“Christmas In West Hickory Enjoyed,” by T.J. Leonard, from the Hickory Daily Record, Dec. 26, 1916
West Hickory, Dec. 26—The people of West Hickory, and especially the
employes of Ivey Mill had a fine time during the Christmas season. The mill
shut down Friday evening and is going to start up again Wednesday morning and
while we lose two days yet, the mill company is going to pay full time, giving
that to their hands for a Christmas present.
I can say in this connection that the superintendent and officers have the
sincere thanks and the highest appreciation of all their hands for their
kindness. And on Friday evening, December 20, through the help and influence of
Capt. H.W. Warner, Rev. J.G. Garth held a Christmas exercise in the Y.M.C.A.
hall. The exercise consisted in showing some fine pictures of the birth of
Christ and other fine scenes in Palestine. Rev. Mr. Garth giving a thorough
explanation of each picture which was very instructive and helpful. This
exercise was free to everybody and Rev. Mr. Garth has the thanks of all present
for his kindness in giving this nice service.
There were a number of Christmas presents given to the superintendents and
overseers at the Ivey Mill. The overseers of the mill presented Capt. H.W.
Warner a gold handle knife at the same time telling how much they appreciated
and honored him as their leader. The weave room hands presented Capt. Warner
with a set of gold collar and cuff buttons; also telling him how great they
appreciated him for his kindness and favors during the year. Mr. J.M. Freeman,
overseer of weaving, received a nice gold set of cuff buttons from his hands;
Mr. B.D. Abernethy, overseer of spinning received a nice office chair from his
hands for a Christmas Present. Mr. G.T. Barger received a gold ring from his
And finally, Capt. Warner in his kind way and to show his good will towards
his overseers on Saturday evening sent his car to the hall and took his
overseers of the different departments of the mill, namely Messrs. J.M.
Freeman, B.D. Abernethy, G.T. Barger, O.A. White, machinist; and T.L. Leonard,
clothroom man, and after landing them safely at Moretz and Whiteners clothing
store in Hickory he presented each one of them with a fine Stetson hat for a
Christmas present, and after thanking the superintendent for his kindness we
all went our way rejoicing.
Well, I could write several more pages describing all the nice things that
happened in our town during the Christmas season. I have been as brief as
I possibly could and for want of space I
didn’t give as full a description of the events as I would like to have done,
but I know that it would not be just to take up all the space in your valuable
paper describing the many happenings of West Hickory. So I certainly do want to
leave plenty of space for your more worthy correspondents. If I escape the
waste basket this time I will try again. I close by hoping that the editor of
the Record and his force had a merry Christmas and wish them a happy new year.