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YOLUHE Lin, JiUMBEB 53. NEWBERRY, 8. 0, TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1915. TWICE A WEEK, $1.50 A TEAJB.
A Family Hisi
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shealy <*?
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way 1 ogetner ror nearly
Death in Family fo\
The Psalmist tells us that 'The days
of our years are three score and ten;
and if by reason f>f strlngth they be
four score years, yet is their strength
labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut
off and we fly away." And tl. en the
Psalmist further on exhorts "So teach
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A snap shot of Mr. Jacob Shealy
taken, in the front yard of t-is home
in June, 1915.
us to number our days, that we may
I apply our hearts unto wisdom."
It is not often that our days go
foeyond the four score years, but now
and then we find examples of it. It
is a very rare occurrence that it is
permitted unto any two people to go
down the road of life as husband and ,
' ~~ -wife for a Half century, and when it \
nears. the three-quarters of a centuryit
is indeed rare. lAj few years ago
' there were several couples in the lower
section of this county who had trav'
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V Mr. Jacob Shealy, from a snap sbo
cotton in his field in the summer of 1!
eled the road together for more than
a half century, and at ti:is time there
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ing the anniversary of the diamond
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shealy of near
Little Mountain have traveled life's
highway together for a little more than
seventy-two years. And they are botJb
young in spirit and Mr. Shealy is as
active as a boy of sixty summers, and
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v>au i uu u|/ uwu ~ w ? like
a boy. Mrs. Shealy has not been
Wl in excellent health now for several
years, but Mr. Shealy is in fine health
and bears- his ninety-fire summers remarkably
well. He still does tfre work
I about his place and some little work
r rn the farm.
The writer has made three visits to
the home during the past two months
Kin an effort to get a good picture of
Krrs. Shealy, but each. time failed. It
\ory That Is
Have Traveled Life's HighSeventy-five
Years ? No j
r Sixty-five Years.
is almost wonderful to see how Mr.
Shealy can get about. He rides a mule
bare back yef and can mount any ordinary
mule from the ground without
assistance, and he says they never go
too fast for him when he gets on.
His eyesight is remarkably good and
he can read without t) e use of glasses
and is full of life and loves a joke as
wp.11 rvr hprter than manv men much
younger. In fact, no doubt his good
nature and happy disposition have
much to do with his long life and good
healtl during all these years.
j The parents of Mrs. Shealy, Mr. and
Mrs. Bowers, objected to the suit of
young Shealy for the land of their
j daughter, but love knows no barriers.
Arrangements were made for the
young lady to spend a while witl". her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Monts,
and from there Mr. Shealy took her on
a mule behind him and soon found
Squire Mike Fulmer, who often accommrwHatAH
t.hnsp v/ho werp desirous of
entering the matrimonial relation, and
t! e. two were nnited in holy wedlock
, by the 'squire. It was not long after,
however, before the parents of (Mirs.
Shealy became reconciled and they
esteemed the new son-in-law as highly
as any other member of the family.
And tl ey made their home with Mr.
Shealy in their declining years.
Mr. S ealy and three of his sons
served in tiie Confederate army and
all five sons lived until only two years
ago, when the first death in the family
occurred, and soon after another son
died. There are not many families in
which the grim reaper has not apne-ared
for a period of more than sixty
five years, but that is the history of
this S ealy family. Three sons are
still living and all of them are near
the old homestead. Mr. Shestly is living
in the same house that he began
life in more than seventy years ago,
and on t)':e same place where he was
born. If the two should live two years
from the 7th of next February they
will be permitted to celebrate their
diamond anniversary. And Mr. Shealy
will be very near the century mark.
The DeoDle of this section of New.
berry county I ave always been noted
t made of him wf'ile he was hoeing
for their thrift and industry, and while
I they have never accumulated large fortunes,
they nave lived frugal lives and
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those of oti-er communities. The land
is rugged and rocky and yet productive.
The people are honest and intelligent
and are now devoting themselves
more than ever to the education
of their children and taking more interest
generally in the civic and political
matters that affect all tfce people.
They are splendid citizens and good
. ,, i
cnurcii memoers ana worners m an
things for toe betterment of the com-1
munity and the State.
