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EXCELLENT E QUIPMENT
INGENTIVE TO WORIK ti
HISO1Y OF WHITMIRE GRAD- f,
ED SOHOOL. ti
Prof. C. R. Olvor, oi Spartanburg,
Building Rccutly Erected.
By R. C. Oliver. i
Fcrtenit years ago when Whitmire
was cihly a village with one store, to
Wilich the far-mers (-f the district as
sembled e (;:' r twice a month to dis
cuss the affairs, li)otical or other
wise, of. the day, and incidentally, to
buy their supplies, there was built a g
small log cabin, which was to servo
its a sh1l house for the community.
This "(ol filN school'' was taught
bY Ars. ;nie LYles Sims. There
WerV only 1 (-.'n pupils ('i11olled, butitil
thI Xt lked i'aitilhilly for two
Tl-he cabiv uA ien ,-eplaced
b., a small frame h'i <''mr. This wasl
the vnd step mid by the citizens e
o th hu le- vail-i.:- i ' N the ad
v: -" -1 I n. m .J iir 'lheir eliil- (01
drveI C,I tw)tr:.-;.! . Hlarper.
Or -1 ',w a cin t:--a.ccessful1
Chiey corner there. -O
)unnml,: ne wits followed by. Mr.
lioberl Pcrrin, of .\l I.: ounty,
who tau.-.ht . :. " II
Then followed a period of growth p
for the school. Mr. S. A. Merchant
acte(d as principal for eight years,
witi an average enrolment of forty
pupils, each year showing a distinct
advancement in the school,not in un
hers, but in interest, which, after all,
is the greatest incentive to a teacher a
for reinewedi eniergy and spirit ini his
0or her worik.
In tile last year (of Mr. Merchant's bi1
work the schoiIol had grown go in num- f,
hers that another teacher was secured fi
for thle primary grades. 1!
Duing 1'e intervening period be- pl
tweeni Iie erecting of. the first school r<
huili ng' and1( thle (close of1 Mr. Mver- tr
chiant 's termi, t he village -had grown V
to be~ a thirivinig mill t own, andl with ci
t his gro'Iwth Iof tihe popiulationi of tile ei
toiwn. t here was an advancement in si
lie school wrol. It may he addoed here fi
R. C. OLIVER.a
that the one frame building was not A
adequate to hold the increasing num-i
her of pupils, and the school was di- e
vided into twvo sections-one section f
going to a small house in another part i
of the town; .of course this was very s
unfortunate, for, with a division such s
as this, there must necessarily be some d
At this period in' the school's life,
the town council met and decided to
erect a seh9ol building that would a
be a credit. to the place, so now we
have a $0000.00 brick building which C
would be a credit to any city. There s'
e three hirge, well heated school
('Ills, and a spacious hall on the
wer floor. In each room are patent
f the latest. type ; on the see
id floor, there is a large assembly
ill, fitted with opera -chairs. A
trnace supplies the heat for the en
re building and electric lights are
Prof. J. H1. Dye, of Chester, S. C.,
superintedent, with Mrs. Dye and
rs. W. A. Andrews as assistants,
nrail the first work in the new
tilding in the fall of 1905. There
Lrl enrolled then sixty pupils.
Prof. Dye, ha;ing resigned the Sup
intendency to go into another field
Work, Prof. R. C. Oliver, of Spar
nburg,- S. C., was elected his sue
ssor. Mrs. Dye and Miss Child, of
)artanburg, S. C., are assistants.
A fine building-comfortable idi
dual desks-and comfortable rooms
e incentives to good work, and the
ipils are showing a great iiterest in
e sellcol, mid by doing hard, earnest
Besides fihe town scholars, there are
tite a number of children from the
untry, who are boarding in the town
d re taking advantage of the op
rtuni1t afforded them for an edu
Such is a brie t' .-istory ofl the Whit
re Graded School.
rof. Oliver And His Assistants In
The Witmire Graded School.
Prof. R. C. Oliver, superintendent.
MI's. J. R. Dye, first assistant.
