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Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Pepperell Manufacturing Company

“We will remember"


— 1926 – 2007 —

Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 3, 2021
1. Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker
Dragon/Griffin – The Pepperell trademark
symbol of world-wide excellence

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women who came to Pepperell to begin a new way of life.

Russell Leonard, Treasurer of Pepperell Manufacturing Company located in Biddeford, Maine, traveled to Opelika in late 1925 with a vision to open the first Pepperell Mill located in the South. The people of Opelika made this possible.

Pepperell, at the time, was already a leader in textile manufacturing. Homer M. Carter, General Manager (1927 – 1961), led the way to make the mill a success even during the most devastating depression in U.S. history, During World War II, Pepperell received the Army-Navy "E" Award, a war time honor to recognize companies that consistently met high standards of quality and quantity in the production of war equipment.

Behind that Pepperell team was one of the great histories of American business; it was one of the largest and strongest corporations in the textile field. The quality products produced by those dedicated cotton mill workers were found in every aspect of American

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Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 3, 2021
2. Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker (2nd plaque)
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life. Pepperell remained an important factor in the progress and well-being of Opelika.

In memory of all those who came, endured and gave their best to make a new way of life....the spirit of those Americans lives on forever.

On March 12, 2013, the mill was destroyed by fire.

[Second plaque]
This monument was made possible by the contributions and support of friends and families of the Pepperell Village and is dedicated to the memory of the employees of Pepperell Manufacturing Company.

Memory Of Oliver & Nell Aldridge • Memory Of Oscar & Julia Pitts
Memory Of Catherine & Euther Baker & Ada Baker • Memory Of James E. Sanders, Sr.
Memory Of Clifford & Zelma Moore • & Ruth Sharpe Sanders
Memory Of Lester & Annie Warnock • Memory Of Leacy Dempsey Moore
Honor Of A.M. Buchanan, III & B.J. Armistead, Sr. • & James H. Dempsey
Memory Of Maurine Crabtree Family • Memory Of Jack Simpkins
Memory Of John & Clara Crawford • M. L. & Nellie Smallwood Family
Memory Of Owen & Mattie Smith
Memory Of Carl West Dubose Family • Family Of Gene & Ora Faulkner
Hurling & Mary Dupre • Memory Of Garfield & Nola Sweatman
Larry Elliot
Jerry Gaylor • J.T., Sr. & Sara Taunton
Memory Of Flora, Annie Mae & Wilburn P. Griffin, • J.T., Jr. & Nancy Pitt Taunton
Malcolm & Effie James

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Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 3, 2021
3. Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker
• Memory Of Jim & Gladys Thomaston
Memory Of Bobby Haynie • & Raymond & Cleo Knight
Memory Of Dewey & Effie Hodge • Memory Of T.A. & Durnell Reynolds
Memory Of Florene Buckingham • Harold & Jean Turner
Maxine Blackmon Jones • Honor Of Ruby Worthington; Memory Of Lewis Worthington
James & Loretta Young Lee • & A.L. & Laura Veasey
Memory Of Winford & Nett McClain • Memory Of M.M. Williams Family
Memory Of A.L. Maloy • Memory Of Robert (Bob) Price
& B.H. Thomaston Family • Memory Of Douglas, Sr. & Mary Helen Wooddy
Memory Of Marvin McCormick
Memory Of Paul & Annie Ruth Young • Memory Of Lewis H. Worthington & Willis G. & Eula Prophitt
Paul Mezick • Bobby & Margaret Worthington
Sylvia & Roger Mezick • Memory Of Earl & Ruth Sanders
Ann O. Mims • Memory Of John W. & Lowella H. Worthington & Coach Harold Turner
Memory Of M.O. & Ethel Gilmer
Memory Of Ernest Parker
& Melvin W. & Freddie B. Nix

Special Appreciation

Jane Worthington   Opelika Historic Preservation Society
Buddy Griffin   Charter Foundation
Roy Granger   Pepperell Kids
Darryl Saucier   Boyd Hodge
Opelika City Council   Museum Of East Alabama
Dozier Smith T.   Bill Trant

Erected by Pepperell Manufacturing Company.

Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 3, 2021
4. Pepperell Manufacturing Company Marker

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is March 12, 2013.
Location. 32° 38.792′ N, 85° 22.775′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of South 9th Street and Avenue A, on the left when traveling north on South 9th Street. Located at the Museum of East Alabama. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 S 9th St, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee County World War II Honor Roll (here, next to this marker); Lynching in America / Lynching in Lee County (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Avenue Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Railroad Avenue (about 400 feet away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (about 400 feet away); Opelika A Railroad Town/Opelika An Industrial City (about 500 feet away); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
Also see . . .  Opelika Observer article - The history of Pepperell Mill. (Submitted on July 3, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 144 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 3, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Dec. 4, 2022