Paul Victor Parker, Night Watchman
Glendale Mills, Glendale, SC
Furnished by Clarence
Paul V. Parker married Mary
Lou Bradley, daughter of John and Mammie Bradley who had moved from
North Carolina to Glendale, S. C. Paul and his family lived on Broadway
Street in the Glendale mill village for a number of years. He and his
family were members of the Glendale Baptist Church with his children
attending both Sunday school and Baptist Training Union classes.
Paul worked as a night watchman for Glendale Mills for a number of
years and was on duty the night of the office robbery. During the night
of February 26, 1948, a thief or thieves broke into the mill office and
took eighteen thousand dollars from the large company safe. Paul had
made his normal rounds, punching the time clocks at the regular hours
throughout the night but had not noticed anything unusual. (To read
more about this click Robbery of Mill
When the plant Superintendent came early the morning of the 27th to get
the money to pay the workers, he found the safe open and the money
gone. A suspect was arrested and charged with the robbery. He was tried
and convicted but the State Supreme Court overturned the conviction on
grounds of legal technicalities. Paul resigned shortly after the
robbery and moved to a farm just outside of Clifton, S. C.
The 1940 Glendale Census
listed the household as;
Paul Parker 38, husband.
Wife; Mary Lou 33.
Emmin Gelda 12. Victor
10. Judith 8. Mary 6.
Paul Parker died
at the age of 64 in August of 1966.
Mary Lou Parker
died at the age of 67 in September of 1974.
Federal Census and Obituary records, courtesy of the Spartanburg County
Clarence E. Crocker, June 2012
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