Miss Elizabeth Child, second -assist
Prof. R. C. Oliver, the superintend
it of the schools, is from Spartan
ir He graduated first from Wof
rtd .Fitting -school and afterwards
oam Wofford1 College. HIe taught
05-06 near Fayetteville, N. C., as
inciplal of a graded school and wvas
elected to this posit ion, b)ut declined
accept the superinitendency of the
Thitmire graded school. Prof. Oliv
~, though still (1iite a young man, is
ithiusiast ic in his work and had the
rongest. endhorsemnentIs from his pro
ssors at Worf'ord College as a stu
mt and a gent lemnan and was very
xbly esteemed as a teacher at FPay
teville. He is energietic, p)ains-tak
ig and1( accurate and enuthusiastic in
is work. HIis specialty is English
'id thle deadl lainguages and in these
has showni renmarkable strength.
Mirs. Dyev, thle first. assistant, taught
.st yea r in thle Whit t ire graded
'hools and has experience in othii
-hools b)efore comning to Whitmire,
uring the last session her husband
ref. J. R. Dye, was superintendent
E the Wliitmire graded schools, and
ithi his wife, had been re-elected for
uis year, but decided to go into an
their business at Chester, and asked
be released. The board.reluetantly
aleased Prof. Dye, bnut ..would not
yhsenlt. that both'of them should go,
ad therefore, Mrs. Dye is teaching
rain this year. This in itself, is
~rong testimony to her worth and
bility as a teacher.
Miss Elizabeth Child, the second as.
stant, is a daughter of the Rev. R.
.Child, D. D., of Spartanburg, whc
a member of the Methodist confer
ce of this state. She graduated
-om Wesleyan Female College, ai
[aeon, G1a., and taught one year at
eneca before coming to Whitmire,
le is a young lady of culture and is
ischarging her duties in the Whit.
ire school with signal ability.
Whitmire not only has a first class
id up1-to-date school building, but
is a faculty of teachers, wvh6 will
mparo favorably with those of any
~hool in the state.
Mr. Thadl W. Coleman, who is p3
bqbly one of the younges't mill sup
intendents in the state, is a native oj
Gienshore, N. C., though his parenti
have lived in Asheillo for quite i
muu'r (1 y2ai-s. has so t.: spcak
"Wwn n') with the Glenn-.,owr3
M:mre - C ;::y. i; can
with tl:e O many whe.n it. was firsi
01*anzud Iad was active an'd inter
ested in thle building of the plant anm
,;illce the milii las beenl inl operatiol
has tu(die( and familiarized hiimsell
THAI). W. COLEMAN.
with all the departmeits of the busi
ness and is therefore thioomahly equip
pod for the respoi)sibie position,whic:
he. now holds. le is a first cousin.tc
Mr. William Coleman and also v
hr(,hAer-in-law., Mr. Coleman having
married his sister. *He has filled
(he p sition as superintendent for th(
pa,;t year, and( is very popular, not onl
ly wi!h lihe Afficials and room bosses
but wit all the operatives of tlie mill
in wI in and in wh1(se wel are In
1111niftests Ilhe 1cst lively inlterevs( aln
is yready and willinlt toel,
an.1 Ynmpatlize with them.
J. V. Thom son..
:dr. J . l h mila', ovi* ersee.ir of ti
w*:ie n a d I i assistant -lperil
teident of the Olenni-Lowry Manu
factul-rinl. CI 11pany, came to Whit
mire fr-om Spat abur. 1e has ha(
tlolt"i gh tiraining. in the mill businles,
a~niun ha'n 1)1a (nneeter wiith (
J. V. THLOMASON.
Glenn-Lowry Manufacturing Comn
p)any for the past two years.
E. E. Child.
Mr*. E. E. Child, v'ice-p)resilet 0
the IFirst National Bank of WVhitmirt
is a 5(on omf the ev D)r. lt. A. (Child, o
lhe hothI CaIrolina Met hoi(hst conit
E. E. CHILD.
once and is a native of Piekens count
where he was born in 1880. He can
to Whitmire from Greenwvood resigi
ing his position of cashier of the Firn
Natignal Bank of Greenwood in orde
to accept the position, which ho no
holds at Whitmiire.
