Mr. Homer Barnwell of Jacksonville, who's in his 80s, remembers
when people who lived in the mill village and worked at the adjacent
Profile Mill in the early 1900s used company-issued tokens as
part of their earnings to buy food and supplies at the company
store. Mr. Barnwell said these tokens were called "clinkers."
Several from his collection are pictured here along with his photo
of the Profile Store and the mill during its heyday. More vintage
photos from Jacksonville and JSU are available more
extensively on my photo site.
Mr. Barnwell examines "clinkers" from Profile Mill.
The former company store. The building is still standing. Photo
from Mr. Barnwell's collection.
Possibly from the late 1940s or the 1950s. Photo from the collection
of Mr. Homer Barnwell.