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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY. SEPT. 17, 1919
High School Opened Monday.
Annual Report of Church.
W. C. T. U. Met Fri
The High School opened on Mon
day morning with the brightest
prospects. As the various grades
marched in it was judged that there
was quite a full attendance, there
being many new ones.
In opening, Supt: W. F.?Scott told
some very encouraging things of the
school, one bei7:g that it stood with
the highest of the state, with 18%
Co. Supt. of Education, W. W.
. Fuller was present and made a splen
did talk. Inspiring talks were also
heard from Rev. W. S. Brooke and
Rev. David Kellar. A letter was read
from Rev. Kinard, expressing his
good wishes for the school and re
grets of his absence.
The teachers this years are: Supt.
W. F. Scott, Miss Antoinette Denny,
Miss Gertrude Strother, Prof. Stan
ton Lott, Miss Sallie Heyward, Miss
Ella Jacobs, Miss Eunice Abrams,
Miss Helen Lewis, Mrs. L. C. Lati
mer, Miss Thomas. Music director,
Miss Campbell. .
On Sunday morning at the Baptist
church the annual report was heard
and was one of the best in the his
tory of the church. The gifts of 1918
were given in comparison with those
of 1919, showing the great gain.
The organizations gave as follows:
The W. M. U., 100 members,
last year gave $831.22, this year
$1401.05, over doubling its appor
The Y. W. A., 10 members, last
year $52.25, this year $70.50
The G. A., 27 members, last year
$70.30, this year $100.
The R. A., 22 members, last year
$64,80, this year $72.40.
Sunbeams, 52 members, last year,
S IC 1.9?, this y?ar;$183.47.
Sunday School gave last year
$500, this year $727
The Church .gave to state missions
last year, $561, this year $500; to
home missions last year $473, this
year, $516.50; foreign missions last
year, $1,018.49, this year, $1,162.48;
to orphanage, $502, Baptist Hospit
al, $234, aged ministers, $100, total
given $8,346.36, an increase over
last year of $2,072.09
The church gave to every object
that was fostered by the association.
In the absence of Rev. W. S.
Brooke, his pulpit was filled by Rev.
Fuller, pastor of the Red Bank
church, Saluda, the two having ex
changed pulpits. Rev. Fuller is a
most forceful speaker and held the
the audience as he spoke on our
part, our duty in the great 75 Mil
As Mr. Fuller will leave in about
three weeks for the seminary, it was
decided to have the campaign of his
church before he left, and on the
great day of fasting and prayer,
September 24, there will be a get
together-meeting and he hopes on
this day to not only raise, but go
over the apportionment. The meet
ing will be an all day one and he
stated that he wanted a thousand
present to pray and work that day.
Several of the young ladies of our
town left this week to teach. Miss
Jessie Rushton, to teach at Manning,
Miss Eva Rushton to McRay Col
lege, Ga., Miss Annie Crouch, North
Augusta High School, Miss Isabelle
Bean, Williamston, Miss Bessie Bean
Mr. F. L. Parker, Jr., left on Tues
day for South Carolina University.
He has been organist at the Baptist
church during the summer and his
sweet music will be greatly missed.
At the meeting of the Baptist
Missionary Society, a splendid and
informing program on the 75 Million
Campaign was had. This society has
never failed in anything it has un
dertaken and in this campaign, the
highest endeavor will be made.
During the business period it was
voted to make a yearly contribution
toward a fund presented by Mrs. W.
C. Cathcart, of Columbia, who has
charge of the placing of orphan
children in childless homes.
Officers for the coming year were
elected: President, Mrs. L. C. Lati
mer; Vice-president, Mrs. A. M.
Nickerson ; Recording secretary,
Mrs. J. A. Lott; Corresponding sec
retary, Mrs. W. J. Hatcher; Treas
urer, Mrs. S. J. Watson; Assistant
treasurer, Mrs. T. R. Denny; Pianist,
Mrs. O. D. Black.
Arrangements were made for the
week of prayer, beginning Septem
Mrs. C. D. Kenney has been spend
ing a few days here with friends up
on her return from St. George where
she went to see her daughter, Mrs.
David Moorer, and little grandson.
Mr. J. Howard Payne returned on
Sunday from the University Hospit
al in Augusta, and is now improving
Miss Louise Coleman has return
ed to Aiken, S. C., after a visit to
her sister, Mrs. W. E. LaGrone.