-1i-- -i_5_J_R T
A LONE APPLE TREE TELLS O'
After All Agriculture Is the Backbone
Of Our Industrial Growth-An Old
Man Meditates On These Ohanges,
By J. W. S.
How absolutely unknown is the fu
ture. If two decades ago some one had
told me that I would be occupying a
residence on the spot Where the town
of Whitmire is now located, I would
have *called him a fit subject for the
asylum, but such is life and after
thirty-five years of active farm life
I am living in the town of Whitmire
with my family.
As I sit in my room and look out of
the front door, I see about forty
yards away a magnificent brick build
ing all lighted up at night with elec
tric lights. It is beautiful to beholl.
It is the National Bank building just
Completed and oculpied. On my left
a:4 I look out of my window about
fifty yards away I see a beauttifl
brick iiuldit, whicli is the graded
-m-houl butildin:x, w%hichi is presided
over by three efficient teachers. As I
look out of my back door about two
hundred yards away, I behold stand
iig erect, beai tiful andIjurable the
. NO. W.% scoT.
-WGliln-LowryN Cotton Mllill. MonIIey,
h-rains and '.-up1 have tranisflo-i
t the bridle pathi dow-n thie'spring and
up over (lhe .hils ,and gul1lies and
-t.WkQ--pinles into.gr-aded streets;
Do,wn by the spring- twenty years agco
,stood an1 humnble log cabin
oeccupied by whlite people. Today it
is replaced by a laogo cotton mill, -and
as a souvenir, one old apple tree is
left standing erect and green, whicl:
lemilinds some Of its of other days
when stea and electricity were un.
known in tis section of the county
But, with all these eniterprises and
this progress that have been- made ir
the last fifteen years where does th<
st.ructure rest. I answer, the: mudsil:
upon wvhich the whole structure rests
is the agricultural interest adjacei
to Whitmire. You eense to caus<
mlothier earth to yield forth her ried
products b)uri ed wvithiln 'her generoun
bosom; then it is that electricity wit
ease to do its mission; steam wvil
not lbe needed ; the graded streets will
grow up with grass and weeds.
The farming interests adjacent t<
the town of Whitmire are controll.
ed by a number of energetic, indus
- trious and progressive farmers, mnany
of whom own their lands and home. I
notice a progressive spirit actuating
many of thees farmers. They ar<
erecting telephone service to theji
homes1W out inl thle count ry, so t hey wvil
be in imniiediate (ouch with each othe:
and the towvn of Whitmire.
There will always linger illni my)bo
01m fond recollectelos associate wc iiti
farm life. About six miles from th
old hiisforie Ninety Six public road,
first saw the light of (lay upon land:
granted, to some of my ancestors h:
the king of England. These anices
tars came over from Ireland prior t<
the Revolutionary war.' I still have
home upon those lands, which is an
cessible to me any day. The bray o
the mule, the moo of the cow, th
squieal of the pigs, the cackle of thi
liens, tihe crack of the teamuster's wvhii
and the sound of whoa haw gee wil
always elia ini.,my ears to remind in
of the days thet T spent down n th
Thomas H. Paynter, who wvill sue
coed Senator Blackburn, of Keni
tucky, next March, is a large, muscul
ar--looking inan and looks a good den
like Secretary Tqft, though taller an
y nothing like so ample in circumfor
0 ene He has been a member of th
Kentucky Ceut of Appeals, the high
est judical tribunal in the Blue Gras
v .Stpto, since leaving Congress eight o
'ten years ago.
(l' OFFICE ANE
General Manager R. R. Jeter.
)i. I. R. Jeter, who is general
miianager cf the Glenn-Lowry Mann
facturing Company, was born in Un
iun]) nt near Saintuec. He was edu1
calvd inl (lhe Schlools of this.-eounlty
ard afterw,rnds gr11 (aduaed ait the Cita
dl eadciny in Charleston and at
the Mledical - -liee of South Carolina.
