Documenting the American South Logo
oral histories of the American South
Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Zeno Ponder, March 22, 1974. Interview A-0326. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Ponder's shipping industry boosts economy in Madison County

Ponder started a shipping industry to help create jobs in Madison County. He wanted to give young people economic incentive to stay in the area.

Citing this Excerpt

Oral History Interview with Zeno Ponder, March 22, 1974. Interview A-0326. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Full Text of the Excerpt

ZENO PONDER:
And Ze -Nina Lakes had been formed and the Ponderosa Homes Ine . . . we formed them about six years ago, started building a few houses. Ponder Enterprises I developed about ten years ago. Ponder Enterprises consists of about five trucks hauling milk from 35 different dairies scattered from Macon county to Cleveland county. I've been rather busy. I got very much interested in trying to carry out this idea of industrializing Madison county somewhat. We don't want smoke stacks all over the place. We want to keep our mountains. But we want to keep our best product, our mountain youth. So we want to create 2, 3, 400 jobs a year. Enough to hold our boys and girls here. Give them an opportunity to work here in Madison county.