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I THE TRINITV.RIDGE SCHOOL J
(By Dr. A. C. Fuller.)
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This school is situated in a commu
nity that lias furnished more promi
nent men, either natives or settlers
as leaders in the various avocations
Of life, than any other section of Lau
rens county. The name represents
the consolidation of the Trinity ami
Chestnut Ridge schools. These wt re
flourishing schools, presided over for
the most part by accomplished ladies,
all of whom were doing faithful work
In the school room, but the patronage
was small, the number of pupils
from 20 to 25. They were situated
about one mile apart.
The patrons and friends of educa
tion of the community, in that lauda
ble spirit of harmony and brotherly
love so characteristic of them mel
together( and resolved to purchase
land and move the buildings together;
which was done, and Trinity-Ridge
Prof. L. D. Ellcdgc.
school, our pel institution was the
result. We thus nulled our moral
and financial strength. Our trustees
did wisely in electing Mr. L. I >. Id I -
b idge and .Miss Hess HudgCllS and put
them in charge, and they have done
splendid work in the school room;
have organized a graded school, in
creased the enrollment to 7t pupils
and placed us in the position to meet
the requirements of the High School
The school has been so prosperous
as to attract new settlers to get in
reach to reap t'u' benefits of the ed
ucational advantages offered by
We mention as a most pleasing In
cident the visit of that distinguished
lady. Miss Mary Nance, the president
ot the School Improvement associa
tion of South Carolina in the spring
Of UK'S. Her address am! her pres
ence proved an inspiration that we
will not soon forget. We relate also
with pleasure the endorsement of the
School Improvement association in
granting us tin- prize of $.">0.00 on our
building and grounds. In line, if the
community around Trinlty-Rldge have
done well, we ion.mend to others our
MISCELLANEOUS SCHOOS NOTES
(By W. L. T.)
A generation ago there was estab
lished a school at Centervllle, Water
loo township, which for more than
twenty years was one of the most
noted Country Schools in Lanret.s
county. The late .lames A. Madden,
afterwards county superintendent of
education, was the first teacher In
stalled and he remained at the head
of the institution for a series of terms,
lie accomplished great things for that
section educationally, and there are
many men today Idling positions of
honor and trust who received their
preparatory training at old Ceiltei'
ville, afterward taking first rank at
the various colleges. Some of these
nre Prof. I H. Wat kins, now of llonoa
Path; c?'b lb H. Watkins of Anderson,
formerly a professor at Furman uni
versity, -i. N- Watkins of Greenville,
who taught at CChtorvillo later on.
Profs, w. P. Culbertson of Mountvllle
nnd lb Y. Culbertson of Madden. Dr.
George Moore of Cuthbert, Oa., Drs.
II. 1.. Culbertson of Georgia, and I. R,
Culbertson. George Redden of Home.
(la.. Rev. W. L. Culbertson ol Georgia,
and so on.
It may be said in connect ion with
Ibis Once famous school of Waterloo,
that at one time, from Isso to 1800,
the schools of that township received
more public money than any other
township In the county, for the reason
lhai it had more schools, more child
ren, and paid the teachers better sal
aries. Tills statement is made on
the authority of one who knows as
he was one of the township trustees
dining this period.
Another old time country school
which was attended by many of the
ex-Confederate Soldiers when boys
and scores of tin ir sons was the
Harmony school, two miles south of
M?. Bethel, Sullivan township.
Still fth?lher w hi. !i
with the others as to its ape and ac
complishments is the .Mount Bethel
, school, located at Mount Bethel
Church. There is. however, this dis
tinction in the life of this school?
with the many changes incident to
the districting and rodisti icting of
the townships there has continued a
first class school at this place. Prob
ably Joseph Travis Johnson, for al
most a decade now representative In
I Congress from this district, cherishes
many of his experiences as teacher
of this historic school while a young
man fresh from Hrskine college. The
writer of these scattering notes and
reminiscences likes to recall some of
his own experiences as a second year
pupil under Mr. Johnson that were
particularly pleasant?not so with
others for. without a doubt the soil
around old .Mount Bethel produced in
those days an abundant supply of
?well?those things then considered
quite necessary to keep a big country
Joe Johnson was a business school
teacher; in stentorian tones he em
ployed the term "business" at "taking
In" time and his magnificent voice
could in- heard to the remotest parts
of the school grounds. He w.as also
a "business" lawyer, ami as a con
gressman this characteristic has dis
tinguished his work in Washington,
("id. .lames Hamilton Traynhnm be
longs to the "old guard* ol country
j school teachers, having taught when
, a young man in Sullivan township.
