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PUBLISHED WEEKLY. WINNSBORO, S. C., WEDNESAARL12[0.ETBLSE 84
Memoirs, Traditions and History 0
Rocky Mount and Vicinity.
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BRIDGE ACROSS ROCKY CREEK.
The first bridge ever buil
across Rocky Creek at what i
now Gladden's Mill was destroy
ed by the high creek of 185;
Aleck Baker, an old time fre
negro, contracted to build it
While at work on it his son
Hamp Baker, and another frei
negro, Bill Sanders, made it u]
with Rachel and Susie Jones an
their brother Zach, slaves belong
ing to Dr. W. E. Hall, to leav<
the country. Their object was t<
get these girls to a free stat
(Ohio) and marry them. Th<
effort was made and they went a!
far as Charleston where all wer
apprehended and brought bacl
except Hamp Baker who mad(
good his escape. Dr. Hall strap
ped his negroes according t<
iheir deserts and Bill Sander
was put in Jail and the sherif
daily put on stripes sufficient ii
number and degree for severa
days to satisfy the law. Tha
leatned him that it was muel
more risky and painful, if caught
to steal a wife among slaves that
among free negroes. This was
about 1857. The bridge wa
finished that year or the next.
This bridge was destroyed bi
:a freshet in the creek in 1S88
The stone pillars under thE
-present bridge were erected by
Robert Haliburton, contractor,
:and the bridge was put up by ar
.Atlanta firm. The whole was
-completed and the bridge was
thrown open to the ftaveling
public in 1890. The cost of this
bridge is said to be twelve thou
sand dollars ($12,000.) It is
several feet higher than the old
During the first three or four
decades of the last century twc
whiskey distilleries were within
easy.reach, and every store dis
pensed the stuff. In addition tc
this wagons from the wountainm
of North Carolina would haul tc
the door of the pep]e and fill
three gallon jug for one dollar o>
roll a forty gallon barrel in thE
house for a ten dolla.r bill. Mosi
.of these people kept a three gd.
faa jug and always had one dolla;
.on hand when the jug was empty
:During these years a new and
'differet era prevailed. Gamb.
ling, boring, wrestling, fisticuffs
fit and skuli fights, then called
throwing bullets and horse racing
were often indulged in. Wher
.Lount Dearborn miitary es
tablishment was abandon.e
large number of small sized carn
non balls were left. These were
taken and used in throwing bul
lets, the one sending the bullel
farthest "on a fly" was consid
.ered the victor. The race traci
wa aartn of. parallel with, cr
mot far distant from that part of
the Roeky MIount road lying be.
teeer dae residence ef the late
Robert Ford andt that of Stark P
~The temperance wave re
this gicinity in the early 50
A. dlejin of the sons of tern
perane~ avas organized and
&touse avas built for its occupancy
This house stood on the soutt
.ide of the road nearly in froni
.of the then residence of Willian
niebols. Since this time t.er4
.bas been but little dram drink
img, yet "total aibstainers" art
wiegg few. There are r~o habitua
dridors among tia negroes
Even Ceu the first tlush of thaei:
~freedcom dirunkenness did no
revail to any great extent ant
:at this -time.oim of them searcell
..ever gets boisteroijly drunk.
Tw temperance division flour
Ese a. few years and died
Lodgles rganized andl mad<
sit hoe i te old temperauc<
Mason wereheld. hor fra e
gaat Fromthispac -r:
remea fromthe neighborho~'
fler itwasused be ar school
plust it was removed t i
re.0. present rsduso
ord&. KereY it ag-tin betet
~home o-f dtb. 1bsouie oma
h1ere it went Ig inmse tt
iustauce of _hra. &etu
-d.ae of ]inchV Munut and ti
R evolutionary incidents I knon
of no others who have served in
'While it is thought that a
company from Fairfield served
in the war of 1812, with m
1present means of information 1
am unable to state whether Rocky
t Mount furnished any members o2
. The iRocky Mount soldiers ir
the Florida war were Corp. R. C
Bailey, Peter Hoilis, Edward
Lewis, T. B. Lumpkin, Andrew
McDonald, and Dr. William
Pickett. Edward Lewis was
Those who went to the Mexi
- can war were Cor;'. Judge Wilson,
Turner Brown, Edmund Brown:
James Connor, and Aleck Mont
gomery. Turner Brown was
killed and Aleck Montgomery
IIu the Confederate war the
reserves were J. F. Aldridge,
James Aldridge, Robert Ford,
. Aaron Ford, R. M. Ford, H. J.
