The Glendale Mill

The Glendale Mill was started in  a place called Bivingsville.  It is now called Glendale. The superintendent of the mill was R.F. Bagwell.  Acording to local and historian David Moore, if you were a kid by ten you would probably work in a mill to help your family.  You would have to walk to school.  You only had four months of school.  You wouldn’t go in the spring, summer, or fall. You would need this time to plant or harvest crops or work in the mill.  If you were an adult you would get paid fifty cents a day and get paid at the end of the week. The usual work week was 66 hours. If you went shopping the money would come out of your paycheck.  It really was a tough living time!


Post-card from about 1907 shows the mill, company store and houses lined along Broadway Street.  The company store stands at the beginning of the street.  The mill is now closed.


Post-card showing view from Glendale Park. The park included a pavilion and a pond covering a large area above the mill dam. Streetcar tracks are seen in the picture. The streetcar came out Pine Street to Country Club Road and on to Glendale.