Personal Connection to Pacolet Mills
My personal connection to Pacolet Mills will strike
some people as strange considering these memories.
I never worked in the mill and never actually went
into one of the mills more than two or three times. I
never lived in the mill village after I was four years
old. However, most of my life until I was about 19 years
old involved living in proximity to the village and I
was involved in almost daily contact with the people and
I do have a strong family history of working in the
mill. My maternal grandfather, Tillman Fowler, started
working in the Pacolet Mill when he was only 6 years
old. He worked there for 59 years until he retired in
1955. To the best of my knowledge, he holds the record
as being employed by Pacolet Mills for the longest time.
My maternal grandmother, Mattie Brown Fowler also worked
in the mill her entire life until she retired about
1957. Her father, Ben Brown, also worked in the Pacolet
Mill for many years starting about 1909.
My paternal grandparents, Ransom and Laura Russell
Teaster, moved from the North Carolina mountains
into the upstate of South Carolina about 1905. Ransom
and some of his children worked in mills in different
towns until settling in the Pacolet area about 1915.
Ransom retired from Pacolet Mills about 1940. Ransom
made several trips back into the mountains, on behalf of
the company, to recruit new families to work in
My father, Fred (Doog) Teaster and my mom, Marie
Fowler Teaster, worked in Pacolet Mills before the start
of World War II. They left when the war
started to move to Charleston, SC so that my Dad could
work in the Charleston Naval Shipyard. I had
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins that worked in the
mill over the years.
If you are interested you can read about my work
biography at Career.
This web site has
been started as a public service to share the story of
Pacolet. The web master and person to contact about
putting information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster.
Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My
regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485