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PEOPLE'S NATIONAL BANK.
An Institution Which Has Been Suc
cessfully Managed and Which Has
Paid Good Returns-The Officers.
E,st abi islit'l in October. 1903, the
People's National Bnik. of Prosper
itv. has st(ltily increased its busi
aemet t of its otieers and boarl oft
di rectors. fihe return from the inlvest
ments has exceeded the high0e.At hopes
ot- those who p1ut their I money in tle
The president of the bank is Mr. H.
C. Moselev. Mr. M. A. Carlisle, presi
dent of the National Bank of Newher,
ry, is vice-prsident, Mr. W. W.
Wheeler cashier, and Col. George
Johnstone attorney. The following
gentlemen compose the I)Oard of diree
tors': M. A. Carlisle, George John
stone, John E. Fellers, Joseph tr.
HuIter. George W. Rowers,. William
Pugh. W. A Moseley. J. P. Bowers,
H. C. Moseley, R. I. Luther, .1. A. C.
The deposits increased one hun
Ored per cent. during the fitst year,
and havT ben steadily inereasing
Prrident H. 0. Moseley.
sincre. I )n-ing- the sping,~ thle seasoni
in the s.mth when thle crops are mtak
ing anmd t he pteople are using their
money, the deposits remained het ween
sixty-one thousandi dollars and sixty
t wo) thoustnandi dollars, while the re
se rve funid and undivided profIts ap
proximat thrIi ee Ithoulsandl dlollars.
'Tie bank hasi openeid about one thous
n4nd accounts since it wa~s establishied.
It owes hardly a dollar either of b6r
rowed money or to other b)anks. A
th he per' cent, semi-annual dividend is
leelaredl onl the first of Jannary and(
hie ft'st of July. Thle bank's home is
i modern strutuhre, handsomely fuir
President H. 0. Moseley.
President H. C. Mloseley was borni
nt Prosperity onl November 27, 1846,
ie Son of Daniel M1oseley. I 1865
le eane.d in the mercantile business
n hiN niative town. heing a member of
he firm of Wheeler & bAoseley. com
rsed of s idn Wheeler and H. C.
Josdlev l;. C.A. M,oseley, for
wventy-five yeans. INo 1-eb r. Wheel
r Vohintarfiny retired, his interest be
le purciased by AMoseley Brothers,
14d te bsiness since hans bee. ru
is Moseley Brothers.
When the war broke out Mr.
doseley was fifteen years of age. He
mlisted in Co. H, Holcombe Legion ,
md saw service on the coast of South f
arolhina. North Carolina and Vir- n
tinia. He was discharged at Golds- b
>oro, N. C., as being under age. He ti
amne home and went to selool a year,
m)d then joined Coleman's Boy Com
iany A, Williams Batallioi, in 1863,
erving as second lieutenant until the
lose of the war.
Wlhen Mr. Moselev and his brother
egan business they had a capital be
ween thei of two dollars.
Mr. Moseley has been engaged
rominently in many other enterpris
s. At one time lhe was in charge of
lhe business of WVheel!er & Moseley,
ankers,; handling two million (do1
irs during his service and losing only
ixteen dollars. This was the first
anikin. business ini Prosperity. He
.as elected presidenit of the Cdlum
ia, Newberry & Laurens road upon01
Is organization, anti served three
ears, hiavior resigned after three
'ears and being succeded by Mr. W.
. C.hiilds. He is now vice-president
uid a director. He has been interest-.
d and is now interested in the saw
tueton cmpay, wielibnit th lC.
. L od. He wastresdnto
he Piedmont Land & -Improvement
ompany 'for several years. He' was
hoson vice-president of. the People's
ational Bank upon its organization,
mud thme first of this year, he sueceeded
fr. M. A. Carlisle-as president. Mr.
~foseley takes pride in the fact that
10 has not drnnk a half pint of whis
eoy during the wh'lole of his life and
hat~ he has ahvays paid his debts.
C hier' W. W. Wheler.
if.V. W. Wheeler, eashi,Wea is
orn in Pr'osperity in d872, the son it
f J. M. Wheeler., Ie' wan chose k
ishier of the bank upon its organi
ition. For two years prior to thai
me he was book-keeper for Uaw
inls Btrothetrs and prior to that tim,
' CimoN Ilo\)whvmitnt.1, 'II.yflom)3w%
WIV was 1, en!aIed inl the mlereantile bu,ts.
