" ETOWAH BRICK "
MOLAND - DRYSDALE CORP.
1923 - 1951
aka, the Etowah Brickyard
Bruce Drysdale b. 12 Nov 1887 d. 17 Oct 1964
George N. Moland b. 25 Mar 1859 d. 19 Oct 1936
Source: "Postmarks," by Lenoir Ray, pub. 1970, pg. 302-303
Copies are for sale at the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society
" In 1923, George M. Moland and Bruce Drysdale started the Moland-Drysdale Brick Company at Etowah. They both came from Pennsylvania. The brickyard was located where the new golf course is today. The brick were fired in "beehive" round kilns, with each brick being handled at least six times by hand. The brick had to be dried, burned and cooled in separate places. This company was a pioneer in light-colored brick in the Southeast. Their special trademark "Etowah Brick," is known to construction engineers and contractors over the Eastern United States. In 1936, George Moland died and the operation of the business fell to Bruce Drysdale. Many men in Etowah grew up working for Moland-Drysdale and still work for them although the plant moved in 1943 to Brickton [Fletcher area]. Recently Bruce Drysdale died and his son-in-law, Frank Todd, became head of the Corporation. The Flat Rock post office building, the Country Manor Apartments and the Flat Rock condominium Apartments as well as many homes in Henderson County were made of Moland-Drysdale Vicksburg Antique brick. The American Enka Corporations plant is composed of some 25 million
Etowah Brick. "
Read the HISTORY
as presented on by the "Etowah Valley Golf & Resort.
" In 1914, the late Bruce Drysdale visited the mountains of Western North Carolina as a young man and immediately fell in love with this part of the country. He had some knowledge of clays and foresaw a tremendous potential for the brick industry in the area. Drysdale started manufacturing brick in Etowah. Brick manufacturing continued until the early 1950s, when the operation was moved to Fletcher, North Carolina. "
. . . continued on website.
The sign on the building reads: "Moland-Drysdale Corporation ~ BRICK AND HOLLOW TILE."