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Good Old Days I
iiditor The Herald and. News:
1 had intended to prepare an article
I for the semi-centennial edition of your I
j aper, but I was so overwhelmed by '
r lie mention of my name as a contrib[
uior that 1 confess that 1 am almost
asiiamed to write a iine. However, j
as I have been announced as a con!
tributor 1 wi'l say something of my j
life in Newberry. 1 will begin with ;
my life as a bo.- in Columbia.
I was then about 16 or 17 years of:
age, and began my life in the business j
world as a printer in the office of The j
ICaroiinian, that paper men d, mg
oaued by Dr. R. VV. Gibbes. It was mv i
privilege then to set up the ad.erase-'
ments. They were what printers know J
as "fat"'?that is it paid well?your \
job paid for a great deal of \Vhat was 1
already set up. i
One night there was a s;na 1 advertisement
from the Newberry Sen;inel,,
a paper then printed in Newberry, for
three printers. 1 "kept this to myself,
but the next morning at the depot in
Columbia 1 found four of the boys from
our office ready to take the train for
Xewberry. This is enough of how I
came to Xewberry to live l worked
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in the office of the Newberry Sentinel
K from January till September, after
which time I decided to quit the print
ing business. I then went to work in
the drug store of Dr. Pratt. Later on
i became a member of the firm of Land
& Bruce, druggists.
I was in Newberry from 1851 to *61, \
and I know all about the town in those
days. Newberry was at that time a
very small village of about 500 inhabitants,
but grew rapidly into a town of j
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One case 7 1-2
One case solid co
50c roils quilt bund
One lot all wool ?
50c value, special yarc
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n Newberry j
f-rk 1 R&fl U??>m11p.d l
%- A V V A a. w 'w w m. ? w
importance. The farmers all of a sud-1
den began to move to town and open, i
stores. It only required two or threeyeais
to ruin tht-m ail. To the best'
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Ol my l'trCOiltCt iun ncm > nanav-ic " ctvj j
the only one that succeeded. He was j
prudent and saved for himself and his I
family. At that time what had been
an old field was built up into stores
a Iiundnd feet long by thirty feet widefj
Newberry was a town having a rail-!
road then, and drew trade from a great j
many other places. The streets were
always crowded with wagons loaded
with cotton from Edgefield, Laurens,
l"nicn and Fairfield. There was no endto
the trado the town received. There
we-e two firms in Newberry that did a
million-a-year business. Walker &
Glenn and Agnew <? :Co. But as the j
railroad was t-xJ ended farther up the j
rnuntrv tho mavLet decreased. From j
i'orty thousand bales a ye;ir it gradually
decreased to thirty and twenty
thousand, and while the town still
grew in importance it was materially
hurt with the extension of the railroad, j
Riit the good eld town of Xewberry !
still lives all the same, and 1 am glad j
to say she is li ins yet. not with the j
same scrowth cf those early years be- j
fore the raUroal- w re extender], bat J
in the true worth and quality of her)
In those days Xeu berry had a :ine
lot of men a? doctors, lawyers and
in^2-chants. In the way of juries there
were Judg<- O'Xeall and Chancellor
Johnstone. At the bar were I.anu>ert
Jones, J. H. Williams. James M Kax- f
ter, Silas Johnstone. Christ Suber, j
Simeon Fair and masv others. In the
ire of doctors we had Dr. 0. B. Mayer
(who was always my best friend
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ana m siruciui-;. r. uu?,
W. Thompson and I). E. Ewart
(whom I think has a son now living
in Newberry), and many others whose
m.mes I can not now recall.
We were a very happy people in!
those days. Parties were given by
many of the best people in town, and
eve rytjody who was anybody was alTi-o
O invituH A fp\V vpar? n !?0 .TflmPS'
'V. Bacon of Edgefield was sent an old
opy of The Rising Sun. a paper then
printed in Newberry, giving an account
of a fancv dress ball given by Mrs. Col. [
Fair in 1S5S. He had it republished in j
the Charleston News and Courier, and;
the only comment he made was: "/re
any now living who attended that party?"