After -raduaticn he located at Whit
mile n1114 had1 a -.11re anld lueralive
practice for- ten %a(r. ie had much
t-) dll with the ur-.r ::ati< it the
I191Y m Vd'a wII it v.as (;Ir-:):lized he
ale u i l .mii ra1c'ievto Ibec00cm an of
11velr inl the comlim".y aind lilts devo".ed
his entirt tieliv to tihe mill bninless.
Much of the drowth and develop
ment -of Wtitinire is due to the en
terprise and business foresight of Dr.
0. M. Watson.
Mr. C .M. Watson, who is private
secretary to the generial manager of
the Glen i-Lowiry Manufactuinig Comn
C. M. WA TSON.
to Whiitmire, and is a native of Green
J. P. JETER,
Mr. Lloyd Osborne is a. na4,
Charlotte, North Carolina, het
present the cashier of the Fire
tional Bank of Whitmire, and be
accepting the position, had nine yeard
of experience as a bank official, hay4'
ing been connected with the Chorlott
THE LATE 01 RO.
A Washington Paper Rejoices that
The Tomb of the Eminent mjw
Gentleman'Ma Been Dis
The tomb of Consul Marcus Tullius
Cil!ero, a Roman gentleman 'whosO,i.
other names the titles, if he had any
seem to have struck a siding as they
hurried alon-r the track, of time, hag
been brought to light after many
years of most undeserved oblivion".
We are very glad to hear it. Cicero
sIAod Vil"ht at the head of the states
men of his day.
History has dealt rather unkfhdl , ,
nt to say gingerly, with Cicero. Very
little, in tiuti, is known of hin, ex ,
"ePt siuch as yOu may find in the
boc ks he left behind, and these areA
written insuch ri'idly unsinplified
lItini that very few peo)le seem dis,
Posed to siudy- them. Novertheless, it 7
is ciliefly for (lie things he wrote t1fat
he became famous, though it must be
ackeowledged that he was also very
.a"M us for nany things he djd not'
write, as all truly great men are. Oiie' '
of tle beautiful truths gathered fron
the fragmentary records of his nobl4
life is the fact that% those -who have'.
things to write would do well t6 fol
low Cicero 's illustrious example o
either not writing them at all, or elsc *'
writinz them in apparently unfat'y
homable Latin. Only in this way Can
one be stire that one 's writings will
never afterward confront him to hi
Cicero, while not a comnmandin~
power himself, seems t,o have made
an in1variable rule of conduct to folj
low the* wishies.aud desires of those in
power. He .wa net only a great di..
plomat, but quite a lucky man as ivellE
Cicero was a great orator, though no.
so supjerbly great as- to~ have be'
ruthlessly flung down th e ages a,
''the hoy orator'' of anything. By
careful and painstaking manipulato
of, the wires, lie succeeded at ~~
point in his career in having hin self
elected one of the consuls, a 'so4
ilorified Senator. Between yai~U
Chautauquia dates lie found tIi~,t
address the Senate quite eloqii
The most notable of these, ofi1
wa iR attack uponalm~,
of P~opul istic p)roeliv'ities ko
Lucius 'Sergius Cataline.
,Just exactly which one of the"t
suicceeded.( in having Cicero oete
thie consulship as aforesaid seo
semewhlat hai-d to determine;'bpII
unldo'ubtedl ability at miek ,~
couphledl with his brillianch i
p)us chaser, stamps him indbl
one, of the few statesmen' of: h: tie~
who wvas undoubtedly 'oun tohis o"
Ciero never seemed t'o 'gain a
great. permanent .political- advaitt
from- his numerous epeecbes-and wii'
Ings, though. he evidentlNtook al
to see that they' were faithftly re
ported in the Record for thi benefit s
of his admiring constitueney. He
was a great'man, and lie had his
tisans, but in' the end-he was reitl4.
ly cut down, and the coup.try maz1a
ed to wabble along fairlyivhl without
It' is a happy thought to know that
Cicero's tomb has been, diepvered. I
shocks us to think that the tomb el
so fine a statesman could 'have beeati
so long lost.
As Christmas nears
How times does fly!
The days are sh60t0' ;