October 27, 2003
Enjoyed your Porterdale site.
Actually, I grew up in Milstead...sort of this area's "sister city"
to Porterdale, however, my grandparents lived in Porterdale before
moving to Milstead when Callaway Mills opened there.
His name was Jessie F. Robinson, and he was married to Dolly George
Robinson, my Grandmother.
I am 58-years old now, and my Dad was born in 1921, so I'm guessing
that they lived there in the late teens or early 1920's.
I have one living Aunt left on the Robinson side, and she recently
told me that my Grandfather - after he got hired at Callaway - WALKED
from Porterdale to Milstead every day to work his job their. I'm
assuming it was along the Yellow River as the river ran by both
mills...quite a way to walk to work.
Anyway, I live in Covington, now, out along highway 81, so I go
through Porterdale quite often on the way in to Covington. Back in the
80/90's there were "Flea Markets" in the old mill buildings, and I went
there with my wife, more thrilled at getting to see the inside of these
old, historical buildings than seeing anything at the Flea Market.
I suppose with my heritage of most of my grandparents, aunts and
uncles working in cotton mills, I still feel a kinship to that era and
My Dad was Elmer F. Robinson, Sr., and he was a machinist at Callaway
Mills in Milstead, until they closed, when he took a job in Tool and Die
at Lithonia Lighting, in Conyers.
Just wanted to share some of these "indirect" memories of Porterdale
Keep up the good work, and take care.