I wrote to him and told that Mrs.
V. J. Pope and myself were two still
living that were present on that occasion.
iVrs. Pope was at that time about
16 years of age, and as pretty as a j
pink, and the last time I saw. her,
which was a few years ago, she was
truly a beautiful woman. Before 1
j- /f ^
du lviens an w
J suits, a regular 3
j value, sale price
$ i n fl/) C/i/* /M /v li
\ y Z/*ZS\J. IJCC UUi ll
from $6.50 up
$18. All wo
c apron gingham,
lor oil calico, special
lies, special bundle, yjg^
jrge, leading shades 39c
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close, I would like to mention two
otd'T food friends of mine who are
still living in Newberry, and they ar<Spencer
G. Welch and W. Y. Fair. I
could say a great deal more about the
people cf Xewberry during the tea
. thorp hilt sill)
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peso others will do that. i.Yhile if given
me great pleasure to recall those
seed old days now gone by, there is a
tinge of sadness as I realize how manv .
of those whom 1 loved and revered |
have long a^o pass; d into the "sreat
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Very truly yours.
R. H. Land. |
THE COTTONSEED OIL IMH'STKY. |
(Py Harry W. Dominick.)
The cotton seed oil mills of .New-,
berry county have played no little part.
in the development?agricultural and
financial?of this section, and to them :
is due a share of the credit of placing j
the once-despised outcast?but now i
"Prince'?cotion seed in his rightful i
position alongside King Cotton. Although
yet in its infancy, perhaps 110 1
industry has made such rapid strides :
as lias the cotton oil industry in the
comparatively few years of its exist- j
ence, and it is toda.v one of the giant? J
of activity in this state.
The cotton oil industry had its be- ;
binning in Columbia, South Carolina, !
several years prior to the War Between I
the Sections, and from that small be- j
ginning has spread >o all parts of the j
cotton growing section of the country. !
The practicability and the possibilities
of the business were not fully realized,
however, until several yi>ars after the
close of the war, and it was not until I
some years later that oil mills began j
:o spring up i:i different portions o; i
tlie ^tat*1. There were orrK a few mil!? j
in South Carolina when the citizen? j
of Newberry county decided to erect a
plant in the town of Xewberry.
On .Inn 24, 1S90. a number of citi- J
zens of this county met in the council
chamber to discuss the proposition.!
John 0 Peep'es presiding. The pro-'
ject received the enthusiastic endorse-;
men* nf thp citizens. and on July 9. i
1S90, the Xewberry Cotton Seed Oil !
Mill and Fertilizer company was'
formed, with a capitalization of $30,-j
000. The stockholders elected the fol- j
lowing board of directors: G. F. Long, j
.T. M. Johnstone, L. W. Fiovd. T. M. j
Xeel, T. V. Wicke r, 0. B. Mayer, H. H. j
Folk, Geo. S. Mower. Geo. W. Summer.:
The fo'lo\Ving officers were elected: |
President. J. M. Johnstone- vice pres- ,
idmt T. M. Xeel; secretary, treasurer;
and general manager. L. W Floyd; at-i
torney, Geo. S. Mower. On July 4,1
1S94. L W Flovd was elected president!
to succeed .7. M. Johnstone, retaining j
also the offices of secretary,, treasurer *
and general manager. He held these '
positions until the property changed j
On August 4, 1890, the building was!
begun on the site on South Caldwell j
street, facing the Southern and C.. X. |
& L. railroads, and on December 29, j
1890, the mill began operations. The
, All the late
3 solid cases ladies' i
in fleeced and ribbed, soe
Lot Big cotton
1 nt Wnnl klanWu.
BOYS' AND GIR]
coals at ..." ^
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original capacity of trie plant was 20
tons of seed crushed every 24 hours
a?;d in addition, large quantities of
fei tilizers were mixed. For several
seasons thereafter the hulls were |
?.ui:;td in i.'.e boilers, there being no;
other known use for th. ni at that time, j
T:e ginnery was erected in 1S91.
