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OL. XXXVU MANNING, S, C., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1917
Col. Thomas W. Wilson Heavy
Summerton-Other News fi
(Special Correspondent to The Man
ning Times.) r
About 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon
smoke was discovered issuing from
one of the cotton houses on the plan
tation of Col. Thomas W. Wilson, just
outside the city limits of Summerton.
Vigorous efforts were made by those
:n the plantation to subdue the
flames, but they had gained such an
impetus that it soon became evident
that not only the cotton house but
other buildings on the place were
doomed. The cotton house where the
fire originated contained 16 bales of
excellent cotton and between ' 1,500
and .2,000 bushels of corn in. the .corn
houses, all of whidh were consumed.
All .the corn houses, cotton houses and
stable were destroyed, notwithstand
ing the strenuous efforts of those on
the plantation to resist the flames.
Unfortunately Col. Wilson carried no
insurance and there will be a total
loss which will run up into the thou
sands as not only the cotton in one
of the houses was consumed but prac
tically all the contents of the stable
and other buildings so rapidly did the
flames spread that it. was inpossible
to save much of the artieles in the
other structures. Fortunately no live
stock. was in the stable and it was n
saved. The origin of the fire is un
Col, Wilson has a large amount of
fine cotton which is yet unpicked and ii
by reason of which condition lie is. .n
fortunate in that.this amount did not e
meet the same fate as the portion p
which was picked. . t
The smoke was plainly visible from p
the business portion of Summerton J
and, being so far remote from town e
the fire department of the city could t
render no assistance. ti
The Colonel had just built a new,
and beautiful house on his plantation d
which is nearly completed and which t
was to be his home. Mrs. Wilson was
in Summerton where the Wilsons had
been making their home until the new
residence was completed.
New M. E. Minister. a
At the Methodist conference held ?
in Bishqpville last week Rev. C. C. t
Derrick, who has held' the pastorate d
in this city for the past four years
was trr.nsferred to Clio, South Caro- t
lina. He is to be succeeded by Rev.
Wiggins. It is with keen re
gret that the people are to part with
the ministerial duties of Rev. Der
rick, who has made such a pleasing
impression on all the citizens during ,
his residence here. Were it not an
inviolable rule of the M. -E. Confer
ence that, at the expiration of a min-I
ister's four years' pastorate in onet
place he shall be transferred the pee
ple would make strenuous efforts to
retain him, in Summerton. He willr
carry the best wishes of this comnmu
nity wherever he goes.
Mrs. Scarborough Convalescing. n
Mrs. 0. C. Scarborough, presidlent r
of the Red Cross, who la's been qjuite r
ill for some time is convalescing. The
people of Summerton are very thank..
ful and pleased to learn that this
estimable womap is on the read to a
Commendable Work of Red Cross.
The dlelegates of the Red Cross are s
busy in collecting and working up t,
garments for the soldjers and in p
every wvas contributing to the com- t
Inendable work in this critical period 'n
of the cousntry. j
Miss Aleine Rienbourg, secretary o
of the Red Cross, is being ably sup
portedl. by the majority of the patri- E
*otic women of Sumnmerton who are f
devoting great patriotic spirit for the a
welfare of the boys in the trenches. c
holiday at Schools.
Pupils and teachers of the schools
of the city will be given a holiday p
vacation Thursday and Friday of this a
week 'and they will be with their t
friends at the festal board, when the a
roast turkey, all kinds of sauces, pud- n
dings and the oth'er trimmings are i
dished up for their delectation. t
D BY FIRE
Loser in Conflagration at His
N Pastor for Methodists in
om the Hustling City.
The majority of the teachers will
eturn to their' homes or visit friends
a other parts during the vacation.
'rincipal E. Wade Cranford will take
a Columbia and other places while
he Misses Mobley, instructor in
ausic, Riggs and Garvin will likely
o to their homes. Miss Cora Canty
ontemplates pasing Thanksgiving at
er pleasant home in Summerton.
Liss Francis Loftin goes to Columbia
nd Miss Dora Hartzell to her homo
a Cherav. * With Thanksgiving the
eason of holidays is just opening
nd from now until Spring these occa
ions-,will be in order quite frequently.
Cotton Still Coming In.
The two ginneries, which are well
quipped for handling the large busi
ess that comes their way, are still
rowded with cotton. Many who had
een holding their cotton, and the
te pickings, are swelling the busi
ess late in the season.
