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Bunny Hunter: 1908

Bunny Hunter: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, South Carolina. "Charley Baxley. Has doffed 4 years at Dillon Mills. Gets 50 cents a day. Had been out hunting." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Cotton Charlie: A life in the mills

Charlie Covington Baxley was born July 17, 1895, to Etta (d. 1931) and John (d. 1906) Baxley. In 1910 he was living with his widowed mother along with brothers and sisters Minnie, 14; Henry, 19; Maud and Daisy, 11; Hallie, 8; and Katie, 3. They all worked at the cotton mill except the two youngest.

In 1930 Charlie, still working at the mill, was living with his wife, Mamie Lee Thompson (1896-1972), along with their five children: Ester, 15; Harry, 12; Virginia, 8; Ethel, 5; and Mary, 2 (who died last year).

Charlie died July 11, 1961, in Laurinburg at Scotland Memorial Hospital of a coronary occlusion at age 68.

On the Prairies

we never thought about shooting rabbits with anything but a .22, doesn't seem fair to the rabbit.

Too familiar

It seems from all the comments, I wasnt the only one that shot rabbits with a single shot shotgun!

Charley has a proud look on his face, rightfully so. I'll bet he only needed one shell to bag the game.

I have a 4th generation .28 gage Stevens single shot that still shoots just fine.

Reminds me of my Dad and me!

My Dad was born in 1900, grew up with a shot gun in his hand and passed that along to all his sons. This you man here was first in a generation of rabbit hunters. What fun it would be to go back and do it again myself.

Could have been me

That picture could have been me about 1950. My step grandpa bought my dad the used single shot JC Higgins shotgun in the 30's for a dollar and in the course of time, it was passed on to me. It's still in my closet and it still works.

Man of the house

So for at least four years, this boy is bringing home 50 cents a day and now providing the family dinner too. Quite admirable if you ask me.

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