) Gayden, M unsel Hollis, James G.
S|Johnston, Jesse Minton, J. F.
ri Nichols, A. J. Nichols, and S. H.
I Roberts. In the army were S. T.
Aldridge, Dr. Jeptha Aldridge,
biJames Bailey, William Branen,
PJohn Cartlege, J. C. Caldwell,
J. A. Caldwell, Dr. William Dye,
L. M. Ford, J. L. Ford. 11. T.
Featherston, E. T. Gayden,
Elisha Hall, Sam Kilgo, R. F.
Kilgo, T. J. Lumpkin, F. A.
Lumpkin, J. B. Montgomery, Dr.
11. C. Montgomery, C. McClena
han, Dr. John Mobley, R. S.
Nichols Thomas Robertson, Wil
liam Robertson, James Robert
son, Frank Robertson, W. T.
Scott, Walter Scott, Ben Scott,
W. S. Sibley, Wm. Ste. enson,
J. A. Stewart, Nicholas Wilson,
Green Wilson, and Wash Wilson.
Those who lost their lives in
thIs war were, James Aldridge,
James Bailey, John Cartlege, Dr.
William Dye, Thomas Nichols,
Thos. Robertson, WVm. Robertson,
James Robertson, Ben Scott, and
(To be continued.)
A LETTER FROM ARKANSAS.
hr. Feaster Write, .o @ Former
Frierds in Fairfield.
In response to a subscription
statement recently sent to Mr.
D. R. Feaster, of Princeton, Ark.,
ha writes the following letter
- which, i1 be read with much
interest by W. former friends in
"De ir Ne ws and iserald, Ves,
dear News and Herald! You are
doubly, yea trebly dear to me
from nearly one-half a century's
close companionship. Forty-nine
years ago to-day I was married
la the city of Columbia, S. C., to
my fic wife and began building
a home i~a dear old Fairfield
county. A home piphput the
county paper was not to be C-.Li
sidered. So we subscribed for
yui, dear old News and Herald,
ad a .have been closely allied
ever s~ina that time. Your
weekly visits a-;~ gways been
-eagerly anticipated and waIta~}
withv vry great pleasure from
ever y member of the family. I
thnk that E. H. Britton was then
ditor; if not he, it was a long
gagl~Ug spectacled fellow by the
an or sis;r or Stuart. Then
I think Fran~k (Gaillar'd; rzay be
Wood Davidson. They case in
LIthe order I ha re them, I thik.
During the four' years of the war
I do not know who was editor.
- ill some old citiz:en give a comn
pl .Qga correct list of the edi
Stors? or~ wiii ;m .do it for me?
I would be so pleasca ac ,zt sneh
a ist. I think after the war ii
Williams was owner and may be
et.r. 1 know that we were
warm frieds iersonally. At that
time I becaihe ag;;n~ainted wvithn
his brother, Jack \Viia;;, e
reat big overgrown boyish youth
of about j.7 and 18 years, with
-inipent manhoo~d and good
natre cropping ou~ in overy
moement and the love o f in
and good fellowship bubb!!a?g out
nd runing over every time he
*spoke to and looked at you with
toe maniy-speaing eyes~ cf his.
SrJacek was not editor, he
wa n eauiy Ta .Uws and Herald
n his own personi. /t.:r Wil
lam, John S. IRevnolds carue
~net I thiuk; then Me'ans Davis,
s(God bless him:
ha~ ) ve b'en away 1; years
s2 (J) 1.1u m y s1 abeer] ptionI. Sho0u.
* ail behindl at any. time, do 1;)
us to have to do without th
paper. 'So let her come.'
"I have not the honor of know
ing you personally, but I admir
your manly course and the stan
you ever take for what you thin
is right, and for the material ad
vancement and growth of dea
olid Winnsboro and dear ol<
Fairfield. You are a manly mai
and, whether you prize it or car
for it, you have the good wishe
and the hearty well done of
man who was reared in the dea
old county and who is now livin,
on borrowed time.
