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VOLUME XXXI. LAURENS, SOUI- CAROLINA, WEMNE&DAY, DECEMBER 22,* 1915-.UBR2
WON 8tCOND PRIZ[
For Improvementin Schools
During the Year.
EDEN AND POPULAR
ALSO WON PRIZES
At the Recent Meeting of the State
School Improvement Association
this County was Presented Fifty
Dollars as Second'Prize in the Im
Laurens County has been awarded
Second Prize by the State School Im
provement Association for the great
est improvement along stated lines
among the South Carolina dounties.
Dillon county won first place but was
so pushed by Laurens, that a decision
was arrived at only after a lengthy
discussion. iDillon was presented $100
and Laurens $50. In addition to this
county prize two schools in Laurens
won individual prizes for the greatest
Improvement along all lines. These
were necond Prizes and to each of
these two schools,--Eden and Mt.
Olive,-thenty-fve dollars were given.
Rural schools to the number of
164, in 35 counties, have reported to
the South Carolina School Improve
ment association achievments during
the year in the direction of better
ment, many of these accounts being
accompanied by photographs con
trasting conditions - "before" and
"after." The change from a one
teacher school housed in a rough,
box car like building, to the graded
school in a modern, well equipped
building seems a marvelous record for
one year, yet more than 100 schools
showed such progress.
Prizes for the year were allotted by
the executive committee of the agSo
elation. Members present were: Miss
Elizabeth Dickson, acting president,
Columbia; Miss Mary Eva, Hite, Bates
burg; Miss Sadie Goggans, Columhia;
Miss Wil Lou Gray, Laurens; Miss
Mamie McLees, 1)11lln; .iss Madeline
Spigenler, St. Mthw;Miss E'thel
Dreher, Lexington; Miss Isadora WII
1ams, Liberty ; Ms. 9ugo S. Strick
First Prizes $50 -:ach,.
First prizes of $50 each were award
0d to the following schools, each re
porting a satisfactory status lin build
ings, equilpment, taxation, compulsory
education, enrollment and attendance,
and each having besides an active
eohol improvenient association:
. Bethea, Aiken; Buffalo, Cherokee;
Ruby, Chesterfigid; Tabor, Colleton;
Dothan, Dillon; Bell, Dorchester;
Trinity, Florence; Travelers Rest,
Greenville; Utopia, Greenwool; Three
C's, Kershaw; Oakhurst, Lancaster;
Oak Grove, Lexington; Eulonia, Ma
Mion; St. Phillips, Nowbgrry; East
Elizabeth, Orangcburg; Peters Creek,
Pickens; Piedmont, lichiand; Os
wogo, Sumter; Gault, Union, Cades,
A second series of- prizes was of-.
fered to the counties for improvement
along stated lines. In this contest the
Points wvere so very close in someo
eiases that the oomittee founid it hard
to reach a dlecision. Dillon, Darlington,
Laurons and Kershaw had made
splendid recordls, Each county em
lploys at supervising teaehei', who de
Votes her time to securing claani room
efficiency in the r'iral Rchools. Each
coutny aninually holdls a fIeld day;
eah ectMunty showed the celebration
1f clean-up (lay in each school, thus
proving that. the health of the pupils
is consIdered. Comptglsory school
attendance has been secured by many
districts in each county, and in eh
one special effort is going on to secure
the adoption of a compulsory law.
It is, significant that in each county
inakig a high record of Improvement
nearly every district has ani active
school improvement association. Night
schools have been established to moot
the problem of liliterncy, Agricultural
instruction la rural schools,, domestic
scIence departments--these things
show the efforts of 'the schools to edu
cate all the chila1roh of all the people.
F'rikes 'tb Counties.
billot was awvarded a cash prize of
$100, Laurdns a cash prize of 150,
Darlington and Kershaw $25 each.
Among the most interestihrg appUi
cations were those for the local assO
clations. These tell of the conimunity
interest in the school, of local 'taxa
tin and compulsory education 'nba
EASTERN STARS ELECT.
