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V )LUM[3 XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAYs OCTOBER 22, 1919'
Interesting Paper Read by
citing History of the
In observance of the centennial of
the Methodist church of Laurens, in
teresting exercises were held at the
First Methodist church Sunday, Oct.
12, when a sketch or history of the
church from the date of its establish
inent in 1819, was read before the
congregation by the author, Mrs. John
F. Bolt, a great granddaughter of Mrs.
Elizabeth Vance Word, one of the first
membeirs of the Laurens Methodist
society as it was originally called.
Mrs. Bolt's grandmother. a daughter
of Mrs. Word, as a girl of 12 years,
adso belonged to the' little hand of fif
teen earnest workers during the earlv
days of the society.
Suitable resolut:ons were passed In
,adoptin-; the paper prepared by Mirs.
Holt. afacr sveral interesting brief
I it !::sxr w lr made b. different mom
In 0., town of i*'ri vaunut 1819,
now one? hundred years ago, a little
'an11(d of sonIw fton :iinest Christian
men and womin we Ir:- orglized int1
the .Meihodist Church, or as was then
called the Met hod ist Society, by a
traveling preacher from Virginia.
They were organized in the Secedei
Chulreh. known for generation as th<1
old Rok lurch, which was then th(
only church building in the town
Here the Methodists worshipped anl
held preaching service as often as I1
was their good fortune to secure -,
preacher who might he traveling
through tills p .rt of the country.
Your writer can give only tw<
names of this little band of organiz
ers, that of J\irs. Elizabeth Vanc4
Word and her young 12-year-oh1
daughter Sarah, who a iew years iaL
er -became Mrs. Sarah Hance, th
grandmothr of Mrs. John F. Bolt an
her brothers, iW. T., J. T., and E. E1
Mrs. Word, who doubtless was th
elder member of this organized han
of Methodists, was the chosen Clas
Leader and under her leadership pray
er meetings were held from house t
house for some six years before the
had a regular preacher.
in 1852 Laurens Circuit was forme
h- Rev. Barnett Smith. grandfathc
vf Mrs. .Meng. A little church, a sma
v onden building with tall spire an
vr.-y high pulpit was erected on 'Mal
':iteet by this earnest Methodist S(
;l.ty. In this house they worshippc
and praised God for 27 years.
I .... . G
I1ST CHURCH b
Mrs. John F. Bolt, Recit
Church Since 1819.
The rules of the church were "iron
clad" and in many ways differed from
ours of today. The women, young
and old, were forbidden to wear jewel
ry or gay ornaments, their apparel
had to be modest and simple. Musical
Instruments were not allowed. One
instance of the strictness of their
rules was this: The son of the above
mentioned Mrs. *Word was exceedingly
fond of is violin, or what was then
called fiddle. lie refused to give up
playing his instrument and they
turned him out of tihe church.
Fast-days were religiously observed, i
which custom was never abandoned
by those saintly people of old.
As members and means increased
this small church was torn down and
very nerit was bulil (lhe good old
church so many of us remnenibr, now
i the meside.ce of mr. Tolbert. This
was built about 1841 and I8~2. 'T'le
building lot for this church was do
nated to the Methodist people by Mr.
.61hn Ga r l ington, father of the it e
1 'obmo D. Garlington. Mr. Garlington's
generosity was unlimited for he used
his own skilled workmen in helping
erect the building, besides contribit
Ing a great deal to lift all iindebted
In IS52 the church was dedicated by
Yr. Whiteford Smith. At its dedication
many souls were converted and joined
the church, sone of whom gave their
life-long devotion and service to God
and to the church. There are descend
ants now in this church of some of
From the time of Its organization
there were many who gave beautiful
and consecrated service, many of
I whose names I might mention but will
ref fm idong sc. For many
a years the circult was so large that
I preaching was held in. the church
only once a month, the size of the
circuit also necessitating having a
e senior and junior preacher.
j Later the circuit was reduced in
, size and we had service twice a
. month, the first Sunday morning and
a the third Sunday afternoon. Occa
y sionly there was a night service,
prayer meetings also were at night.
rd There were no beautiful electric
r chandaliers and side lights in the
i church then, for the pulpit was lighted
d by two high standing lamps and the
n rest of the church was lighted by
- bracket lamps on the walls, with re
I am told by one of our older mem
F F i 4
ers that prori to that time the entire
hurch was lighted by home-mado
The communion service was a glass
Itcher and glass goblets, till the Rev.
