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INTERESTING INCIDENT CONNECTED WITH
FLOOD OF 1852 AND FURMAN UNIVERSITY
"The Immersion of Furman University," In Actual Fact,
And Part Played By (Vir. Philemon Huff, Father
of Mr. A. Huff of Laurens.
(B) S. F.. Boncy.)
'I !u is a l>it of history connected!
v. !i Furniun university the great
Baptist institution of South Carolina,
and the terrible August Hood <>r I8?2,
that Is probably not generally known.
Wt.llo everybody or at least those !
< Ol versaut in t?UCll matters, knows 1
lh.\t Fur in an university is distinctly n
Baptist Institution, they may possibly
not 1m> actptniuted with tin- foot that ;
:? ? very building, the largest and or
... i al structure on the campus is
truly Baptist, having been thoroughly
Immersed; not merely sprinkled by the
tnaity kindly showers that have fall
en in the half century of its exist
? ? e. hut realy and truly immersed
in the waters of old Iteedy river.
t\ few of our oldest inhabitants re
call the .meat downpour in IS52; the
rains began on August 2Sth, ami con
tinued almost incessantly until the
1'Oth. The Whole Piedmont section of
!ho stad' was Hooded and there was
jL'ioal loss of properly, both public and
private. Almost all the mills and
?lues along the streams wt ie swept
way; the old Columbia and tSreen
. lie railroad, then struggling in its
Inf.tnCy, sustained heavy losses, and
was al this time that William
Spencer Brown, chief engineer of the
>. :l lost his life in an endeavor to
pvs the Congnreo near Colmubin aft
? ? a tour of inspection over the road.
? ?? havoc Wl'OUghl by tills Hood is
:? ailed by some of Laurens county's
ddest citizen, among whom is Mr. \V.
?. Sullivan, who lives at Tumbling
SI "als on Reedy river. Mr. Sullivan
I'.; -. however, that the Hood of last
year exceeded that of 1852; there is
an old water-mark at his mil! on tlx*
Reedy, Which indicates that the waters
ire at least ten feet higher last year
than during the freshet of 1852.
?'?ut about the immersion of Tinman
university, it is recalled that during
;his year of I8?2, the main building
of :he university was in the course
of construction. The contract to fam
ish all the heavy timbers for the build
iug was U?i to Mr. Willain .1. West,
who owned uud operated .1 saw mil! on
l!i>- Ileedy liver. about thirteen miles
southeast of rireenville ami three
miles west of Simpson vi lie. All the
large ami heavy timbers had been cut
prior to August of 1 s.",ami were ly
ing in the yards of the mill. When
the rain began swelling the stream
far out over its banks, these timbers,
one by one. were carried away. Dur
ing the three days of the Hood and
for several days afterwards they were
in the waters of the iveedy some being
stopped by obstructions and others
being carried miles below the mill.
Hut the timbers were itot lost; every
one. save one. was recovered ami
brought back to the mill: they are
today part of the frame-work in the
main building on Furinan campus.
Baptist in fact. Hut what of the miss
ing timber? It was never found
though diligent search was made for
it. Was it bad omen? Is there a
missing factor in the construction of
the great institution, would the lost
part have been the "Keystone of the
larch"? The Ofty-odd years of proud
history of the university disprove the
Possibly there tire some in Green
ville today who recall this Hood. There
may be many who will recoglll/.e the
names appearing in the following ac
count, taken from the Southern Hat
riot, date of September 2nd, I8?2:
"There was never before, since the
settlement of the county, such a
freshet as we had last week in Green
ville district. The water courses wore
much higher than they were ever
known to be before. All the bridges,
and a great number of mills, have been
swept away. The corn oil the low
grounds is distroyed. or most seriously
injured, in several places the embank
ments of our railroad have been de
stroyed and several of the culverts
carried off. ar entirely demolished.
The cotton factory and paper mill of
.Mr. McBee, and the paper mill of
Greenville Manufacturing company,
have been greatly damaged. We have
not heard from the other factories in
our district. All communication from
the surrounding country lias been out
off. by the loss of bridges, and the
difliculty of fording the creeks and
"The Reedy Falls, In the village of
Greenville, wire quite an objecj of
attraction on Saturday. They were
Niagara In miniature, and our citizens
and the visitors, men. women and
children, turned out, cnmasse, to wit
ness the grand spectacle pressonted by
the raging and foaming waters dash
ing over the falls and down the preci
"Hvery day the most distressing ac
. counts are brought to us of the injury
done by the Into llood of rains. Les
ter und Ktlgore's wool factory, saw
mill, blacksmith shop, are all carried
off, their office turned up side down,
and in the cotton factory overthlug
covered with mud. Their lo s is esti
mated at $2,000.
