The rumble of trains carrying people, cotton, and freight to and from Moore’s Siding was the song of a vibrant community. People worked to build homes, schools, and churches as early as 1760. They got a town, Mooresville, in the bargain. James Elbert Sherrill, George C. Goodman, and the Turner brothers supported the growing economy. Love of community led Winnie Hooper and Elizabeth Matheson to champion recreation. Shaw Brown saw people in need and worked to establish a Christian mission. Mayor Joe Knox and Rep. Robert Brawley embraced change and led a mill town toward a technological future. Success at home led to success far away for artist Selma Burke, Mooresville Moors pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, New York Parties author Punky Brawley, and Reynolds Tobacco president S. Clay Williams.
About the Author
Mayor Boyce Brawley once said, “There are no slackers in this town. Everyone contributes in some way to the well-being of our community.” They did not try to be legendary. They just wanted their community to be a place where families and businesses could grow and thrive. The Mooresville Historical Society and Cindy Jacobs introduce you to these legendary locals.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Founders 11
Chapter 2 Builders, Merchants, and Manufacturers 17
Chapter 3 Ultimate Entrepreneurs: The Mills 59
Chapter 4 Esse Quam Videri 77
Chapter 5 Notables, Legends, and Celebrities 107