"I am now 72 years old.
wish to send greetings to my ok
friends of every degree ard sta.
tion of life there. While [ havi
passed out of the lives and ever
the memories of some I knov
there are a few (I will say many'
that will pleasantly and lovingl
remember me as I was in th<
days of yore, or 'Auld Lang
Syne.' Though beset with man'
sins of commission and omission
I know there are some that- knem
me and appreciated me for whai
I was really worth. Ah well, ]
will stop this for fear that yor
and they will think me an egotis.
tical old dotard.
"Witb your permission I will
now tell of oarselves. We have
a comfortable, pleasant home
here in Princeton, the county seal
of Dallas county. We have a
!od farm one-half mile east ol
town. The people are as good,
kind and hospitable as any peo
ple could be. We have three
c1urches, a steam-mill and gin,
two daily mails, and two tri
weekly papers. Our children are
nearly all grown. The baby, our
Arkansas girl, is 16, or will be
tis ear. Four of our children
are teachers, holding first grade
.ertigcates. This you know is a
great satisiaAtica to ;s. We ave
e.igh teen that grew to manhood
and womanhood. Our oldest
died three years ago, leaving nine
cuildren. Two of my children
are yet living in Fairfield county.
"If you have the courage and
ba dihood to publish this hastily
sTribbled scrawl, it may give
pleasure to some one and recall
pleasant meMories to some citi.
zens of my dear old native State
ptnty. Now with a hearty
'God sp36d' to pu, 4egr News
and Herald, and invoking Cod's
choicest blessings on each and
every one of my old friends and
acquaintances, I am yours for
God and our native land,
"D. R. Feaster.
"Princeton, March 18, 1905."
hi~ of he News and Herald.
IIn response to our Arkzansaa
subscriber, whose words of com
mendation are highly appreciated,
we herewith give a. list of the
editors of The News and Herald,
as we find them in the bound
volumes from Fe bruary 16, 1865,
o the present date.
from the former d~tg tq .peo. g,
1805. In the issie of Lhe lattej
dte appears this' notice; "'This
oflice with the press and appur
tenances was sold yesterday unde r
orde; pf tap go missioner 0f
equity at public oarary gn -a
purchased by H. A, Gaillard.
In he.isueof Dec. 7, 1865,
Gaillard as editor and the an
noncement of Gaillard & Des
Potes as proprietors. May 24,
18W; this poipgppprsin pys in
creased by th e addienj W. 4.
Wiiams~ to the frir under tha
name of Gaillard, DesPortes &
Co. Dec. 10, 1806, H. A. Gail
lard retired from the editorial
tipod and was succeeded by
p. g. gCreight, who continued
a editog unjl'. gast ].4, 1446 (t
whi'di time he retired onacop
of failing health. In the follow
ing issue was begun the publica.
tion of Mr. McCreight's history
of t;.e Mclnt Zion Society. There
wee 2E di th.ese prl~cm Whigh.
now have great' hietbrical y'ag
and Svh ve hope to repblish
at gIadry date.
Sepetmber 4. Nii7; the pib~
lhers announced that Ma'j. W,
W. Herbert would assume edi
toil control of the paper, but
jut tw o weeks later, Sept. 18,
1867, the Major announced his
withra" al from the paper. Oct.
3O Cat. (Taiilrd disposed of
hs 'ibteiest 'in tima pappg, Tbg
inm then became DesPortes
Wi lliams~ under which name ii
co tinued until A pril 19, 1873
when Mr. DesPortes sold hih
.ett the late Prof. Rt
to the 20th of November, 1872
t~e namte of the editor is noi
imes. On the lttecr date T
a editorial work without making
the usual sal'tatory and con.
- tinnied therein until April 16
3 1873, when the late Prof. Meanm
1 Davis became editor. Jan. 5,1876,
K Prof. Davis, who had accepted a
- position on the Charleston News
r and Courier, was succeeded by
I John S. Reynolds as editor. ln
i the issue of Oct. 3, 1877, Prof.
Da-.is' name again appears as
3 editor and John S. Reynolds as
L associate editor, which relation
continued until Ja-2. 30, 1883,
the paper then passing into the
hands of John S. Rynolds and
[ C. A. Douglass. This copartner
I ship continued until Ian. 7, 1885,
.when the latter was slucceeded by
)W. L. McDonald. Mr. Reynolds
was succeeded by the late E. B.
