In the summer of 1925 R.N. Gianniny married Roy’s mother Daisy. Roy was 11 years old, enrolled in the Woolen Mills school, growing up in the village. Roy’s mom worked at Hawkins Brothers dry goods store downtown.

“Mr. Nick” (R.N. Gianniny) was foreman of the Woolen Mills weaving department and one of the Sunday School teachers at the Woolen Mills chapel. He was a leader in the community, and 45 years older than his step-son.

For the majority of adults in the village, life was closely channelled between work and worship. Six days a week, work at the mill for the mortal masters, on the seventh, go to church, go to God. Church service in the morning, Sunday school in the afternoon. Monday, back to work.

The connections of work, worship and family in the village were multitudinous, interlinked and all pervasive. Historian Andy Myers credits much of the village’s pronounced labor-stability to the leadership of the Sunday School men in community.
Edna Holloway and Louise, left, Mamie Baltimore, right. Mamie is Roy’s Aunt, Louise his future wife. Edna died May 1990, age 109.
1607 Woolen Mills Road pictured in background.

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