Friday, April 30, 2010

Items of Local Interest

This hot weather is increasing the ice business.

A new music box at Mr. H.D. Reddick's store is attracting much attention just at present.

The intensely hot weather prevailing for the past few days has caused cotton to put on a new growth.

Mr. J.R. Chandler of Benson was in town last Friday and went to Charleston Friday night. He purchased a blooded horse while in the city and had it shipped up, arriving here Saturday night.

Our editor has gone to Newberry where he will join the South Carolina Press Association on its trip to the Nashville exposition, and if there is lack of the usual amount of local matter this week, attribute it to this fact.

The County Record, May 27, 1897

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Horse Race

A race between Mr. W.W. Grayson's mare "Annie Rooney" and Mr. P.B Thorne's "Vivian" yesterday afternoon, resulted in a victory for Mr. Grayson's animal.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Mr. L.I. Parrott, the official court stenographer, entertained a small crowd at Dr. S. P. Elwell's last Tuesday night by giving a hypnotic exhibition. Mr. Parrott is quite an accomplished hypnotist and handled his subjects with ease and grace.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


As a mark of appreciation for the service rendered by the school in the Memorial Day exercises, Mr. Louis Jacobs invited the teachers and all the scholars around to eat ice cream last Monday.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Monday, April 26, 2010

Baseball team?

What has become of the base ball team which was organized some time ago? Several good games would furnish lots of amusement for out citizens these long, hot afternoons.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Happened to Fundraiser?

There was recently some talk of giving an ice-cream festival here, the proceeds derived from which to be applied to the fund for a fence to be built around the cemetery, but the idea seems to have been abandoned.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Friday, April 23, 2010

Coleman House

Mr. Geo. S. Barr, the genial and popular manager of the Coleman House, had recently had his place repainted and otherwise improved. The hotel is now in better shape than ever before, and Mr. Barr is entitled to the praise of the businessmen of the town for having it so.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Items of Local Interest

The river has been very low for some time past, and large numbers of fish have been caught.

There was an extra large crowd in town on Monday, but not an unusual amount of business was transacted.

The Union Sunday School picnic at Rome last Saturday was largely attended and much enjoyed by all present.

There was some horse-racing last Monday afternoon but we did not hear which horse came out victorious.

There will be a picnic at Johnsonville next Saturday. We acknowledge a very kind invitation to attend and will certainly try to be there.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Items of Local Interest

Picnics are now the order of the day.

The Kingstree Academy will close its present session on June 18.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church served ice cream and cake at Kinder's store last Monday.

The picnic at Kinder's grove last Friday was well-attended and was very much a success.

A fish fry at the old seine-yard tomorrow (Friday) will attract the attention of our young folk.
The County Record, May 20, 1897

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Are These the Men?

Nothing new has developed in the case of the two negro men who were arrested in Hampton County and brought over here last week, charged with the murder of the two unknown Italians near Salters a month ago.
The negroes are still confined in the jail here, though nothing definite has yet been proved which would connect them in any way with the crime–the only evidence against them being a Winchester rifle, two pistols and a razor having been found in their possession at the time of their arrest. Just why they should have brought these weapons along with them on a visit to their "girls" is not altogether clear to the authorities. Then, too, their tale concerning the yellow fellow who was with them and who escaped arrest is almost improbable.
Nothing more has been heard of the negro who got away. He pretty well filled the description of the third man of the party supposed to have done the killing. 
A rumor was afloat in Kingstree a day or two ago that three men who filled the description of the Davis boys and their "pal" had been arrested in Savannah, but when the sheriff was interviewed he said that he knew nothing of the arrest. Before the governor a reward for the murderers, eleven men were arrested for the crime, but not one has been arrested since. Will not someone earn the reward?
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bud Worms

The farmers are all complaining of the bud worms having considerably damaged the young crops during the recent cool mornings.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Delightful Dance Given at Coleman House

