DAVID LINDSAY is general superintendent of the Fieldale Mills at Fieldale, Henry County, and has been connected with this great industrial concern from the time the ground for its manufacturing plant was broken, May 28, 1917. Of the important industry here conducted adequate data are given on other pages, in the personal sketch of James F. Wilson, the general manager.
David Lindsay was born on a farm in Rockingham County, North Carolina, June 13, 1888, and is a son of Tamberlaine B. and Rhoda (Recd) Lindsay, who still reside on their home farm in that county, the father being (1923) seventy-three and the mother fifty-four years of age. T. B. Lindsay was attending the Bingham Military Institute in North Carolina, at the inception of the Civil war, and with other cadet students entered the military service of the Confederacy, in which he continued until the close of the war. He is one of the progressive and representative exponents of farm industry in Rockingham County, gives special attention to the raising of tobacco, and is one of the influential men of his county, where he has served as county commissioner and which he represented four years in the State Legislature. He and his wife are active members of the Baptist Church. Of the two children, David, of this sketch, is the younger, and the elder is Mrs. Everett A. Lockett, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
After receiving the advantages of the public schools David Lindsay entered the North Carolina State College, in which he specialized in textile, electrical and mechanical work and from which he received in 1908 the degree of Bachelor of Science. He soon afterward became an operative in the mills operated at Draper, North Carolina, under the control of the great Marshall Field & Company mercantile concern of Chicago, which likewise controls the Fieldale Mills, of which he is now general superintendent. By effective service Mr. Lindsay won advancement and lie has been associated with the blanket, sheeting and towel factories of the Field interests. His first work after coming to Fieldale was in assisting in the survey of the line of the Norfolk & Western Railroad to the proposed new plant of the Fieldale Mills. He has assisted in the construction of three of the Field textile plants in the South, and has held the positions of assistant superintendent of the mills at Draper, North Carolina, as well as in the sheeting mills. The Fieldalo Mills, of which he is now general superintendent, have consistently been said to “produce enough towels to wipe the face of the earth.”
Mr. Lindsay is an active member of the Kiwanis Club at Fieldale, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Travelers Protective Association, and he is a trustee of the Baptist Church at Fieldale. He is specially enthusiastic in the affairs of the Sunday school of this church, and is the teacher of its Baracca, class of 125 members, most of whom are employed in the mills of which he is superintendent.
Mr. Lindsay is a scion of one of the old and honored families of Virginia, the original representatives of the Lindsay family having come from Scotland and settled in Fairfax County, Virginia. In that county the grandfather of Mr. Lindsay was born, and he eventually moved to North Carolina, where he passed the remainder of his life.