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Help Us Gain First Place
Only one insurance company paid for more new business in South
Carolina during 1915 than the SOUTHEASTERN
We Deserve First Place Because We Keep All Your
Money in This State
C. M. MELLICH AMP, Special Agent
Presentment of Grand Jury ol
August Term of Court.
To His Honor, J. W. DeVore, Presid
August Term of Court, Edge
field, S. C.
We beg leave to report that \v<
have passed on all bills and matter:
in general that have come before us
The special committee appointee
at the March Term of Court to inves
tigate the crossing at Salter's Mil
pond have reported that they die
have the crossing at this dam made
as safe as possible and practicable
to do so. They further report thal
it would be a saving of considerable
money to the county to have steel
beams used in the bridge at this
place and we so recommend to tho
Supervisor that these steel beams be
placed there as soon as possible. You
will find attached hereto a full and
complete report from the various
committees appointed to look into
the affairs of the county. These
committees were appointed at the
March term of Court and have sev
erally and separately made reports
that were were approved by the
Grand Jury as a whole.
We desire to say that upon investi
gation we are pleased to find that the
recommendations of the Grand Jury
in reference to the much needed
repairs upon the Jail and Court
House have been complied with by
the officials that had this matter in
We wish to impress upon the va
rious ofTicials of the county our de
sire that the prohibition laws be en
enicreed cs far as it is possible to do
so, we commend such action as has
been displayed in the past and take
this means and method of urging
that there be no cessation in the
In conclusion, we desire to thank
your Honor, the Solicitor and other
Court officials for the assistance ren
dered us in the discharge of our
duties and for all the other courte
sies and kindnesses extended us.
J. A. LOTT.
Foreman Grand Jury, Edgefield Co
To J. A. Lott. Foreman Grand Jurv,
Edgefield County, S. C.
At your request and by direction
of the State Bank Examiner I have
examined the books, accounts and
vouchers of the county officers of
Edgefield County and herewith sub
mit report of same:
County Treasurer's Office.
The County Treasurer's office is!
the receptacle for all funds raised
by taxation for State, County and
School purposes, and of all en?r.:.
fines and fees collected by various
other county offices payable to tne
county. In checking this office it
becomes necessary to check against
the Clerk of Court's office for fines,
licenses and costs collected by the
Clerk; to check against the Probate
Judge's nff.ce for marriage license;
to check against the County Super
intendent of Education's office for
special funds paid in through him j
by patrons and on the Comptroller
Generals warrant by the State Supt.
of Education and by the County Su
pervisor from sale of products and
sundry other sources.
I found the items reported from
these various sources correctly charg
ed by the County Treasurer and
fully accounted for.
Incidentally, I made up the annual
settlement sheets, charging the
County Treasurer with all abstracts
of taxes and penalties as made out
by the auditor, together with the
fines, costs, fees and incidental items
collected through other offices. I
gave him all credits due and ascer
tained his cash balances. State,
County and Schools, which I found
were fully and accurately covered by
his balances in bank as of June 30th,
1916. the close of the fiscal year.
I did not go into the bonded in
debtedness of certain townships of
Edgefield County, incurred many
years ago, in the effort to build a
railroad, nor into the bonded in
debtedness of certain school districts,
incurred in the building and equipp
ing of school houses, further than to
ascertain what bonds and coupons
had been paid off, and for which the
Treasurer was entitled to credit.
The county as a whole is practi
cally out of debt, owing only thc
money borrowed for current ex
penses, to wit: $25,000.00 for coun
ty purposes borrowed May 24, 191C,
and ?8,000.00 for school purposes,
at or about that date.
At the close of business June 30th,
1916, there were ca^h balances in
the County Treasurer's hands as fol
For all school purposes ..$1,092.39
For all county purposes . .$19,492.13
For all State purposes.825.43
This amount we found to be in
bank on the date named.
The County Treasurer, Mr. J. T.
Mims, is exceedingly careful in the
discharge of his official duties as is
attested in the very accurate balanc
ing of his books and accounts with
his cash in bank.
The Auditor's Office.
The Auditor's office, is, accurately
speaking the most important of all
county offices, for in a sense, the
Auditor is responsible for the con
duct of all other county offices, in
so far as they collect funds destined
for the county treasury. The Audi
tor, however, does not handle any
public funds, and it is only with his
efficiency as a tax assessor and an ac
countant of county funds of whaler
nature that we may speak of him.
The County Auditor, Mr. J. P..
Timmerman, is an efficient and faith
ful officer, fully capable of the work
in hand. I find that he is well ad
vanced with his tax duplicate for tho
present year, having a fair prospect
of completing his tax abstract along
with the first in the State.
Clerk of Court's Office.