Annual Election of Officers Took Place
The annual election of officers of the
Order of Eastern Star took place
Tuesday night. The following were
Miss Lucia Barksdale, W. M.
M. J. Simpson, W. P.
Mrs. J. C. Shell, Asso. M.
Miss Annie Childress, Sec'y.
Miss Ethel Langston, Treas.
Miss Hattie Kate Easterby, Cond.
Miss Roberta Dorroh, Asso. Cond.
Mrs. Brooks Swygert, Organist.
Miss Maggie Peterson, Marshall.
R. M. Eichelberger, Sentinel.
Miss Beta Meredith, Warder.
Mrs. J. N. Richardson, Adah.
Mrs. H. D. Gray, Ruth.
Miss Lulie Eichelberger, Esther.
Mrs. S. G. McDaniel, Martha.
Miss Clara Switzer, Electa.
J. H. Sullivan, Chaplin.
Mr. W. L. Reid and family will be
about the only persons in this section
to cat fall pears this year. That is,
they will eat them if the pears get ripe.
Several days ago lie showed the Gar
den Editor of The Advertiser a num
ber of young pears that he had picked
from his trees the day before. While
not very large, they are well formed,
nice and hard. They may get ripe
maybe. Anyway, they are a curiosity
at this season of the year.
DEATH OF MRS. OWFiN.
A Native of This County Passes Away
in Greenwood. ,.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Owon,'wife of
Coroner Dock Owen, died at her home
in the Grendel Mill village, Greenwood,
Sunday morning at 3:45 after a long
i llness. The funeral services were
conducted at the Poplar Spring church
near Ware Shoals at 12 o'clock by Rev.
George W. Bussey.
Mrs. Owen was 76 years of age and
'before her marriage was a Miss El
ledge. Besides her husband she is
survived by several children and
grandchildren to mourn her loss.
Greenwood Oally Journal.
"Old Mald's Convention.
There will be a play, "Old Maid's
Convenion," given at larksdale school
b-y local talent, Thursday evening,
Dec. 24th, at 7.30. Admission will be
10 and 15 cents. Oysters will be served
by the ladies of the Rural School Im1n
At Itabun Creek ('hurch.
..The Y. W. A. of Rabun Creek Bap
tist church will give an entertain
mont at the church on Dec. 25th, be
ginning at 7:30. The public is invited.
Miss Gray A Winner.
it the "(lame of Knowledge" con
test recently conducted by The Colum
bla State, Miss Wil Lou Gray was one
of the winning contestants. A series
of pictures were printed in The State
portraying some event in Southern
History and the contestants were
asked to guess the event wvhich each
Cured by the women of the association.
Money neeed for beotter equipiment is
raisedi in many wvays. In one district
an acre of potatoes was planted by
ihe atssociation, in another a bale ofI
cotton secured, ever~y fornm of enter
taininont Was given. The four schools
wvhichi showed such marked effect in
school development were awvarded
ech prizes of $25 each. Those weore:
Kelleytown, Darlington; Minturn,
iDillon; Wellford, Spartanburg; Mo
Second Prizes Given.