It is the wislh of this writer that Mr.
and Mrs. Sfcealy may be at lefcst permitted
to travel life's journey together
until they reach the diamond anniversity
of the date they plighted their
faith - one to the other. Arid many
more years, too. j 1
Sketch of the Family.
In 1745 a German settlement occupied
what is known as the Dutch Fork
in Lexington and Newberry counties. |
I Among them was John Wendell Shea-1
ly, a young man 16 years old, from
Heidelberg. He married tre daughter
j of John Adam Summer, the pioneer
j of the colony. He made his aome at;
the foot of Little Mountain, less than
a mile from the present town of that j
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Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shealy and t\
several years ago. Seated are Mr. J a
Mrs. Catherine Bowers Shealy, born De
Catherine Bowers married February 7
where they have lived for nearly ti re
Top row, their five sons. Reading
g-hpalv. horn.-November 24. 1844: died
born tMarch 26, 1846; died May, 1911.
8, 1849, still living near his father. I
25, 1351, still 'living near the old honi
June 15, 1857, still living near the p's
name. The fruits of tfne union were
twelve sons and one daughter. Tnisj
was the only family of Shealvs that
ever came to America, so far as this
writer knows; still it is one of the i
largest, if not the largest, single family
in the country considering tf:e fact
that they have been in this country
only 160 years. They were all Luther
ans and farmers. Their industry and j
thrift has always been marked and
ti-ey have contributed more than their
share in the industrial development of
the communities in which they lived.
No people surpass them in hardy, good
health. T:ey are noted everywhere
for rigid honesty. They are never
found in our courts on trial and as a
rule they are ideal neighbors and citi
Home of Mr. Jacob Shealy, and will*
and where his five sons were born. r
house. Standing on the porch are Mi
Long lives with Mr. and Mrs. Sl-ealy ai
against the post is Mrs. John Ballent
lentine is- the daughter of (Mr. and Mi
the center is Mrs. John A. Shealy, Sr.
of the steps are Mr. and ^Trs. Jacc
Hia t\Vi/-?+/-vcrr"ci rvVior fnilorl tn. (rot q prrvnr
cue w ? ovw%
zens. They are good ch U* v/Xi and
school builders. Many of tl:em have
found their way through college and
now they are found in all the profes- J
sions, filling them with profit and
But the subject of tibe sketch is
Jacob Shealy of Little Mountain, New
berry county. He is the oldest living j
representative of this large family.
He is 96 years old, in perfect health,
active and strong?can eat and sleep 1
like a young man. Looks after his
farm and attends his church every
Sunday wihen it is possible, and is active
in aR that looks towards the good
and upbuilding of Ms community. He ?
was confirmed in St John's Lutheran
church, but later In life connected himself
with . St. Paul's, aad.was a strong
power In 'tite organization of IMt. Tabor,
of which -he is now a member.
For more than 54 years he has con
tinually been an officer of bis church
and his pastors Cave always known
where to find him. His life embodies
all that goes to make an ideal church
member, and no pc.stor can recall his
days wit a Mt. Tabor without thinking
of Jacob 9 ealy.
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arms and joined company F, light artillery.
During the greater part of
the war he served in Shultz's battery,
teir five sons, from a photograph made
cob 9 ealy, born November 20, 1820.
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!ueiliuer 4V, iO^O. J&UUU oucaiji
', 1843. Still living in the same house
te quarters of a century.
; left to right?George Middleton
May, 1913. Drayton Isaiah 9 ealy,
John Anderson Shealy, born August
zander David Shealy, born September
!. Lut)':er Washington Shealy, born
ice of his birth.
operating on the coast of South Carolina.
Two of his sons, George M. and
Drayton I. S enty', were with him
there, but they were soon ^hurried to
Virginia. The surrender found him at
Hillsboro, with a clean record as a
soldier and as a> man.
His ability to vividly recount movements
and incidents of the war is remarkable^
and there is nothing that
f: e delights in more today than to
tell "war stories."
In 1842, with a stout and bold heart,
he stole beautiful Catherine Bowers
from her father's house, David Bowers,
ran away with her and they were married.
