Guide to the Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company Records, 1916-1970

Summary Information

Title: Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company Records, 1916-1970
Collection: AC.492
Extent: 1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company was operated by J.E. Harbin from 1916 to 1960 in the town of Shulls Mills, NC. The collection includes financial materials from 1916 - 1970, including 4 ledgers which contain records of individual customers, as well as 3 other accounting books and loose material which contains purchase order information and sales records.

Creator: Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company

Biographical/Historical Note

John Edgar (Ed) Harbin was born January 25, 1889 in Watauga County, NC and married Mamie Leola Harmon (born January 14, 1895) on February 18, 1917. During the 1910s and 1920s, Shulls Mills experienced growth due to the booming timber industry and newly installed East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railway. To capitalize on this growth, J.E. Harbin and a team of investors started the Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company in 1916. Harbin later gained full ownership of the store and expanded the operation to unclude hardware, groceries, dry goods and postal services. The Harbin's owned and operated the store until their retirement in 1960.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains financial information for the Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company, including ledgers, records of sales, an order book and related loose papers. The materials are dated from 1916 - 1970, though the bulk of the material is 1916 - 1957. Subjects include Shulls Mills (alternately referred to as Shull's Mills and Shull's Mill), general stores, the Harbin family, and agriculture.


The Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company Records are arranged alphabetically by material type, then chronologically within material type.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance of this collection is unknown. This collection was accessioned as AC.2004.022.

Processing Information

Processed by Grant Maher, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.492: Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company Records, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Ledger, 1917 - 1920 Box 1.1
Ledger, 1920 - 1924 Box 1.2
Ledger, 1922 - 1945 Box 2.1

Ledger, 1941 - 1956

Box 2.2
Loose Financial Materials, 1927 - 1970 Box 2.3
Materials Removed from Ledger (1922 - 1945), 1960 - 1963 Box 2.4
Materials Removed from Order Book, 1919 - 1924 Box 2.5
Order Book, 1919 - 1924 Box 2.6
Record of Sales Books, 1937 - 1957 Box 2.7

Separated Materials

Covers of Wildlife in North Carolina were removed to the Appalachian Regional Ephemera Collection.