Second prizes of $25 each were
awarded to the following schools:
Pinolanid, Aiken; Jackson, Aiken;
Davis Branch, Barnwoll; Patrick,
0hesterfteld; Strickland, Colleton;
Ashton, Coleton; Pond Hollow, Dar
lington; Bermuda, Dillon; Mars Bluff,
Florence; Fairviow, Greenwood; An
drews Chapel, Greenwood; Rod Hill,
Hampton; Nixville, -Hampton; Oak
Orove, Hlorry; Good Hope, Herry;
Tar'boro, Jasper; Antioch, Kershaw;
Piedmont, Keorshaw; Oakland, Ker
shaw; Halfway, Lexington; Mount
Olive, Laurens; Eden, Laurens; Blen
h'eim, Marlboro; Bounty longl, Oconee;
Fairfield, Oconee; New 'Pr'ovidence,
Orangeburg; Choerry H~ill, Saltida;
Fairview, Saluda; Ratin Sumter;
Providlence, Sumater; Doiling S3prings,
Spartanburg; North Pacolet, Spartan
blu'g; Oakland, Union; Tinkers Creek,
Union; Cedar 11111, tlnion; 'siulberry,
Wililimtiburg; Blairsvie, York;
CHRISTMS SIALS ON
Here is a Chance for Everyo
Red Cross Commission. I
Several Merchants of the
mas Seal on Each PaekaI
on Thursday of this Wee
The agents for the Red Cross Christ
mas Seals in Laurens have inaugurat
ed a novel scheme for selling the seals
this year. Tomorrow afternoon, Thurs
day, beginning at gne o'clock in the
afternoon and lasting util six o'clock,
the merchants listed below have of
fered to place on each package coming
from the!- store one of the little seals,
or on as many of the packages as they
can conveniently stamp. The expense
of these seals will be borne by the
store sending out the package. There
will be someone placed at the front
door of each place of business or at
some convenient place within the store
whose duty it will be to see that each
package is labelled with one of the lit
tle Red Cross Seals-the little colored
staip that carries with it a message
the cause of charity but help the mer
chant and that serves to show the bus
iness man's interest in the sweetest
work of charity ever undertaken in
South Carolina. The following Lau
rens merchants have offered their as
sistance in this way:
Powe IDrug Company
Peoples Drug Company
PYTHIAN LODGE ELECTS.
Officers Elected for Ensuelng Year by
Laurens Lodge No. 43.
Laurens Lodge No. 43, Knights of
Pythias have elected the following of
fleers for the cnsucing year:
Brooks Swygert, C. C.
W. A. Burgess, V. d.
1. L. 8mith, P.
1',11. O'Shieldi, M. 0 V.
. .P. tolert, K. of it. & S. and M. P'.
it. It. Terry, M. o f P".
''. 1). ilowney, Al. at A.
C. I,. Waldrop, 1. (.
M. 1. Slimpjison, 0. (.
ilore (Choppers lit Gray Court.
'Thse Woodmnens of the World at (hay
Court were making busy preparations
yesterday for the initiation of a big
class of thirty new choppers into the
mysteries of the order last night. Past
.Junior Consul C. A. Power went up
yesterday afternoon to be preselt at
the exercises and a "big old time" was
expected. The Woodman camp sit
Gray Court is iII a flourishing state
and is being continually augmented
by additions to its membership.
Invited to Hear "Quiet Talks"
Rev. E40. P. Davis, D. D., pastor of
the Second Prersbyterian church of
Greenyille, has sent ani invitation
through The Advertiser to Laurens
peole to attend one or more of a se
ries of "Quiet Talks" to be given by
Mr. S. D. Gordon, under the auspice)
of the churches of Greenville from
5anuar'y 9ith to the 13th. The talks
will be made in the St. Paul's Metho
dist church in the mornings and in
the First Presbyterian church in the
Members of Chestnut Ridge church
are asked to read this:
You ar'e urgedl to be at the Sunday
school and the preaching service of
your church next Sunday morning,
Dcc. 26. Special services for the '.ast
Sunday of 1915. Come!
Fires ini Fountain Inn.
Mr'. TI. W. Winn, of Fountain Inn,
wvas in the city Moday and told of two
fires that occurred in that town Sun
day night. Thme homes of Mrs. Van
Garrett and Till Howard, adjoining
each other just on the line between
Laurens and Greenville counties, were
both almost totally destroyed. The
loss is estimated at between five and
six thousand dollars and the insurance
car'ried we only about a thousand.
Buiys Oakland Eight.
