Monday, May 31, 2010

Against Mr. McConnell

Justice E. B. Gary, of the Supreme Court, heard at his chambers in Columbia last Saturday the motion of Thos. M. Gilland, Esq., in behalf of Mr. Ervin M. Smith in the case against Mr. J.Z. McConnell, Jr., praying that the latter be required to turn over the books, furniture, papers, etc., belonging to the office of probate judge for Williamsburg county to Mr. Smith. Judge Gary granted an order requiring Mr. McConnell to turn over the office to the complainant, and as Mr. McConnell's counsel, Col. B. Pressley Barron was ill and unable to attend the hearing, Mr. McConnell has been advised to refuse to turn over upon Mr. Smith's demand, and a motion will be made to have the case reopened. If this motion is refused, an appeal will be made to the full bench of the Supreme Court. In the meantime, Mr. McConnell will still hold over.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fire Near Rome

J.B. Barrineau suffered the misfortune of losing his dwelling and its entire contents Saturday night. The family had all retired, and when the fire was discovered, it had gained such tremendous headway that it was impossible to save anything from the burning building. Even the clothes of every member of the family was (sic) consumed, the inmates of the house themselves barely escaping with their lives.
There was no insurance on any of the property, and the loss falls heavily on Mr. Barrineau. His little baby was very ill at the time of the fire, and it is now thought that the exposure to the night air to which it was subjected will cause its death. Mr. Barrineau has the sympathy of his friends throughout the county.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Base Ball Today

There will be a game of base ball here this afternoon at the grounds just beyond the residence of Mr. Louis Jacobs, between the "sluggers" and the "regulars." The game will be called promptly at four o'clock. The public generally and the ladies particularly are invited to attend. The following is the complexion of the two nines: The sluggers–-G.T. Bullard, W.V. Brockinton, C.J. Lesesne, H.A. Graham, W.G. Elwell, J.Z. McConnell, Montie Jacobs, William Scott and R.K. Walace; the regulars--Nappie Jacobs, Hay McClary, Tony Brown, Joe Arms, Willie Dunlop, Hoxie Askins, Julian Jacobs, E.C. Dennis and A.E. Salters.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tall Tale

You have been publishing some pretty tough stories about setting hens and eggs, Mr. Editor, and now we wish you to publish the following very laughable incident, which actually happened, and if your readers are disposed to doubt it, we respectfully refer them to that well-known farmer, Mr. J.C. Josey. 
Before the war, all pants cloth was made on a loom at home from yarn that had been spun and dyed in indigo, oak buds, walnut hulls, etc. Just after the war, Mr. _________ of Tiller's Ferry, Kershaw county, had a new Sunday suit made of this cloth. It had been dyed of walnut hulls, etc., and these stains were not washed out of the yarn.
One hot summer Sunday Mr. __________ walked about a mile to church. When he arrived there, he was very warm, and perspiration had dampened his suit, causing the dye to "run," at the same time creating an unhealthy odor. 
Mr. __________ who was somewhat superstitious became alarmed. He went to the pastor and said he wished to be immersed that afternoon as he would soon leave this world. "I am mortifying now," he urged earnestly. "I am decaying. I stinks. I stinks."
After the sermon, the minister with solemn face and sad tone, announced that Bro. ________ would be immersed in a mill pond near there at 4 o'clock that afternoon, that he expected to die soon as he was mortifying then, decomposition having already set in. 
Mr. Editor, this is a bad one, but Mr. Josey is a man of unquestioned veracity and says he saw the young man immersed.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Monday, May 24, 2010

Children's Day at Jackson's Chapel

Next Saturday is "Children's Day" at Jackson's Chapel. The people of this community anticipate a big time. Mr. Darwin McConnell and Misses Lilah Cook and Virginia Coker have spared no time in "practicing" the children for the exercises on that day. Mr. Editor, we would be delighted to have you with us. We will give you a good time. We cannot promise you any "unbroken packages" or anything like that, but we will certainly feed you. We would warn you, however, that the red bug and tick crop is flourishing and would advise you to provide yourself with a pair of tweezers and a bottle of "Keel-over."
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Sunday, May 23, 2010

More Matters Around Dock

It will not be "many long summer days" ere we will have the luscious melons. Every farmer has planted melons, and there is a friendly rivalry as to who shall pull the first one and raise the most. Mr. J.C. Josey has a cantaloupe in his patch that measures 16 inches in diameter.

The crops in this section are very fine. It was a hard matter with some of the farmers to get a good stand of corn. The rice crop promises to yield abundantly. The oat crop is practically a failure. There is no tobacco planted in this section of the county; in fact, there is none between this place and Lake City.

The people here are sick and disgusted with the dispensary now. Some of them would prefer to have whiskey sold at every crossroads rather than have things continue as they are. More offices, higher taxes––dishonest officers. Mr. Editor, "rip 'em up the back and lace 'em down the front." We need your assistance.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Friday, May 21, 2010

Matters Around Dock

Miss Lizzie Nesmith, who was recently poisoned at a picnic by some weed has entirely recovered.

Mr. Reginald J. Nesmith, the popular and expert bookkeeper for the well-known firm of F. Rhem & Sons, is at his post again after a week's illness.

William D. Shaw, ex-editor of the Lake City Times, is on an extended visit to his aunt, Mrs. Lydia Nesmith. Mr. Shaw says he is enjoying life and could never be unhappy here where there are so many whortleberries and big fish.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Minor Local Matters

Watermelons will soon be on the market.

There was a fish fry at Kelley's lake last Tuesday.

The Kingstree Academy will close its present session one week from tomorrow.

