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“Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary”

 
 
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker
Inscription. Paul and James Camp started P.D. Camp and Company, a lumber business, in 1877. The brothers bought R.J. Neely's sawmill in 1886 and established Camp Manufacturing Company in 1887. The original Franklin mill was steam powered and lay on a ten-acre tract adjoining both the Blackwater River and the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad. The company developed a reputation for quality and grew steadily throughout its history. Camp enlarged its plant and added smooth-dressed lumber to its product line in 1891. The Camps bought additional mills and woodlands from 1896 to 1907. Though shaken by the Panic of 1907, Camp Manufacturing recovered and bought more mills and timberland in Virginia and the Carolinas. The largest employer in Franklin, Camp maintained its timber operations during the depression and opened a pulp and paper plant in 1937. During the 40's the company, now a publicly held corporation, started making grocery bags and waterproof paper. In 1951 Camp built a white paper plant and merged with a New York firm to create Union Bag - Camp Paper in 1956. Traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the company changed its name to Union Camp Corporation in 1966 and continued to expand. International Paper bought Union Camp in 1999.

"The Camp Family has influenced the City of Franklin and Southampton County more than any other one family. Not
Lower left picture, image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker, Union Camp Corporation, `
2. Lower left picture,
A Camp locomotive, 1915.
only has the Camp's mill provided employment for numerous citizens in Southampton County, but the Camp family has and does give generously of its time and money as the city and county's civic, charitable, and political leaders."
Daniel T. Balfour, 1989

Included Timeline

1928 - The Albemarle Steam Navigation Company goes out of business.
1929 - The Great Depression begins.
1937 - The Chesapeake - Camp Corporation builds a pulp and paper plant next to the Camp sawmill.
1941 - The Franklin Municipal Airport is dedicated. The United States enters World War II and Navy pilots are trained at the airport.
1942 - Franklin Charities, Inc. (The Camp Foundation) is created.
1945 - World War II ends.
1951 - Franklin builds one of Virginia's first modern sewage plants. The public library gets its own building.
1954 - The Supreme Courts rules segregated schools are unequal. Chain stores begin to replace locally owned stores downtown.
1956 - Camp Manufacturing Company merges with Union Bag and Paper Corporation of New York.
 
Location. 36° 40.467′ N, 76° 55.174′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 258) and
Paul Douglas Camp. and James Leonidas Camp image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker,The Elms Foundation, `
3. Paul Douglas Camp. and James Leonidas Camp
Paul Douglas Camp (1849-1924). A son of George and Sallie Cutchins Camp and a franklin native, P.D. started his first sawmill when he was only 27 years
old. He lived by the motto, "Can't is not in the Camp's vocabulary."

James Leonidas Camp (1857 - 1925), J.L. became president of the firm in 1924. After his death in 1925, his son, James L. Camp Jr., became president and started moving Camp into kraft paper making in the 1930s.

By 1907 Camp was a household name
throughout the Atlantic seaboard states.
South Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Comes to the Blackwater (here, next to this marker); The Age of Steam (here, next to this marker); The Age of Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Recovery and Progress (here, next to this marker); The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family (here, next to this marker); Confederate Commissary Center (a few steps from this marker); The Blackwater Line (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Center Picture image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker,Franklin/Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, `
4. Center Picture
The Franklin - Southampton community, with substantial help from the Camp Foundation, raised $3 million to build Southampton Memorial Hospital, opened in 1963. The Camps also donated 92 acres for the Paul D. Camp Community College, opened in 1971.
Lower Center Picture image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker,, `
5. Lower Center Picture
The Franklin Mill, 1907
(American Lumberman)

The No. 6 recovery boiler, completed in 1977, burns a pulpwood by-product to produce steam generated electricity for the entire mill.
(Franklin/Southampton Electric Development Commission)
Upper far right picture image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker, Union Camp Corporation, `
6. Upper far right picture
The Camp tugboat Corinthia.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker, Union Camp Corporation, `
7. "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker
Camp board members (back row) and fifty- year employees (front row), 1948. James L. Camp Jr., pictured fifth from the left, back row, started the Virginia Forestry Association in 1943.
Franklin Timeline 1928 to 1956 image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker, `
8. Franklin Timeline 1928 to 1956
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker center image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
9. "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker center
Shares location with the Barretts ,left and The Age of Gasoline, right ...along Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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