The Lau'rens Motor Car Company
has just delivered an Oakland eight
cylinder ear to Mr's. W. W. Jones. This
is one of the prettiest cars that has
ever been in the city and is attract
ineg a geat deal of attention.
ne in Laurens to Help the
Without Investing any Money.
iCity will Place One Christ
e Going out of their Store
To those who are interested in the
great cause of the Red Cross Commis
sion the agents for the seals in Lau
rons make this little request: Do as
much shopping as you can Thursday
afternoon and thereby help not only
the casue of charity but hell) the mer
chant by doing your shopping before
the busy Christmas Eve day.
In addition to the merchants listed
above several of the Laurens firms
have helped by purchasing a number
of the stamps to be used as they see
fit. They are as follows: S. M. & E. H.
Wilkes & Co., W. G. Wilson Co.,( W.
Solomon, Swygert, Nickels & Co., Dixie
Flour and Grain Company, L. B. Black
well and The Laurens Advertiser.
Many of the lawyers and doctors have
bought from 25 to 100 each of the
stamps for their own use.
The stamps are on sale at all times
at any one of the following places: I
Postoflice, Powe Drug Co., Peoples
Drug Store, Laurens Drug Co., and
The Advertiser office.
When you are making your prepara
tions for a bright and merry Christ
mas, remember the poor and the
needy who will celebrate the Savior's
birth, without the little gifts of love
that you will have and without even
the bare necessities of life. You can
hell) them by helping the Red Cross
Christmas Seal commission.
Christmas Night Letters.
In view of the fact that sending
Christmas Night Letters' has become
a popular fad, the Western Union Tel
egraph Company has announced Ilat
the letters can be filed any time dur
ing the day and will he delivered
Christmas morning. The telegrams
are sent out to the recipienis in spe
eial Ch1 ristimas envelopes.
Declares Seii-A11111nal Diidend.
At a meeting of the (Ireclors15 of'*the
F'arIers Mlank of this city, heid las-t
,Aonday, it was decided to deClarec a
semi-annua dividend of two ad11( onlo
half per cent. In view of 1vhe fact that
this Is the youngest bank in fle city
ani(d county, this showing is an excel
lent one. The10 ofilcers of the Farmers
Dank are M. .1. Owings. president, and
R. Fleming -Jones, cashier.
Hog Killing ime.
Mr. P. 13. Bailey, one of the county's
b)iggest hog-raising farmers, has been
taking advantage of the recent cold
weather to "lay upi)" pork and sausage
for the coming months. -le and his
renters killed and dressed twenty-four
large ones Monday and eighteen sev
Lral weeks ago, making a total of for
ty-two for the season so far.
At a regular meeting held on Friday
night, Dcc. 3rd Fairview Camp No.
122 W. 0. W. Watts Mill. the follow
ing oicerr wer'e elected for the ens'u
ing term: n. E. Bishop, C. C.; Rufus
1. WV. Heaton, banker; J1. RI. Bro fulee,
P. C.; W. A. Riddle, escort; J1. La. Metz,
watchman; J. M. Wise, sentry; Dr. R.
R. WValker, camp physician; JT. A. \te
Kee, caiptain degree teaml' L. E.
Bishop), J. R. Brownlee, W. A. Riddle,
This camp has enjoyed a most riuc
Dessful year andl enters upon the new
year wvork under most favorable con
At Oakville School.
There will be an entertainment at
Dakville schoolhouse, Thursday even
ing, Dec. 23, at 7:30 o'clock. Tihe
chief attraction wvill be an operette
entitled "Prince Pepper." Admission
15 and 20 cents.
ELECTED GRAND) OFFICERS.
RI. A. Cooper anld C. A. Power Eier'ted
(Irand 00tieers of the Masons
At the 139th annual meeting of the
grand lodge of Masons held in Char
lesten last week, Mr. R. A. Cooper was
elected Grand Master and Mr. C. A.
Power was appointed Orand Pursui
vant. Both of these Laurens citizens
have always taken an active and lead
ing Interest in Masonry and their elec
tion to the grand omeles is a comp~le
ment of the hihesnt order.