Last week the examinations for the
rst term of the year closed. It is
redicted that the pupil's papers will
isclose a large amount of erudition
bsorbed during the past few weeks.
xamining and marking the percent
ges of the examination papers is
ow in- progress by the teachers.
Beginning of Manual -Training.
What may ultimately result in the
itroduction in the schools of Sum
ierton. of that importaht branch of
ducation, Manual Training, now a
art' of the curriculum of many of
le schools of the country, is the
roposition to organize a chapter of
unior' Red Cross for the purpose of
niisting the 'services of the children
i Red Cross work and which, with
le other duties, will include their ef
arts at utilizing their skill in making
ifferent articles which will be useful
a the soldiers. From this initial
ovement it is but a step to the in
roduction of the Manual Training
ystem which has proven of such
alue in other places in giving the
upils a preliminary training in the
rts and trades and which has been
f great service in later years when
ie scholars left school and, not being
isposed to take up a profession and,
many cases not in a position to
nter college, have directed their at
ention, to learning some trade.
.Calhoun Literary Society.
One of the interesting side lines of
istruction and entertainment in the
ummerton High Schools and which
akes for valuable training the pu
ils in becoming proficient in speak
g, writing and extempoianeous de
berations are, the regular sessions of
lie Calhoun Literary Society. Meet
igs are held regularly every two
reeks, but owing to the recent exami
ations in the schools the last meet
ag was deferred until Monday of this
reek. At these gatherings of the
iembers debates, themes, essays,
endlings, recitations andl in instru
aental andl vocal music become im
People Coming and Going.
Ex-Representative John 11. Dingle
ndl wife drove over from their large
lantation near town andl passedl a
aw hours Monday in shopping and
ieeting their many friends in -this
ection who are always glad to ex
andl the hand of hospitality to these
reminent members of this communi
y. Mr. Dingle is a broad minded
ian, of excellent qualities and his
idgment and counsel in the affairs
f the community are Qntertained.
H. A. Richbourg, manager of the
ummerton Live Stock company, is
ull to the rim of business these (lays
ndl one must necessarily get a move
n if he manages to keep a tab on
im. On Monday he had business in
Hustling business conditions still
reviail in all lines of commercial
ctivity in Summerton. Trade con
Inues heavy and large sums 'of money
re changing hands. The several
iceantile establishments are replen
ihing their 'ltocks rapidly to ,meet
RED CROSS NEWS
At the Red Cross Convention in
Columbia, Mr. Walling, of Washing
ton, said "I was pleased to hear the
big things (lone in the big towns and
counties and the small things done in
the small towns and small counties,
but what pleased me most was the
unselfish, patriotic spir'it of tlye little
town of Ridge Spring in Saluda
county." Ridge Spring has a Chapter
but the county seat, Saluda, has not
organized, and Ridge Spring is wait
ing for Saluda to have a Chapter and
then she will be an auxiliary to
I am so glad that our Chapter is
Clarendon County Red Cross, and we
are all working together to make our
Chapter as good as the best. Man
ning has no Red Cross Chapter but
is working for the Clarendon County
Red Cross. In the parade in Colum
bia a delegate from Summerton held
one side of the banner, and a delegate
held the other side, and the banner
was the Clarendon County banner.
The Headquarters located in Man
ning, belongs to the county, and all
the Red Cross Members in the county
must consider it theirs. Come in
when you wish, the building is open
from 10 to 1 in the morning and 3 to
5 in the afternoon. There is always
a good fire, and plenty of comfortable
rocking chairs, as well as several
straight chairs to use at the sewing
machines, and some one in charge to
meet you and- make you welcome. A
lady from Pinewood was in Manning
one day last week, and as the gentle
man she wished to- see on business
was out of town, she spent the time
in the Red Cross, sewinig for the boys.
Then, on another day, a lady just a
few miles out, while waiting for her
husband, spent the time sewing. Now
wasn't that a nice way for these
ladies to spend this waiting time,
which would otherwise have been
The "Priscilla Club" instead of
meeting in the home of -oie of the
members and having % :east, as had
been their custom, met at the Red
Cross and sewed all the afternoon
and (lid not have even a drink of
water. Quite a number of finished
garments for the soldiers was the re
sult of this unique style of entertain
ing. Cone again Prrscilla, you are
always welcome! Can't some other
club follow suit?
