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Object Name Collection, Archival
Object ID 2007.053
Summary Archival collection related to Anvil Brand, Inc.; Carolina Garment Company; companies association with the Rives family, including W & J Rives, Inc., Ruff Hewn, Mr. Apparel, and Mr. Casuals; the High Point Lions Club, and the sudden death of Warren Jackson Rives, Jr. Also includes a collection of photographic slides.

Series 1: Anvil Brand, Inc.
Series 2: Carolina Garment Company
Series 3: Mr. Apparel
Series 4: Mr. Casuals
Series 5: Rives-Associated Companies
Series 6: Ruff Hewn
Series 7: W & J Rives, Inc.
Series 8: Warren Jackson Rives, Jr.
Series 9: High Point Lions Club
Series 10: Photographic Slides
Date Ca. 1920s-mid 1990s
Additional Information Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr. began working at Anvil Brand in [year?].
Mr. Apparel, Inc. was started by Floyd Mehan in 1958. He was joined by Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr. [?] years later. The company grew from two to six sewing plants before being sold to U.S. Industries.
Jefferson Hill Rives and Warren Jackson Rives, Jr. bought Mr. Apparel from U.S. Industries on August 1, 1977, after working there since high school. They had the support of the employees and most stayed with the company.
Mr. Casuals was a sewing/clothing company in Troutsdale, VA, that joined W & J Rives, Inc. on January 15, 1979. This was a merger, not a full buy-out. The two maintained separate names. Mr. Casuals was acquired from U.S. Industries with assistance from Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr.
Ruff Hewn was founded in 1981 by Jefferson Hill Rives and Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., in affiliation with W & J Rives, Inc. Ruff Hewn focused on casual and sports wear.
People Adams, John Hampton
Bizzell, Maude
Cochrane, Randy
Craver, Burl
Garrett, Cecil Clark
Hammes, George K.
Hudson, Homer T.
Hughes, Esther Brooks
Hutchinson, Orin
Jackson, Lee
Jarrell, Geneva
Kemp, Tommy
Kirchofer, Robert C.
Kornegay, Robert T.
Lee, Laurence F., Jr.
Leonard, Ila
Marchman, Dennis L.
Marsh, Lola
McLendon, Etta
Mehan, Floyd D.
Mills, Harry C.
Misenheimer, Dorothy
Overby, Olive
Owens, Lena
Parsons, Jack
Peyton, Edwin A., Jr.
Quaritius, Jack H.
Rickard, Roy
Rives, Anna Howard Fenner
Rogers, Elizabeth Stuckey Rives
Rives, Sylvia Ellen White
Rives, Jefferson Hill
Rives, Warren Jackson
Rives, Warren Jackson, Jr.
Rogers, Raymond W.
Stewart, Zana
Woodson, R. Peyton, III
Search Terms Anvil Brand Corporation
Carolina Garment Company
Chamber of Commerce
Christmas
General: Civic Organizations
General: Hosiery/Textile Industry
High Point Chamber of Commerce
High Point Enterprise
High Point Lions Club
Lions Club
Lions Clubs International
Mr. Apparel, Inc.
Mr. Casuals, Inc.
Private Label Concepts, Inc.
Ruff Hewn, Inc.
U.S. Industries, Inc.
W. & J. Rives, Inc.
Credit Line Gift of Elisebeth Rives Rogers in memory of Warren Jackson Rives, Sr.
Comments
Containers Contains three items: -Christmas letter to employees stating pay will be increased by 5 cents, dated 12/23/1947 -Consolidated Financial Statements and Accountants' Certificate, dated 11/3/1962 -Program for Anvil Brand, Inc.'s Open House and Awards ceremony, dated 12/20/1964 People: R. C. Kirchofer, Laurence F. Lee, Jr., Harry C. Mills, R. Peyton Woodson, III, Jack H. Quaritius, George K. Hammes, Thomas A. Kemp, Lola Marsh, Warren Jackson Rives, E. A. Peyton, Jr., R. T. Kornegay Search Terms: Anvil Brand, Inc.
Contains copies of two newspaper articles: -"Overall Firm Changes Name to Anvil Brand", High Point Enterprise, undated. -"Anvil Brand moves ahead...with High Point, and the Industrial South", multiple articles in the High Point Enterprise, dated December 19, 1964 People: Floyd H. Mehan, George K. Hammes, E. A. Peyton, Lena Owens, Lula Belle, Etta McLendon, Dorothy Misenheimer, Maude Bizzell, Esther Hughes, Oliver Overby, J. H. Adams, H. T. Hudson, C. C. Garrett, R. C. Kirchofer, Ila Leonard, Roy Rickard Search Terms: Anvil Brand, Inc., High Point Enterprise
Contains one document - a piece of stationary with letterhead. Letterhead reads "CAROLINA GARMENT COMPANY / MANUFACTURERS / CLOTHING / FOR THE WHOLESALE TRADE / HIGH POINT, N.C." Reverse was used as scratch paper. Search Terms: Carolina Garment Company
Contains a copy of an article titled "Jack Rives To Get Mr. Apparel Post", which discusses Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr.'s decision to leave Anvil Brand, Inc. for Mr Apparel. People: Floyd D. Mehan, Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr. Search Terms: Anvil Brand, Inc., Mr. Apparel, Inc.
