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running to Peak and Spring Hill. T,he
movement had its incep-tion in the de
sire of Mr. J. B. Addy, the present
seeretary and treasurer of tihe Little
Mountain Telephone association, to
have his home connected by telephone
Rev. E. J. Sox.
with Little Miduntain. Hie beg.an an
a :ation for a telephone line, and a
co mpany was o'rganized wxit h D r. Sease
apresident and the line built, as stat
ed, to Peak and Spring Hill. Then
camethe ine Woods line. running
ne of the best lot
ou are invited tU
above Little Mountain and to the
parsonage at Piney Woods church,
ar:d then on as far a's Mr. Dave
Frick's blacks:nith shop. The next
line to be erected was the Wheeler
line., running as far as the homes of
Mr.'John A. Huffman and Mr. George
A. Metz. Following. the erection of
this line~ the Counts line was erected,
to Mr. Henry H. Counts', near Peak,
and down the Chapin road into the
w-tiion where Mr'. J. HI. C1umralander
ives. T,ben wais erected the Feagle
line out to Mr. John D. Shiealy 's and
Mr. A. L. Aull's, and this line was
folloiwed by the Mt. Tabor line, to
he Mt. TboIr en:nmu-niity, and above
Mt. Tabor church. The last line w"as
he St. Pa.nl'. line,~ on-t into the St.
Paul 's commutnitv. as tar as Mr. Wal
er ( unts' residence. Additiona'l
wire has recently been ordered for
the ereetion of -an1ot her line.
These5 lineQs were constrctiedl by
different c'ompanies. and i.t was soon
seen .that it w"ould be -to the adv'antage
of all to merge. the different compan
ies into one association, 'whiich should
have chlargte of the whole system. An
association was formed. known as the
Little Mountain Telephone associa
tion. with centra-l omei(e at Little
Mountain. main:ged and ciontriolled by
prato sle tdb h ascain
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Board of Directors-Rev. E. J. Sox,
J. B. Addy, J. B. Derrick, A. E. Ear
gle, W. H. Epting, A. L. Aull, J. C.
Epting, C. -S. Mat.thews, W. N. She aly.
Mrs.. J. B. Derrick is in charge of
the switchboard :and is unfailing in
her courtesy and in her efforts to give
T,he annual election of officers is
held on the second Wednesday of Jan
The association reeently issued a
very attractive directory, giving a list
of .the ~stockholders and patrons both
of the Little Mountain association
and of 'those having connection with
the Chapi.n exchange. The directory
also contains the oonsti;ution and by
laws of the association.
T:he lines of .the association bring
into close touch the people of practi
cally every section around Litstle
Mountain and Chapin for a number
of miles. Not only is the service a
great con venienice, but it has come to
be almost an absolute necessity. To
business houses it.is a valuable asset;
to isola.ted homes it is a protection,
.nd it brings the people in closer sym
pathy with each other.
In the distiant past the luxuries of
one age became the necessities of the
next; in later times it was so with
succeeding generations, and in the
present age of the progress of the
world the luxuries of today are the
r.eessities of .tomorrow. It -will be
that has ever be
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ict, to buy, and t<
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only a very short time until the whole
South will be traversed by a net-work
of telephones lines, binding the var
ious sections into one big community
with a common interest-the material
and the intel-lectual and moral uplift
of the whole .people.
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BAN~K.
Banking Institution at Little Moun
tain Experiencing Healthy and
Organized in July, 1907, with a cap
ital of $10,000, and starting business
three months later, the Farmers and
Mereha.nts bank, at Little Mountain,
has :experienced and -is experiencing
a steady and .healthy groiwth, as is
evideneed by the fact tha-t in January
of th*is year a three per cent. semi-'
annual dividend was declared andl one
and one-half per cent. was placed to
the surplus, making the profits for
t.he six months preceding four and
one-half per cent. on the inev.stment.
Immediate'ly after the organization
of the institution the erection of a
banking house was begun, and on Oc
tober 2.9, 1907, the bank began busi
ness in its own home-a one-story.
brick -building admirably adapted for
the purposes for which 'it was con
The officers of the bank are:
President-Dr. J. M. Sease.
Vice-president-J. H. Wise.
en brought to Li
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tell your friend:
F OU N.D A
Cashier-W. A. Counts.
T.he directors are: S. J. Derrick,
W. A. Counts, Dr. J. M. Sease, J. B.
Derrick, M. G. Sheely, H. P. Counts,
J. H. Wise, J.. D. Davenport, and D.
E. Farr. '
Tehe officers and directors of the in
stitution are known as energetic and
conservative business men, and their
connection with the bank at once in
spired confidence and assured its suc
cess. Their direection 'and control of
the institution has been characterized
by sound judgment and business abil
'ity, which has resulted in the remark
able 'showing for a banking institnition
little more than a year old whieh the
bank now makes. The deposits now
amount to about twenty thousand dol
The bank has the latest improved
burglar- proof safe, and carries burg
lar insurance, making deposits abso
lutely safe. Five per ent. is paid on
The organization of the Farmers
and Merchants bank met a need long
felt by Little Mountain and blie su-r
rounding country, and the people of
the entire section of country which~
the bank reaches feel a just pride in
THE J. H. WISE 00.
Mr. J. H. Wise, the Proprietor, One
of the Pionieers of Little Mounitain
A 'Successful Business Man.
Mr. JT. H. Wise is the proprietor of
the J. H. Wise company, one of the
largzest and most successful dealers
in g.teneral merehanudise and country
prodlnee in Little Mountain -and the
rrn naing countr'y.
*Mr. Wise is one of the pioneers of
Little Mountain. When he moved to
Little Monnitaini ei.ghteen years ago
Mr. J. B. Lathan was the only mner
cha'nt in business at that place. .The
Columbia, N'ewberry and Lau.rens
road. which was completed to Newber
ry in July, 1890, had not yet been
completed to Dover s Juinetion, below
Clinton, where it zopped for some
time, and wa; just beginning to run
trains into Little Mountain.
When he moved to Litt-le Mountain
Mr. WVise wenit into business with
Mr. J. B. Lat.han, and he -continued
with Mr. Lathan until two years ago,
when he went into business for him
a modern one-story brick building.
ad.joining the Farmers and Merchants
d*, e .e
one of the most modern and most well
adapted places of business for his line
in his commu.nity.
His wife 'was Miss Nora Miller, to
whom h.e was m'arried about fifteen
To Mr. Lathan and Mr. Wise, the .
first and second merchants, respee
tirely, 'to engage in business in Lit
,tle Moun-tain, is due a great deal of
'the credit for the upbuilding of Lit
te iMontain-ene of the most pros
A. N. Boland.
perous comm'uni'ties -in Newberry.
Mr. 'Wise carries a line which draws
a good p)atron-age, and he iss conduet
ing his business in a manjer which
maures a larger grouwth in the future
than inl tihe past. One of the features
oIf his line is a well-selected stock of
MR. J. B. LATHAN'.
The First Merchant at Little Moun
tain, He Founded a Business4
Which Has Grown Steadily.
When Mr. J. B. Lathan located in
Little Mountaiu in October, 1888. the
a nd whereon the town is now locat
ed was growing cottorf and corn and
potatoes. Mr. L-at.han 'was the first
nerehant to engage in busi::ess in
Littl.e Mountain. He.- opened a gen
erpal merchandise .store in a small.
frame. buildinig for:ty feet hmng. du
ti:e site where his large store is now
!ated, and thus the town of Little
Mea':nt ain had its beginn1ing.
Mr:'Lathan came tinttle4 Mann