The Red Cross wishes to acknowl
edge the following donations:
$90.00 as a result of the.lHallowe'en
Carnival, gotten up by. Miss Vallye
Appelt and Miss Ehrich. We can al
most touch bottom in the money
drawer, so hope other communities
will get up entertainments and turn
the proceeds into the Red Cross
Mr. and- Mrs. Judd White gave a
As for Mr. White and Mr. Clarke,
next door, the Red Cross simply could
not run without them!
The ladies from all over the county
have been sewing ana knitting, and
finished work is coming in steadily,
if somewhat slowly, there has been
an improvement both in the quantity
and quality of the ,work (lone, but a
great many more must get busy, and
work faster, if our sici soldier boys
are to be promptly supplied and Clar
endon County is to rank as "good as
Miss Jessie R. McLean,
The Manning fire dlepartment had
their annual feast last Friday night,
and it wvas an occasion long to be
remembered. Mr. C. R. Sprott gave
the company $150.00 for the good
work they did at the Oil Mill fire,
andl Chief S. L. Hluggins placedl $50.00
of this aniount in the hands of Mack
Rich to get up the supper. Mack is
always on the job when it comes to
eats, and this time he surpqssed all
other occasions. The supper was a
swell affair and prepared to a Queen's
taste. When all of the boys assembl
ced around the well ladened table of
turkey, barbecue, chicken and every
thing that goes to make up a feast,
Chief Hiuggins arose andI in a few
wvords of appreciation to the members
of the- company in wvhich they wvorked
for him during his five years as chi'ef,
he tendered his resignation. But as
he gave no reaso'n for quiting the
boys, his resignatioii was not accept
ed until he was asked why he did so,
and with a blush, though happiness
~parkled in his eyes he said: "I am
.to be married next Monday." O(
course, he was then excused from his
position, and after wishing him great
joys and nmuchi prosperity on the
matrimonial sea,...Mr. Bertram Wein
bor'g was 'elected to succeed him as
chief. Everybody enjoyed the occa
sion, and sufflee It to say that Mack
in rome cook1/
MRS. SPROlT'S FORMER
A novel, but highly enjoyable oc
casion, was that of last Wednesday
evening when a number of Mrs.
Joseph,Sprott's (Miss Josie McLean)
former scholars met at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Gerald, and, in a
measure, re-enacted some of the
school performances of nearly thirty
years ago. It was in the nature of a
surprise to Mrs. Sprott, the guest of
honor, .and for an hour or two, she
and her old scholars vied with-each
other in recounting school-room hap
penings of those good days.
The guests began to assamble at 8
o'clock and by 8:30 the parlor of Mrs.
Gerald's elegant home was well fill
ed with strictly a Jordan bunch of
The following program was render
ed, it being some part of the per
formances held at the Jordan school
house during "Miss Josie's adminis
1. Medley-By all the old pupils.
2. Address of Welcome-Mrs. C.
3. Song, Robin Red Breast-Joe
4. Song, The Wood-pecker-Joe
5. Recitation, Charge of the Light
6. I am Only Sixteen-Mrs. Felix
7. The Swallow and I-Mrs. C. N.
Sprott and Mrs. J. W. Heriot.
8. Tableau, Coming Through the
Rye-Mrs. Jos. E. Davis and Joseph
9. Valedictory-Clarence Sprott.
At the conclusion of these exercises
Mrs. Jeaeph Sprott- addressed her old
pupils, much to their delight; the
temper of the crowd seemed to be for
speeches so we had short addresses
from Mrs. S. M. Sprott, Mr. C. R.
Sprott, Dr. T. J. Davis and Mr. Jos
The latter's speech was in defense
of himself for having broken up the
Jordan school and your correspondent
thinks he vindicated himself. A good
part of his speech was reminiscent.
He told of the opening of the first
store at what is now Jordan, his
father being the proprietor. le and
Mr. C. W. Wells, father of Mr. T. M.
Wells, Mrs. T. F. Coffey and Mrs.
A. J. White, our worthy townsfolk,
were the clerks and were sent to
Charleston to do the buying; at this
time the only name the cross roads
bore was "Jordan Old Field."
When they placed an order for
printing, he was asked for the address
-he gave it as "Jordan Old Field."