?'The factorv of \V. Hates & Co., is
very seriously Injured. The factory
of John Weaver. Fsq., injured consid
erably. The Greenville Manufacturing
Company have sustained several thou
sand dollars damages. The mills
throughout the country have been
j swept away."
The West mill, where 'he timbers
above m< ntiouod were, w hile consldcr
hbly damaged, wast not desiroyed. n
was operated for several years after
the Hood by Mr. West. When the
flood occur. (I. Mr. Phllt mon Huff
father of Mr. Augustus Muff of Lau.
rens. vvas an unelO Of Mr. West, living
in the neighborhood; he helped Mr,
j West html the timbers back to the
mill. The prop' rty is now owned by
.Mr. Paschal l>. I luff, eldest brother of
Mr. A. Huff. II.- still resides at the
\ old place and takes much pleasure in
telling the story of "Km man's linim rs
sion" handed down to his by his fa
< Good Attractions 1
The management Opera house Now
j berry have bocured the following high
class attractions for December.
Wednesday. Dec. S "Knight for A
Friday, Dec in. "Holly Of The Circus".
Thursday. Dec. 16, "House of A
Wednesday, Dec. 22. "Lena Rivers."
All seats for out of town people
carefully reserved. For further par
ticulars write Barnard! & Baxter,
LOCAL AND PERSONAL MENTION.
i>r. .lohn Kennedy of Bennettsvllle
visited his kinsiuau. Mr. L. C. Cooch
during the past week.
Sheriff John l>. Owing.-* und family
spout Thanksgiving with friends til
Miss Bessie Harnet; of the city
schools spent the Thanksgiving hell
dtty at Chttpin with rohtth i s.
Sir. and Mrs. C, Bragg visited in
Sparlunburg ln.>li Th?r. day.
.Mrs. Wi A. Campbell has returned
from a pleasant vi>it to relatives and
frieitds near (.'Union.
.Mrs. M, !.. Smith and little daught
er arc visiting in Spartauburg.
Messrs li. B. nnd ('. B. Uoper of
the Hickory Tavern section were tm^
iness visitors lb the city this week.
Mr. L. M. lliggius of Cray Court.
It. P. D. ::. was in the city Tuesday .
Mr. hhlgene Crisp of Clinton was in
tiie city yesterday. Mr. Crisp leaves
m a few days for ehest? r where he
liar accepted a position with tie
Si richer jewelry concern.
Messrs Carlos Mesley and William
Bruce Copehtud have returned to Wot
ford college after spending Thanks
givng in the City.
Mrs. it. |?\ .loties has returned from
it visit to relatives in Clinton.
Miss Bolll ? llohtud has returned
from a v i.- it to Klukalree.
Sirs. John K.Cstrlls'e Is visiting her
mother, Mrs. Mary Roland.
Mrs. 10tha 1.. Cavis has returned to
Spnrtanhurg after a visit to Mrs. II.
Miss Lint Jones spent lasl week in
Spartanhurg with her sister. Mrs. 0.
Miss llosa li.in has returned from
a visit to ('okesbury.
Mrs. W. It. Uichey.. Jr. has returned
from a visit to Columbia.
.Miss Helen (Joggaus of Newberry
spent the week-end with friends in
Carnival May Cuuie Here.
A representative of the Osterling
Amusement company applied to Hie
city council last night lor a license
to show la-re during Christmas week.
The council, however, declined io is
sue the license, but informed the ad
vance agent that if he could secure
the signatures of two-thirds of tin
business men of the city to a petition
asking for the carnival, it would be
given license. Will it come?
Patient? Are Doing Well.
The latest news from the Columbia
hospital is to the effect that botli Mrs.
Sue Mllam and Mr. William lrhy of
Laurens county are doing well and
are on the rapid road to recovery. Mr
Irby's Improvement Is very slow and
it will bo a long time before he will
it.- able to leave his bed. Mrs. Milniu's
condition Is encouraging.
lte>. .1. Kniest Thai ker.
Will M<nc Into 'I'odd Ittiildlug.
