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VOL. 84 '^/^ EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5.1919 N0 35
"Community Sing" Thanksgiv
ing Evening. Nickerson
Rogers Marriage. Mu
sic Club Met.
On Sunday mornin- at the Baptist
church there will be a sunrise prayer
meeting. This will be the day that
the canvas will be made for the great
campaign, and every church member
and all interested are asked to meet
here at this time and pray for the
out pouring of gifts; both gifts of
money and self.
There will be a Thanksgiving ser
vice on Thanksgiving day at the Bap
tist church at ll o'clock, the sermon
J^^fi preached by Rev. Kinard of
the Lutheran church. This will be a
joint service and all the choirs of the
four churches are asked to help with
the singing. ?
Mrs. I. T. Welling and little son
are guests of relatives here,
Miss Helen Lewis and Mrs. A. J.
Lewis went to Batesburg on Wed
nesday to attend the marriage of
their cousin, Miss Timmerman, to
Miss Mollie Ransom of Augusta, is
visiting in the home of Mrs. E. R.
M obi ey.
When Capt. E. E. Jefferson lived
here she was a visitor here frequent
ly, being a relative, and there are
many friends who will be glad to see
Ther^ will be a Community Sing
here on Thanksgiving evening, 7:30
o'clock, at the Opera House. Every
one is invited and asked to bring a
song book, and favorite songs of all
will be sung.
This is a general movement to give
expression of thanks, and especially
for peace. And also to promote the
love of song.
On last Wednesday, Mr Charlie?
Nickerson and Miss Annie Laurie
Rodgers were married in Augusta,
the happy event taking--place -at- 12
o'clock, and was witnessed by about
The beautiful rinjr service was
used. Following the ceremony after
a short while for good wishes and
congratulations, the happy pair left
for an extended visit to St. Louis,
Chicago and New York. Upon their
return they will make a visit here to
the home of the groom's mother, Mrs
The bride was beautiful in a trav
eling suit of King's blue ?with all ac
cessories in harmony and carried a
bouquet of brides' roses and valley
lillies. It was a sweet thought on the
part of the bride to send her wedding
bouquet to her new mother, Mrs.
Nickerson, who could not attend. Mr.
Nickerson is still claimed by John
ston as one of her own, and everyone
rejoices with him in his happiness.
Miss Maude Nickerson, sister of
the groom, attended the marriage.
Miss Frances Turner will spend
Thanksgiving in Greenville, S. C.,
and while there hear McCormack
Mrs. L. C. Latimer went to Harts
ville, S. C., this week to spend
Thanksgiving with her niece.
Mrs. A. C. Mobley has gone to Vir
ginia to spend the winter with her
daughters, Mesdames Harry and Ol
The Apollo Music Club met Wed
nesday afternoon with Misses Ciara
and Gladys Sawyer, and during bus
iness, conducted by Miss Zena Payne
it was decided to have a big Commu
nity Sing on Thanksgiving day. All
over the United States this is being
done and is in the spirit of real
A committee was appointed to ar
range and give publicity to this.
The placing of a victrola and hav
ing sight singing in the school here
was discussed, with the view of hav
ing this to materialize when possible.
The contributing to the scholar
ship fund was discussed, this to be
The subject for the program was
Indian Music, Miss Gladys Sawyer
leading, and good papers on the sub
ject, Indian songs and piano selec
tions by Missen Antoinette Denny,
Clara Sawyer, Sallie Heyward and
Mesdames G. D. Walker and Huiet
Miss Brumbaugh, county nurse,
was present and made a talk on "Red
Coss and what it is doing for tuber
The hostess served Russian tea,
sandwiches and marguerites.
Mrs. Mike Clark spent last week
with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene
Kneece, at Ridge.
Mrs. Sallie Stanfield of North Au
gusta was a visitor last week in the
home of her brother ,Mr. J. M. Tur
Mrs. L. S. Maxwell visited last
week in Columbia.
Mrs. Olin Eidson is teaching at
the high school, supplying for Miss
Mildred Abrams, who is at her home
in Newberry with her father who is
Mrs. O. S. Wertz has been visiting
her two sons in Columbia.
Upon the return of Mr. and Mrs.
John Fleming Marsh fram their wed
ding tour in Florida and Cuba, a
beautiful reception was held at
Breezy Heights, the home of Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Marsh.