Mr. Wells replied "let's call it .Jor
dan," which was agreed to, so the
'old Field" was dropped then and
there, and ".Jordan" it has been ever
At the conclusion of these exercises
a delicious salad course was served,
followed by ice-cream, cakes and
coffee. The guests were served by
Misses Fannie James Davis, Maude
Sprott and Leila Margaret Dickson.
TI'he following enjoyed the hospi
tality of. Mr. and1 Mrs. Gerald's home:
Mr. andl Mrs. Joseph Sprott, Mr. and
Mrs. C. R. Sprott, Mr. and Mrs. ,Jos.
E. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Sprott,
Mrs. S. M. Sprott, Miss .Jessie Me
Lean, Mrs. J. W. Hleriot. Mrs. Alma
Bradley, Mrs. S. A. Hunter, Mrs.
Felix Dingle, Mrs. G. L. D)ickson, Miss
May Lesiesne, Mr. ,Jose'ph Sprott, -Jr.,
Mr. Jos. L,. WVells, Dr. T1. J1. Davis,
Mr. Jno. W. Lesesne, Mr. R. C. Wells.
- --o --
Several of the traveling men were
held up in Manning Tuesday by rea
son of the scarcity of gasoline. Many
were comp~elled to make the surround
ing towns by rail. There is a short
age of gasol ine at Summerton, Sum
ter, Florence, Bishopville andl other
places. Another argument for cut
ting out joy ridling andl assist in con
serving one staple that has become
an important factor in commercial
Miss Wilson Entertains.
Miss Pauline Wilson gave a Rool5
Party in honor of her friends, the
Misses Lachicotte, on Monday after
noon. Lovely Chrysanthemums wvere
used for (decorations, and (delicious re
freshments served after the game.
Those present wvere: Mesdames W. C.
Davis, ,J. A. Weinberg, English Plow
dlen, E. C. Horton, I. I. Appelt, A. C.
Bradham, G. W. Williams, Misses
Vallye Appelt, Edna Brockington and
Jeanie Mc Lean.
Little Over One Half Million
This Year-People Instru
grestive City to the Front
(Special Correspondence The Times.)
"This was all a swamp and water,"
said a gentleman, when pointing to
some of the principal portions of the
present site of the large and pros
perous city of Pinewood. "I have had
many a good swim out there," said
he pointing to a spot not far from
the present station. Now all is
changed and one can hardly realize
the situation when the pioneers first
settled here and began the transfor
mation that has been wrought in the
plhce. But Pinewood's experience is
only that of history repdating itself
in the case of many of the largest
cities of the land today.
Pioneer of 1744.
In' 1744 DLmsey Griffin was born
within the present precincts of Pine
wood. When a young man he, not
unlike many other young fellows who
become imbued with the idea that
ther are more congenial places with
better advantages for them to hit the
goal, moved over into the state of
Alabama. But after residing there
about a year he decided that the ok(
home site in South Carolina was good
enough place for him to cast his lot
in life's gamble, and moved back
to Pinewood where he acquired about
700 acres of the virgin soil in this
section and resided contentedly here
until his demise in 1866.
First Mercantile Establishment.
In 1888 the Manchester and Augus
.ta railroad was built into the place
and with the advent of the steel rails
and the locomotive with its ears this
harbinger of progress for the place
gave a business impulse to the local
ity which resulted in the business
activities which have characterized
the town from that time until the
present. 1)r. H. A. McClern estab
lished the first sawmill in 1889 and
opened a commisary becoming in
fact, Pinewood's first merchant. C.
L. Griffin opened a mercantile house
in the same year and was followed
by Manning Welch, the Stack Broth
ers and others of the present day.
I' irst School House.
Early attention was given the cause
of education and the first school house
was built in 1890 with Miss Rydia
Keels, now Mrs. E. B. Felder, as the
pioneer instructor for a class of
pupils of an enrollment of 20 chil
dren of the community.
Modern $10,000 Structure.
