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The Town of Walha!
and Solid De veli
Tho Founding of Walhalla.
Tho town of Walhalla WOK founded
nearly lifty years ago. On Decem
ber 24th, 1840, Kev, Joseph. Grisham,
who resided in our Bister town of
West Union, sold to C. F. Sccbn,
.lohn A. Wagoner, Claus Bulwiuklo,
T. IC. Ilcncklo and Jacob Schroder,
as TriiBtcos of thc German Coloniza
tion Society, of Charleston, S. C.,
17,809 acres of land, situate in tho
western portion of Picken? District.,
The juico paid was $27,000. Tho
town of W al halla was located by the
officers of tho Colonization ?Society
??ear tho western boundary of theil'
purchase. Tho first house within
tho corporate limits was built by the
lato Doidrioh Biemann in tho year
1 Sf)I. It was an old-fashioned log
cahin land occupied thc site of the
large two-story frame building, which
was afterward known for many years
ns Diematings Hotel. It was not long
until thc arrival of other pioneer
settlers from tho Fatherland, and
this soon became a distinctive Ger
man colony. Oilier houses of primi
tivo design were erected, principally
along Main street. In the course of
time moro substantial houses were
built, and, by reason of thc natural
contour, tho town developed along
the gently undulating ridge, from
cast to west. Titus early did Wal
halla become known as tho "Shoe
string Town" because of the unusual
h ugill of its one street. This, how
over, cannot bc said of it any longor,
for it lins steadily grown until its
width and length arc about equal.
Tho business houses, though, arc
located on Main stied, which is
known far and near ns ono of the
most beautiful streets thal any city
or town can boast of.
There was a steady i ii ll u x of Ger
man immigrants, who, by habits of
industry and economy, soon became
a prosperous and contented people.
Tho Bite selected by them for build
ing the town lies six miles south of
Stump-house Mountain, a spur of thc
great Hine Ridge range. Thc town
was nob established with an idea of
being the County seat ; but when
Dickons District was divided, in
I SUS, into Oconce and Piukens Coun
ties, Walhalla was selected as the
capital of Oconee County, lt has
been " "'utained by actual survey
tobe v.. lin at least two miles of
tho geographical centre of thc county.
Tho word "Walhalla*' is borrowed
from Scandinavian mythology and
signifies "Paradise of tho Gods," or
a place of rest and refreshment. Wc
think tho town is appropriately
named, and that tho 11:11110 expresses
only what Walhalla really is-nn
"Hi place of sweet rest. No town j
,ta'nll our Southland enjoys a morel
Ijightlul, refreshing and health
pingclimate tho year around.
Thc town, originally settl-.d by
.y Gormans, remained almost
k.sivcly a Gorman o> h m un i ty
fifteen years. AOei' thc
!' House was c&iUilished
there was a gradual influx
?American citizens. Thc two
nalities wert! on tho nest, of
from tho first, and il was not
until they were about equal in
tier, Thc addition of native
ricans was agreeable to thc Ger
.S"lll,,v., vhet ./.-1 4~ rs!-: ?!.
if?blluk ? %.? LU to.li noll uv/ U11C1 mil
iW^ 4<efations with their new
\-H.'< Til is mixing and inlorming
of American anti ( ?crinan cili
gradually resulted in American
the habits and customs of the
lc. In a short time, tho diffor
of nationality was known prill
[lly in name. Nearly all of the
;inal settlers have passed away,
their wholesome ?niluenoo rc
Their descend an ts may
another language, but]
still maintain habits of
and economy which ?11 the
run make any people pros
bus and happy.
[Valhalla's population in now about
thousand (Ive hundred. She
?bers many progress!vo citizens
nig her inhabitants, wir from
r to year, increase her lu nncss,
iguralo new ontorpriscM and
?eve success.
