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Mayflower Mills: Reece and Dye Waste

mayflower mills: It was wide and flat enough to land a seaplane a spectacle he witnessed in 1938 or '39, according to NOW Magazine. I probably saw the last one land, said Reece. Reece, 91, can still picture the South Fork backed up to form a massive pool serving the Mays and Mayflower mills' dyeing and finishing operations. His father moved the family from their York County, S.C., farm to the mill village in 1922. But it was also a dumping ground for the mills, and the cascade of dye waste they poured in gave the South Fork its nickname Rainbow River. It was full of fish, Reece said of the river then, and deep. ( As reported in the news.