Ragsdale January 5, 1887. The
I copartnership between Ragsiale
&; McDonald continued until
January 14, 1888, at w.aich
time P. M. Brice and Jas. Q.
Davis assumed entire control of
the paper, the former as ed.itor
and the latter as busi.ness mana
ger. Sept. 2, 1889, W. D. Doug
lass succeeded Mr. Brice as
editor, Mr. Davis continuing his
business connection. This co
partnership continued until Jan.
1898, when Mr. Davis leased his
interest in the paper to "(ack
Williadis," the paper being con
ducted under the frm name of
Douglass & Williams.
Jan. 1, 1901, the present editor
took charge of the paper in con
nection with Mr. Davis unider
thie firm name of the Winnsboro
Printing Co. This copartner
ship continued until Jan. 1, 1903,
when Mr. Davis withdrew, the
firm name being cuntinued.
Since that time he has been in
charge of both the editorial and
business departments of the
paper, the only one in this period
of forty years who has enjoyed
this distinhiQ, if sich i be,
We should be very glad indsed
to supplement the above facts
with any additional information
in regard to those who have been
editors of this paper at any time,
especially previous j8tov 1865. We
would be glad also to have in
formation as to the time when
the News and Herald was first
established. On the front page
for the past several years it
appears that it was establishpg
in 1841, ht if so 4 of $hs 'qugg
volumes the date o establishnent
is given as in 1846, and also in
1848. One bound 7olume con
tains both dates. This gives
the paper too many birthdays.
Resolution on Death of Brother U. L1.
Lnaarawh~t as in has pleased
Almighty God, in his wise provi
dence, to take from our midst
a worthy and beloved Knight,
and as we feel keenly our irrepara
ble loss, and, furthermore, wish
ing' to express our appreciation
of his character and work; there
fore be it resolved by Ridgeway
First.' That in thne death of
our brother* G. L. 'hosborough,
our Lodge has ]ost an earnest,
active member, and our order a
prup friepji p wpytiy hythr
1 oonigt. That 'ie ' bow with
si- -.i.ission to the wvill of God,
knowing that His will must be
Third. That we cherish the
memory of our brother, and that
a page in our Record Book be
*Foui-h, That a copy of these
resolutions, as an expression of
sympathy, be sent to his bereav
e faiy, and also a copy to
teWinnsboro News and Herald
C po Wlite,
Ridgeway, S. C. March 21, '05.
lie Kept up in the Race.
amps 4. B4aryop, B qre
Iianchester Ottan ils, ljoe
Il~1l, S. 0., writes;
f'Jn J883 I painted my residence
with L. & M. It looks better
than a great many houses painted
thre, years ago."
Don't pay $1.50 a gallon for
linseed oil, which you do in
Buy oil fretk fret the harrs1
at qu'eenig ,r galign, ad4 gii it
with Longman ~& Mixtinez L. &
I makes paint cost4 about $1 20
Wears and covers like gold.
ivery chgrah given a liheral
quatity when bought from Mc
Master Co,, Winnsboro; C. P.
Wray & Co., Ridgeway; Kenned'
Me. and anking Co..,Blackstock.
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS CONVENTION
Winn Lodge the Banner Lodge of the
State--The Banquet a Brilliant Suc
cess--L. T. Baker Elected District
Deputy Grand Chancellor.
The convention of the Sixth
District Knights of Pythias was
held with Winn Lodge 108 April
Tuesday evening the Knights
and their invited guests assem
bled at the court house. The
address of welcome on behalf of
the town of Winnsboro was made
by Mayor T. H. Ketchin and that
on behalf of Winn Lodge by
Supt. L. T. Baker of Mt. Zion
institute. Both were most happy
in their words of welcome. The
invited speaker was Hon. M. L.
Smith, the speaker of the house
of representatives. Mr. Smith
took for his subject "Pythianism,"
which he handled in such a mas
terfal way as to make every man
in the audience who was a Knight
proud of his knighthood, every
man who was not a Knight ambi
tious for knightly honors, and
every woman, of whom there was
a number present, more appre
c:iative of that spirit of knight
hood, personified in this fraternal
order, which now stands seond
only to Masonry in tho number
of membera in the United States.
