Story of Hillwood Town
Increment – 7 – My life story
year of 1931, and was dissolved in the year of 1947. This town was located in Alabama in the western part of Coosa County, about twenty miles west of Rockford, Alabama, which was the county seat of Coosa County. It was also about twenty-three miles south of Sylacauga, Alabama, which was the nearest railroad that we used for shipping our material to destinations. It was one mile south of the Mount Moriah School and church. Mount Moriah is and was a farming community.
This town sat within about 45,000 acres of original long leaf pine virgin timber and huge hardwood timber. The terrain of this plat of timber was tremendous large mountains and valleys. The size of the town would measure about one and half miles square. The name of the town was Hillwood, and the name of the company was named Ralph Lumber Company. I estimate that the average of employment all departments to be about 200- plus in most any particular time. Employees, consisting about half white and half black people I estimate the population to be around five or six hundred, consisting of about half white and half black. We had white and black quarters separated in town white on west side and black on east side.
I do not have any records or static’s that reveals any of this information. You must remember that has been sixty-four years since that all occurred. This town would be better described as a sawmill camp because it was not incorporated and we had our own rules and regulations, although we function within the bounds of the laws of state of Alabama. The name of the town “Hillwood” was deprived from the large hills and large timber.
The owner of the company and town was Mr. I.R. Anderson. Mr. Anderson hailed from Laurel Mississippi. I do not know why and how he acquired this large plat of wonderful timber and beautiful land, but it was a wonderful blessing for many people to live there for several years during the greatest deperossion.
I do not know how to insert my pictures correctly so you will see some skip spaces where I have tried to insert a picture.
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