Mr. II. Nichols, the photographer,
win on January 1st. move into the
Toil,I building on Kast Main street,
occupying rooms on the second door.
Mr. Nichols luts secured a three years
lease on these (piartets It is under
stood that in the near future Mr, Nich
ols will also open a branch establish
ment in Clinton.
J SOCIAL AND PERSONAL.
Miss Mario Cray, was Ihe ehurmh
hostess in a number of friends, <
last Prhlny evening The prlncln ^
feature of the evening was a oonve -
Slltinuul contest, in which. Miss lieU
Sullivan, won the prize, a vory prj
ty box of |>a|ier, Much ainusoinol
was derived front the cnmlhintos f<
tli,' "Hoots wi litiitt Shoes." soeloC
Miss llniina Cooper. being l>y far tit
most amusing In I r efforts to 111A8H
till stcriotts male m
Ml hi hose gamci
Misses /.. I. in- ami Virginia Cray moJ)
gracefully served hiaucho mange un
Viuong th. ? ? v. Misse m
Iviith Past orb; viargeiirlto Siinpsoi ^ft
\la geurlto I'olbort. llehecca Blnl, Al^
luwee Watson, Kathleen Sulllvanf
Shirley lli\. Aleene Pranks, EVu
Ti Ibblo, Julia ClilUircss, lOuiiua Coope
Helen Sullivan, Nolle Payne. Math
Hhilpot, Mar> I'osey, Pthol Cromerj
ami Messrs .lohn Terry I'oole, .lame
Todd, Douglas Pcuthcrslone, t!rovi>
Kiehey. Moor.' ami Hastings Dial. Ju.J
Has an.I Ose Site.-eaves. Tom Hake
John Holt. Charles l,vlotnlng Leon l>odi
son. Sain Hull. .I.ones Mel.in. Harr;
(iasiplo, .lob Little. Hi. haul HunlapA
Hi iklne Todd .1 l Sullivan, WillUtg
\ Ison, Karle Owlngs, James MllniuL
Karle t ain.-. Dich Puller ttntl T
Miss Susy dray spent Tlianksglvin
ij w it h friends in (i rei nv llle,
Tin- Thanksgiving dance on Th?rs-k
day evening ol In 1 week was the moot I
pleasant social feature of the holt-V
day week, 'lu te being an unusually |
largo number of young people present
besides a number of welcome visitors. I
During the evening delightful refresh-"
lUCntS Were served \| |J o dock tile i
german was darned, led by Mr. s.
II Todd. Among, the visitors present j
were: Misses Kuhicc McCrary of Clin
ton, \1.1e Klnlock of Harnwell, Kilgo
of Woodritll. ami Messrs Dllltll'd, Sul
livan aid Owens of Clinton and W.
II, Darlington of Alleiidale,
Misses Leibi Harre of tlrecrs,
Kdl > Harre of Wlelfor and Minnie
Sparrow of Haslonia, spent Krldny
and Saturday in the city the guests of
Hev and Mrs. W P. Harre
M |> s M ary SlIlilllN 'liltl nl>*.
On helm I i of my daughter, Mar"
Smith, ami tor my entire family, I
vv hii lo thank tlx- people of I.aureus
county for tie- valuable aid lho> llUVO
given us in securing one of the prizes
in The Advertiser's "(Iron! Popularity
Contest." We appreciate everything
that was done to help her win. am'
through the columns of the paper we
wish to express our appreciation,
.1. M. Smith
Watei loo. s. ('.
it is hitter to make a tew mint altes
than to do nothing, at all.
This is the time to do your Christmas shopping- and Simmons is the
place to do it. We have everything- you could ask for in the way of Dry
Goods, Notions, Millinery, Shoes, and Ladies Ready-to-wear Coat Suits,
f<| A beautiful line of ladies Handkerchiefs and Neckwear, just the thing- for
We have only a few Coat Suits left and to close them out before the holidays, we are making
special prices. Come and get yours while this great bargain sale is going on.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
All $35.00 Suits, reduced to
All 30.00 Suits, reduced to
All 25.00 Suits, reduced to
All 22,50 Suits, reduced to
All 20.00 Suits, reduced to
All 18.50 Suits, reduced to
All 15.00 Suits, reduced to
All 13.50 Suits, reduced to
All 10.00 Suits, reduced to .
All Ladies' Cloaks going at yl price.
Accept this Opportunity
All Ladies Cloaks Going at Half Price
Get your Christmas Cards here 20 for 5 cents