In 1913 the LDS church magazine Improvement Era published a lengthy article written by a missionary who was given a tour of a Preston cotton mill. Elder Clyde Candland Edmonds reported in great detail the whole process of creating the cotton. His recollection is a wee bit longer than the normal missionary letter home – but provides a fascinating look behind the scenes. Initially I was just going to give a few excerpts, but decided to put nearly the whole article in.
NOTE: If you don’t have a great interest in how cotton goods are made most of this post will be of little interest, BUT you must, at least, skim down to the 20th paragraph and read what the cotton workers did when they saw the Mormon Elders coming to their departments.
The rest of this post is entirely In Their Words: Continue reading “A tour of the mill”