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V0L 83 EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1918_NO. 22
Service Flag Unveiled at Meth
odist Church. Junior Red
Cross Gives Enter
On Sunday evening- at the Metho
dist church a service flag was unveil
ed and this flag bore 18 stars, repre
senting the young men who had gone
out from the church in service for
their country. This speaks well for
the church, for there is a member
ship of less than 200.
The music on this occasion was
beautiful and everyone enjoyed hear
ing for the first time the handsome
new pipe organ which was installed
during the week.
After prayer by Rev. W. S. Brooke
the service began with the Flag Song,
and two girls, Misses Lona Perry and
Frances Crouch came down the aisle
with the stars and stripes, and the
Red Cross banner and gave, "Your
Flag and My Flag." These flags they
placed on either side of the service
flag, and then'unveiled the flag.
Mr. H. D. Grant called the roll,
which was answered by the parents
or brothers, standing. The stars rep
resent the following: John Brice Fea
gle, Marvin J. Bartley, Chas. D. Ken
ny, William Lynch Ouzts, David T.
Ouzts, John A. Suber, Guy Horne,
Bulah A. Smith, Mason Burnett,
Thomas R. Pearce, Carl D. Gaffee,
Robert E. Kenney, Jefferson N. Lott,
Willie Lee Wright, Jesse H. Rushton,
Grady D. Satcher, Legan Duncan,
The flag was presented to the
church from the Sunday School, by
Mr. H. G. Eidson, in beautiful and
touching words, and was accepted
by the pastor, Rev. J. H. Thacker, in
a very feeling manner.
Miss Orabell Perry sang, "Keep
the Home Fires Burning," and two
readings were given: "The Service
Flag" by Vernon Sawyer, and "The
Little Flag on Our Homes" by Miss
~ ,r . Kev* Thacker introduced Dr. J. L. :
Webber of Camp Jackson, who made
affine address that held the intense
interest of everyone, and touched the
heartstrings as he talked of training i
the boys at camp. Dr. Webber has
been identified with religious work
since war was declared, and is at the .
head of the Y. M. C. A. and is doing ,
a wonderful work. Everyone was very
glad to hear him.
The singing of "America" closed
the services, with the benediction by
Rey. Kinard of the Lutheran church.;
Messrs. Allen and Kaliff of Colum- ,
bia were visitors here on Sunday.
Mr. Mark Toney of Columbia is
here for a visit to relatives.
Sergt. John Suber of Camp Wads
worth is spending two weeks here j
with his sister, Mrs. Mike Crouch and
at Saluda with his father.
Mrs. Earl Crouch is at home from 1
Mullins, where she visited in the '
home of her father, Mr. Gus Smith. ?
Mrs. Harry C. Strother and Master '
Harry of Chappells were guests this ?
week in the home of Mr. M. T. Tur
Mrs. H. D. Grant is visiting her I
parents at Mullins.
Mrs. J. Howard Payne and little ,
Margaret are at Little Mountain, N.
C., for a two weeks' stay. i
Miss Frances Turner has gone to j
Timmonsville to visit Miss Lucile
Mrs. T. R. Denny and Miss Antoi
nette Denney are at home from a
visit to relatives at Decatur, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. W. 0. Strother have ?
returned to Walhalla after a visit to 1
their daughter, Mrs. C. P. Corn. Mr.
Strother has many old-time friends i
in Edgefield county, his home having ]
been at the Strother place, about a 1
half-mile from the Allen place of
Fruit Hill, and he met some of his j
friends of his boy-hood days, and en- ?
joyed hearing about the whereabouts
of his old friends. ,
Miss Edna Hutto is visiting her .
grand-mother at Aiken. ?
The family of Mr. Gall, the new (
depot agent has arrived and they are }
domiciled in the former Sawyer dwell ,
ing. Mr. Gall has a large family-10 '.
Mrs. A. M. Nickerson went to Co- 1
lumbia last week to visit her daugh- ?
ter, Miss Maud Nickerson, who is at 1
the Baptist hospital. Miss Maud is 1
improving every day and will return y
The Junior Red Cross arranged a 1
unique entertainment during last i
week to make funds for their work. :
A "carnival" was advertised for, a
their plan was to have it in the Vi
ter's grove on Main Street, with t
tents for attractions, which they h
gotten up and booths fer genui
carnival sandwiches, fortune telle
popcorn and such things. A neg
minstral was well gotten up that w
to keep things lively on the midwc
The weather, though, caused thc
to change their plan, and the aff?
had to be hurriedly arranged in t
Opera House. It was very lively i
there but an out-of-doors affair, wi
good weather would have nett
them a much larger amount. The a
fair was a success and a good amou
Mrs. Williams of Spartanburg
visiting her sister, Mrs. J. W. Mars
Miss Antoinette Denney has bet
offered a fine position in Washingte
in Government service. She has n
fully decided, though, about accep
ing it, as she had already been elec
ed teacher of the 10th grade in tl
High School here.