One of the most thoroughly enjoyed dances ever given in Kingstree was the one given at the Coleman House Monday night. Quite a number of visitors were present, and in all it was quite a gay affair. The music was furnished by the Mouzon band and was well-rendered. The dancing was kept up until about half past two, and the gay young people were even then loath to leave the dance hall. Among those present were: Misses Mable Rollins, Mamie Jacobs, Essie Benjamin, Georgia Rollins, Bertha Hodge, Kate Levy, Barbara Jacobs, Ella Rollins, Mildred McCabe, Lillian Hodge, Barbara Levy, Eva Rollins, Essie Clark, Bessie Howard and Hallie Rollins; Mesdames Jacobs, Brockinton and Hodge; Messrs. Montague Jacobs, Louis Gilland, Montie Scott, Hay McClary, Nappie Jacobs, W.S. Lynch, Sam Wolfe, R.H. Wallace, J. Lide Tallevast, H.G. Askins, R.J. McCabe, T.J. Brown, Judson Moore, Lamar SIngletary, E.C. Dennis and Troy Flagler.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sidney McGill Brown

Mr. Sidney McGill Brown of the Cedar Swamp section died last Tuesday morning and was buried near Cedar Swamp church, Rev. J.E. Dunlop, officiating at the funeral services. Mr. Brown was born in the Boggy Swamp section in 1850 and was therefore in the 48th year of his age. He was married in 1873 to Miss Crawford Tisdale, a daughter of Mr. W.D. Tisdale, who with six children survive him. Mr. Brown was at the time of his death a magistrate and bore the reputation of being a fair, impartial officer. While Mr. Brown had been sick for some time, his death was very sudden.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Memorial Day" Exercises

In accordance with the announcements previously made in these columns, "Memorial Day" was fittingly observed in Kingstree last Monday. The program had been very carefully prepared, and those who took part in the exercises had been thoroughly trained by those in authority, and all of the proceedings were carried out in as smooth a way as possible. The column of veterans presented quite an inspiring and impressive scene, and the young uniformed soldiers added much to the procession.
After the exercises in the court house, the procession, composed of veterans, the Lake City Light Dragoons, the column of boys and girls, and the citizens marched to the strains of band music to the Baptist cemetery where the soldiers graves were decorated with flowers and evergreens. The military company fired a salute over the graves, and willing and loving hands then placed flowers upon the mounds beneath which rest the remains of brave men who went to the front ready to sacrifice their lives for the honor of their country.
The following was the program of the exercises which took place in the court house: called to order by Col. James McCutchen; prayer by Col. J.E. Dunlop; song, "National Hymn" by pupils of the Kingstree Academy; recitiation, "Conquered Banner," Miss Barbara Jacobs; Oration, Mr. S.M. Wolfe; Recitiation, "In Memorium," Miss Mildred McCabe; Song, "Red, White and Blue," pupils of the Kingstree Academy; declamation, "The Spirit of '61 and '96,' Mr. Edwin Hirsch; recitation, "Ode to a Confederate Bill," Miss Florrie Jacobs; declamation, "Our Confederacy," Mr. Louis Gilland; song, "Sewanee River," Misses Mildred McCabe, Barbara Jacobs, Dell Kellahan, Alma Kelly and Marie Thorne; Oration, Col. J.E. Dunlop; song, "Dixie," pupils of the Academy.
All of the young people who took part are scholars at the Kingstree Academy, and the manner in which they acted their parts showed that they had received excellent training at the hands of their instructors. Everyone acquitted himself or herself so admirably that it would be difficult to say which one deserves special mention. To speak of any on of them particularly would mean to do an injustice to the others, so we withhold individual comment from all.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Thursday, April 15, 2010

An Eggceptional Story

Mr. S.J. Coker of Lake City was among the old veterans who attended the "Memorial Day" exercises here Monday. In a conversation with a County Record reporter, Mr. Coker said that he had seen the little article recently published about the Clarendon county gentleman who placed 15 eggs under one hen, and the hen hatched 27 chickens and left 8 eggs in the next, no other hen having laid in the nest with her, and that he had a hen which beat that record "all hollow." Continuing, Mr. Coker said that he had placed 12 eggs under one of his hens; twenty-six chickens were hatched, and four eggs were left, no other hen having laid in the same nest or near it, and no other eggs were placed there by anyone. Whew! Next!
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


A very enjoyable dance was given at the residence of Dr. W.V. Brockington last Tuesday night. In view of the fact that the dance was at a private residence and only personal friends were invited, the attendance was large. The music was charmingly rendered, and the gay young couples tripped lightly o'er the floor to its delightful strains. The dancing was kept up until a late hour, and all present expressed themselves as having had a pleasant evening.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Memorial Day Briefs

The local dispensary was closed Monday which was a wise thing on the part of the board of control.