Contents: 2-Catalogs that include the history and motto of the company 1-Fact sheet comparing W & J. Rives, Inc. and Mr. Casuals -Copies of four newspaper and magazine articles detailing the acquisition of the company by Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr. and its growth over the years People: Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Floyd D. Mehan, Jack Parsons Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Mr. Casuals
Contents: -Fact sheet comparing W & J Rives, Inc. and Mr. Casuals, August 1987 -Copy of article titled "W. J. Rives, Inc. plans opening", High Point Enterprise, November 15, 1979 -Copy of advertising supplement titled "Good people working together to do a better job", undated -Magazine, "Business Life", with cover story "Ruff Hewn / Relaxing means "Ruffing" It", June 1993 -Catalog printed with a history of most of the companies associated with W & J Rives, Inc. -Catalog, Private Label Concepts, Inc. People: Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Geneva Jarrell, Burl Craver, Zana Stewart Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Mr. Casuals, Inc, Ruff Hewn, Mr. Apparel, Inc., Private Label Concepts, Inc.
Contents: 2-Pamphlets detailing life of Barclay Ruffin Hewn, the fictional namesake of the Ruff Hewn brand 6-Memos/press releases from company leaders 4-Copies of articles and advertisements from newspapers and magazines 5-Catalogs/brochures for Ruff Hewn products People: Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Raymond W. Rogers, Dennis L. Marchman Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Ruff Hewn
Contents: -Program for groundbreaking ceremony of new plant -Letterhead, W & J Rives, Inc. -Back cover of "Focal Point" magazine, featuring a photograph of Warren Jackson Rives, Jr. and Jefferson Hill Rives with members of the Chamber of Commerce at groundbreaking ceremony -Catalog/brochure describing the history of the company and future plans People: Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr, Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Raymond W. Rogers, Elisabeth Rives Rogers, Elizabeth Stuckey Rives, Anna Rives, Ellen Rives, Dr. Orin Hutchinson, Randy Cochrane Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., High Point Chamber of Commerce
Contents: -An outline of the sequence of events leading up to Warren Jackson Rives, Jr.'s death, handwritten in pencil by Elizabeth Rives Rogers, dated January 25, 1991 -Facsimile, sent to Lee Jackson of Ruff Hewn, Inc., informing him of the death of Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., May 7, 1990 -Letter, from Jefferson Hill Rives to Raymond Rogers, thanking him for support and friendship, August 13, 1990 -Pamphlet, filled with employees' memories of Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., created by W & J Rives, Inc., May 1990 People: Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr, Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Raymond W. Rogers, Elisabeth Rives Rogers, Elizabeth Stuckey Rives, Ellen Rives, Lee Jackson Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Ruff Hewn, Mr. Casuals, Inc.
Contents: -Sales receipt, annual Lions Club Broom Sale -Certificate of service awarded to Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr., acknowledging his service as vice president for the 1960-1961 year -Certificate of service awarded to Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr., acknowledging his service as immediate past president for the 1962-1963 year -Twenty-Year-Old Monarch Award, presented to Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr. See also 2007.053.049 -Book, spiral-bound, titled "LION PRESIDENT / this is your year" People: Warren Jackson "Jack" Rives, Sr, Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., Jefferson Hill Rives, Raymond W. Rogers, Elisabeth Rives Rogers, Elizabeth Stuckey Rives, Ellen Rives, Lee Jackson Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Ruff Hewn, Mr. Casuals, Inc.
Series consists of forty-six slides, organized as follows: 8-Slides showing a sewing plant under construction, dated 1966 2-System 2 Photo Processing Discs, each with 15 images from a company party or picnic, undated 36-Slides, showing a series of industrial plant and outlet store locations for sale. Based on visible cars, may date to early 1980s (when W & J Rives, Inc. was looking to expand or find a new location). A few of these slides have "May 81" printed on one side. 36-Slides, in container labeled "ANVIL BRAND 1", showing construction sites/plants under construction and people talking, inspecting the area, and moving into the new plant and office area. First slide is blank but has handwritten note "ANVIL / 1964". 36-Slides, in box marked "ANVIL BRAND 2", 1964-1966. First 9 slides show set-up of new plant. Box also includes images of parties or formal occasions, possibly a grand opening of the new plant. One slide is labeled "10/18/64 HUDSON BLDG." Two slides labeled "VA. PLANT - DRESS JEAN / 11-64". Other slides show jeans being cut and sewn; others show individual workstations. 36-Slides, in box marked "ANVIL BRAND 3", 1966. Show individual workstations at a jean manufacturing plant. Some slides may be duplicates. Some slides show entire workroom and cafeteria. 12-Slides, in box marked "ANVIL BRAND 4", 1966. Slides show images of manufacturing plant's cafeteria, nurse's office, security system, office area, bathrooms, and closets. 22-Slides, in box marked "Mr Jeans / opening / Christmas 1966 or 1967". First ten slides show men and women in business dress at a party. Next seven slides show a family Christmas event. Last five slides appear to show a family dropping a child at college. 1-Slide and 1 negative, both showing exterior of W & J Rives, Inc., found with photograph of same image (see 2007.053.039). 1-Negative, black and white, of Warren Jackson Rives, Jr., and an unidentified man. People: Warren Jackson Rives, Jr. Search Terms: W & J Rives, Inc., Anvil Brand, Inc.