Mrs. Fred McConnell has return*
to Gainesville, Fla., after a visit 1
Mrs. M. E. Walker has been in d
lumbia for a few days under med
Mrs. A. F. Lott has returned fro;
Cross Hill having gone to the be<
side of her brother, who was ill.
Rev. W. S. Brooke is at Ward th
week, assisting Rev. Posey in a pr<
tracted service, the meetings bein
in the afternoons and evenings.
He will conduct the meeting z
Rocky Creek church the week follow
ing, he being pastor of that churcl
preaching there every 1st Sunday ai
The annual meeting of the Wom
an's Missionary Union will be hel
this year with the Leesville Baptis
church and will be held August 14ti
Mrs. John Bland of Vidalia, Ga.
is visiting her sisters, the Misses Saw
Everet H?rlong of the Unitec
Stat?s navy inhere on a fiirloufclrii
the home of his parents. Every on?
is glad to see him.
Miss Helen Lewis has gone tc
Timmonsville to visit Miss Lucile
Mrs. J. W. Browne.and childrer
will go to the mountains of Nortl
Carolina soon to spend a while.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kneese ol
Monetta are visiting in the home cd
the former's father, Mr. M. W.
Mr. Charlie Crouch and family of
Trenton will move here soon and
will occupy the home of Mrs. Octa
via Rushton. Mr. Crouch is a broth
er of Mrs. Rushton, and as she is in
a low state of health she wished to
have them with her.
On the first Sunday in September
the Methodist church will be ddicat
zd and at the recent evening service,
Rev. Thacker stated that the dedi
:atory sermon would be preached by
Mrs. Arthur Childress of Greer and
Mrs. Floyd Rainsford of Edgefield
aave been visiting Mrs. W. D. Ready.
Lieut. Paul Lasse of Camp Han
rock was here with friends last week.
Mrs. Annie Harrison has been vis
iting her daughter, Miss Virginia
Harrison in Anderson.
Miss Daisy Sawyer has returned
,o Georgetown after a visit to her
Miss Sallie Dozier is at home from
Columbia for a short vacation. She
s taking a business course.
Mrs. Ed. Mobley will leave this
veek to visit her cousins, Mesdames
Harry Hamilton and Oliver Hamil
ton in Middlebrooke, Va.
Miss Jim Beth Thacker is at home
from a visit to her sister, Mrs. Ray
>or at St. Matthews.
On Sunday afternoon the Mt. Zi
sn church, colored, was dedicated,
ind there was an immense crowd.
Their pastor is Rev. Coleman. This
?urch building is a credit to the
membership that in the past three
years have worked for its completion
The chief speaker of the occasion
?vas Rev. Richard Carroll of Colum
3ia, who preached a fine sermon, and
jave much good advice. An invita
tion was given to the white friends
:o come and hear Rev. Carroll, to
ivhich a good number responded.
Mr. Cecil Sawyer has been called
:o Charleston to begin training in
laval service, he having enlisted
some time since.
"SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE."
Brave Edgefield Boy Writes to
His Beloved Mother. Ev
idences Very Fine
July 4, 1918.
My dear Mother:
How are you, I am thinking. I do
so earnestly hope your health is no
worse, also hope you have improved
since I last heard from you. That
was about the same day I left Am
erica. I have been expecting a letter
from you, though it- never comes. I
have written you several times since,
coming here. You must be certain to
write me always. It may be some
time before I will get your letters
but I will be proud to hear from you
at any time.
Well, I am spending an Independ
ence day in France. Little would I
have dreamed of such a thing a few
years back. It is certainly true that
we know little of what the next day
All drill formations were called off ).
for today. We have certainly enjoy
ed the rest for we were real tired
from the last few days of work, they
being a little harder than usual. I
spent most of my day washing my
few little clothes and trying to sleep.