. 1. Traywick, in 1875, presented the
hurch with the silver ewer and gob
ets which were used up to a few
'ears ago, when the young women of
he Junior Aid Society presented the
ndividual communion service.
As time went on it became our good
ortune to have .preaching oftener;
md at last, in 1884, our church 'be
ani a station, Rev. Geo. M. Boyd was
hen our pastor.
July, 1893, the State Woman's Mis
iionary Conference held its 14th an
itial session with us, Mrs. Bishop
Our first District Conference was
hield in the Court House, Sept. 11,
1S69, Bishop W. M. Wightman presid
ing. Two Annual Conferences have
been held with our Methodist people,
irsit in i1891, Bishop Keener presiding,
with the sessions held In the court
house; second, in 1908,,Bishop Wilson
presiding, leld in present church.
In 1897 and 1898 this present churc1i
was )Ilt it a cost of $15,000. On De
cemnber 251th, 1898 the lrst service wa
held in the new church, our pastor, I
Herbert Jones, preaching. Rev. Wat
son 11. DIuncan followed 1R. lerher
.1ones as our pastor. It was his earn
est desireP. to raise 1he diebt from th<l
building that it might he dedicated
and it was through his influence aml
encouragement that the heavy t!
was raised and our church formall:
dedicated on Oct. 16, 1901.
During this time the followini
named mebnl)ers composed the Boari
of Stewards: John F. bolt, chairman
W. L. Gray, C. C. Featherstone, Dr. NN
H1. Dial, 0. B. Simmons, T. H. Nelsor
P. B. Connor, Aug Huff, H. Tcrr3
The Trustees were: 0. B. Simmonm
chairman; J. -. 'Sullivan, T. B. Crew!
W. L. Gray, H. E. Gray, Aug. Huff, I
B. Connor, Dr. W. '-. Dial.
The formal presentation of ti
building was made by the chairma
of t .- of inte'rda to Bi!n!te
W. W. 1Duncan, whlich he in utr
dedicated to God and to His worshl:
The circuit .was formed in 185
since which time the following hai
served this people, many of who1
served as senior and junior preacl
ers: Barnett mith, -Jas. Stockdal
David Derrick, David L. Ballew, Ba
nett Smith, Jacob Ozier, Hugh A.
Walker, Jas. Stacey, J. K. Mors
Alexander Walker, John W. McCal
W. R. Smith, Thos. ). Turpin, Jacc
B. Anthony, John Tarrant, John M<
Master (?), David V. Seal, Sam
Dunwoody, Geo. 'W. 'Moore, .olin I
Ziminerman, Willis L. IHolton, lul
E'. Oghurn, Archibald B. McGilver
Zepheniah W. Barnes, Samuel I
rownsend, John Wesley Miller, Ale
ander iW. Walker, 1Ienry Bass and 1
ward Boyden, tobt. loyd, Thomi
Razor, IHarion, A. P. .lartin, Mil
Puekett and A. P. Martin, John
Wood and W. A. 'Sharp, Cornelius M
Icod and 1i. ). Moore, T. Suit,
D~aniel and A. W. .\oore, J1. TP. KiIJ
and Studemire, Jas. TP. Kilgo and Jol
A. Wood. .1. II. Zimmerman and J.
WXorkman, W. A. Mc~iwain and .J.
Little; A. N. W~ells and IR. IR. Dagna
1867; J1. W. Kelly and A. WV. Moor
1868; J1. WV. Kelly and Atiway, 1869;
F. Kistler andl A. WV. Moore, 1870;
TP. Kilgo, 1871; M. A. McKibben ati
Ri. N. Wells, 1872; J1. B. Traywick at
Archer, 1873; J1. B. Tr'iaywick al
Penny. 1874; J. II. Traywick andi
ii. Arlal, 1875; J1. A. Mood and . 1
Arial, 1876; .1. A. Mood and Gan
1877; J1. K. Me(%in, 1878, 1879, 188
A. C. WAlker, 1881, 1882; C. M\. 110.
1883, 1884; U. TI. harmon, 1885; 133
.1. M . Carlisle, 1887; T1. IC. Morr
1888, 1889t, 1890O, 1891; Walt'r I. 1I<
bort, 1892, 1893, 1891; J1. 0. (Carlis
1895; J1. A. Stokes, 1894; 1. lIeIrho
Jones, I1897, 1898, 1399, 1 9(00; WV.