Some other 1,aureus men and wo
men, named bore at random, who
have and are still adorning the pro
fession of leaching, may bo men
tioned: Dr. H, M, lloper of Spartan
burg. H. T. II. Daniel of Greenville
county, Dr. .1. W. Daniel of the South
Carolina Conference, Dr. W. W. Dan
iel, president of the Columbia college;
< Prof. I?. v,'. Daniel of Clcmson college.
I Miss Mary T. Nance, formerly presi
dent of the Rural School Improvement
'association of South Carolina; Mrs.
j.Mary W. Carter of Princeton, .Miss
Fronde Kennedy, principal of the
Orphanage school, Clinton; Rev. W.
it. McCuen, Dovcsvlllc, S. C; Prof,
(ins Watts Cunningham, Middlebury
college. Vermont; Itov. Alva B. I.ang
ston, Th.D., Madden, s. C; Prof. s.
W. Puckett, Waterloo; County Super
visor H. B. Humbert. Mayor John H.
Humbert of Honea Path, Messrs. M.
H. and J. V. Hryson of Ora, Supt. ('has.
P. Brooks of the Allendale schools,
Supt. J, P. Thornason of the North
Augusta schools, Principal Paul Allen
i of the Greenwood city schools. Prof.
I. B. Curry of Lander college. Prof.
Thos. P. Jones of Woodruff. Itev. Jas.
Ii. Machen Of Hamilton. N. v., Rev.
w. B. Whnrton, superintendent of
lOpworth orphanage; Hon. R. a. Coop
er, solicitor of the Kiglith judicial
? AHM WORK KKTAKDKII.
ileavj Ruins Damage the drawing
Crops Which are Getting Grassy.
Partners arc behind with their work,
the fields are grassy and thousands
Of .o res of cotton are yet to be plowed
the first time and placed to a "stand."
This delay has bOOll caused by ex
cessive in ins during the past ten days
or more, the fall last Thursday
amounting to a general freshet.
Hands and crops were badly damaged,
roads CUl lO pieces and numerous
small bridges Injured or wrecked by
high water. The weather conditions,
too. have interfered with the harvest
ing of the small grain crop which is
fairly good, though the acreage is not
Sour Stomach, Heartburn, ('linker
Sore Mouth Cured hj Mi-n-ita.
Sick headaches are caused by indi
gestion and a general disturbed con
dition of the stomach.
Cure the Indigestion, and the bend-1
ache, nausea, heartburn, sour stom
ach, ami that 'all in" fcOllllg will van
Mi-o-na tablets will cure Indigestion
or any (Uber stomach trouble. They
will relieve almost Instantly. The
I.aureus Drug (Jo. has so much faith
in them that IJ will give you your
money back if They don't.
Mi-o-na cures by making the stom
ach strong enough to produce enough
gastric juices lo digest all the food
you want to eat. It promptly puts
new life and energy into the over
worked and played-out walls of the
Use Mi-o-na for a week, and you
can eat what you want any time you
want It. and take pleasure in doing It.
Vour blood will he richer, redder,
purer after taking Ml-o-na, and it
only costs BO cents a lane box.
"I was speedily cured of stomach
complaint by Ml-o-na, Anything I
can say in favor of Ml-o-na Is not too
strong." -William IICSS, tiCfilon Har
Cures catarrh or money back. .Tnsf".
breathe it in. Complete outfit, including
inhaler if 1. Extra bottlOSUOo. Druggists.
LAURENS MALE ACADEMY
(By Col. J. NY. Ferguson.)
The I.aureus Male Academy was
organized, as a High School, in IMS.
The trustees at the time were John
Garlington, C. P. Sullivan. W. R. Far
ley. Pntlllo Farrow and Dr. .lohn \V.
Simpson. In their day they were
among the leading men in the town
of Laurents; men of marked ability,
and full of public spirit an.I pure
patriotism. In their advertisement
for a teacher to take < barge of the
school, they made it tin essential qual
ification that "He must he a Southern
man and in sympathy with the South."
