Stahl Urban history to be shared at Historical Society presentation

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society will host a program on the factory, Stahl Urban Company, on Thursday.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmy Furlow Senior Citizen Center on South First Street. You do not have to be a member to attend and the meeting is free to the public.

Keith Reeves is the featured speaker. His mother and aunt, Stella West Reeves and Louise West, were brought to Brookhaven from Terre Haute, Indiana, to train the new factory workers in 1936.

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“Keith Reeves is a wealth of information on Stahl Urban,” said Tammie Santos Brewer, LCHGS board member. “We are very fortunate that he agreed to speak to us about the factory’s history and how its leaders decided to bring it to Brookhaven, as well as some of the complications they faced.”

Since its beginning in 1936, Stahl Urban was one of the major employers in Lincoln County. The factory employed hundreds of local people until it was sold and subsequently closed.

“Just about everyone who is from Lincoln County has had a family member work at the factory,” said Brewer, whose great-grandmother, grandmother and mother all worked there at some time.

LCHGS members are encouraging those planning to attend to bring Stahl Urban memorabilia for show and tell.

“It will be a good time to meet and talk with other Stahl Urban families,” Brewer said.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 601-850-1733.