The Way It Was Before Taylor
Well, Im telling on myself now. I grew up in what I will call the Pre-Taylor years. Back in the 60's & 70's.&80's I remember well what it was like. I grew up in Graham County in the 11th District. Back in those days our Congressmen were named Roy Taylor & then Jamie Clarke. Now, Roy Taylor was a whole breed apart from Charles Taylor! I can remember local folks needing help and receiving it from them.
Jobs were very plentiful for a young boy, I would unload fertilize off of box cars that the old railroad would bring in for $3.00 an hour and help put hay up in the summer for the same. We had a carpet mill going full steam that turned into a furniture mill. Under Taylor that furniture mill has been forced to cut back to one shift per day with a reduced work force. At one time logging was abundant and I can think of at least four sawmills running and employing local folk before Charles Taylor came along. I didn’t know what the unemployment line was till Taylor came on scene.