I hope by the next Fourth I will
be in good old America, for there is
no place more dear to me. I guess
by the time you receive this letter,
today will be old.
We are still working as usual b\ut
some day before long we will ire,
fighting more than usual. \
Mother, it is very dry here. We;
would like so much to see some rain.\i?
We had a few days of warm weather
real summer, though the nights are
still cool. The crops here do not seem |
to suffer as much from drouth as thesy
do in our country. The wheat here is
in full head. I suppose it will be the
middle of the month before it will
do to harvest. All the crops you see
of any importance are wheat, beetsr. ?
and potatoes. They have a few y?'C\\
and clover sown. It is very interest
ing to see them cultivating their
beets. They crawl on their knees to
thin and hoe them out, which is very
slow work to us Americans. It seems
as if they stick to their old methods,
there being very little improvement
in their cultivation in the last hun
dred years. Take for instance their
two wheeled carts with which they
do all their hauling. They are the
same you see in pictures of France
years ago. You never see or rarely
ever see, a four wheeled vehicle.
Mother, my address is, Corpl. W.
F. Manson, Co. D., 114 M. G. Bn.
Inf., American Expeditionary Forces.
My serial number is 1165029. This
number you should always include
on the address just before or after
my name. I hope you have received
some of my letters for I know you
were anxious to hear from me. The
mail is very uncertain I know. I am
certainly disappointed by not receiv
ing a letter from you. Mother, if you
are not able to write get some one
of the family to write.
I do hope Papa and yourself are
both well. How are you getting along
with cultivating the crops? I know
it keeps everyone busy just now. I
do hope you all will make a good
crop this year. It will mean much
help to all.
Well, I hardly know what to write
you today in regard to the world at I
large. I can tell you, we are here, but
how long, I do not know. Home now
is very uncertain for a soldier in the
theatre of war. All the troops are in
good spirits and their health is fine
I think I told you in my last letter
that I had received my baptism of
fire. I have seen and experienced
what war is in the trenches. I was
in a certain sector of front line
trenches under all sorts of fire. I saw
the ways of slaughtering human life.
I was in a gas attack for a few hours
and I think I behaved verj^well for
my first time. I was never the least
excited for there is no use to be. I
have a better conception of what war
is now. Where the good qualities are
I am yet to see.
Mother, I have not heard from
Grady yet. Is he still in America?
You must tell him my address and to
write me. If I knew where he is I
would write to him. Tell Alma and
M. L. not to think hard of me for not
writing them. I know when I write
you they will all know how I am but
(Continued on Page 4.)
interesting Letter From Stan
? ton Lott, Johnston Young
Man in Military
Sitka Spruce Co.,
July 19, 1918.
f?y dear Mr. Minis:
On the night of the fifth of July
?ifty and three boys out of our com
pany were ousted from their beds at
j^o o'clock A. M., told to get our
clothes packed and our blankets roll
ed We had no idea what was going
:o happen or when it would happen.
I had never got up so early unless
|emeone was sick or a fire was in
?own. We rode all day long on Satur
day, and could tell by the sun that
."e were going south. About night
pre reached Coquille, Oregon, a little
^?wn in south-western Oregon, just
a few miles from the Pacific coast.
Then it was that we found out what
we were to do, and also where we
There's a big saw mill here at Co
quille that saws spruce, fir and cedar,
and it is finishing thousands of feet
of spruce for the aviation work of
America and the Allies. So we were
sent here for the purpose of helping
get out the spruce. A man from New
York recently said that our work
here was equally as important as the
work on the battle front in France.
Carload after "arload of material
goes out each week toward the fac
tories, and is put into flying machines
for war service. Without the help of
the soldiers the work would not be
accomplished. The logs cut up here
in this mill are not very large in com
oarison with those of the western
i oast. We cut up logs about four or
we feet in diameter. Today two were |
iriawn up out of the river that were
ibc/ut eight feet in diameter. They |
di sire cut down the river, tied in a
inst er and pushed up by a steam
roat^' Then they are dragged up to
nc -?. i'.l by a chain. Spruce soft J
md lkrht, but it is flexible and very
;ough. It is almost impossible to
jreak a small splinter of it. The parts
selected for the airplanes must meet
certain requirements. One of them
s that triare cannot be one knot in
;he piece of wood, and in the first
rrade of it not a single pitch pocket
s allowed.- .Pitch pockets are little
)itch spots on the lumber. It would
)e just about'- impossible for us of
;he East to get a very large piece of
umber that would meet these re
tirements. But here and elsewhere
;hrough the North-west and Canada,
nillions of feet ar e turned out daily,
vithout a single flow. The mill runs
di of the time, day and night, three
?hifts of men at eigUt hours each.