Mr. Smith is a happy speaker,
possesing a magnetic personality,
a pleasing voice, a fine flow of
pure and simple English, and
an easy and attractive manner.
He fully sustained himself on
this occasion as being one of the
brightest speakers in the State.
The sessions Wednesday were
held in the Castle Hall of Winn
Lodge, which was fragrant with
beautiful flowers placed there by
Mrs. Rion, to whom the Knights
are indebted for this and similar
favols at various times.
The convention was presided
over by Mr. Max Bryant of Rock
Hill, thedeputy grand chancellor
of the sixth district. In the ab
sence of Dr. J. H. Boldridge of
Lancaster "The Social Features
of Pythianism" was discussed by
Mr. Lyles, the past grand chan
cellor of North Carelina. The
other subjects were discussed by
the speakers who had been #A
J qllgfing delegates were
Rock Hill-H. S. Diehl, John
Wood, W. A. Fewell.
Kershaw-J. W. Hamel.
Chester-J. W. Means.
Fort Mill-T. B. Spratt, S. W.
Parks, J. H. McMurray.
Among 'the honored guest's
were: Governor D. C. Heyward,
J. A. Summersett, grand chancel
lor of South Carolina; Dr. J. H.
Thornwell,grand keeper of records
and seals; Maj. L. S. Mattison of
Columbia, C. ID. Browne of Abbe
igpga inivitatiqu of 4ethbone
1pgdge g, Chiester was selected
as t~ie meeting place of the next
district convention, which will be
held in November.
Wednesday evening after three
pages were elevatd in the rana
b; Esquipe, all retired to the
This banqueting hail had been
most tastefully decorated in the
Pythian colors and with many
beautiful flowers. The tables
were already laden with~ the in
bppy prepped for this occasion:
Oysters on1 Half Shell
Turkey Cranberry Sauce
Ham Roast Pork
Chicken Salad Potato Salad
Celery Lettuce e: E
Nuts Rins Fruit
Pistachio Cream Pineapple Gelatine
Coffee Whipped Cr<-am
The beautiful decorating the
prprdfeast, and the admirale
service all reflected the greatest
credit upon Mrs. Refo, the well
known and charming hostess of
the Winnsboro hotel who won the
admiration and appreciation of
the Knights and their invited
guests as their hostess on this
W. W. Dios IEsq., acted as
igs-ater, being most fehi--~
togis in the'introduction of the
(Continued on page 8.)
Tae Laxative Brom
IN GETTING THE GRE
BARGAINS FOR H
In Men's and I
making a showing that it A
all to see before buying.
Shoes are still a s:
stock of these and save moi
I am making a special r
Embroideries, etc., that wer
make it so that I have th<
made far easier b3
which sweeps the floor cleanei
than an orlinary broom. - Fi
and matting. The very thing
the ceiling. Will outlast a ha
will convince you.
Good Feather Dusters at
White-wash Brushes for
Those who. buy them <
them. This is proof of
give both wear and com
A complete stock of Ml
figures. See these at oi
Our line of DRESS G
the ladies. They are u
A number of SUMMI
We are Headi
Call in and examine our sto<
Dressers and Centre Tables
Dressers at actual cost to cl
Now is the time to get your
Try one of our Felt Mattres
We have a complete line
Stoves. All guaranteed to
We have in stock also a
complete. All calls promp
SR. W. PH I
re a Cold inOn
110 ~qinine Tablets.
ATEST NUMBER OF
Boys' Suits I am
ill be to 'the interest of
ecialty with me. See my
un on a big lot of Laces,
e bought at prices that
: inside track on these
the use of the
and with far more ease
ne for sweeping carpets
for cleaning the walls and
If dozen brooms. A trial
25.cents and 40 cents.
the spring white-washing.
GIve the Best
nce continue to buy
the pudding. They
ralso stands for foot
EN'S SUITS at close
O0DS will interest
rged to inspect the
3R LAP ROBES at
k of Iron Beds, Suites,
.We have six Cheval
ear our stock.
ses-tne best in town.
of Little Dandy Cook
complete line of Bed
tly attendei to.
Day Tw Dy