The ?JiU'i j ri?< p:oved to i.e one of i
the best-i/avina, industries in this sec-i
tion, handsom.* dividends being de- j
clared annually. When the plant was!
sold to the \ irginia-. arclina Chemical j
company on May l.~, 1:01, the stock- [
holders received $l.."?rt for each dollar!
invested in the property. 11 his mill
was afterwards absorbed by the South-1
prn Cotton Oil company, and is still
numbered among the plants of that
vast system of oil mills. The capacity
of this mill is now sixty tons of seed
crushed daily, in addition to the operation
of a large fertilizer mixing plant
y jH^SP^ fflHHHH
.!".(] ginnery of o'i? nuiidiea bales ot
cotton per day capacity. This mill is /
now under the management of L. W. j
Floyd, Harry VY. Dominick being cash- 1
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it'I". Jt Wil IUUO UC it; II uiaui.i. * u.
has served for a quarter of a cemurj
as manager of rhis plant, ha. ing served
uninterruptedly in this capacity since
the organization of the mill in 1890.
' he rast decade or so has sreii the
establishment of four other oil mills
in Newberry county, the Prosperity
Cotton Oil Mill company, Prosperity;
the Farmers' Oil Mill, Newberry; ttic
Pomaria Oil Mill, Pomaria; the Little
Mountain Oil and Fertilizer company,/
The Prosperity Oil Mill company''was
organized in 190-3, with a capital
Ann Thic r*lnnt hnj; a canacitv
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of 20 tons of seed daily, and has a
ginnery which can turn out 60 bales
of eocton per day. The officers of the
company are: President, Dr. .T. S.
Wheeler; vice president. R. T. Pugh;
secretary and treasurer, C. B._ Bedenbaugh;
general monogei, H. J. Rawl.
Tbe Farmers' Oil Mill, capitalized at
$50,000, was organized in May, 1904,
and began operations in September of
us Cloth Top, al
50c underwear, i O
cial garment tOC
"ow $2.48 up
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:.48 to $4.90
the same year. This mill has a capacity
of 40 tons of seed per day. A ginnery,
with a capacity of 75 bales of
cotton per day, an ice plant, with a
capacity of 20 tons of ice daily, and
?> vn'lof mill wirVi a oo na r?it v nf nfl !
Ci. i u X L ulil x, '? itii u vu^uv*v; v a. v v
barrels of flour, are operated in connection
with the oil mill and under
ue tame management. The ice plant
was erected in May, 1907, and the roller
mill ir. June, 1915. The officers of
the Farmer's Oil Mill are as follows:
President, Alan Johnstone, Sr.; secretary,
treasurer and general manager, j
J. H. IvYicker; bookkeeper and cashier, i
K. A Feagle.
The Little (Mountain Oil Mill ana j
Fertilizer company, with a paid up j
capital or ^o.tjuu, is an up-to-ciate piant |
of 20 tons capacity. It has in addition
an improved ginnery and roller
mill. Under the supervision of efficient
officers, this enterprise has been
most succssful, and is today numbered
among the best paying investments in
:hi? cprHnn .T H 'Rntiniy nf T.itt.l**
.Mountain is president, secretary and
measurer and J. W. Washington superintendent.
The Pomaria Oil Mill of Pomaria is j
o\\ ned and operated by A. H. Shealy,
who is a young, energetic and practical
oil mill man. This plant was
: rested about ten years ago, and has
been the leading industrial enterprise
of that community since its organization.
The capacity of the plant is 20
fens of seed per day, and m connection
with the mill a large ginnery is
All of the oil mills in Newberry
rornty have been successfully manned.
and have proved to be good investments
for the stockholders. Since
ti e beginning of the industry in this
county, the price of cotton seed has
:i>on from $9 a ton?which was the
iverage cost during the first seasonto
$45 per ton, which has been paid on
ti e local market this season.