Dutncan, 1901, 1902, 1903; 19(41; .
IHook, 1905, 190t; J .. 1). Urout, 19
l90tS, 1909; IL. P'. Me~ee, 1910, 19
1912, 1913; .1. RI. TI. Major, 1911I. 1!'
1916;; WV. A. Fairy. 1917; J1. M. Stet
matn, 1918; .\. 1K. hloller. 1919.
Good 'N rd for Fopula r Music.
not looItk dlowni iuon It, so longj. ats
Cenn he'lp someu soul awtiy fromii
for youi in ani ''ff momeniCht"~- If .
Wvill Iiet It. 1hut ev'en If it doiesn't,
liearts xIt wvIl i ght en, stufllces to g
I opui r muitsle a reas-on for het
whlehi 11we shouldq tnot set nsbl'e meur
b lEenntso' Cit anI't lunnnonQi to h1 ",
LINE FOl THIE SOUTH
New Orleans to be Priniepal Port for
Line to be Established Next lonth.
Philadelphia, Oct. 17.--New Orleans
is to have a new steanship line which
will begin onerations early next
month and handle shipments from
and for the entire south, according to
a publ ished announcement here today.
The vessels of the new line will op
erate from Philadelphia and New Or
leans through the Panama canal to
Los Angeles, San Francisco and lon
olulu. The now line is reported to
have the financial backing of the steel
interests of Plhilladelhphia and is made
possible by the present rail rate on
steel pr-oducts from the Atlantic to
the Pacifle coast, which is $1.37 1-2
These New Silks are
of the Season. Yot
the envy of the best
Woman in town if y
Fall Dress is made fr
New Silks. These
high in quality, p(
style, and wonderful
n Drop around to
n Counter and let us i
11 these New Fall F
2i A G
per hundred pounds. The water
route, it Is declared, will cut this rate
inost in half. The names of the
steamships which will be placed on
the route will be announced soon.
On the eastward run from the Pa
eic coast the ships twill bring sugar
from, !olnoilili and canned goods.
(ried fruits and other products of the
western coast. The ships will stop at
New Orleans and discharge part of
their cargoes of merchandise destined
for places In the south, then take on
rice, cotton and other products of the
south for Philadelphia. On the west
ward rin the steamships will take
out cargo for 'New Orleans and other
soui hern points, and iiron, steel and
manu factured goods for the Pacific
Capt. George 1. Craig, of the Ship
repe de Chine, N'
toile and Charm
Good (uliyof frty-it
blek, white .tallpe. oplen.
pir Yard, $2.50.
We are .Ihowing good
shade ls of 'bhn-!<, wh1ite, nav.'
A verym' heavy 8atin~ wit
Iil 'ri inieh I 'harownt-tse
and nvy. l'ie at $2.00
000 PLACE TO
building company, Lorain, Ohio, and
who also conducts ai shipbuilding
plait at 1,os Angeles, is tho senior
member of the firmiti establishing the
County Superintendent of Education
As the law directs I will be
out of my ornce on Thursday
and Friday of each week visit
ing schools. Those having busi
ness with ine may find me at
my office on other (lays.
R. T. Wilson
Superintendent of Education
Ifh1 GerettOl inl Shades of nlavy,
greTy, rose and nwv blue. lVrice
-d atl $2. tho yad
hehriuse fns na lgn
i (lod aigeIty in sha es,4 blav,
e, 3.9 the ya ni.UP ) tC I1C
le ) at( in-C .\gsaie~ t in bakvy
1 (It $200st. I'rit $2.5thyn.
. TO ILE
'.s t ita i, f l yd id e; la~tC,
ud $2.5 ythe yardl(. '1' 35 a'