This was had on Friday afternoon
from 4 to 6 o'clock and dainty invi
tations cordially invited the friends,
there being about one hundred com
ing during the hours.
The rooms on the lower floor were
all in lovely decorations, the hallway
being in cheery red and white, large
vases of poinsettas making a bright
Mesdames Herebrt Eidson and C.
P. Corn received at the front and
Mrs. Frank Bland at the parlor door.
In the parlor which was artistically
decorated in white chrysanthemums
and ferns, was the receiving line:
Mrs. J. W. Marsh, Mrs. John Fleming
Marsh, Mrs. T. B. Kernaghan, Miss
Marie Marsh and Mrs. Arthur Wat
son of Batesburg.
Miss Clara Sawyer and Mrs Har
rison introduced the guests.
Mrs. Heber Ballentine carried the
,guests into the dining room; these
serving in here were Miss Sara Saw
yer, Mesdames S. B. Marsh, W. E.
LaGrone, J..D. Watson*,H.JX ?ran,t
and Joe Cox.
The room was elaborately decorat
ed in yellow chrysanthemums and
ferns. The table was covered in a
lace cloth over yellow satin and yel
low shaded candles cast a soft glow
in the room. White satin streamers
came from the chandelier to the cor
ners of the table. A silver basket full
of yellow chrysanthemums was in the
center and siver*slippers full of mints
were on the table. An elaborate salad
course with coffee was served.
The favors were silver horse shoes.
The register was in charge of Mrs.
W. S. Marsh.
During the afternoon lovely music
both vocal and instrumental, was
heard, Misses Gladys Sawyer, Bettie
Waters and Mrs. T. R. Hoyt furnish
The entire affair was a mo?t beau
Cantract Let for New Hotel.
Edgefield's greatest need, a mod
ern hotel of adequate size, is soon to
be supplied. The directors of the
Dixie Highway Hotel Company let
the contract for the erection of a
thirty-room, three-story hotel to the
Schroder-Lewis Company of Augus
ta, Monday. The building will be com
pleted by August 1 next and the
company has a guarantee that it will
not cost more than $69,800. If it is
built for less than that sum, the com
pany will get the benefit of the de
creased cost. The building will have
three modern stores, lobby, office,
sample rooms, barber shop, pool1
room, dining room, etc., on the
ground floor and the thirty bed
rooms will be provided for in the two
stories above. The contractors will
begin work at once and press it vig
orously until the building is complet
ed, which will probably be early next
summer. The letting of the contract
for this hotel is the most progressive
step, the greatest forward stride,
that Edgefield has taken in many,
very many, years, and the erection
of a commodious modern hotel will
mean more to the material develop
ment of Edgefield than the average
STRAYED: Sunday night, Novem
ber 23, a black roan horse mule. Any
information will be appreciated.
Edgefield, S. C.
Report of Trip ?
Editor Edgefield Advertiser:
We shall endeavor to give you ?
brief report of our trip throdgl
Southern Georgia several days ag<
that will include the most striking
things of interest to the people ir
our county. We travelled for foui
days, about eight hundred miles, anc
passed through the towns and cities
of Augusta, Waynesboro, Midville
Swainsboro, Vidalia, Hazelhurst
Douglas, Ocilla, Nashville and Val
dosta on the way down and returnee
by way of Adel, Tifton, Fitzgerald;
Abbeville, Eastman, Dublin Swains
boro and then home on the ?same
road that we went down on.
Between the cities of Waynesboro
and Vidalia we passed through a sec
tion of country that has been hurt
for the first time. These people re
port that they had very few weevils
last fall, but were hurt quite a bit
this year, on account of weevils and
rain both. We saw gins running in
Waynesboro, but below this place the
: ginning season was over. This is a
territory that was hurt the second
year of the weevil, this condition be
ing brought about because of the
mild winter of last year and the very
wet summer that has just passed.
On questioning the farmers of this
section they said that wt may expect
damage here next year if the seasons
hit us as they hit them.