But, as often turns out ir such
cases, old Mr. Bowers never had a better
son-in-law and was of course very
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?re he has lived all his married life
rhere has never been a death in the
s. Long and her little daughter. Mrs.
id looks after Mrs. Shealy. Standing
ine and her little daughter. Mrs. Bal s
John A. 9 ealey, Sr. Standing in
Sitting in the doorway at the head
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1 picture of Mrs. Shealy.
soon reconciled. To them wer~ born
five sons, wl:o have all reared large
families. Three of the sons are living
in sight of the old home.
This family has the remarkable record
of not having a death in the immediate
family for sixty-eight years,
when the second son, Mr. Drayton I.
Shealy, died, in f\Iay, 1911, at the age
of 64. The second death was that of
the eldest son, Mr. George M. Shealy,
who died at the age of 69, in May,
1913. We doubt if there is another
family in tfte State with such a record.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shealy are living
in the house where all their children
were born, happy and in good
health, and tfhere has never been a
death of any person in the "house. "The
names of the sons are George M., Dray*
ton I., John A., Sr., Learider D. and
Lutf:er W. Shealy. This remarkable !
family is composed of 5 children, 43 i
grandchildren, 94 great grandchildren
and 4 great great grandchildren, making
143 members of the family. Of
these, two children are dead. Drayton
I. Shealy of Prosperity, wino, as stated,
i died at the age of 64, in May, 1911,
! and George M. Shealy of 'Newberry,
| who died at the age of 69, in May, 1915.
\Eigat grandchildren are dead; 19 great
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blessed with such a record. Five generations
living, ail in good health and j
leading honorable lives.
THE NEWS OF PROSPERITY.
Fair Visitors Entertained at Rook Parties?Sunday
j Special to The Herald and Sews,
j Prosperity, August 2.?l.YIiss Willie
! Mae Wise entertained Monday evening
in honor of Misses Creighton and
1 Cowan of Rock Hill. An ice course
| was served.
i Again on Tuesday morning Misses
' Creig! ton and Cowan will be honored
when the Misses Hawkins will give a
Mrs. G. Y. Hunter, entertained Monday
afternoon from 6 to 7 the participants
of the flime reading which was
given in town hall Friday evening.
Mrs. J. D. Quattlebaum has as her
guest Mrs. Ira Carson and children
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I Miss Jtvati aeen Aiercuani in LyiumS
bia is visiting >Vftsses Mary Lizzie and
Rev. and Mrs. E. W\ Leslie leave toi
day for Virginia, where tiiey will spend
the month of August.
Mr. A. H. Hawkins made a business
trip to Greerr. ille Monday.
Miss Jessie Chapman of Columbia is
! enflnrlinor S> fpiV H.8V5 With MiSS GraCC
j Oy V 11 u W. i V ' v?v.w- ? _ _
Misses Ellen Werts and Eula Joiner
visited Mrs. J. B. Bedenbaugh of Poj
inaria last week.
Mr. R. L. Luther of Atlanta and Mr.
and Mrs. E. L. Luther of Columbia
are guests of Dr. and .'Mrs. R. L.
Mr. W. M. Poindexter of Houston,
Ya., spent tiie week-end with Rev. E.
Misses Elberta Sease of Little Miuntain,
and Quinnette Dantzler of Holly
Hill are house guests of Miss Willie
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Black and family
spent Sunday at St. Marks.
Mr. Eric Black and Miss Eunice Fulmer
were married Sunday at St. IMarks
parsonage by Rev. W. A. Dutton.
Mrs. J. O. Holmes and little Cather
ine Colmes are visiting in Columbia.
Mrs. R. T. Pugh and Miss Eula
Joiner wiM spend a few days this week
Misses Lena and Laurie Lester are
spending a while on Sullivan's Island.
Mr. and Mrs. 14:. C. Wise and Mr.
J. L. Wise leave today for Glenn
The county convention of tl'.e W. C.
T. P. held their annual convention at
The Sunday school convention of
Xo. 9 township was held last Saturday
j in Bethel (Baptist) church. Devo
tional exercises were conducted by
Rev. P. E. Monroe, president of Summerland
college The welcome address
was made by Mr. W. H. Long, superintendent
of the Betl el Sunday school.
The response was given by Mr. Joe
Long of the Mt. Pilgrim Sunday school.