The Old Hine Rid so Tunnel,
[long in the fifties tho Hine Kid go
hoad Company attornptod to cut
jnnol through Stump-house Moutl
lj The project, was abandoned
U 'v,! ; breaking <?111 ol' t he civil
1 lS?iS ?ul not until exoil
jJ&toT a mile had boen
through solid rock. I?'rom
and Her
la?~Settled by the Ger
)pment-An Important
Men Who Do Its Busi
tho mouth of this Inigo tunnel issues
a stream of limpid wator, olear as
crystal. As tho water ripples down
the mountain side othor streams unito
willi it, and about a mile from tito
tunnel it plunges over a rocky preci
pice, falling ono hundred feet. This
is thc beautiful Issaquona Falls,
finned in song and story. Thc alti
tude of Issaquona Falls is six hun
dred feet above that of Walhalla.
This wator could be utilized at com
paratively small cost, as tho natural
source of supply ia so far abovo tho
level of ibo town. A plan is in con
templation for bringing thc- water to
Walhalla for both domestic and manu
facturing purposes. It is estimated
by competent engineers that tho sup
ply is sufficient to furnish all tho
water required for public and private
uso, with a surplus of ono hundred
horse-power, which could bo used for
generating electricity. It is believed
that the near future will witness tho
utilization of this natural sourco,
which constitutes one of our peculiar
advantages. Thc construction of
electric lights and water-works con
! stitutes probably tho next business
enterprise to bo undertaken by our
citizens. Their completion will
mark a new epoch in the history of
tho town.
lier Churches and Schools.
The religious denominations arc
well represented in Walhalla. There
are live Protestant denominations,
which own substantial church build
ings. The churches, with their pas
tors, arc as follow? : Lutheran, Kev.
J. (J. Schaid ; Methodist, Kev. J. L.
Daniel; Presbyterian, Kev. lt. L.
Bogers; Baptist, l?ev. II. B. Fant;
Episcopal, Kev. J. I), McCul
The educational facilities of Wal
halla are excellent. There are three
schools. Miss Kate Stock, princi
pal of the Walhalla Select School, is
a competent teacher. She is a gradu
ate of 1 Iagerstown Seminary, of tho
class of 1880. Shebas been engaged
in teaching over ?' .ce, and has taught
here for the past six years. Her
work in the school-room is excellent.
Miss Ida McCullough is principal of
a well-regulated school for girls and
.small boys. She is a lady of fine
culture and a teacher of large expe
rience. She is an accomplished
musician and instructor of music.
Prof. J. M. Moss is principal of a
school for boys. He is a graduate
ol* Welford College, of the clans of
1 St) I. Since graduation lie has given
himself to teaching. I Ie has taught
successfully here and elsewhere. TII?H
is his third term in Walhalla, and ho
coud nets a large school, giving satis
faction to his patrons. With these
'Ince schools the educational advant
ages afforded tin; town and surround
ing community ave equal to those
enjoyed by any town of similar size
in the State.
Her Hotels.
Thero arc two hotels, conducted
by W. li. Hester and II. I). A. Bie
mann respectively. Mr. Hester is
manager of the house formerly known
as I hem an n's Hotel, on Main street.
Mr. Hester came to Walhalla on
September I, 1807, and lensed from
Mr. J. I). Vernor tho large building
on Main street, known since thc early
.lays of tho town as Hiemann's Hotel.
Ho changed the name to Walhalla
Hotel, hy which it is now famed far
and near as a popular resort. Ho
means to serve the public thc ap
proaching season in the very best
style, and will spare neithor time nor
pains to jilease his guests. He is a
native of Coonee, having boen born
near Retreat, but when a small boy
his father, Abraham Hester, moved to
I 'tokens County. Ho resided there
until October, 180G, when ho moved
to Westminster and assumed charge
of a hotel there. Mrs. Hester still
retains control of that house, and Mr.
Nester gives his personal supervision
to thc Walhalla Hotel. Ho is a
genia) gentleman and has made many
friends since he located herc.
Mr. II. 1). A. Biemann conducts the
Biemnnn House, on Faculty Hill,
ivuth hotels are within easy reach of
the depot, and the proprietors spare
no pains in caring for tito comfort of
their guests. The traveling public
find excellent entertainment hero.
Livery and Feed Stahlen.
There are two livery stables. Mr.