Such has been the interest taken
by the intelligence of this community
that today Pinewood has a large brick
school house with all the nyodern at
tachments and accessories for suc
cessful instruction of the youth, built
andl designedl for the special purposes
to which it is to be dlevotedl, with an
enrollment of 1:30 pupils. In secur
ing II. G. Gibson as plrincipal to
supervise the instruction andl disci
pline to be dlealt out the people are
to be congratulated upon their choice
of a person wvho, wvith his able as
s istants, the Misses Eubanks, Burk
ner, Mrs. A. P. Toomer and Miss IBes
sie Geddings, wvill intelligently (is
M. E. Log Church.
Prior to the advent of the rail road
with its pirogressive features the peo
ple had displayed their interest in
spiritual affairs by the erect ion of a
log church by the Methodists wvhere,
in their primitive days they couldl as
semblle for wvorshiip. ILewis llenry
D~esChamps, one oIf the sturdly men of
the pioneer (lays, who was instru
mental in'many ways in promoting
the best intere'sts of P'inewoodl and
community, was chairman of the
building committee of. the Methodist
congregation which built the first
frame church in Pinewood. This
structure was later moved to another
lot and became the first schoolt house
in PinewoodI. When the frame build
ing was moved away the present
beautiful structure of the Methodlists
At the present time the Presbyte
rian andl the Baptist congregations
are rep~resentedl by beautiful struc
turep, the Presbyterians being suc
caned~e by the Baputiss
Dollars Goes for . the Product
mental in Bringing This Pro.
-Pioneers of the Place.
I'lourishing Knights of Pythias.
In the fraternal orders the Knights
of Pythias have a large membership,
and are in a prosperous condition
with new members being afliliated
with the order.'
City Government Management.
With the present management of
the, affairs of the city the best inter
ests of the citizens are in a way to
be best conserved. Such men of good
business acumen were selected at
the last election from among those'
of the community as represented by
the following personnel:
Mayor, B. D. Griflin; wardens, Dr.
K. O. Rinehart, J. S. Richardson, W.
D. Epperson; health officer, Dr. K. 0.
Rinehart. Suffice it to say that the
orderly tenure of the community is,
in a large degree, due to the vigilance
of Chief of Police Rufus Thames. A.
*L. Burkett served first term of mayor
in Pinewood's entrance into the field
of municipalities of this state.
Many Ginneries Established.
Within the city of Pinewood are
located two ginneries which will aver
age about 1,500 bales of cotton each
per year. They are owned and ope
rated by J. M. Hicks and J. R. Grif
fin. In the small adjacent commu
nities are five other ginneries which
contribute to the large shipping busi
ness of Pinewood by making their
shipments from this place which has
such excellent shipping facilities.
Cotton Buyers. .
Pinewood being the large cotton
market many of the large buyers of
this staple product are located here
among them being Richardson & Ep
person, R. Lide, P. B. Lawrence and
R. A. Ridgill.
Over Half Million for Cotton.
Some conception of the prominent
place that Pinewood holds in the cot
ton shipping market and its import
ance as a commercial center and the
amount of money paid to producers
for this one product of the plantations
may be readily conceived when it is
stated that the shipments will aggre
gate 4,000 bales of long staple and
other varieties when this year's busi
ness will have closed. In round num
bers the shipments of seed will ag
gregate 200,000 tons and at the pre
vailing price' of $75.00 per ton will
amount to the large sum of $50,000
saying nothing of the cotton which
would probably reach an additional
sum at the average of 28e per pound
of about $500,000. This would bring
the collosal transactions in cotton and
its by-products in Pinewood for the
year up to a total of more than one
half million dollars. It will be readily
seen that there is a reason and a good
one forj the great prosperit y p~revab .nt
in all lines of tradle within the p~re
cinets of this thriv'ing community, andl
that such a large amount of commer
cia! transactions in any one line of
prodluction would be an important
factor in placing any cit~y to the front
ando give it a prominent place on the'
Weigher Lawrence Busy Alan.
Sonme busy scene is presented at.
the railroad stat ion and on the plat
forms ' where cotton is being received
and weights checked -out by 01li
cial Weigher, R. A. Lawvrence, and
his assistants who are on the .ioh
early and late (luring the hostling
season of this year.
Messrs. C. B. Kotb aund A. F. Ragin,
station agents at. Piuewood, are con
genial gentlemen, olig ing in their
dluties wvith the public and faithful
employes forj the comnpany in the
transactions of thle large a mount oif
business which is a featuore of Pine
('ity' of Heautiful Homes.
WVithbout some aollus ions t~o the taste
fully arrenged streets andl homes of
the city of Pinewood would he doing
an injustice to the place. Most favor
able impressions are formed as the
stranger drives up Mjiin street, a
broad thoroughfare, with its line of
beautiful oaks through the (center of
the business portion of the street.
Good substantial business houses
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