland Andrews, Jimmy Gentry, Roy Lowe,...

For today... blanks are "kicking in". Tomorrow.. ted

EDIT.. 4 of that list are still alive.. ted
ted

Summore"..
Everett Adams, Walter Crouse, Johnny Shepherd, James ??, Sam Loggins, Andy Cleary, Ben Harris, HR Freedle, Nancy Lane, Leff Wagoner, his wife Iva Grace , Alvin McMillan, Robert Hudson, Buster Adams, Glen Murphy, ?? Atwood, Richard Jones,


tomorrow
colorduke

These names were given to me from Ted to post Guy Reeves,Ken Reeves and Norma Jean Reeves.
ted

Forgot E.J.Tempelton..
Paige Wagoner, Ray Crouse, ??.. Sorry, not today. td
JoeMan

Ray related to 'Crouse House Park'?  Must be...
ted

JoeMan wrote:
Ray related to 'Crouse House Park'?  Must be...


Nope, Alleghany County is blessed with the Crouse name.
Crouse Park is named for R. Floyd Crouse and his wife. He was an attorney in Sparta for many years. He donated hin home and about 4 acres to the town as a park. It is a special place..  td
ted

Uncle Richie wrote:
Tom, could I suggest a visit to a senior center in
Sparta. Spend some time with the folks there. I bet a lot more names and info will come your way. I bet if you put an inquiry of th e bulletin board that might help also.


Most have died..  td
JoeMan

[quote="ted:93288"]
JoeMan wrote:
Crouse Park is named for R. Floyd Crouse and his wife. He was an attorney in Sparta for many years. He donated hin home and about 4 acres to the town as a park. It is a special place..  td


Can't wait to see it in July!!
Eric

[quote="JoeMan:93356"]
ted wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
Crouse Park is named for R. Floyd Crouse and his wife. He was an attorney in Sparta for many years. He donated hin home and about 4 acres to the town as a park. It is a special place..  td


Can't wait to see it in July!!


I'll second that.  Very Happy
Oldredbeard

[quote="ERIC:93359"]
JoeMan wrote:
ted wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
Crouse Park is named for R. Floyd Crouse and his wife. He was an attorney in Sparta for many years. He donated hin home and about 4 acres to the town as a park. It is a special place..  td


Can't wait to see it in July!!


I'll second that.  Very Happy


I'll third it.  Laughing
ted

THE FOREMEN.

Briarshop Foreman, Austin Miller, came from Boone when D&P moved to Sparta in 1944. Always wore black pants and a white shirt.. even though the Briarshop was a "nasty" place to work.  Austin had an affair with Mae Owens (briarwood selector) that became the "talk of the factory" in 1969. IMHO, she was just a good cook..
Austin had a few Assistant Foremen, Troy Irwin, Garnett Wagoner, Staley Wood, John Anders.
When I got out of the USArmy in 1971, Austin had died and Troy Irwin was the Foreman. John Anders is still alive and a friend.

Andy Cleary was the Foreman in the Bit & Tube Dept. His assistant was Ben Harris. Andy retired in about 1976 and Ben was the best. Funniest man I ever met, but good at his job. Gary Dixon does it today.

Sanding was Alvin McMillan. Alvin was as bald as a cue ball, and never wanted anyone to know so he ALWAYS wore a baseball cap.
Paul Fish (President of Sparta Pipes) died in 1971 and we all (most of the factory) went to Winston Salem for his service. Alvin had to remove his hat for the service.... Still remember that day.
Alvin had two Assistants, Ray Crouse and Paige Wagoner. When Alvin died, Ray took over. When Ray died, Paige took over. When Paige retired, Joe Caldwell took over and is still there.

Patching is easy.. Lucille Irwin (Troy's Wife) was there till' retirement. Carrie Lee Farmer took over and is still working at Grabow. 'Cille still lives in Glade Creek..

Finishing was Robert Shaw (he also wore black pants and a white shirt) 'till he left in 1967 to become the Sparta Town Manager. The tales I could tell about Robert, his wife Noriko, his daughters Judy and Doris, and his son Bob.
Slipped around, and I mean slipped around and dated Doris. Judy worked for us at Mastercraft, Bobby is now the Wastewater Manager for Sparta. Seems as if I've been connected to Mr. Shaw for years.
His assistant was Luther Marlow, but we chose Bruce Wyatt as his replacement. Today it is Alan Baldwin.
Unusual that I became Sparta Town Manager and took over from Robert Shaw. Bob Shaw was my "right arm".  

Packing and Shipping. Jessie Taylor. Always wore a "checkerboard smock". On the last day of every month she ran so hard that the joke was that "you could play checkers on her smock". Hazel Wagoner (Paige's wife) was her assistant. Today it is Robert Roten.

Fun to be able to remember..  td
JoeMan

I'm sure those remaining, and the families of those who've passed would be honored to know of your memories and thoughts of them.  

Your recollection of people, material / inventory, sales stats...impressive.  We enjoy learning of the people and history surrounding our beloved Grabows.  And knowing some of this stuff makes an event like our upcoming factory tour just that much richer.
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