8,000 Bales of Cotton Produced in the County

October 1, 1939, The Daily News Journal

Upper left is shown the Smyrna branch of the Wethan Bag Co., which also operates a gin at Murfreesboro. J.M. Haley of Murfreesboro is superintendent of the gin, which employs six persons during the ginning season, and has been in operation in Smyrna for eleven years.

Fred Timbs and Richard Nichol (upper right) are pictured as they made repairs on the gin at Walter Hill, which opened only last Wednesday. G.C. Mathews is the owner operator of this concern, which was built forty years ago. It is the only gin located in the northeast section of the county.

According to a survey conducted last week, an average of approximately 8,000 bales of cotton are grown annually in Rutherford County.

Four large gins in Murfreesboro produce an average of 1,500 bales each, while two concerns at Smyrna and Walter Hill report annual yields of 500 or more bales respectively.

Thomas Johns, an employee of J.N. Baskin, farmer of the 9th District unloads cotton at Ransom’s Gin on Front Street. Hoyte Smith is the manager of the gin.

The ginning season, which comprises of the months of August, September, October, November and a part of January, is now at full swing with nearly every gin in the region reporting large daily production.

Next to livestock, cotton is second in importance to cash income in Rutherford County.

Hoyte George and Jim Lamb are shown standing beside one of the giant balers at the Continental Gin Company, which is owned and operated by the Wertham Bag Company. H.R. Smotherman of Murfreesboro is the superintendent of the gin, which is located near the freight depot.
Reading left to right, Eugene Vaughter and John Mullins, employees of Farmer’s Gin Company, are shown as they prepare to weigh a large bale of cotton as it leaves the gin. Ellis Grey is the superintendent.
Tilman Haynes, owner of the Haynes Gin Company, is shown standing in front of the new all-steel gin recently installed in the plant. New machinery has been placed throughout the gin.
Haynes Gin Company
Matthews Gin Company
Ransom Brothers Cotton Gin
Werthen Bag Corp.

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