In passing, it may be noted that this
was just before the fust effort on the
part of South Carolina to secede from
Hoheit Qnrlington was the first
principal Of the school. He held the
position until 1851, with Starling (ira
don and James \Y. Hance as his as
sistants. He was a native of the
county and a man of superior schol
arship. In 1851 the Rev. Mr. Seely
was elected principal, and \Y. lb In
glesby was his assistant. In is.'.:',
Lafayette Cheshire was principal of
the school for a short time, and on
bis death ho was succeeded by Mr.
YYnnnamaker, with H. \V. Boyd as his
assistant. The Rev. John It. Rlloy
took Charge of the school In 1855.
with John 0. Boozer as his assistant.
\V. .1. Hal!:.' succeeded Mr. Rlley in
is.'.T. and bo wa>. succeeded in 180(1
by Mr. John Harris, with W. VV.
Hance as bis assistant.
The Academy was closed during
Prot. E. H. HALL.
Superintendent Clinton Public Schools.
the war. for 1.aureus sent ail her ca
pable sons to the battletleld. it
was reopened in 1st'.", with S. I'.
Boozer as principal. Ho was suc
ceeded by Allen Bnrksdnlc in lscc.
who was succeeded by Mr. Glasgow
in ls''.7. Mr. Glasgow was succeeded
by John W. Ferguson in LStfU. When
Ferguson came to I.aureus to lake
charge, be was notified Ilia: there
were a goodly number of unruly boys
in (he school: iha: they had practical
ly routed and run off his predecessor,
and that the chances were that lie
would meet with the same fate. Inn
ing the second week of bis admiuis
ratlon,, he came in collision with
H. ('. Walt?, IhCll a boy some I ; years
of age. The collision laust have
made a strong Impression on the
mind of Watts, as the billowing in.
cident would indicate; Waits had (o
cross Little river 011 his way to the
Academy, and there was a freshet at
the time. The morning after (he
Collision, he was striding along to
school wtlh head down when he was
met by a friend who asked, ilow is
the river, Richard?" without stop
ping and without looking up. he an
swered: "Yes, he got me once.'
Ferguson was succeeded by Thomas
Grlflln in iy7'.. who was succeeded by
StObO J. Simpson in 1878. Mr Simp
son was followed by W. L. Cray in
188(1. and Mr. Bourne followed Gray
in isv.:. Frank Fvans succeed".:
Bourne in issi. Mr. 10vans continued
in (barge of the Academy until the
coming of (he Graded School. By
the way. Lnurcns Is greatly indebted
to the energy and public spirit of
Mr. Kvans for its establishment. He
inaugurated (he movement and pushed
it lo success.
The school was a PUCCCSS from the
beginning, and continued to flourish
throughout its existence. It was a
training school for many bright minds
and promising boys, who in after life
developed into men of prominence
I doubt if any school in (he state, for
the same length of time, can show a
longer or a brighter list. I will name
a few of the many who attended this
Academy in the days of their boyhood:
llitllary a. Herbert, member of con
gress ami member of Cleveland's cab
inet: Goii'l I'd Hooker, general in
Confederate itcrvlee and member of
congress for several terms: Gen. A.
c. Garllngton. a lawyer of great abil
ity and distinguished for his orator
ical powers; w. i?. Simpson, member
of Confederate Congress, (Iovcrhoi'
ami Chief Justice of the P'tate; I Wi
tar Simpson, learned in the law wlfii
the position of Chancellor within lib
reach when the ChartCi y Court was
abolished; Jam< s Hance, Colonel ol
the 53rd Georgia regiment and mor
tally wounded at Gettysburg; \V. \v.
I lance, who fell mortally wounded
while in command of the 3rd regiment
S. C. v.. st Ferdericksburg; George s.
James, who commanded ",ian.<s' Bat
talion," and was mortally wounded at
the battle of Boonsboro; B. \V. Hall,
who rode through tin- war by the side
of Gen. Gary, afterwards a member
of the legislature, solicitor of bis cir
cuit and for many years (he leader
of the l.aureus bar; It.P. Todd, Lt.
Col. 3rd regiment, S. c. v.. afterwards
state senator and prominent as a law
yer; .1 tunes Harrow, member of Con
federate congress; Henry i. Farrow,
I*. S. district attorney fur Georgia;
Dr. John A. Harks.laic distinguished
as a physician, a member of the leg
islature and president of the National
Hank of Hautet.s: C. H. Harksdale.