Mrs. Huiet Waters, Miss Mallie
Waters and Mrs. M. R. Wright joint
ly entertained on last Wednesday af
f-noon, the occasion being had on
i .e shady lawn of the former's
home. Twelve flower laden tables
were arranged here for rook, and the
affair was bright, pleasant and the
place ideal for a summer afternoon.
The highest score was made by/
Mrs. W. B. Ouzts, was present
gd with the prize. delicious block
:ream in pink and white, with pound
:ake was served.
Mrs. J. L. Walker entertained :
ihe We-are-Twelve club on Thurs- .
lay morning in a very cordial and
pleasant manner. The guests were
^ell entertained and at one o'clock 1
vere seated at a cource luncheon.
Mrs. Leora Wright Simmons went :
;o Coker College Saturday, having
iccepted the position of matron
;here. She was joined in Columbia 1
jy her brother, Mr. Sumter Wright, 1
vho accompanied her. 1
Misses Carrie Bell Stevens, Ji...iie ]
Bruce and Alma Johnson went to 1
3oker College on Monday, entering 1
ipon their second year there. j
Miss Hallie White has returned to i
jeesville, S. C., where she. has charge s
>f the music department "there in the <
Miss Annie Stokes has returned to
Holumbia College and Miss Mary (
iVaters to Converse College. s
Mrs. William Toney, Messrs. Al- j
>ert and William Toney, of Colum- (
)ia, have been guests of relatives, j
Hr. Albert Toney graduated at An- j
?apolis in June and is now with the (
All in the family of Mr. Will Col- t
ins have been sick but are now well. ,
Miss Ruth Harris of Dearing, Ga., j
s visiting in the home of her grand- ?
nother, Mrs. P. N. Lott. ,
Mr. Guy Horne left last week for (
)hio. , j
Missess Marion and Stewart Boyd (
ire at home frmo a month's stay at j
Chester with their grandmother, t
?Irs. Stewart. j
Mr. F. L. Parker, Jr., spent a few j
lays last week with relatives in ?
Mrs. L. C Latimer has returned
rom a visit to her son, Dr. Edward
satimer, of Macon, Ga.
Misses Lillian and Ella Mobley j.
/ere guests of their cousin, Mrs. r
Crawford, at Saluda, last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Crouch and chil- .
ren of Elko, S. C" were guests of j
1rs. Octavia Rushton, recently. j.
The W. C. T. U. met on Friday }
fternoon with Mrs Herbert Eidson. v
'he members were glad to know .
hat all pledges had been met and .
hat other contributions beside that .
pecified had also been given. The "
nion is proud to have now, six mem
rial members. Mrs Mamie Huiet
anded in a check for $25 that made
er husband, Mr. W. J. Huiet, who
'as a great temperance worker, a
Pledge cards were given out and
ie members requested to br.' g a
ew member at the next meeting,
?elegates to the State convention at P
[arion were elected, the union being s
ntitled to a delegate for every ten r
aid up members. The delegates are: *
[esdames T. R. Hoyt, A. P. Lewis,
, W. Stirnen and Herbert Eidson, b
lese to have the privilege of choos- tl
lg an alternate. v
Officers for the coming year were 4
lected. Upon the resignation of
liss Zena Payne, President, Mrs T. If
. Denny was elected to succeed her. h
[iss Payne is working two State de
artments in the work and felt she R
)uld not carry on this also. The w
;her officers elected were: vice- w
A Tribute to L. H. Bledsoe.
It has been said that the living
should deal tenderly with the dead.
Be that as it may, I come with un
covered head to lay a bouquet of
flowers on the ne* nade grave, of
my friend, Lav- ce Howard Bled
soe, who died .is home, Septem
ber 9, 1919. , they be kept there
by the mir power of gravitation,
may they be sprayed with the gentle
dews of heaven, may the sun paint
their tiny petals with all the beauty
of nature.may the happy vision that
so charmed the sweet singer of Is
rael rest as a benediction upon the
memory of L. H. Bledsoe forever.
In early life he united with the
Methodist church and lived a con
sistent Christian. In life he was pa
tient, kind, generous, sincere, wear
ing the ornaments of a meek and
gentle spirit. Like the beautiful
clouds at sunset, he will reflect rays
from Christ, fair and full of peace,
and could say with Paul, "I have
fought a good fight, I have kept the
faith." For several years Mr. Bled
soe had been in very poor health, so
much so fhat he had not been able
to attend his church.