Below Vidalia to the Douglas sec
tion we found that the weevils had
been in the country for three years,
and for four years in the extreme
lower part. We shall report on the
condition as found around the little
town of Alston, below Vidalia: TJSVL
ally the Alston gin turns out 3,000
bales in the season. This season it gia
ned about 600 bales. The farmers of,
?tmWect?on- usually-make' ten:-biles
to the plow; this year they made only
j three. These farmers are shipping
I corn, getting $1.10 per bushel for it,
?shipping hogs, growing peanuts and
?tobacco to an extent. The latter prov
jed a failure this year on account of
. the wet weather, but they believe it
: will be a great crop in the future. Al
iso these farmers are shipping sweet
?potatoes, getting 50 cents per bushel
?in lump and 70 cents crated. The
?chief draw back here is the lack of
?knowledge in grading properly and
proper ^storage facilities. These peo
I pie say that negro labor is much bet
Iter here now than before the weevil
j hit them. It is much easier to get day
laborers. The negroes are doing saw
mill work during odd times to make
a little money on the side. Public
work has not yet crippled the farm
ing operations as some so often fear.
This section of the country is only
partly adjusted to weevil conditions.
From Douglas, by Ocilla, through
Nashville and to Valdosta, we passed
through the weevil section proper.
Here it has been for four or five
years. We obtained information in
Nashville that proved of more value
than gotten elsewhere. We met Mr.
A. W. Gaskin here, a merchant who
has been a real benefactor to the
farmers of his community. When the
boll weevil hit Alabama heavily, Mr.
Gaskin made a visit to that state to
study conditions. He foresaw what
was facing his people and began at
once to prepare for it. (We need
nothing but A. W. Gaskins in this
town and county.) He began encour
aging the growing of peanuts, more
hogs, and started the tobacco busi
ness. Mr. Gaskin bought eight Bent
hall peanut pickers and put among
his customers to gather their peanuts
on the share basis, one-eighth being
taken as toll. These machines paid
for themselves in the first season. In
addition to this Mr. Gaskin erected a
$12,000 warehouse, which would
easily cost $20,000 today, for the
purpose of handling the peanut and
tobacco business for the community.
Mr. Gaskin recommends the flat run
ning North Carolina, No. 1 peanut
' for hog grazing and the little white
Spanish for confections and oil. The
latter is bringing the best price on
the markets today. We asked this
gentleman the effect the change in
the farming system had on his gro
cery business and he replied that the
weevil had been a blessing in dis
guise to his people. He said that he
de to Boll Weevil
|n of Georgia
$hce sold meat to the farmers, but
that he now sells hogs for them. Last
year he shipped for the farmers of
around Nashville 32 car sof hogs and
52 cars of peanuts. He said the best
yields of peanuts are near a ton per
?ere of peanuts and a ton of hay.
?The nuts he sells for $200 per ton
?ad the hay for $20 and $25 per ton.
eor those farmers who are thinking
o*? planting peanuts this coming sea
son we suggest that they write Mr.
A. W. Gaskin, Nashville, Ga., for
ictt.d and for valuable suggestions
that he is willing to give from his
experiences. The seed should be ob
tained at once, as they are -going to
be scarce later on. Mr. Gaskin re
ported the cotton condition of his
town as follows: The normal cctton
market is near 7,000 bales; this year
it was 1,200. One farmer told us that
iie made 400 pounds of seed cotton
to eight acres.
. In Valdosta we visited the county
agricultural agent and the official ^
charge of '?he Valdosta cotton exp
ment station. Valdosta was once t
of the greatest long staple cotton
markets in the world, but this indus
try has been almost ruined, so we i
were told by the county agricultural i
agent. Lownes county, of which Val- '
dosta is the county seat, used to grow
12,000 bales of long staple. Now she i
grows less than 500. Mr. Gaddis, of :
the experiment station, will not rec- '
ommend the growing of long staple '
cotton. He says that with normal sea- '.
sons they can grow from one-half to :
$jree-fourth of a short staple crop, i
35? recommends the following vari
ft>es for weevil conditions and places i
p? procuring seed: For wilty lands; !
^fst place, Council Toole, bred by
M. B. Council, Americus, Ga., thirty- ?
is*, per cent, lint, medium boll, one .
inch staple, easily picked ; Secona ,
place, Lewis No. 63, bred by Mr. ]
Council also, lint, staple, boll and :
picking qualities about the same as ?
Council Toole. For land without wilt, i
first place, tither of Half-and-Half, ?
(bred by Dr. Marcus Mashburn, ;
Cumming, Ga., who is the son-in-law
of the late Mr. Summerhour, the
originator) forty-five per cent lint,
seven-eighths inch staple, boll, small
and pointed, or Simpkin's, bred by
W. S. Simpkins of Raleigh, N. C.,
thirty-six percent lint, seven-eights
inch staple, boll, small and pointed,
not so easily picked; second place to
Wannamaker's Cleveland for the
Model Seed Farm, St. Matthews, S.