While the scope of my investiga
tions did not include the work of the
Clerk of Court, as such, and as Keg
ister of Mesne Conveyance, I ma
say that a casual inspecci?n of th
work of the incumbent, Mr. W. I
Cogburn, convinced me that he i
thoroughly competent. In checkin
the fines collected by the Clerk, th
original court record covering th
period from July 1st, 1916, was es
amined, which was found to agre
to a cent with the receipts held b;
the Clerk from the County Treas
Office of Probate Judge.
What has been said of the Clerk'
office may be said in large measur
of the Probate Judge's office. Thi
office collects only marriage license
for which it is accountable to th'
County Treasurer. I found all mar
riage licenses, for the period abovi
mentioned, had been turned over t
the County Treasurer after deduct
ing the Probate Judge's fees,
found that in lieu of bond in the mat
ter of certain trust funds in th?
hands of certain guardians or trus
tees, the Probate Judge has accept?e
certificates of deposit to be held bj
him. These certificates were exhi
bited to me, and satisfactory evi
dence furnished that the trust fund;
are safely guarded. The Probat?
Judge, Mr. W. T. Kinnaird, was cour
teous and obliging in givmg us al
needed information as to these mat
Mr. J. H. Cantelou, the incumben'
of the Master's office for someLhinj
more than a year, is peculiarly fitc
ed in point of ability for the dutie;
incumbent upon him. A carefu
checking of all cases that have beer
settled by him, as Master, shows
that despite the fact that he ha:
been in ill health, his duties have nc!
been neglected in any particular. 1
find that he has correctly disbursed
such funds as have come into his
hands, in as far as has been possible
in compliance with the law, and tba!
all balances in his hands are ac
counted for either in securities ot
The accounts in the County Super
visor's office were checked with the
vouchers of the County Treasurer'^
office by a sub-committee of the
Grand Jury. They were found to
agree except as to one small claim
for which duplicate orders had been
issued to different parties, the de
tails of whi"h are in your hands as
foreman of the Grand Jury.
The incumbent of the County Su
pervisor's office, Mr A. A. Edmunds,
has made a good showing as an econ
omist and may very justly claim
that the county is practically out of
debt, except for current expenses.
County Superintendent of Educa
The duplicate school claims issued
from the County Superintendent
Education's office, like those issued
the County Supervisor's office, were
checked and compared by your stir
committee of the Grand Jury and
found to be correct duplicates of
the vouchesrs paid by the County
Treasurer. Mr. W. W. Fuller, the
County Superintendent of Education
has his work well in hand, and keeps
a neat and accurate record of
available school funds and claims is
The Sheriff, Mr. W. R. Swearin
gen. is responsible to the county on
ly for collections on tax executions
placed in his hands for collection. I
find that he has been diligent in the
collection of these executions, and
to the County Treasurer for all de
linquents collected, that should have
been reported prior to the annual
settlement. He also seems to be
making satisfactory progress in col
lecting the 1915 delinquents, which
will be reported in the next annual
settlement. Mr. Swearingen is a
prompt and efficient officer.
While this report does not par
ticularize as to the receipts and dis
bursements of the various county
officers, these items are fully co\ -
ered in the annual settlements which
I made up for the County Treasurer,
and which has been approved by tne
Comptroller General and is now on
file in his office.
Generally speaking I report that
the duties of county officers of Edge
field County are being faithfully and
honestly administered, in so far ^ as
the financial affairs of those offices
are concerned. This I conceived to
be the scope of examination, to which
I have attempted to adhere in this
W. H. BRADLEY,
Committee's Report on County Home
We. the Grand Jury, beg leave to
report that we have made the annu
al inspection of the County Home
and find as follows:
Seven whites, nine colored. All
inmates seem to be perfectly con
tented with the treatment received
at the hands of the superintendent
and his thoughtful wife.
Condition of Premises.
We find all buildings in good con
dition and nicely kept, with the ex
ception of one which needs repair
Two mules, two horses, five milch
cows, three yearlings, twenty-three
hogs, ten of which will be ready for
butchering for the coming season.
Wagons and Farm Implements.
We find on the premises two wag
ons and necessary farm implements,
all in good condition, and well taken
care of. The Superintendent has
furnished the County Chain Gang
three thousand bundles of fodder,
also a quantity of hay.
Crops For the Year 1916.
Fifty (50) acres in corn, six acres
in cotton, twenty acres in Peavine
hay, two acres in sweet potatoes.
All crops look wei and bid fair to
make large yield.
We hereby wish to commend most
favorably the energy and manage
ment with which our faithful Super
intendent is discharging his duty.
J. W. MUNDY,
E. R. CLARK, ,
W. L. HOLSON,
Your committee on roads, bridges
and chain gang beg to make the fol
'. lowing report*:
j We have inspected all of the
I bridges and ferries and two chain
! gangs. We find twenty mules in
\ good condition, four 4 horse wagons,
one 2 horse wagon, two 1 horse wag
ons, two scrapes, two sets of shop
tools all in good condition, 20 con
j victs who seem to be well cared for.