I have known him a half century.
We have been warm friends that
long. The power of forming firm
friendship continues in true hearted
people to age and feebleness. Our
friendship began in boyhood and it
lasted until that faithful heart ceas
ed to beat His devotion to his family
was beautiful and his love for his
He will be missed in the home.
Words are too common to express
;hat. It is like tearing off an arm oh
which the family loved to lean. But
;hese things go into the most secret
place of the soul, to dwell# th?re
while life and being continue. But
?ve can shec' tears with those who
ire loaded down with grief. There
s a sadness in tears. They are. mes
sages of overwhelming grief,'bf un
speakable'love.' There, is a pleasure
n tears, an awful pleasure.
Mr. Bledsoe was a man of strong
:onvictions, based upon the high
standards of truth, honesty and vir
;ue, he had an abiding faith in
Christ and a sweet hope. He was rich
n the currency of heaven, and dy
ng, . behind the sweet fragrance
>f a . .ie, Christian character. His
ranquil life was an inspiration to
hose who knew him best. As the
gentle stream gives verdure and
)eauty to meadow and forest
hrough which it flows, so his life,
inselfish, tender in its sympathies,
>ften sparkling with humor that had
io sting of malice in it, was a bene
liction to all who came within its
nfluence and was always ready to
brow the mantle of charity over the
auks of others. He could say with
'Teach me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;
The mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me."
His children bear the impress of
lis character in the integrity of their j I
aanhood and womanhood.
As death kissed down his eyelids,
lis warfare ended, his armor was
aid aside, the victory was won and
lis memory blessed. For a man to
ive well, die well and leave the
wealth of ap untarnished character
o the loved ones who linger behind.
3 a grand consummation-this can
ie said of my friend.
Bright summer sun, shine gently
Soft Southern winds, blow lightly
Green sod above, lie light, lie light,
Good-night, my friend, good-night,
J. Russell Wright.
resident, Mrs. J. A. Lott; recording
ecretary, Mrs. Olin Eidson; cor
esponding secretary, Mrs. J. P.
lean; treasurer, Mrs. J. W. Marsh.
Plans were made for the reception
y the union to the local teachers of
ie High School, this to be just pre
ious to the State Temperance Day,
th Friday in October.
This Day, known as Frances Wil
ird Day, was set apart by the State
The program was led by Mrs. T.
. Denny and "South Victory Day"
as celebrated. The selections read
ere very intersting.
Enthusiastic School Opening.
The Edgefield High" and Groded
School opened on Monday morning
under very favorable auspices.
Mr. A. E. Padgett, chairman of
the board of trustees, made a short
address at the opening, commending
the work of the past session and giv
ing encouragement as to the compe
tency of this year's faculty.
Mr. ?. S. Tompkins, another trus
tee, made a very helpful and prac
tical talk to the teachers and stu
dents snd patrons. This was the best
of all the good talks Mr. Tompkins
has ever made. The children say
when he comes into the school audi
torium, he is always hailed with de
Mr. .Tompkins, as master of cere
monies, introduced Mr. Brooks, the
new superintendent of the High
School, who addressed the audience
in a short but interesting manner.
The pupils and patrons were de
lighted to have the opportunity to
see and hear Major Iyer, again after
a year's absence from the school. His
address was full of his splendid
spirit/ and kindly counsel. The ap
plaus? which Major Lyon received
when': he'arose indicated the great j
love and esteem in which he was j
held by the student body.
Rev. A. L. Gunter spoke most ac
ceptably as he has won a high place
in the school family, having served
so faithfully during a term fraught
Rev'E. C. Bailey gave some splen-j
did admonitions to the young peo- j
pie, and had taken the pains to make .
a blackboard illustration which they j
enjoyed very much. He made a very (
effective appea 1 to the young boys
against the use of the cigarette, the
great nerve destroyer.
,'; Dr. Lee gave some helpful sugges
tions to students tnd some of the I
children said, "Dr. Lee knows just
exactly what to say to us."
W. C. Lynch made a few en
c?wagihg r?marks and- Mrs. A. A. '
Woodson told the students of the |
Winthrop scholarship which would I
be given the student in Edgefield i
Miss Fannie Sheppard presided at1
the piano during the morning and it J
was an inspiring sight to see the end
less procession of children march out
as she played a beautiful march and '
io to their class rooms under thc di-1
rection of the respective teachers of
their classes. As far as we could i
judge without knowing the real
facts, it is the largest enrollment the
school has ever had.