C., Mr. Gaddis spoke of Hasting's
Bank Account, but not so favorable
of the King cotton. Mr. Gaddis says
that any small boll cotton is prefer
red over the big boll, one reason is
that it has more bolls and that the
weevil will not be able to puncture
as large per cent of small bolls as of
the large bolls.
We have tried to give the farming
facts as we saw them. We met and
talked with very few discouraged
farmers, and those that were proved
to be the less intelligent ones. Most
of them said they would continue to
make cotton, but realized that it
would take more labor to do so and
that it was not safe to depend on cot
ton alone. Some said that the weevil
was a blessing to the people, yet
others said they could never find a
substitute for cotton that would suit
everyone as cotton did.
We were struck with the way there
is cooperation between the town and
country. Every town or city has its
chamber of commerce, usually with a
paid secretary to do work in connec
tion with the county agricultural
agent. Every county has its yearly
agricultural fair. The most progres
sive of the places we passed through
is the little town of Adel, a town
twenty-three years old and with
2,300 people. It is the county seat of
Cook County, the baby county of
Georgia. This town is well fixed with
organized forces to combat the wee
vil. The chamber of commerce of this
town is the hardest working institu
tion we visited.
We were disappointed with the
livestock of the sections we passed
through. There seemed to be plenty
of it, but of very poor breeding qual
ities. This is true of both cattle and
hogs. In the best sections the people
are crossing the Durocs and the
Hampshires on the "pine rooters" to
make a better killing hog. The Hamp
shire seems to be in the majority
excepting the native "pine rooters."
These people do not have the stock
law, a condition that makes livestock
raising very hard. The cattle are
badly infested with ticks, and the
hogs are openly exposed to cholera
by allowing to run to the four winds.
The roads are fine. We passed
over more rough road from here to
Augusta than we did in the State of
Georgia. Some say that Southern
Georgia is the coming farming sec
tion of the nation, and this is ?rue
unless the other states awaken to the
road facts; because good roads will
bc better means of building that
country. We can not say that the
schools are any better than our own.
In fact, they are not so good. This
condition exists because of the large
and careless landlord and the lack
of children in the communities.
The banking and merchandizing
interests are in a substantial condi
tion from all we could learn. We no
ticed that a great many of the houses
are doing cash business. Several
bankers of the Valdosta section of
the state told us ?hey carried over
...ore overdue notes the first year
the weevil hit them heavily than ever
before, but they did not know of a
single bank that had lost on account
of the weevil. The merchants report
the same experiences. At present,
they say there is more money in the 1
country all the year around than be- (
fore the weevil came. This is because |
the market season is scattered over j
the year instead of the fall only.
Land values seem to be going on up
in spite of the weevil. A great deal
of property is being sold. The weevil.
has not stopped the movement of ?
home buying and cutting up the
While our crowd to make the trip 1
ivas small, we feel benefitted our-1
selves by the time and money spent j
and' now feel that we know better
boll weevil conditions than when we
read of them. We think it well worth
any man's time to spend several days
through this section getting acquain
ted with weevil methods and weevil
' L. M. JOHNSON,
W. W. REEL
J. D. KEMP,
M. W. SHIVE,
A. B. CARWILE.
The New Overland Model.
In this issue an atti-active adver
tisement will be found which sets j
forth the merits of the new Overland
4 car. Especial attention is called to j
the three-point cantilever springs '
that make this car ride as easy an one I
of the heavy high priced cars. Tak?e ?
a ride in one of the Overland 4 cars
and you will be convinced that every j
statement concerning these cars is j
absolutely true. It is a marvel when
the low price and comfort of the car
are taken into consideration. If you
contemplate purchasing a car, call on
Mr. J. P. Bland, manager of the Con
solidated Auto Company of John
ston, or Mr. J. D. Holstein, Jr., of I
Edgefield. They will take pleasure in
demonstrating every feature of these
Next Lyceum Entertainment.
Coyla Spring, one of the nation's
best readers will delight you on Mon
day, December 15, if you will give
her a chance. She has possibly read
to more people than any other one
person on the Lyceum platform.