People from almost every section of the county attended the "Memorial Day" exercises in Kingstree Monday.

Forty-two veterans were in the "Memorial Day" parade. Surely this is not the total number of living Confederate soldiers in Williamsburg county, and, yet, how few are alive! Soon we shall see their brave, battle-scarred, time-worn faces no more, and the day of veteran parading shall have passed into history.
The County Record, May 13, 1897

Monday, April 12, 2010

Court Docket

There are only five persons in jail awaiting trial at the coming term of court, and it is not thought that the term will last long.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Scranton News, Pt. 2

Section Foreman Johnson will soon commence taking up the track now being used on the Northeastern railroad and replacing it with heavier and more substantial railing. This work has already been completed from Charleston up to Salters, and the company proposes extending it on to Florence this spring.

Mr. Fore of the firm of Fore & Foster, lumber dealers, Wilmington, came down a few days ago and placed an order for 250,000 feet of fine lumber with Messrs. Nachman Bros. of this place. Mr. Fore says the lumber produced in the belt is of very superior quality, and he prefers having his orders filled by the mills in this section.

We understand that Mr. S. Evans contemplates erecting a steam saw and grist mill at this place in the course of a few weeks. He will also put in a cotton gin in time for the fall crop. This will add another industry to our town which will conduce to the material growth and upbuilding of the place. We welcome all such enterprises and hope the near future will produce still greater developments along industrial lines.

The next thing to be done is the establishing of a telephone line from here to Lake City, and why not extend it on to Kingstree? We have no telegraph office here, and we are always behind in getting the news. We want to keep up with the outside world, and we think telephonic communication with other places would do a great deal to change our relation.

Rev. J.J. Baggett has a patch of corn that is tasseling out. This is the earliest we have ever heard of, and we doubt very much if anyone else in the State has corn so forward as this.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Scranton News

We have read with great interest the programme to be observed by our friends of Kingstree on "Memorial Day." In the language of another, we owe it to ourselves, as well as to the dead, this duty, for monuments and memorial days declare the patriotism of the living no less than the virtues of those whom they commemorate.

The town council has had the shade trees on the streets trimmed up. These trees are now in better shape, while the removal of the drooping branches opens up a better view of the town.

Dr. Byrd is cultivating quite a large tobacco crop. He has made all preparations for successful handling of the "golden weed" and has employed an experienced hand to attend to the business for him.

We are informed that Mr. W.A. Webster, who resides near Lake City, has collated his inventive geniuses and is endeavoring to reduce the "perpetual motion" theory to a practical result. He is constructing a machine which he claims will demonstrate the fact when it is completed.

The picnic season is here and already we hear of picnics, etc. We are told that the Baptist Sunday school proposes having one shortly at Cockfield's mill which will be the event of the season.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Last Call

By universal custom, the 10th of May, being the anniversary of the death of "Stonewall" Jackson, has been set apart for the holy purpose of decorating the graves of our deceased Confederate heroes.
The ladies of Kingstree have heretofore annually performed the sacred task, but for the ensuing anniversary, it has been determined to invite all of Williamsburg county to participate.
Mr. E.C. Dennis, the scholarly principal of the Kingstree Academy, has kindly volunteered the assistance of his school, and the pupils are now daily rehearsing their patriotic songs and recitations under the instructions of the accomplished assistant, Miss Kate Lee Dickson.
Col. James McCutchen has been invited and has consented to preside over the meeting. Rev. J.E. Dunlop will deliver an oration, and everybody who has ever had the pleasure of listening to that gentleman knows what a treat there is in store. 
Commandant D.E. Gordon, United Confederate Veterans, has issued an invitation to the survivors to attend, and it is hoped that many of them will find it convenient to do so and pay honor to their dead comrades.
The Lake City Light Dragoons have been asked to join in the parade and fire a military salute, and we trust Capt. Morris will see his way clear to accept this invitation.
The programme has been published in the last issue of The County Record, and the members of the committee are requested to meet at once and make the necessary arrangements for the performance of the labor of love which has been assigned to them.
We make this appeal to the ladies of WIlliamsburg county to contribute as many flowers as can be conveniently sent in on Monday morning. A committee will receive all such donations at the store of Mr. Louis Jacobs.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lake City News

