The Community at “LeTourneau” Vicksburg

Jean-George Walters of Vicksburg recently reminded me about the closeness of the people within the LeTourneau community. I have been doing research on the structures themselves and the “tools to make the things.” What can easily be overlooked from the archives are how close the community was and how many of the relationships still carry on today. The community had a swimming pool, baseball courts, tennis courts, laundry, and plenty of hills to bicycle. There were always people tuning-up cars, installing air conditioners and dryers, babysitting, and people to give a ride to the store. Some of the closeness was almost forced due to the close proximity of the Tournalaid houses, the party-line telephones, and the fact that everyone knew everything about each other because they all worked at the plant. Notice that it was called a plant and not a factory. My mother and father are still very close to the people that they lived near at “LeTourneau.” LeTourneau was called Glass, Mississippi before LeTourneau arrived to establish his fourth United States plant. After LeTourneau arrived, the name Glass soon fell into disuse

Tennis Courts

  Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

1955-04-14 Mr RG and Clyde Wilson In Pool

1955-04-14 Mr RG and Clyde Wilson In Pool

1955-04-14 Children from the hill enjoying the pool. Note the Tournalayer in background

1955-04-14 Children from the hill enjoying the pool. Note the Tournalayer in background

1955-04-14 Swimming Pool with Laundry to right

1955-04-14 Swimming Pool with Laundry to right

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1955-04-14018MrRGandClydeWilsonInPool

 

 

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