Iess il lrperity. lie is a good
anker. Ater (lie baik had heel
I operation seven lothis the govern
ent examinier 'ound that Mr. Wheel
had o hand, aecorkding to the ex.
Iner's count, tenl centls too much.
lie examiner concluded that he himl
if had made a mistake. and toolk
[r. Wheeler's count.
The directors of the bank are well
lown business men, aid the institu
oI has only bright prospects of an
en 1 moret successful biusitiess in' the
COURT or JUSTICE.
:agistrate B. B. Hair De0s With
Offenders Against the Peace and
Dignity of the State.
For many Years Juid.ge R. B.' Hair
is beelnl111 magistrate lit Prosperity,
II he deals etYeetively with the of
niders agaitist lie peace anid dignity
Sith Carolina. He was appoint
ma,g,istrate twenty-onie years ago,
Id has served coitiniuously, with the
Magistrate B. B. Hair.
ceeption of four years.
Judge Hair is well known through
at Newberry county and has ninny
riends throughout the state. He has
inde himself a terror to evil-doers,
it il his court he dispenses only jus
cc. The law is his guide.
Mrs. Classi Bridges is 84 years old
1(d int good health. Site was a Misa
'eeks. Hecr husbanid and( all her
uillren are dlead. She lives with her'
tn-in-law B. B. H-air.
Mrg. Lucy 0. Bedenbaugh.
Mrs. Lucy C. Bodenbaugh, whose
eture we print is niow in her 90th
mnr. Before her marriage site was
:iss Lucy C. Wright, a -sister of the
te Capt. Ri. H. Wirighit of Newher
.She married Mr. Jnto. Adam
edemibaugh in 1845, who died Janu
-y 5, 1899. She has hand four child
ni, but only one is living, the Rev.
W. Bedenba ugh, with whorn she
akes her home. Her general health
kood and she Is -very f6nd o0f read~
g, egpecially the neOwspapers and
sena wealnostA on o..,,.n. ev.1
PAO1RITY STOO 0.
One of Prospority's Largeit And M(
Substantial Business Firms.
Onehi of Pros(1poiity 's larg.est ai
m1Ost ulist ant ial busiiess firms is t
'rosperity Stcek comipany, which w
01r1- an1ize,l inl 1889 with a1 capital sto
of $10,000, for the purpose of sellij
and )IIyilg horses, mules aid oth
live stock, sellin buggies, wagoi
aimricultural implements, harness ai
doing 'a general livery business'
The principal place of business
From 189 until 1903, tie coipai
oiilueted sale staibles at Johnst
J. L. Wise.
and Saluda. During the early pa
of the nineties they also sold muiles
They commnticed busiess at P)ro
perity inl whit is 11w tie stables pr
pwi, havin.- their office inl the smn
buildiln. ThIe bluinles hIs increal
edl So tliat they n1ow have a sepalla
ofTice. with the ulp stairs for a ha
ness room, and a larte bug'y repot
tory 40x100 feet facing Main stree
They carry about 35 jobs on han
ranging in price from $45 to $15
Their principal line is Studebake
Tyson and Jones, Taylor Cannady at
They have a wagon repository ju
back of their office, which they ha
filled with Studebaker wagons.
They sold at Prosperity last se
son about 150 mules, 2 car laods
wagons, and 150 buggies and ear
The president of the company
Mr. A. G. Wise, who is also preside
of the Bank of Prosperityt His ea
eer as a business main is spoken
- Mr. J. Lawson Wise, vice-pre
denit of the company was born<
the 19th (lay of February, 1858,
the lower part of No. 9, about eig:
miles below Prosperity. He was e
gpgedl in the mercantile business pris
to 1589, when lhe went into the stoi
bunsinless Mr. Wise is the son<
Maj. P. E. Wise, and a brother<
A. G. Wise.
Mr A. Birge Wise is the younge
mnember' of the firm, being secretai
and treasurer. He was horn on tl
9th of August, 1854, andl has het
secreta ry and treasurer of the eor
pany since~ 1903. H-e is a son of ti
presidlent, Mr. Allen (4. Wise. I
graduatedl at Newberry college in tl
class of 190:3.
Mr. D). .1. Taylor is in t he emnplo;
mnent of thle company as salesman.
