his home about a mile north of Trinity Church, Byron Bailey
walked the five or so miles to Cliffside to apply for a job.
He was hired and the next week, on August 22, 1936, he received
his first paycheck, shown at left. Note the deduction categories
for Preacher and House Rent. Times were hard in the Depression
years, some weeks employees would get only a day or two of
work. The rest of the week the mill would “stand” (idle).
envelope would contain money, not a check. The only tools the
payroll department had, apparently, were adding machines and
a date stamp that made the impression at the top of the envelope.