There have been about 600 crates of strawberries shipped from here this season, and it is likely that two or three hundred more will be shipped. This speaks well for the strawberry planters of this place.

Messrs. S. Godwin and J.M. Kennedy have put up a sawmill about three miles below town. They are enterprising young men, and we wish them much success in their new enterprise.

Quite a number of Lake Citians went on a fishing expedition to Lynches River last Friday night, which was highly enjoyed by them all. Due to the extreme coolness of the night, they caught only one fish.

The Baptists will give an ice cream festival at the tobacco warehouse on the night of the 14th for the purpose of raising money to buy a new organ for the Baptist church at this place. The public is cordially invited to be present and participate.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tribute to Joseph Chandler by his Old School Mate

Col. John P. Thomas of Columbia, who attended The Citadel at the same time the late Maj. Joseph B. Chandler did, wrote and had published in the Columbia State the following tribute to Maj. Chandler last week:
The surviving members of The Citadel class of 1851 are again called upon to lament the death of an esteemed comrade–J.B. Chandler. Born in Sumter county, S.C., Dec. 14, 1827, Major Chandler died at his home in Williamsburg county, April 20, 1897. Removing to Williamsburg after his graduation from the South Carolina Military academy, he at once engaged in farming. When the war came on, he entered the service, and for four years did his duty to the State and the Confederacy.
After the close of the war, Maj. Chandler resumed the pursuit of the farmer, which he followed with marked success. For 43 years, he maintained with mutual satisfaction, business relations with the well-known firm of E.H. Frost & Co.
Having won the confidence of the community in which he resided, he was elected to represent his county for several terms in the popular branch of the general assembly. His career as a legislator was one useful to the State and honorable to him. He served on the committee of ways and means, where he impressed his fellow members with his good judgment and his fine sense of truth and justice.
The element of religion was influential in his nature and in his life. A Christian man, devoted to his church, in which he served long as one of its elders, he spent his years, as we are informed by one who knew him well, in doing good to others.
Gravity of character and of deportment was one of Chandler's traits, and this was linked with dignity of bearing and excellence of conduct.
In his death, the State loses one of its best citizens and his Alma Mater one of her worthiest sons.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Indiantown News

If the county supervisor will travel the road from Indiantown P.O. to Rhems, his nervous system will have to be very strong, or it will be shocked. The road is plowed up, corn and cotton planted in it. Now I am one of these who think it folly to work all the bad places in the road, when all the high, good places are plowed up and made as rough as driving across a field. There is room right here for "reform." Will some trusted "leader" take a hint?

Photo: County Supervisor Benjamin Britton Chandler

This section was visited by a very heavy rain on Friday 30th. Grass was quite vigorous before but will take on a new life since the rain.

Corn is exceedingly small and a very bad stand; bud worms have played havoc with it during the late cold snap.

Cotton is recuperating slowly from the effects of the late frost. Fruit does not seem to have suffered from the effects of the frost, except figs, which were killed.

Tobacco transplanting is being pushed by Col. McCutchen and Dr J.S. Cunningham, whom, I think, are the only tobacco planters left in this section.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Monday, April 5, 2010