This little town is an interesting
ittle western village. .It is about as
)ig as Edgefield. It is i ight down in
i fertile valley with mountains all
iround. Just beyond the mountains
>n the west is the Pacific .Ocean. It
s only a few miles from here.
In the mornings and evenings here
t is cool. All of us wear overcoats
hen. In the middle of the da.v the
emperature runs very high.
The people are as congenial as can'
>e. They have been real nice to us,
ind we are going down and speiid '
me day this week on the Pacifi.c
:oast to find rough agates and jas- '
>er.. They get boxes full of them. 1
Everybody laughs at the way I
alk and wants to know where Fm c
rom and when I say, "South Caro
ma" they want to know of the cot
on that we raise. They laugh at my
;ating gravy on my rice. They all use s
lugar and cream. They don't know
vhat corn-bread is, and evidently r
lever heard of grits. They cook meal A
nto mush for a breakfast food, and *
he funny part is that they like it.
told them that over home sick peo- \
)le and chickens ate mush. <
Here they have berries of every 1
lort: raspberries, blackberries, sal
non berries and logan berries. The c
dackberries grow by the ton, just 1
ill over the surface of the earth. ?
fou can take a walk and get all that c
rou want in a minute or two. The
almon berries are yellow and are
'eal good. Often you have to kill a
>ear out of the blackberry bushes
lefore you can get your berries. The
voods around here have plenty of I
leer and wild cats as well as smaller ?
pune like grouse. I've had several in- J
Stations to go bear and deer hunt- i
ng but as yet haven't had a chance. \\
The town is built on the river' and
the people catch hundreds of pounds
of ?^h. I had fried red salmon for
The principal work of the people
is dairying or saw milling. They have
hundreds of cows and get gallons of
milk. A big cheese factory is only a
few yards from where I live. It sells
for 20 or 25 cents per pound. Butter
milk sells for five cents for a gallon
or as much as you want. If you just
want some to drink it is free. The
pastures are green all of the year,
[n the summer or early wet season
they cut the grass to keep it from
jetting too high and spoiling. I was
laughing at a cattle raiser yesterday
he said that he came over from the
East and bought a ranch. When his
?rass was very* tall he cut it and went
to the trouble of bailing it and put
ting it up. He said that his pasture
kept green all the time and he did
not get a chance to use his hay so
he had to burn it. He said he would
never try keeping hay in this coun
It is almost time for taps, so I
shall write to you some time later.
Please send me your paper here at
Coquille, Oregon, in care of Sitka
Spruce Co. I hope you are well.
Mr. Walter W. Grims Writes
From Somewhere in France.
I will write you a few lines to let
you know how I am. This, leaves me
all right and I hope will find you the
same. Mother, I have been doing fine
since I have been over here. Haven't
been sick at all so don't you worry
about me for I am all right.
Well, Bill and I have just come
back from a stroll and have been giv
ing straw-berries a good time.
Today is the fourth so we didn't
have anything to do. I know you all
have been wondering what we were
doing. Today is a legal holiday and
I wonder what you all are doing.
Having a big time, I guess, but after
aft'.'yuir haven't-got. anything or< me.
I have been having a good time.' Of
course I haven't been to any picnic
but have enjoyed the day.
Well, Mother, how are Father and
the others getting along with the
crop? I know it is fine and wish I
could see it about now.
I received a letter from Tom the
other day. Didn't know he was in the
army. I wish he could be over here
with me but I guess he doesn't want
to come yet.
Ethel spoke of my horse, in her
letter, being afraid of automobiles.
That is the way I want her to be so
you all keep her for I am going to
need her in the near future.
Tell Uncle Jacks' folks I am well
and for them to write to me. I have
n't seen Hezzie in a good while. The
last time I saw him he was well.
I will close for this time.
Your loving son,
Walter W. Griffis,
Co. D. 114 M. G. Bn.
A. E. F.
Red Cross Auiliary.
The extension committee is glad to
report the organization of the Stev
ens Creek Auxiliary of the Edgefield
chapter Red Cross.
On Saturday morning, July 27,
FV.ev. R. G. Shannonhouse and Miss
Ciisby went to Stevens Creek church
vhv^re a number of patriotic citizens
:amtf to meet them.