Captain Company L. Gregg's regiment,
and killed at second battle of Man
tissas; Allen Harksdale, solicitor of
his circuit and for twelve years a
circuit Judge in Louisiana; I*. Conway
Garlington. Captain of the State
Guards and killed at the battle (if
Se\c:i Pines; VV. Ii. Farley, famous
las a see it and killed ai the battle of
Brandy station; II. L. Farley, Adju
tant and Inspector (leneral of tie
Slate; .1. !.. M. Irby, I'tilted States
Senator; .lehn .1. Davis. COUIlty .lud..
Among the living are John C. kllgo.
I >. I ?.. t ho i resldi lit of Tr'nlty col
lege; It. c. Wafts. Judge <?: the Ith
Judicial cdreuiti W. A. Watts. presi
dent \'< .e !< s Loan and Kxctiuiige
Hunk; IL v. Sinipson. member of the
legislature, and an aide and <iloijut id
attorney; Stohu I Simpson, a distin
guished in ein lie r of lite Sbartiuiburi;
. i . . ni' (
'ami mi the editorial staff of the X. wj
nd C ? ? ? .
added, inn ti.es? giveii m ow Hint tie
j Laurens Male Academy has boeii lite
j training school for jUatiy hoys o!
For inucli of the information here
.given, Hie writer Is indebted to the
1 Ion. T. B, Ci i ws.
?ND ITS HISTORY.
i By c. c. Fcatherstone.)
Prior to '.T'.'i the firm of Wadsworth
i & Turpln did business in the city of
'Charleston, They amassed a large
I fortune, the hulk of which was hives
t<d in lauds lying in almost every
I county in the state, a good dial of
I which was held by theiu under grants
from lh? British crown. The ti n:
dissolved copartnership ami. i:: the
I division of the assets, most of the
land fei! to Thomm Wadswoiih.
it. IT*'!. Thomas Wadswortli died in
Charleston, leaving a very peculiar
will. After providing liberally for
hi:; wife, he devised large bodies of
land in various counties in the slate,
to II. V.. HeSaussure and oil.its.
H'USt. to establish a poor school, |||
I.aureus district, for ih<- education ol
the poor children residing 'Within
(he limits of Major Dunlaps' batai
I lion, oi the Saluda regiment."
In iso.".. the general assembly, for
the purpose of protecting the title to
said lands, and of presi rving them,
in order that they might be used for
the carrying out of said trust, passed
an Act whereby said lands were re
lieved from the operation of Ho- stat
ute of limitations. Afterwards, in
ism. another Act was passed Incor
I porn ting the trustees, under the .will.
under tin name of Ho- "Trustees of
the Wadsworthville Poor school."
These hinds were based for long
terms, ranging froni \'< to '.?:< years
Some of these lenses are recorded i:
Hi \ oral count los in the state.
Hi liti ? iwent;
? e trust
? , . ? - <;<
mill, at Anderson, is located, Wat
Wndsworth land. Suit was brought
to recover it and a Compromise whs
finally brought about by which (ho
trustees received a considerable sum
Those lands are scattered ovor
over Spnrtunburg, Anderson, Clckens,
Lexington, Orangehurg and various
othm- counties. it is pretty gener
ally believed that the elt> of Anderson
is built parly upon these lauds.
In ISf?S, Win. D. Simpson (after
wards Chief Justice) ami Charles I*.
Sullivan, oi' the Lnureus bar, brought
actions, for the trustees, to recover
two bits ol bind in tile town of All*
dcrsou. One of theso actions was
against Stephen Mct'ully, ami another
against Joel Towers. They involved
the (Hie lo certain lots situate on the
public square at Anderson. These
eases wire tried before .Indue Ward
law, at Anderson, at spring term.
iV.v Tin > i.re reported in II lltch,
at page ILM. The following appears
in the report of the eases: "Joseph
COX. surveyor, had so located the
gran:, as to Include the lots in dis
putc. and the greater part of tin- \*11
luge." Judge Wnrdlaw rays that he
thought Cos was correct, but the
cases went off and wore lost by the
trust.es on a question oi law.
1 bin w obi man JOC Co.N and he
died belleyiHg that Anderson was
I built. In pat I. Upon Wa.b worth land.