I We recommend that the ferry at Ste
ens Creek, Shaws Mill, be fixed so
that teams may not back off of same
. and that posts be put in to support
cable and a new crab be built. We
find the bridges of the county arc
in good condition, except the bridge
across Mill Creek on Martintown
I road ; we find it in a dangerous con
dition and recommend that this be
I repaired at once and that approach
to the south end of bridge be changed
so as to make it safer to the approach
which is now dangerous. We rec
ommend that the bridge across
Shavers Creek on Five Notch Road
be built new and that the bridge
across Horns Creek near the mouth
be repaired and that bridge also on
Horns Creek near the church on old
stage road be rebuilt and that the
bridge across Log creek on the Block
er road be repaired; it is in need of
new sleepers. We have been advised
by the Supervisor that lumber is be
ing cut for the bridge at Horns
Creek church and that lumber has
been hauled for the repair of bridge
at Mill Creek on Martintown road.
(Signed) C. C. JONES,
Chairman of Committee.
Polling Places and Managers for
the Primary Election of the Dem
ocratic Party of Edgefield
County for the Year 1916.
! Bacon-Polling place, Eouknight's
I Store. Managers, H. H. Herlong, J.
G. Berry, J. T. Huiet, Clerk, G. W.
Calhoun-Polling place, Rhoden's
Stable. Managers, J. A. Lott, Wil
bur Yonce, W. H. Carpenter, Clerk,
A. M. Clark.
Cleveland-Polling place, C. C.
Jones' Store. Managers, T. B. Tal
bert. W. F. West, Donald Smith,
Clerk, C. C. Jones.
Colliers-Polling place, Mathis
Store. Managers, Murphey Miller,
Joe Hammond, Crafton Hammond,
Clerk, Wallace Prescott.
Edgefield No. 1-Polling place,
N. G. Evans office. MaNagers, W. L.
Hobson, E. J. Norris, W. T. Kinnaird,
Clerk, W. W. Fuller.
Edgefield No. 2.-Polling place,
Court Ho^jse. Managers, W. A.
Strom, L. Y. Biwan, C. W. Watson,
Clerk, J. W. Kemp.
Lee-Polling place, G. P. Cobb's
Store. Managers, John Wright. 0.
W. Watson, B. C. Berry, Clerk, W.
P. Cassells. ^
Long Branch-Polling place, Long
Branch School House. Managers,
Luther Yonce, James Temples, D. G.
Derrick, Clerk, E. L. Scott.
Meeting Street-Polling place, T.
A. Owdora's Store. Managers, W.
M. Ransom, M. A. Watson, G. B.
Timmerman, Clerk, J. K. Allen.
Meriwether-Polling place, Meri
wether Hall. Managers, M. L.
Bunch, R. W. Glover, H. F. Cooper,
Clerk, J. T. Reece.
Moss-Polling place, W. T. Reel's k
Store. Managers, R. C. Griffis, J."
P. Brunson, W. B. Morgan, Clerk,
A. Baron Holmes.
Pleasant Lane-Polling place, F.
L. Timmerman's Store. Managers,
C. H. B. Williams, E. B. Williams,
E. M. Timmerman, Clerk, M. B.
Red Hill-Polling place, Red Hill
Store. Managers, C. L. Mathis, J.
L. Bailey, 0. 0. Timmerman, Clerk,
H. E. Quarles.
Ropers-Polling place, Ropers
Store. Managers, W. J. Lanham, J.
D. Boswell, P. B. Lanham, Jr., Clerke
R. A. Timmerman.
Shaw-Polling place, Wise's Old
Store. Managers, W. H. Moss, P. J.
Coleman, J. M. Long, Clerk, L. C.
Talbert-Polling place, Rock Hill
School House. Managers, R. T.
West, T. C. Winn, J. C. C. Seigler,
Clerk, J. D. Hughey.
The Managers shall open the polls
at S o'clock a. m., arrd close them at
4 o'clock p. m. Only those voters
whose names appear on the club rel!
for each club will be allowed to vote.,*
B. E. NICHOLSON,
Aug. 7, 1916.
I take this means of an
nouncing that I have acquired
the Edgefield agency for the
People's Oil Company, anaV
shall be pleased to serve all of
the patrons of Mr. John ll.
Tompkins, my predecessor,
and also add many new ones
to my Mst. I can supply
, Kerosene, Gasoline and Lu
I bricating Oils at all times.
! We make a specialty of serv
ing garages and ginneries.
W. D. ALLEN.
Phone 90. P. 0. Box 131.
BATTERS AND ?iDNE?a