April 9, 2017|
2:00 pm, Sunday
Senior Connections, Clanton
Glenn Wills and Forgotten Alabama
We frequently hear it said that one gets out of life what one puts into it, and also that success comes as a result of untiring effort.
A concrete illustration of these facts is exemplified in Mr. Charles Henry Culpepper of Danville, Va.
By virtue of the fact that he was willing to exercise his native ability, we today find him at the head of one of the South's greatest hosiery manufacturing concerns.
Follow with us Mr. Culpeper's career, step by step, and you will agree that success often has a small beginning.
Mr. Culpepper, the brother of Mr. Frank Culpepper, was born on the edge of Clanton, April 7, 1880.
He received his education at country schools, the principal one being Littlejohn School.
At the age of 18 years Mr. Culpepper went to Sylacauga and got a position pressing hose in Matthews' hosiery factory. It was there that, at the age of 23, he married Miss Gertie Calloway, a splendid young woman of that city.
From Sylacauga, he went to Athens and later to Tuscaloosa where he followed the same trade.
A few years later Mr. Culpepper went to Danville, Va., where he soon became assistant to the superintendent of the D. K. Cotton Hosiery Mills. Five years after he was made superintendent of the mill.
Dr. Napoleon Johnson, who a few months ago visited Danville and had the pleasure of calling on Mr. Culpepper in his beautiful office, said that, in discussing the former's wonderful success, he finally asked the question: "How did you do it?" and Mr. Culpepper answered, "By hard work!"
Mr. Culpepper will be remembered as a gentleman of pleasing personality whose chief characteristic was determination. His many friends join the Union-Banner in congratulating him upon his success.
This wonderful example should fire every boy and girl in Chilton with the ambition to "To give to life the best they have," and "the best will come back to them.”
This article first appeared in the Union-Banner, November 24, 1927 in "Who's Who In Clanton" and was reprinted in The Chiltonian, the newsletter of the Chilton County Historical Society and Archives, Inc. in Volume 29, Number 2 April 2009.