T. K. Alexander has recently built
new stables on Spring street, where
he keeps a t horough equipment of
horses and vehicles for tho livery
mans-Steady Growth
Business Center,
I'business. I Io was a successful mer.
obant for sevoral years, but recently
Sold his stock of merchandise to
Messrs. W. J. Schroder & Co., who
continuo in business at thc old stand.
Mr. Aloxander has a numbor of now
and fancy vohioles and sovoral
horses of fine spood. Ho is pre
pared at all times to accommodate
tho traveling public, and can supply
all demands mado upon him, either
day or night.
Mr. VV. T. Potts is tho successor
of Ilollcinan & Son in tho livery
busincBH. I Io is an enterprising citi
zen -"?f Highlands, ?N'. C. His onorgy
and cntcrpriso induced him to iden
tify himself largoly with Walhalla.
Accordingly ho purchased tho livory
business of Ilollcinan ?fe Son in tho
fall of 1897. Ho koopa paco with
the very best in Herring thc public.
Tho well-known firm of Ilolloman
& Son waa engaged in thc livery
business for several years. Since thc
sale of this branch of their business
they havo carried a full lino of
vohioles, harness, bridles, saddles,
etc. Mr. J. W. Ilolloman, senior
mombor of thc linn, is well known to
the people of the County and State.
He served the people of Oconco as
County Treasurer for many years.
Ho is tho present Master of thc
Court of Common Fions, and makes a
caroful and cfiiciont ofliccr. He has
also served aa Judge of Probate. Ho
baa twice been elected Mayor of thc
town of Walhalla. Mr. F. S. Hollc
mau is a young man of fine business
qualifications. Thc business of thc
linn receives bia personal attention,
They do a splendid business and can
sell you anything, from tho ??IICHI
carriage or phteton down to a chea]
bridle or hamcstring.
A Splendid Cotton MUK
The Walhalla Cotton Milla ia th?
largest and most important bushiest
enterprise within tho corporate limits
In 181)5 a joint stock company
was formed by local subscribers
A eli arter was obtained fron
thc Secretary of State with an au
thorned capital of $75,000.' Tin
charter lias B?IICC been amended
allowing an hiere se of thc capita
atock to $150,000. Tho product o
thc mill is the finest quality of sheet
ing. Mr. J. 1). Vernor ia presiden
of the company, and baa been eve
since its organization. Thc board o
directora is composed of J. 1). Vcr
ncr, C. W. Pitchford, S. I?. Demi)
Wm. J. Stribling, J. W. Hollemai
A. P. Cris]), i). Oelkcrs and W. A
Strother. Tho oapaoty of tho mil
will probably be doubled in tho nea
future. Thia can bc done with vcr
liUle coat additional to the pinchas
of machinery. In tho present mi
building, there ia considerable uiioc
cupicd Moor apace, which can 1J
utilized for placing now machinery.
Uer Hanking Facilities.
Walhalla is supplied with splendi
banking facilities. Mr. J. 1). Verne
banker, baa been a resident of Wa
'halla ever since tho fall of 1870. II
waa finit engaged in the mercantil
business with Mr. J. Caleb ('arte
Ho then engaged in inerchandisin
with Mr. W. J. Stribling, now <
Westminster. Tho Walhalla lian
was organized and chartered Marc
17, 1875. The late Samuel Lo vi nf
good, father-in-law of Mr. Vornc
waa elected president, J. J, Norto
vice-president, and W. C. Ervi
cashier. Tho hoard of directora we
Samuel Lovinggood, J. J. Norton, 1
A. Thompson, J. W. Stribling, J. ]
Mickler, I). Riemann and John >
Shelor. This bank did business f
threo years and closed April 18, 187
Tho stockholders dissolved thc cc
porationon account of tho usury I ai
reducing the rate of interest, it w
succeeded by Lovinggood ? Ervi
j who continued tho business aa
partnership until dissolved by t
dcatli of Mr. Lovinggood, on Novoi
her ll, 1879. Thc firm then boom
Ervin Sc Vernor, and continued un
January 1, 1881, when Mr. W.