Many other startling and important
ar ts could be mentioned in connection
with the industry, such as the many
;huv uses which have been found for j
tl?p products of oil mills in recent j
vears but, after all, they would only ;
^rrpiiasize tne tact tnat, aitnougn on
mills ha e now been in operation for
ilmcst half a century, the industry is
still in its infancy, and time alone can
unfold the many wonders that are ?yet
to come out of the once-despised cotton
seed?and all the result of the cotton
seed oil industry. In the words
of another: ''Cotton seed feeds you
ard your beast, clothes you, dresses
wounds, cures your diseases, gives you
i soft bed to sleep upon, covers you
when cold, keeps you clean, lights
' our houses and vour mines, beauti-i
fips vour temples paints vour houses, j
'ubricates your machinery, disinte-!
urates the rocks that impede your
nrogress, gives you a roof over your
head, repels the foe from your soil.
If there is any other product of nature
under the canopy of heaven that
is so intimately connected with the
welfare and progress of man, I can
not find it." t |
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AH wool sere
$10.00, $ 12.51
$14.98, $18 an
$22.50; fur trm
mings; sale $9.9
just arrived b
you can get
good coat fc
$2.98 to $18. J
\inii are. anina t
^ V U huy
a coat c
1 coat suit, do nc
miss this chanc
ftfA K?n.v #f%
&/UU fc * V4 w
die Boys' Clothing; suits.. Sr
Lot Men's 60c Le\
Lot Men's Overga
4U0 pairs men's sftoes,
$3.00 values, sale price
[ When They fan't Fix It
either send it back to the factory or
throw it on the scrap heap, is what
those who know the men say of Sam
Dominick and the Dominick Auto
Motor and Repair Company. Sam and
Gus Seizler know automobiles from
crank shaft to windshield?and the
are the doctors. Both skilled mechanics
and both of them hustlers in all that
the word implies. The Dominick Auto
and Repair Company is the newest
garace in Newberry?and "a new
broom sweeps clean." If you need repairs
on you auto or any kind of motor
you will do well to phone Sam. And,
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S3.V, nave you seen max uvcuouu
he's selling? W?ll if you haven't and
need a car, "just take a itip from dad"
and phone Sam. It's some car; can't
he touched by any of 'em at the price.
Guess you've heard about the Knight
motor. Well the Overland has the
Knight motor in it?and it's the only
car that sells for anything near the
price that has. Kings, princes and
potentates buy cars with Knight motors.
Phone Sain. He'll be glad to
demonstrate the Overland.
CALDWELL & HALTIWANGER
A Very Attractive Store For the Ladies
of the Commnnity?Well Esfabished
One of the most attractive stores to
the feminine view of things in Newberry
is Caldwell & Haltiwanger's, on
Main street. This store makes a specialty
of ladies ready to wear, and carries
a large stock of a high grade of
goods, offering to its patrons the verybest
that is put on the market in ladies'
ready-to-wear and notions to suit the
feminine taste. This business has been
in successful operation for about fit
teen years, having succeeded tfie well
known and popular Cash Company.
Messrs Caldwell & Ialtiwahger have,
after making a conspicuous success in
Newberry, gone to Columbia and opened
a ladies' store which is one of the
leading business houses of the capital
city. The business here is under the
management of Mr. Joseph T. Hutchi
son, who is thoroughly familiar with
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the business and witn me traoe. ne
is an authority on ladies' goods, having
had a long and wide experience in that
line of work, and being affable and
pleasing to the women of the community
who do the trading.
This store handles all kinds of ladies
ready-to-wear and dry. goods, notions
and fancy goods. They have a miiu.
nery department that is second to none
in the state, and is patronized by the
ladies from all parts of this section
who come to Newberry to trade with
Caldwell & Halttwanger. Mr. Hutchison
is a good buyer and. an excellent
salesman. He'keeps his stock up, and
can supply all that the lady making
her own outfit^, wants to complete It.
He is a good advertiser and his an
nouncements to the trade are always
read eagerly by the housewives.
s A I F. II
1.98 to $10
iters, now 25c I
! 50",,, $1.98
Crepe de Chine Waist
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