.Th?? officers elected were: Mrs. M.
\.. Watson, chairman; Miss Carolee
?ogbum, secretary; Mr. M. A. Wat
The la-dies have already begun to
nake ?hospital garments, and the
vhole community ?tands ready to
lelp in ever.Y way.
After the .meeting, the committee
vere taken to1 the hospitable home
>f Mr. and Mrs.- J. K. Allen where a
lelightful dinner was grealy enjoyed
ind its bounty d/'d not violate food
:onservation, becat ^se it was a "home
nade" dinner, the product of the
mme farm and garden. If South Car
dina can boast of ma king such farm
irs her food supply is not in danger.
Annie M. Ciisby,
The Home Demonstrati on Club of
Cdgefield will meet at Uh? home of
drs. W. C. Tompkins Frid ay P. M.,
Vugust 2, at six o'clock. Everyone
nterested in canning is cordi;, "dly in
'ited to attend.
Attended Sunday School Con
vention at Mountain Creek.
Mr. Briggs Injured by
We have had some nice rains which
have done worlds of good. It is mak
ing our young corn look up, and we
may make part of a crop if the rains
continue. The crops up the plank
road are fine and on up as far as
far-as Mountain Creek are beautiful.
Wherever they have had rains the
crops are extra fine.
We attended the Sunday school '
convention at Mountain Creek Wed
nesday and Thursday and enjoyed it
ever so much. While at the church
Wednesday there was a heavy rain
which fixed the roads in a very dan
gerous condition for automobiles, so
there was a lot of skidding. One old
gentleman, in trying to go up the
hill past some buggies, slid over into
a gully and as the hill was so slick,
those who were behind him in auto
mobiles did not want to stop until
they reached the top, so kept strug
gling to get there. The poor fellow
sat there and looked as though he
felt he was deserted. But when the
others got up to the top they s hopped
and went back and helped hir;i out
and up the hill. That was on this same
We were in a strange land but
soon found a good many we knew,
and made several acquaintances. We
were assigned to spend the night
at the two Mr. Arringtons' and were
treated splendidly by those fine, hos
pitable families. Thursday we knew
more of the congregation, Mr. and
Mrs. L. H. Hamilton and two chil
dren, also Mr. and Mrs. Hughey and
two children being among them.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright and daughter
had so much trouble with their car
they just did get there before the
meeting closed. They decided to .
come back by the Martintown road
instead of by Edgefield. We found
the road above pretty rough. The sur
veyors were 'at' work "trying to decide
where the national highway will be
put. No such good luck for us. We
hope to travel the highway some day
when it is completed and see what
it will look like and feel like.
Mr. Tom Jeff Briggs had quite a
painful accident Sunday. He went
into his garage to fix something about
his car before starting out with it,,
and stumbled over a saddle that had
been thrown on the floor. He fell, '
striking his head and hurt his left
shoulder very badly so he cannot use
his hand at all. He is suffering very
much from it. It is fortunate for him
that his wife has returned from Glenn
Springs. She improved some, though
not as much as they hoped she would.
Hope they will both soon be O. K.
During the four months ending
with June, the Edgefield Chapter,
American Red Cross has furnished
2,627 articles. Of these, 223 were
furnished by the Trenton Branch of
which Mrs. J. D. Mathis, Sr., is the
efficient and capable chairman. The
Trenton Branch has recently pur
chased a knitting' machine and in a
very short time knitting socks will
be a specialty with these untiring and
noble women. This branch also con
tributed to the box of Refugee cloth
ing that was sent in early summer to
far-away Belgium. Our auxiliaries,
fifteen in number, are doing splen
did work, each it seems, vying with
the other in quality and amount of
work accomplished. In the near fu
ture a complete roster of the auxil
iaries will be made and published as
a part of the chapter's record.
Our allotment of surgical dress
ings has arrived, consisting of 2,100
gauze wipes and 420 large cotton
pads. The tables in the work room
will accommodate 20 workers, and
Miss Butler, the supervisor of sur
gical dressings requests that a full
number report on schedule, each ab
sentee furnishing a substitute. These
dressings assigned to us are easily
made, and volunteer workers for
both morning and afternoon, are so
licited until the allotment is filled.
In our shipments to Atlanta the .
inspection sheets when returned show
ed that every garment was graded as
Sarah R. Collett,
Director of Woman's Work.
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