“The Character of Quality, The Story of Greenwood Mills”, written in 1964 with the following dedication just inside the front cover: “Dedicated. . . to the thousands of men and women who have given of their talents in the growth and development of Greenwood Mills and to the people of the city of Greenwood with and among whom Greenwood Mills has been privileged to engage over a period of years in numerous cooperative undertakings for community betterment.”
I begin this request with this excerpt from the history of Greenwood Mills because it states well the philosophy which was always prevalent at Greenwood Mills. . . the belief in the character of quality. . . not only in the quality of the cotton fabric which was produced within the walls of the mills, but in the quality of life among its workers in its mill villages. The dedication pays tribute to Jim Self’s belief in working for the betterment of the communities surrounding Greenwood Mills.
It is from the same pride that was fostered during my growing up years on the Old Greenwood Mill Village that comes this earnest request that you as leaders of the City of Greenwood respect and carry on our rich heritage for future generations to better know and understand our history by preserving the Old Greenwood Mill Office.
This building, an icon of the textile industry in Greenwood, should stand proudly for years to come and within its walls there should be numerous artifacts preserved so that in the future the lives of those people who lived and worked in the textile mills of Greenwood will be remembered with the same pride that was exhibited during their years when Jim Self was building Greenwood’s textile industry.
Mr. Self believed in giving back to the communities of the people who helped create the vast success of the mills. This is evident in the quality of the homes in these villages, in the fine churches, schools and medical facilities for which Mr. Self and Greenwood Mills were responsible. It is asking precious little of the people of Greenwood today to preserve one small building of that industry which helped make Greenwood the fine city it is today.
In a day when our country is struggling due to the lack of our government’s fostering personal responsibility among its citizens; rather encouraging individual dependence on big government, it is time to preserve those icons which represent personal and community pride. What better place to start than the Old Greenwood Mills Office!
Beatrice Price Terry (Greenwood Mill Village resident 1936-1958)