T.C. GLASS AND FARMERS’ COTTON OIL COMPANY
SOURCE: Barry N. Jackson
SIZE: .5 lf
SHELVING UNITS: 11 folders
PROCESSING: BNJ, 2001
Twenty-four Troup County area businessmen chartered the Farmers' Cotton Oil Company as a corporation in January 1910, with a capital stock of $30,000.00. The business was purchased by J.E. Dunson, Jr. (President) and T. C. Bailey (General Manager) in 1925 with a capital stock of $75,000.00 and renamed the LaGrange Cotton Oil Company. The primary purpose of the business was to gin cotton and to manufacture cottonseed oil, meal, hull and linters from the waste by-products of the gin. An article in the October 8, 1927, LaGrange Reporter noted that twenty-five percent of the finished cotton products were sold in Troup County. In 1935, Swift and Company purchased the mill and renamed it Swift and Co. Oil Mill with Thomas Curtis Glass serving as General Manager. In 1949, T.C. Glass purchased the oil mill and continued its operation until the early 1970s as Glass Gin and Warehouse Company. The company occupied buildings located at the north end of Dixie Street throughout its existence. One of the buildings and a water tower still stand today.
The twenty-four original founders were G.S. Edmundson, C.D. Hudson, J.D. Hudson, E.B. Clark, D.A. Leman, F.L. Hudson, Dr. W.E. Morgan, J.B. Hudson, Hope Hudson, Dr. F.M. Ridley, N.B. Dozier, W.T. Tuggle, W.S. Davis, W.S. Dunson, H.D. Burks, W.D. Burks, R. L. Render, F. P. Longley, Olin Carlton, W.J. Hardy, W.H. Newsome of Troup County and J.F. Ogletree of Meriwether County, J.W. Whitley of Heard County and Ed Baker of Chambers County, Alabama.
SCOPE AND CONTENT:
The items in this collection reflect the history of the oil mill industry in Troup County from 1910 to the early 1970s. Items include histories, deeds, railroad agreements, executor papers, personal and business papers, patents and some employee information.
1 History (news articles)
3 Railroad Agreements
4 T. C. Bailey Estate Papers
5 T.C. Glass, Personal and Farm Papers
6 Insurance Policies
7 T. C. Glass, Patents
8 Weigh Scales
9 Swift and Company Business Licenses
11 Lummus Ginning Machinery: Parts and Repair Lists (Columbus, GA)
ART-2001.21 Money Till and Coin Cans from Farmers' Cotton Oil Co.
MS-2001.19-ph1 Photograph of LaGrange Cotton Oil Co., c. 1920s
MS-2001.19-OP1 Gin Receipt Book, unused