Hail storms in different parts of the county were reported as having fell last Friday, doing considerable damage to the growing crops. If any hail fell here, we have heard nothing of it.
The County Record, June 10, 1897

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A New Drug Firm

Dr. W.L. Wallace and Dr. L.B. Johnson have formed a co-partnership under the firm name of Wallace & Johnson. They will practice medicine and carry on a general drug business. The place of business will still be at the stand where Dr. Wallace has been for so long a time. Dr. Wallace has been in business here for a number of years and has practiced medicine in this county for the past forty years. Dr. Johnson is also well known in Williamsburg County. He recently graduated from the Baltimore Medical college, which, by the way, is one of the foremost medical schools of this country and a few weeks ago passed a very creditable examination before the State Board of Medical Examiners in Columbia. The firm will no doubt prove to be a very popular one, and we wish it every success.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spring Gully Items

There was a very delightful picnic at the school house on Saturday, the 22nd ult., Quite a crowd was present, and all seemed to enjoy themselves.

The farmers of this section generally have good crops. Corn is fine; cotton is being chopped, and gardens are doing nicely. All are needing rain however.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Sunday, May 16, 2010


We were told last week by one who "stands in" with the present administration that James Tharpe would be appointed postmaster here during the coming summer. If our citizens do not desire a colored man to handle their mails, something had better be done right away.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Murder Investigation Update

The sheriff has set at liberty the two negroes who were arrested in Hampton about a month ago, charged with killing the two Italians near Salters, as no proof could be obtained as to their guilt.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Friday, May 14, 2010

Chain Gang

Two more convicts have been added to the county chain gang, making the total number of the squad eight.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Carrier Pigeons

In accordance with the announcement made last week, Mr. H.A. Graham liberated about four hundred carrier pigeons at the depot last Sunday morning at five o'clock. Notwithstanding the earliness of the hour, there was quite a crowd of people at the depot to witness the freeing of the birds. Some of the birds arrived in Washington within ten hours after they were turned loose. Not all of them went away, but about a half a dozen of the stayed around town all day Sunday.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Post Office delays

We have received other complaints from county post offices that the County Record packages sometimes are delayed or do not arrive at all. We wish to say again that all the bundles leave this office every Thursday, and the postmaster here says that they are all sent off promptly. We have enquired into the matter and hope to soon have it so that there will no longer be need for complaint.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mill Fire

Mr. J. W. Register of Trio lost his planing mill and several hundred thousand feet of lumber on Friday, 28th, by fire. The fire originated in the engine room. The total loss is estimated at $10,000. There was no insurance.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Monday, May 10, 2010


There was a severe hailstorm in the upper portion of this county last Saturday. It is said that the damage to the crops was considerable.
The County Record, June 3, 1897

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lake City News

We were blessed with a very refreshing little rain last Sunday afternoon which has given new life to the young plants.

Mr. J.L. Stanley has had his lot and stables whitewashed which adds much to its appearance.

There was a very delightful sociable given at the hospitable home of Rev. A. McA. Pittman last Friday evening which was very much enjoyed by all who were present.

The County Record, May 27, 1897

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Items of Local Interest

Some of our citizens who are engaged in truck farming on a small scale have commenced to ship vegetables.

The weather continues dry and dusty. The farmers always say, "A dry May for a good crop year," and if this be true, then we shall surely have an abundant yield this year.

There will be a basket picnic at the residence of Mr. J.L. Brown on Friday, June the fourth. The public are cordially invited.

Strawberries are being shipped here now in considerable quantities from Lake City. What cannot they be raised here?

The County Record, May 27, 1897

Friday, May 7, 2010

Chain Gang

The county chain gang was organized last Monday with six convicts. Four of these were sent from the circuit court and two from the Magistrates' court, on from Magistrate Gaskins of Lake City, and the other from Magistrate McCants of Trio. The gang has been sent to work on a bridge across Lake swamp about one mile from Lake City. Mr. J.S. Howle has been selected as guard and has charge of the squad. Supervisor Chandler has requested us to state for the benefit of the Magistrates that they may send their convicts direct to the chain gang and not to the court house as it will only be double trouble to send them here. Just have them carried to the guard who will take them in hand and attend to them.
The County Record, May 27, 1897

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sudden Illness

Rev. W.P. Holland of Rhems exchanged pulpits with Rev. W.D. Moorer last Sunday and was to have preached in the Baptist church here Sunday morning and night but was taken seriously ill while delivering the morning sermon and was unable to fulfill his evening engagement. Mr. Holland recovered sufficiently to return to his home Monday but was even then far from well. His many friends throughout the county hope for his speedy and permanent recovery.
The County Record, May 27, 1897

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Mr. Herbert A. Graham will liberate between three hundred and four hundred carrier pigeons at the depot next Sunday morning. The pigeons are from Washington and will return there. They will be turned loose at five o'clock a.m. They will be expected to arrive in Washington sometime during Sunday afternoon. Mr. Graham has acted as liberator for pigeons for several years past and nearly every one of the birds has always reached its destination.
The County Record, May 27, 1897

Monday, May 3, 2010

Johnsonville Picnic

The picnic at Johnsonville last Saturday was very largely attended and much enjoyed. The crowd was estimated at 800 or 900 people. Several speeches were made, and there was everything to eat obtainable. The annual picnics at Johnsonville are always looked forward to with a great deal of anticipation by people from all over the country and a large gathering is always expected.
The County Record, May 27, 1897

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cemetery fence fundraiser

Ice cream will be served at the residence of Mr. Louis Jacobs, Friday afternoon, May 28th, from six to eight o'clock. The proceeds of which to go to the cemetery fence.
The County Record, May 27, 1897

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Mr. Julian Jacobs killed an alligator in Black river just below the tressel that measured seven feet long. He shot another but don't know whether or not he killed it.
The County Record, May 27, 1897