Porterdale Mill on the Yellow River
NAMED for: Oliver S. Porter, Mill Owner



October 27, 2003
Mr. Ollis,
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 honorable profession.
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 with you.
Keep up the good work, and take care.
Frank Robinson
Covington, Ga.