Other Suspects Arrested

Sheriff Daniel received a telegram from Estill, Hampton county, last Saturday, stating that two negroes had just been arrested there who were supposed to belong to the party which murdered the two Italians near Salters on the night of April 17th. There were three men in the party at Estill, but one of them got away from the officers and avoided arrest. The man who escaped is described as being a yellow fellow, about 5 feet, 8 inches high, weighing about 150 pounds. The men who were arrested claim that they had known the other negro about a month but did not know his name, simply calling him "Sam."
The men were carried to Hampton and lodged in jail. Mr. G.W. Arms went over to Hampton Sunday and returned with the prisoners Tuesday morning. When arrested, the men each had a .38-caliber revolver, and one of them had a razor, a 32-caliber Winchester rifle and a long-blade pocket knife.
Mr. I. Cannon, of Strawberry, into whose store the supposed murderers did so much firing, came up Tuesday afternoon at the request of Sheriff Daniel for the purpose of identifying the prisoners. He says that they are not the men who were in his store some weeks ago. 
The negroes were interviewed by a reporter for The County Record Wednesday morning and gave their names as Louis Gardner and Jim Williams. Gardner is a very dark brown fellow, about 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighs about 145 or 150 pounds. He says he was born and raised in Charleston; that he left there about three years ago and has worked at various places in Georgia since that time, the last being with Mr. Padden Porter at Clyo, Ga.; that he and Williams left Clyo Friday morning to visit some friends at Estill and were arrested there Saturday. He worked on a chain gang in Effingham county, Ga., from January 1896 till February 1897. Gardner said he was then known as John Edwards.
Williams said he was an Alabamian; had been in Georgia for several years; he and Gardner had worked at Mr. Porter's together, etc., his tale corroborating Gardner's. Williams is a black man about six feet in height, weighs about 145 pounds and is about 30 years of age. He has a scar about 2x1-1/2 inches in size, caused from a burn, on the right arm just below the elbow.
The rifle taken from the negroes is in good condition but shows signs of having been used quite a good deal. Williams' pistol is one of the Iver Johnson Arms Co.'s make with a six-inch barrel, in excellent condition. The cylinder will take five .38-caliber cartridges. Gardner's "shooting iron" is a Harper & Allen short-barrel .38-caliber, five-shot revolver and is in a very battered condition. The razor was an old one but had a keen edge. The knife was only an ordinary, long-bladed one and was in pretty fair condition. 
The negroes will be kept in jail until they can prove where they were on the night of the murder.
Governor Ellerbe on Monday offered a reward of one hundred dollars for the arrest and conviction of the murderers. The governor would have offered a reward sooner, it is said, but for the fact that up to last Friday no less than nine men had been arrested for the crime, and until then, he had received no official request for the reward. 
The two men who are now in jail were arrested before the sheriff made the request for a reward, so we suppose that should these negroes be the right ones, no reward would be paid at all. Up to this time, eleven men have been arrested for killing the two Italians, and it is hoped that the right men will yet be caught.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Sunday, April 4, 2010

No Church Services

There will be no services in either the Baptist, the Presbyterian or the Methodist churches next Sunday.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Vegetable crop

Quite a lot of vegetables have recently been shipped from here to the Northern markets.
The County Record, May 6, 1897

Friday, April 2, 2010

Decoration Day Briefs

The "Decoration Day" services will take place in the Court House at 4 o'clock p.m. next Monday. Let there be a large crowd present.

Don't neglect to send a good lot of flowers on Monday.

Let the old time Rebel Yell be heard once again on Monday.

The ladies particularly are invited to participate in decorating the graves of the Confederate dead. Be sure to attend next Monday.

There will be a dance at the Coleman House Monday night.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Abram Evans

Mr. Abram Evans, who lived near Lynche's river, died very suddenly a few days ago. His remains were interred in High Hill cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing friends. Mr. Evans was a quiet, inoffensive man, a good citizen, a consistent Christian. He served through the late war with all the unswerving fidelity of a true patriot. But he has fought his last battle and in triumph has crossed the cold, sullen stream of death to join those of his fellow comrades who yielded up their lives years ago in defense of their country. And as we record the departure of this gallant old soldier, our heart is made sad by the reflection that all too soon the last of the battle-scarred veterans–noble old heroes–will have gone the way of all the earth. On a new generation, whose hands are unused to the implements of war, will develop the duties which they so nobly performed. It is appropriate then that we who are of the aftermath consecrate ourselves to the unfinished work which they so nobly advanced, for each generation leaves to its successor an unfinished work.
The County Record, May 6, 1897