The morning was very profitably j
spent by patrons and students and '
ivas an occasion of inspiration.
The following are the names of
;he faculty: I
Superintendent, Mr. Brooks; His
;ory and Science, Miss Snow Jeffries; !
Mathematics and English, Miss Nan '
Huff; Piano, Miss Fannie Sheppard;'
Seventh Grade, Miss Kern; Sixth
Srade, Miss Hortense Padgett; Fifth j
3rade, Miss Katherine Mims; Fourth j
3rade, Miss Mamie Dunovant; Third;
jrade, Miss Gladys Rives; Second
jrade, Miss Ruth DeLoach, First
jrade, Miss Catherine Earle.
The school opens each morning at |
15 minutes to nine.
F. A. M. !
Meeting of Farmers in Court
In response to the call published j
ast week about 12 school districts j
vere represented in the mass meet-1
ng of farmers that was held in the
]ourt House Monday. In addition to
he township committeemen there
vere other representative citizens '
vho are interested in effecting an or- '
:anization of the cotton growers. ?
dr. W. A. Strom presided over the
neeting and Mr. J. L. Mims acted '
s secretary. Mr. J. F. Gatley of
)rangeburg, president of the State
farmers' Union, was present by re- '
luest of Mr. Strom and he spoke at!]
ome length explaining various fea--1
ures of the movement and answer-j ^
ag questions that were asked by '
ome farmers present. He stated that
s soon as a sufficient number of
ounties effect temporary organiza
ions, a meeting in Columbia will be
ailed for the purpose of effecting a t
tate organization. Mr. Ciafley r
tated that the matter of providing j
fund for purchasing distressed cot- I
on, cotton offered for sale by per
'sons who are compelled to sell in or
der to meet some pressing obliga
tion, will be taken up as soon as a
permanent organization is formed
in the cotton States. The money that
has been collected, twenty-five cents
per bale for all cotton grown in
1917, will be used solely to defray
the expenses of the State organiza
tion. Not a cent of this fund will be
used for any other purpose.
At the close of Mr. Clafley's ad
dress a temporary organization was
effected by the election of Mr. W.
A. Strom as temporary chairman and
Mr. W. W. Fuller, temporary secre
tary. After some discussion it was
decided that a mass meeting of all
the people of the county should be
held before a permanent organiza
tion w?s formed. A motion was
unanimously adopted calling a mass
meeting of all the people for Mon
day, September 22, in the Court
House. Not only farmers, but mer
chants, lawyers, doctors, bankers
and all others interested are invited
and urged to attend the meeting
' 'He J
A Trip to Beech Island.
Sunday morning, Miss Kellah Fair,
Mr. Nick Brunson and Mr. and Mrs.
P. P. Blalock came for me to go to
Beech Island with them to spend the j
day with the family of Mr. Warren
Fair, Miss Kellah's brother.
I dressed hurriedly and we were
soon offi. The ride was very pleasant |
until we were almost in sight of
North Augusta, when we had a punc
ture. As we had no extra tire along,
it took quite a while to get it fixed,
but after an hour, we started off
We passed through North Augus
ta and saw many beautiful homes of, *
which it boasted.
From there we passed through
Augusta and then back into our own
The roads from the bridge for
about five miles were beautiful. The j '
Savannah river "flows by the road ^
and lovely hay fields on the other M
The swampy parts of the road
were even more, beautiful, wit! lhe
gray moss hanging from al
The roads were excellent. I wish ?T
that Edgefield could boast of such T
good roads. I<
We passed Mr. W. R. Dobson's j t
store and in sight of his home. C
The weather was very cool and j
pleasant, but the best part of our;(
day was when we reached the home:(
of Mr. and Mrs. Fair. i
I was so glad to see all of the fam- ?\
ily and especially my friend, Eliza- L
beth Fair. We went especially to see'\
her as she was going to Coker the i c
next day. |t
While we were there, a Mr. Dun-jt
bar come in, and I was introduced to i?
him as the daughter of The Edge- j <?
field Advertiser. He said that he had
learned his letters from this paper.
Another good feature of the day
was the dinner, especially the fried
chicken, because we don't see many
of them since they have risen to 9,0
cents and $1.00.