Polled Over Two Million
TO THE CONTEST
T' Adverthaer's Ford Automobile Con.
test Closed Monday Night Anid a
Flood of Ballots. Miss Martha
Franks, Mrs. B. I. Todd and Miss
Flora Bennett Other Winners.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
CONTEST WNRERS. *
Wilm. 11. Moorhead, 2,006,600 *
* Automobile. *
* Miss Martha Franks, 1,039,125 *
Mrs. It. It, Todd, 905,925 *
Miss Flora lBennett, 261,000, *
$2 Gold I'lece. *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The Advertiser's automobile contest
closed Monday night and after the
counting of the ballots it was found
that William Hopkins Moorhead, of
Goldville, had the highest number of
ballots and was awarded the first
prize, a Ford automobile. Immediate
ly after the award was made, Wmi. A.
Moorhead, father of the successful con
testant, placed himself behind the
steering gear of the neat little car and
whisked away home.
The winner of the first prize in the
accord district was Miss Martha
Franks, who was awarded the $100
Grafanola and $25 worth of records,
purchased from John A. Williams,
"The Piano Man" of Greenville. Mrs.
1. R. Todd was the winner of the beau
tiful Hamilton 11 carat gold watch,
boitght of Willam Solomon, jeweler,
of this city. Miss Flora Bennet was
the win nor of the second prize in the
firs t dilstlict, the $25 in gold.
.\lessrs W. V. McCuen and 1). M.
Norwood acted as jludges of tlie (ol
test, assisted by .\-. .1. W. McKee. The
aimols 41d leen systeniativally ar
ranige(d, So thait Ohey werV.e able to coill
pcle the coun iting inl aloit anl hour's
fin e. Thle (1(.kiioni was imlade k nown
about ten O'elok, qiite a nuilber of
it ers(t ed erso being in the olice
to watch the tabulation.
The co.let Was a su (Iceii ss IlI one1
in, more ways 1:an one. Not. only (lid
Thle Advertiser increase its subsAcrip
tion list, very tmiaterially and collect
n1ume1os old accounts, but the best
of feeling prevaled tlhroughout the en
tire period. At its close, woen the re
salt of the work was shown, theec was
no complaining or rogrels, as the votes
shlowed thlat thle winner-s hlad seculred
their reward by .-.. work. The win
noer's of the prizes expressed their
thanks and gratitude to those who as
sisted1 themt and sympiiatizedc'( with
those who had lost. As fox' Thc Ad
ver'tiser', it deeply appr~xeciates the
work (done by the contestants In tihe
race. To all of thte, The Advert iser' ex
tends1 Its thanks.
P AIME'TTO( LODGE ELEC''S.
Lodge Duxrinxg Next Year.
The following officers were elected
to se'rve Paltmetto Lodge. A. F. Mi., at
the last regular meeting:
TVhos. 1. Swygert, W. M.
R. R. Nickles, S. W.
Roy Little, J. W.
0. B. Simmons. Tr'eas.
E. 0. Anderson, Sec'y.
A. WV. Fisher, S. D.
J. S. McCravy, J1. D.
S. L. Barksdale, Steward.
M. J. SImpson, S'teward.
RI. M. Eichelber'ger, Tyler.
Princeton, D~ec. 21.-Mr. and Mr's,
Riphert Taylor' celebrated their twenty
fif'th anniversary last Saturday. D~e
cember 11. Several of their frifends at
tendeld. Tfhey we're the recipients of
many silver presents.
Mr. Lawrence 'Taylor of Fnrman
UniversIty, attended the silver wved
(ing of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Taylor Saturday.
Mr. and Mr's. R. B. Arnold spent Fri
day in Honen Path.
Messr's J1. T. Machen and W. L.
Freeman attended the Baptist Stato
convention at Greenville Snturday,
Snnanv and Monday.
WILLIAM P. COKER
DIED LAST WEEK.
