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Helton Woolen Mills ledgers and papers

Identifier: AC-831

Scope and Contents

In these ledgers are found business accounts listed by persons' names and business names, for transactions at a mercantile dated 1917-1925 . Surnames such as Elliott, Littlewood, Weaver, Mabe, Pennington, Francis, Ball, Blevins, Perkins, McClure can be found in the accounts. Payments are listed as paid by cash, trade/barter or work.

In Ledger #1, the mercantile's bank records with the Bank of Ashe for the years 1918-1922 are recorded on the back pages, along with a February 1920 inventory. Statistics of yarns for 1918 and 1919 are found in a Public School Tablet filed in a folder in Box 1.

In Ledger #2, the inventory of September 5, 1923 and January 1, 1925 are located in back pages, behind the Bank of Ashe account for December 1922-1931.

The thirty color photographs of the mill are located in Cold Storage. Some photos have notes on the backs.


  • 1917-1935, undated


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Historical Note

These two ledgers with papers are linked to Helton Woolen Mills Company, manufacturers of Wool Yarns and Hosiery, and dealers in General Merchandise, Helton, Ashe County, North Carolina. They show accounts for individuals as well as businesses, dating 1917-1935, along with the business bank account with the Bank of Ashe in each ledger. According to notes in the collection, the mill was built in 1894.


2 Linear Feet (2 ledger boxes and envelope of photos in Cold Storage)


This collection consists of two account ledgers, thirty color photographs, and a small amount of correspondence relating to Helton Woolen Mills of Helton, Ashe County, North Carolina, dating 1917-1935.


Due to size, each ledger is housed in a box, each with a folder of correspondence and papers found within the ledger.

Acquisitions Information

This collection came from Ruby Lanier after she received it from an Appalachian student. It was accessioned as AC.2005.055.

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, March 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.831: Helton Woolen Mills ledgers and papers, 1917-1935, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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