'Tle success which has at tendled i
management oif the company is he:
A. B. Wise,
told by the amo~unt of business that
does. It has done mnehl for Prospei
-ity being always willing to help i
any movement for the 'Advancement o
the town.. The com.pany built a fin
b)riek building on Main street lam
fall, which -is note occupied by th
Liviaet'dnj }iid are cmpstiy - t
fraternity hall on the second flqqr.)
also owns a good deal of real estat
in the Mnronng n mmf-l..
BANK OF PROSPBRITY.
Prosperity's First Public Banking
Institution-The Figures Show Its
rt Large Business ind Good Profits.
Tle Balk of Prosperity was the
t. first publibale lnki,ng institution or
'ranlized inl Prosperity. tle vnly bank
in i busiess in that city prior to the
S.. Irlnizat io of the Blank of Prosper
te ity hein2 thle pivate basnkin blluess
r- of Wheeler & M.seley. From its eq
i tablislenicit the Bank of Prosperity
t. has had remarkable success. Organ
Sized in September, 1902, with a capi
0. tal stock of $25,000, it now has on
, hand over $12,000 in undivided pro
d fits, making the institution really
a $37,000 bank.
Mr. A. G. Wise is president, Dr.
't George Y. Hunter vice-president, and
ve Mr. J. F. Browie cashier. Mr. J. A.
Counts is book-keeper. The follow
a- in. gentlemen compose tile board of
Df directors: Dr. G. Y. Hunter, Dr. J.
- S. Wheeler, S. S. Birge, P. B. Warner,
N. L. Black, C. P. Boozer, A. G. Wise,
is J. F. Browne, A. H. Hawkins.
nt Tie deposits for the past several
i- months haive been steadily increasing,
Df as tiey have done from the oraniza
tion of the bank. A three per centt.
i semi-annual dividend has been paidI
Prsien A G Wse
Presidenntto Au $12,00,ver
clearly shows the ability and success
with which teistitution has been
managed. Dmring the spring monthus
this year the dleposits averaged about
*00,000. Last fall wh'en money was
coming in, instead of going out, as
is the case in the spring mionthis, the
deposits went to about $140,000.
(lahfer 3. )IBrown..
President A. G. Wise.
President A. G. Wise is a man who
has done much for Prosperity. He
has been prominently identified with
the business of the town and of the
whole county since lie first went into
Mr. Wise was born on Saluda river,
in No. 9 township, in 1860, and moved
to Prosperity nine years later. He
attended school in Prosperity, and
was a student of Newberry college
during the years 1877, 1878 and 1879.
Wlien lie left- college lie Went back to
Prosperity and was in the eimploy for
a time of Moseley Brothers, as a clerk
in their mercantile establishment. He
then went into the mercantile bu,si
Later Mr. Wise went into the stock
business in Prosperity, and is now a
member of the Prosperity Stock com
pany, one of the largest business firms
in the county. He entered the stock
business in 1886. The Prosperity
Stock company was organized in
1889, Mr. Wise being chosen presi
dent, whch position he still holds.
Mr. Wise has been proprietor of
the Wise hotel for twenty-four years.
He is a public-spirited citizen, and
is .ever ready to give his aid to any
thing that works for the upbuilding
and the upliftingx of his community.
Cashier J. F. Browne.
The cashier of the Banik of Pros
perity is Mr. J. F. Browne, who was
born in Waco, N. C., in 1870. After
heaving school lie was eniraged in the
railroad business ut ii 1902, when lie
was elected cashier oif the Bank of
Prosperity. He has lived in Pros
perity (luring the past eleven. years,
andl during his stay thiere has made
many warm friends.
In 1903~ he was marriedl to Miss
Annie Belle Wise, a dlaugh*ter of Mr.
A. f. Wise.
A rine Showing.
It takes enier y and ability to make
Bookkeeper R.-A. Counts.
thme showing made by the Banik of
Prosperijty during the short periodh of
its existence, The figures giving the
amnoit of business done, make a flne
banking record, of which any similar
maitituition might be proud.
Two of Them.
''olycomnmittedI suicide, you
know. HIe lost half his great for
tune mn speculation very suiddenlyI."
' Yes, and did y,ou h ear about his
''When lhe heard bi4as to reeceiv
rihat was left the ntudden joy drov0
tim hopeless inend("--Philadelphia