After dinner we went to see the
Beech Island school and "Red Cliff,"
which was the lovely home of Gov
ernor Hammond who was the great
grandfather of the Fair children.
Another place we went was to see
Mr. Walker, an uncle of Miss Kellah.
He is the magistrate of Beech Island
and he and Mr. Brunson, ("Uncle
Mick") had a conversation. Mr.
Brunson said he thought the people
ought to have a little whiskey, (of
course he was joking) that they were
obliged to have it. Mr. Walker said
he thought anybody that sold the
"dad blame" stuff ought to be
We were all very sorry when it
ivas time to leave, for a half day
seemed far too short to spend in
Beech Island. So with reluctant spir
ts, we left our friends, and Beech
island will always be dear to our
?earts since we had that experience. ,
ELEANOR MIMS. |n
Lubricating Oil, Grease, Special
ies, Pain. Part or whole time. Com
nission basis. Man with car or rig
UVERSIDE REFINING CO.,
DAY AT REHOBOTH.
Ordinance of Baptist Adminis
Ordinance of Baptism Admin
istered in Forenoon and
A large number of people gather
ed at Rehoboth Church Sunday to
witness the ordinance of baptism in
the forenoon which was adminis
tered to nearly a score of young peo
ple by the pastor, Rev. J. W. Kester
son, in the baptistry under the
trees near the spring and also to at
tend the memorial service in honor
of Preston Strom in the afternoon.
Among those who were baptised
were Mr. T. P. Morgan, Jr., and his
young wife. It was beautiful to see
these young people take this step to
gether as they start out arm in arm
upon the journey of life. Just pre
ceding the baptism Mr. Kesterson
read appropriate selections from the
scripture, making brief comment
suited to the occasion. When the ser
vic? at the spring was concluded it
was too near the dinner hour for
holding further service in the church
until the afternoon
On the long table under the large
oaks a bountiful feast was spread
and everybody present was invited
to partake. Nowhere in this section
is old-time hospitality more lavishly
dispensed than at Rehoboth. Those
?rood people are living up to the
reputation which that flock made in
the years gone by.
Early in the afternoon the people
assembled in the church for the
memorial service. Mr. Kesterson
read a selection from the Bible and
;hen delivered a very earnest and
?loquent address, paying a beauti
ful tribute to Preston Strom, the
youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B.
Strom, the only gold star upon the
service flag displayed in Rehoboth
:hurch. Mr. Kesterson was followed
jy a reading, "In Flanders' Fields,"
jy Miss Lucille Culbreath, she. being
followed by "America's Reply" by
vliss Annie May Culbreath.
Mr. J. b. Hughey, who presided
it the memorial service next present
ld Mr. J. L. Mims, who likewise paid
i tribute to this widely beloved hero
vho save his life for his country,
'reston Strom. Two appropriate vo
:al duets were beautifully rendered
>y Misses Lucille and Annie May
Preston Strom volunteered at
Greenwood in July, 1917, when
}apt. Henry C. Tillman, command
ng the Coast Artillery, called for
'olunteers in order to recruit his
:ompany to war strength. Instead of
waiting for his turn to come in the
Iraft, he went out of his own coun
y in response to what he conceived
o be his patriotic duty and entered
in already organized company in or
ler to get at once into active service,
soon after Preston volunteered his
lomnany was ordered to Charleston
vhere it remained in training for
ibout 12 months then it was ordered
iverseas. He sailed sometime in
september and was taken ill while"
iboard ship. Soon after arriving at
Brest, France, October 4 last he was
ransferred to the hospital in Brest
vhere he died of bronchial pneumo
lia October 3. His parents knew
?othing of his illness, consequently
he official announcement of his
leath by the war department was a
rreat shock to them. "V?
Acting upon the request of Mr.
md Mrs. Strom, the war department
viii, as soon as practicable, bring'
heston's body to the home land and
t will be interred in the family
quare in Rehoboth cemetery. Be^
ieving that the government would
lave been able to bring his body
lome by this time, Mr. and . Mrs.
?trom have already caused a suitable
nonument to be made, which will be
ilaced over his grave.
*ivic League to Give Enter
Earjy in October, the ladies of the
?ivie League will offer a home talent
?usical comedy, ;Miss Josephine
?iddleman of Salisbury, N. C., will
irect the'production. The cemetery
as been greatly improved by the
ivie League and that organization
sks your co-operation in defraying
ie expenses by coming and enjoy
ig the play. Full particulars will be