Reading is not her only talent. She
has a superb voice, and when accom
panied by her sister, Miss Lotus
Spring on the 'cello, you will have to
draw straws to decide which gave
you the most pleasure. Tell your
neighbors about it.
Remember that the Lyceum course
is yours and we are running it for
you. Don't fail to back up your own
STRAYED: From my farm last
week a Poland China male hog weigh
ing about 200 pounds. Finder will
notify me and receive a reward. I
have for sale two young mules, 2%
and 3Vz years of age. Price $175
for the younger and $190 for the
O, O. TIMMERMAN,
Modoc, S. C.
RED OAK GROVE
Mr. Kucley Spoke Last Sunday
Very Active Prayer Meet
ing. Flat Rock School
Our Sunday School lesson last
Sunday treated on the narrowness of
selfishness, which in some way is pos
sessed in every human being and we
need to feel our littleness and hum
ble ourselves to become what our
Lord wants us to be.
Only two weeks more and the
great drive for the Baptist 75 Million
Campaign will have ended. Many of
the churches have , had their drive
with encouraging results.
Rev. Kugley from Plum Branch
came to Red Oak Grove in the inter
est of the work last Sunday after
noon, bringing much encouragement
to the workers. Mr. T. W. Lamb, his
captains, Messrs. 0. 0. Timmerman
and Eugene Thurmond with goodly
number of workers were present and
feel greatly helped by Brother Kug
The wekly prayer service for this
week was omitted, and instead, a
Thanksgiving service will be observ
ed at Flat Rock on Thanksgiving day
at 2:30 P. M.
One of the largest attendances at
our prayer meeting was the last one,
being conducted by Mr. Perry Hamil
ton. Mr. Brooks Doolittle Will con
duct the meeting next time, the sub
ject being the word" Blessed." Mr.
J. M. Bussey and Mr. T. W. Lamb
made interesting ?taiks on "Salva
tion" last meeting.
The school at Flat Rock under di
rection of Mrs. J. M. Bussey of Parks
ville an dMrs. Fannie Belle Cobia
of Pleasant Lane is doing splendid
work. The children seem to be en
joying their school life and at pray
er meeting last week was demonstra
tion of their training in the part they
took in the service.
The weatt.er has been ideal for
hog killing and everyone in this sec
tion is enjoying spare ribs, sausage
and the other good things the season
brings. Mr. Charlie Parkman bears
the laurels of having the largest
hogs to kill.
Mrs. Eldred Powell of Sweetwater
has returned to her home after a vis
it to her daughter, Mrs. Will Burton.
Mr. and Mrs. George Bussey spent
the week-end recently in McCormick
as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jock
Miss Evelyn Jordan was the guest
of Miss Mamie Bussey this week-end.
Mr. Oneal Timmerman has return
ed to Scotland, Ga. His presence will
be missed at the prayer meeting, as
he has rendered faithful service, He
filled out his pledge card for the 75
Million before his return to Georgia,
as he contemplates living here next
Mr. and Mrs. Will Whatley were
week-end guests in the home of Mr.
T. W. Lamb.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Hammond
visited Mrs. Maggie Griffis last Sun
day. Mrs. Griffis can walk alone with
the aid of a cane, having been almost
helpless nearly two years from a fall.'
The many friends of Mr. Bruce
Timmerman will be pleased to learn
he is able to resume work and is now
in Greenwood accompanied there last
Tuesday by his father, Mr. Oscar
Mrs. Will Agner spent last Wed
nesday with her daughter, Mrs. Liv
ingston Bailey, near Colliers.
Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Bailey were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Williams
at Red Hill Sunday.
Miss Pearle Bailey, with her pret
ty little sister, Minnie Belle, visited
Miss Bertha Parkman last week-end.
Misses Deadis Dow, Sadie Dow
and Mildred Bussey were with Miss
Marie Hamilton last Sunday.
On last Tuesday Mrs. Oscar Tim
merman and daughter, Miss Lullie,
spent the day with Mrs. Lamb.
The friends of Mrs. Mary Quattle
baum Rush were pleased to have her
visit them again, bringing with her
Master Fleetwood Rush, whose fath
er was wounded and died of wounds
in France more than a year ago.
Mrs. A. B. Young is convalescing'
slowly from a recent attack of sick
ness, and 'her many friends trust she
will soon return to her former self
again, for one so noble and useful is;
always missed in many ways.
Modoc, S. C.