A Well Known and Hilghly Itonored
Citizen of Laurens County Ias
W. P. Coker, one of Laurens coun
ty's most honored and respected citi
zens, pased away at his home in
Youngs township on Sunday, Dec. 12th,
and was buried at the Bethany church
on the following Monday. Mr. Coker
had been In very ill health for many
weeks and therefore his death, though
bringing many sorrows, was not un
expected. The funeial services were
conducted by Rev. J. P. Coleman and
Rev. L. B. Ezell. Mr. Coker was a de
voted member of the Baptist church,
being a charter membet of the Bethany
As a soldier in the great Southern
cause, Mr. Coker pl)ayed a noble part
and fought valiantly throughout the
war as a member of Company E, 6th
South Carolina Cavalry. Since the
war 11e has taken an activ' interest in
all things pertaining to ile veterans
and at the time of his death was chair
man of the Laurens County Board of
Mr. Coker was born at Brrksdale,
where lie spent the early pafIt of his
life. Later he moved into 'Youngs
township, where the most of bis life
was spent. He is survived by his wife
who was Miss Hughes and deveral
sons and daughters. I
Ills funeral was attended by a reat
host of his relatives and friends p' lose
floral gifts testified to the admirWble
character of the Veteran who had'an
swered the last roll call.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT FIRES.
Insurance ConImissioner Writes Chief
of the Fire Department About
Fire Chief J. T. Crews has received
a letter from Insurance Commissioner
M.\laster asking hin to issue warning
against carelessness with fireworks,
etc., du'ing the usuial season. "Thel
rislh, waste accumulations and fire
Christmas season is here with its
works. I' rge upon your(I iizens to (o
all Ihey all to prevelt ires," 1he says
in his let er. Chief Crews has aslked
that tlis wa'nilng he heded, especial
ly as it applies to firewoiks as this
is the source of the greatest danger.
Widloi of the( L~ate 1Dr.,.1. S. W1olfY an1d
li Iiihly E4steemlied ollia . ..
1ast Wednesday Ilorning, Mrs.
Klizabeth Wolff passed away at her
home in this city. Mrs. WolIf was in
her sevelty-niitil year. and for some1
tinme las been in very feeble healtil.
Only a very short time ago her hius
band, i)r. John S. Wolff preceded her
to the grave. She is survived by o1e
sister, Mrs. John Moore, six sons, and
live daughters. In addition to these
there are forty-eigh t. grand hildren
and tilrteen great-grandchildren and
many other relatives wlo survive to
miiourn the great loss in the passing of
tIs fine womlan.
Th'ie fuineral services were condcited
by3 Rev. II. la. Baggott and 1lev. J1. 11.
'1\ Mal ujor, tile burial taking plae
Trhursday morning ill tile Chest nut
idige cemetery. A large gatheiring
was present for tile last rites and~ tile
mlany beautiful flowers that w"ere laidi
upon01 hcr grave attested the love and
esteem in which she was held by hun11
(reds throughout tile county.
PLAY AT (llAY C'OUIRTl.
The "Elopeimeiit of Elleni" Will 1be
Presented Th'iere Tonight.
Th'le "Edlopement of IEllen" an uin
play wvili he plresenlted at tihe Gray
Court-Owings schoolhouse tonight by
tihe plupils and teachlers of the 5011001.
in addition to the play there will be
musIc and short entertainments by tile
pimnarny grades. Th'le play will begin
at 7:30. The following is tile cast of
ichard F'ord, newly wed, Carey Bolt
Molly, Rtichardl's wife, Aileno WVillis
iiorothy March, Molly's guest,
Rol:ert, Molly's brother, Frank Dial
Max Ten liyck, Rt. T. Wilson
.June Htaverhill, Molly's new maid,
- Mary Hlart Griffin
Rector Hume, Sam Bolt
At Palmetto Schmool.
There will be a box supper' at Pal
metto schoolhouse, Tuesday afternoon
Dec. 28th. The proceeds to go for
theO impirovemlent of tile school build
lng. hiDverybody is invited.