, The description, in Ihe deeds, called
, for a spring and spring branch and
j sonic of tin- older citizens of Ander
son wen- uncertain as to whether it
w'.s the Nlurrn.v spring, or a spring
I which was nin e located, where South
I.Main st reel Ubw runs, iiboill opposite
whore the present oh> ball is iacnted.
Old Uli1.ii Jeptbi! Wilson one.- talked
to I ? ? said
ibd. for He
reason that it was difiicull to locate
them after the great lapse of time,
and for tin- additional reasons thai
local prejudice on tin- pail of jurors
to In- encountered, carelessness
< f the obi trust.-, s in failing lo have
pltttH made, leases recorded, i tc.
Several tracts of land have been
located and compromises made in
:?< f? rei.ee thereto, Some of these are
located in Lnureus county, vi/: the
Young lands and others. The tract
of land upon which ihe I lavs' monu
ment stands Is Wadsvvorth laud and
is so recognize d.
The gift ot Thomas Wads worth to
the poor children of I.aureus dsitl'lc!
was a munificent one pne which, had
! it bcin properly handled, would have
I given LhurC'tis county the best en
dowed school in the South. The
hinds at Ibi time be gav< llieni were
i of inconsiderable value, bill now (hey
I would r-hsily be worth a million, or
I more.. And thus, through Incouipe
tenoy and ciirclesiiess, has been lost
to our county a niagullieeul iloiiutioii.
I will add, in conclusion, that the
present trustees now have a small
fund, which itiey use tor the hohclli
I ol tee Wadsworth school, located near
Hundreds el I.amen-. Citizens (an
I.II You VII V him I lb
Home endorsement, the public ex
pression ot 1.aureus people, should be
evidence hey find depute for every
Advertiser render. Surely the expe
rience oi friends and neighbors,
cheerfully given bj Ihctn, will carry
more weight than the utterances of
Kirnugers residing in far-away places.
Ibad the rollowl/ig:
J. II. Nash. S0i" Mil In St.; Lathens,
S. C, says: '| give my mil ?? In re
coinmendlnfi Moan's Kidney bills in
tin hope that many persons vho Ktlf*
fer from kidney irouble will in- bone
llied thereby. My kidneys were dis
ordered and |was caused much suffer
ing fro;:, pain in ihe small ol hiy hack.
! us "-id thai I)bhn's kidney IMlls
? . ? .
Now is the Time and Sullivans'
Store the Place
Sow Unknown Peas and Cane Seed.
i\Vc have a lot of Sound Clem rnknown Peas, Karly
(?r?nge and Atnber Cane Seed. A stock of Molasses and
3 Syrup ?.?.> '.? j/al., i gal., : j i .. and i <. '.. kcjjs, Country
I cured smoked Bacon and Shoulders. A nice lino of I'resli
I juicy Hains. Headquarters for I'resh Waicr-around Corn
I J. Xi. SviIIivan
j Laurens, s. ('.
NOT IN A VO?lTION
to buy real estate say)} th?- mim who
pays out a large sum monthly for rent.
Less than tliis sum would pay the
interest and principal on almost any of
tbe pieces of
wo have for sale.
Almost all classes of property is
listed on our hooks Houses, Lots. Un
improved Lots, etc., und the prices arc
as attractive as the property.
Todd Rull ? Laurens. S. ('.
Edibles for the
I? i'ost Toasties, Corn I'lakci
Q and < hit Meal.
QIk >ice Canned <'.???d- . >f all
A choice line <>i fresh gar
den prod nods alwayson hand.
Swifts I'rcifiiuni Hams,
liiv.ikfitst Strips, fresh Kggs
and I Jut let'.
Phone as yom ordeis.
< luick I >clivory.
COFFEE AND TEA
Von could (ell with l)ot)i
eyes shtit that our Coffee
aiid Tea ale pure the
aroma j^ivis positive assur
ance ?l that.
Coffee and Tea me either
good oi ImuI- tlu\ can't be
both, und if they are not
otic, it is the oth< i ila re is
no middle ground.
< )urs i.\ goJod-the b< st iii
S'on can 1 take out ???< rd
( >i we'll triVe vom inoiicv
we <. ai
J S. Bennett
I ,aurens, S. (
What, aboul protecting'
your property against loss
by fire. We have as good
as the best in the way of
1. a Lire ns Fire In
C. W. MeCRAVY, Mgr.
nmoiiui of Ice ii will eon nno.
S. M. & B. II. WllkfcS v-i Co.