Several inquiries came in after last week’s 100 Years Ago column with an item about Rosenau Sock Factory. The item read:
Rosenau Hosiery Company, located just south of the A.G.S. Depot on Greensboro Avenue, had done such a thriving business that the company opened a new plant in Northport in the old Trimm Building to make hosiery. The plant would five employment to 100 people and turn out 500 dozen pairs of stockings a day.
Callers wanted to know where the Trimm Building was located.
Northport historian Chuck Gerdau said the building is the one that now houses Anders Hardware.
The two-story building was built in 1906. In 1909, J.H. Anders Mercantile Col (later Anders Hardware) occupied part of the ground floor. There were several businesses that occupied the other part of the first floor. Rodger Anders showed me where the old wall divided the first floor space. Anders Hardware was on the right side of the building; several businesses occupied the other side over time.
Rich and Rodger Anders had no information on the sock factory being on the second floor, but said it was possible. Many of the Anders historic records were destroyed in 1950 in a flood.
A plaque outside Anders Hardware indicates that the building was built in 1906 by Dr. James Trimm. His wife was Mattie. The bottom floor was a whiskey dispensary for a while.
While it is likely that the Rosenau sock plant was located on the second floor, the only clear evidence so far is the article in the 1919 Tuscaloosa News.
Carl Adams verified that a roller rink occupied the space at one point.
In 1932, a tornado took off the 2nd story of the building, as it did with several other buildings in downtown Northport.
The Rosenau Factory on Greensboro Avenue burned in 1924 and was never rebuilt. Whether the Northport plant closed then, too, is unknown.
Thanks to Chuck Gerdau, Rich and Rodger Anders, Sam Faucett, and Carl Adams for sharing their knowledge of Northport history.