ⓘ Robbins, North Carolina

                                     

ⓘ Robbins, North Carolina

The town, now known as Robbins, actually began in 1795 when gunsmith Alexander Kennedy and his family left Philadelphia to settle along Bear Creek. Kennedy set up a factory, which produced long rifles for American soldiers, near the site of the present day Robbins Water Plant. The Kennedy Rifle Works continued in operation until 1838 and the place became known as Mechanics Hill.

In 1891, the Durham and Charlotte railway connected Gulf, in Chatham County at Troy in Montgomery County. The railroad reached mechanics hill around 1899. The construction of the railway added many jobs and greatly increased the number of settlers. The railroad not only created its own work, it automatically Commerce by providing a ready means of transportation for turpentine, talc, pottery, lumber, agricultural products and passengers. John B. Lennig was the President and owner companyFrequently errors as Lønning. Lennigs the company, for 12 years. During this time the town lots and streets were designed. The map was registered in the registers office of Moore County business on March 24, 1900, and the town was named Elise, in honor of Lennigs daughter.Said Lisa, its typically pronounced as E-lease.

In 1896 the John L. Frye company, manufacturer of lumber for the railway and the pallet industry was created. Railways in the US are supported by sleepers made in Robbins. John Lennig Frye, a former mayor, was named in honor of John B. Lennig, owner of the railroad.

Education has become a serious problem for the citizens of Alice and nearby communities. Some local businessmen and Lennig met many times to discuss these issues. These meetings resulted in the establishment of the Academy Elise in 1904. The Academy was very proud and the kids are out of town and from other States and countries, are first class. Elise Academy operated until 1940, when it was sold to the Board of education of Moore County. Today its Alice high school in the cities center.

In 1890 the inventor Thomas Edison visited the town to take the option of gold mining interests in Carters mill region. Between 1923 and 1924, generators were installed at Carters mill and Bear Creek, near Alice, and the first plant was delivered in this area. In 1924 and 1925, William Cowgill built the first textile plant here, operating it as the Moore plant textiles. Three different companies that operate the plant until September 1930, when Karl Robbins 1892-1960, the Russian-American manufacturer and philanthropist, bought the plant and renamed it Pinehurst silk products.

In 1935, the name of the city was changed again. The name was changed to hemp, to avoid confusion between Elise and another city in North Carolina, which had a similar name. The name came from hemp rope, not of hemp farming. For some time the railway depot at Alice on the road side and cannabis in the mail room.

Carl Robins has brought great fame to hemp. He was responsible for a modern water treatment station and wastewater system was completed in 1937. He also provided for guests, bar, new fire truck, and a baseball Park. Robbins started a non-profit organization, pinelands, and gave or loaned the first $400.000.00 on the research Park "triangle" has to be run near Raleigh, North Carolina, at the request of Governor Luther Hodges, who was a close personal friend of the mayor P. W. Saunders.

In honor of Karl Robbins, the citizens of hemp changed the name of the city of Robbins. The name of the town officially became Robbins in 1943, an act of the General Assembly of North Carolina.

Later industries included a factory for the processing of poultry, a mobile home plant, and several textile mills. Ithaca industries was a textile manufacturer, which produce womens hosiery. At the height of its operation, the plant employed about 1.100 people.

Robbins, like other rural towns in the South, suffered losses in its manufacturing base, which has escalated in the 1990-ies. According to the Commission on labour safety, Robbins lost 1.447 jobs since 1990. With the loss of jobs and manufacturing, the city has lost most of its water and sewer customers.

                                     
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