The program was then discussed by
the different members of the convention.
The superintendent of the Sunday
school should have Christian
character, intellectual ability, tact and
feel the responsibility of the work.
The teacher si ould make a thorough
preparation of the lesson and know
how to present it. Teachers should
be selected from the best available
material and trained by means of normals,
conventions, teachers' training
course and private.
A well organized home, a well conducted
school and ti-e church are the
factors that make for Christian citizenship.
E>r. G. Y. Hunter made a
very strong address on the temperance
cause. Ruth Hunter delivered aj
recitation, her subject being, "A Fathar'a
Hie following resolutions were
"Deploring the titanic evils of tf:e
manufacture and sale of intoxicating
'drink, and in view of ttje approaching
election on September Hth, on
question of State-wide prohibition.
Resolved, first, That it is the convic- j
GERMANS STILL FAIL
TO OCCUPY WARSAW
RUSSIANS WITHDRAW WITH
FIGHTS IN THE REAR,
Climax to Austro-German Offensive in
- East Expected Hourly?Activity
London, Aug. 1.?The anniversary
of war's outbreak passed without the
Germans occupying Warsaw, said to
be part of their program. However,
news of this climax to the AustroGerman
offensive in ti~e east is expected
hourly, for what little information
is allowed to leak through declares'
the Russians for several days
(ave been withdrawing to the Brest
i line, lea.ing small forces to fight rear
guard actions so that the main armies
may make good their retreat.
These rearguard actions have developed
into fairly large battles, as
the Russians, whose steadiness has
been phenominal in face of defeat, are
offering stubborn resistance and delivering
powerful counterattacks. They
have prevented Field Marshal von
Hinderburg from throwing more of his
troops across the Narew, repulsed German
attacks- northwest of Warsaw and
driven back to the river some of the
invading troops who crossed the Vis
tula south of Warsaw.
In the southeast Field /Marshal von
Mackensen continues his /victorious
advance. He has swept aside the resistance
of t):e Russians and forced
them to retreat along both bank of the
Bug. The Germans already have
parsed Chelm in pursuit. Thus on this
front the retirement of the Warsaw
armies is seriously threatened.
During the montL of July Berlin
cays the Germans captured more than
95,00u Russians between the Pilica
river and the Baltic alone.
The Russians, according to Petrograd,
have stopped Gen. von Buelow's
advance iur Kovno province towards
the Vilna-Petrograd railway. If
Grand Duke Nicholas is to hold the
Brest line after his retirement from v
Warsaw it is necessary that Gen. von
Buelow's offensive be arrested, for
I should he reach the railway he would
interfere seriously with the Russian
It is not yet certain whether the
Russian armies can make good their
retirement from Warsaw. The AustroGermans
Have moved up very strong
reinforcements to hasten their encircling
movement. The appearance of
troops also suggests that the German
staff will not be satisfied with the capture
of the city or even the destruction
of part of the Russian army, but
should this be accomplished will at!
| tack the Brest line and endeavor finall
lv to crush the entire Russian forces.
Meanwhile the Germans, who appear
to have an inexhaustible supply
of munitions, are fighting desperately
to retain every position they l':.old in
the west. They have recaptured part
of the trenches lost to the British near
Hcoge and are trying to regain what
t! ey lost to the French in the iMuenster
region of Alsace ^
j ? An unconfirmf.. report from Rome
tonight says the Austrians are preparing
to evacuate Trieste and already
have removed the machinery of the
tion of this convention that all Christian
people and all others who stand
for the material, moral and spiritual
welfare of South Carolina and the salvation
of our young men from the
demon of rum, should earnestly and
incessantly pray, labor and vote for
"Resolved, second. H:at this conven
tion urge the pastors, Sunday schools
and churches of this townsfcip and of
the State to do all in their power to Insure
a sweeping victory at the poll3
on September 14th."
T e thanks of the convention were
extended to the Bethel Sunday school
and the people of the surrounding community
for the hospitable entertainment
of the convention.
The following officers were elected:
President?J. S. Wheeler.
Vice President?W. H. Loa&
Secretary?D. M. Langford.
lT:e convention "was well attested.
Much enthusiasm, was manifested and
will certainly result in good.