Finding Aid for the Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger, 1917-1979, PC.AB.532

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Finding Aid for the Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger, 1917-1979, PC.AB.532

Abstract

The Ledbetter Manufacturing Company was first incorporated in 1882 by Thomas Benson Ledbetter and his nephew, John Steele Ledbetter. Located on Hitchcock Creek in Richmond County, N.C., the company initially produced cotton yarn. During the twentieth century, the company was rebuilt, enlarged, and expanded to produce synthetic yarns. The ledger contains accounts of the manufacturing plant's fixed assets and their depreciation. Some of the accounts date back to 1917. The ledger has attached worksheets and computer print-outs, with the latter showing the status of fixed assets and their depreciation as of June 30, 1979, near the time of the company's dissolution.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger, 1917-1979
Call Number
PC.AB.532
Creator
Ledbetter Manufacturing Co.
Date
1917-1979
Extent
1.00 items
Language
English
Repository
State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.AB.532, Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger, 1917-1979, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

This ledger contains accounts of the manufacturing plant's fixed assets and their depreciation: machinery used in the various stages of yarn manufacturing (opening and picking, carding, drawing, slubbers, spinning, package winding,and packing and shipping), adjunct equipment (humidifying, heating, electrical power, fire protection, and so forth), and the buildings and their furniture and equipment. Each operation's machinery and every department's equipment has its own account in the ledger, reporting the year in which the machinery/equipment was acquired and the balance of its value until removed from the books by depreciation. Some, but not all, accounts date as far back as 1917. Laid into the volume are worksheets that may be related to an audit of the accounts, and a set of computer print-outs showing the status of fixed assets and their depreciation as of 30 June 1979.

Biographical/Historical

In 1882 Thomas Benson Ledbetter and his nephew John Steele Ledbetter incorporated the Ledbetter Manufacturing Company, with a capital of $25,000, and constructed a mill on Hitchcock Creek for the production of cotton yarn. After the mill was burned by a lightning strike in 1894, the mill was rebuilt and enlarged, and added to in the twentieth century when it expanded into the production of synthetic yarns. The corporation was dissolved sometime after the end of June 1979.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger
PC.AB.532.1

This ledger contains accounts of the manufacturing plant's fixed assets and the depreciation of those assets. Some accounts date back to 1917 and the final entries are dated 30 June 1979.

Subject Headings

  • Thomas Benson Ledbetter
  • John Steele Ledbetter
  • Ledbetter Family
  • Machinery
  • Textile factories--North Carolina--Richmond County
  • Yarn
  • Business
  • Textile manufacturers
  • Cotton Yarn
  • Factories
  • Accounting
  • Account books
  • Business records
  • Richmond County (N.C.)
  • Rockingham (N.C.)
  • Richmond County (N.C.)
  • Rockingham
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Mary C. Ledbetter, Raleigh, N.C., to Museum of History;transferred by the Museum to the Archives, 1999.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, 1999
  • Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, September 2003; additional encoding by Lea Walker, November 2016; revisions by Fran Tracy-Walls, June 2019