Ervin ?old Ilia intoreat in tho bu
ncaa to Mr. J. I). Verncr. Sin
that time, Mr. Verncr baa owned a
conducted the hank individually. ]
bank in thc State enjoya a botl
credit or aervca ita customers a
tho business publie morosatisfnetori
Although doing business in his o'
name, and without a charter, ho 1
always enjoyed a splendid credit, a
bia financial standing in bankj
ci rolos ia of tho vory highest ord
I Mr. Vornor ia tho largeat individ
taxpayer in Ooonoo County, ano1 hoi
is ono among tho leader? of ontprpriso
I in our midst. For tho post tinco
years ho has givon his timo and atten
tion to tho disohargo of the respon
sible duties of President of Walhalla
Cotton Mills without asking or receiv
ing a cont of salary. To him moro
than any other man is duo tho suc
cess of the mill. Under his wiso
administration the mill is euro to
provo a successful enterprise Already
tho town baa boon largely benefited
by its establishment, and greater good
will acoruo thorofrom in thc future.
Mr. Vernor is public spirited and
enterprising and always lends his
support to whatever is deemed best
for his town and county. Ho has
dono much for tho up-building of
Walhalla. Ho is assisted in tho bank
by Mr. W. L. Vernor as cashier.
Merchants and Druggists.
Tho mercantile brigade of Wal
halla consists of tho C. W. Pitchford
Company, tho Cartor Merchandise
Company, C. W. Bauknight, C. M.
hn\a, W. J. Schroder & Co., G. A.
Norman, Holleman Ab ?Son, M. W.
Wright, Mrs. E. M. Cud worth, Hr.
D. ii. Darby, Dr. J. W. Bell, ]).
Oelkors, W. O. Whitc,Wilmot Smith,
J. E. Hendrix, W. II. Reeder, Abram
Naggaro, Smith Brothers, J. .J.
Ansel, A. Fisohesser, II. C. Busch
and J. T. Wilson. Prosperous and
progressive merchants cnn always be
known by tho advertisements of
their business methods. W o make
brief mention of those who believe
in tho liberal uso of printer's ink.
Their success demonstrates tho cor
rectness of their business methods.
This will bo recognized from the
more mention of their names.
Ten years ago Mr. C. W. Pilch
ford entered into thc mercantile busi
ness on his own account with a lim
ited capital. Ile had served an ap
prenticeship of many years in the store
of tho lato J. P. Mioklcr, having
clerked for him from early boyhood,
After leaving tho employ of Mr
Mickler he established a business ol
his own, to which ho gave his undi
vided attention, observing Btrici
business principles. His trade grew
steadily from the first. His stool
was constantly increasing and lm
success soon became an assured fact
His customers have always been sat
isiied with his dealings, which an
acknowledged to bo honest and up
right. His business increased ii
volume and popularity, and within ?
few years ho occupied a most envia
ble position in his town and county
Fifteen months ago Messrs. S. N
Pitchford, W. D. Moss and G. M
Ansel, who had clerked for him, bc
came members of thc firm. A join
stock company was organized, will
a capital of $10,000 for mercantil
purposes, and a charier obtainci
under tho name of the C. W. Pitch
ford Company. They carry ? larg
and varied .stock of dry goods, nc
lions, shoes, groceries, hard war?
agricultural implements, and, ?
short, everything that can bo ex
pectcd of a first class-store of gem
ral merchandise. They are all aol
ively engaged in thc business, an
arc assisted by Mr. Mack Nevill
as Bnlcsman. The annual velum
of their business ranges from $46,00
to $50,000. Il is continually ii
creasing, and they have recently d<
oidod to build a large and liandson
brick store. The old building lu
been torn down and the work <
excavating is now going on, for la;
ing thc foundation of a largo tw(
story building. When completed,
will bc ono of tho handsomest ?ton
to 'oe found in tho up-country.
The Carter Merchandise Campar
is also a corporation, having bec
organized and chartered in 1896 wit
a capital of $25,000. Il has tu
branch business houses, one in Wes
minster and ono in Walhalla. Tl
business at Walhalla is under ll
excellent management and supon
sion of Mr. II. I. Weaver. M
Wcavor is a native of Georgia, lin
ing been reared at Voting Hair
When only a small boy, he came
Westminster and began to clerk
thc store of T. N. Carter & Co., pr
decossors of thc ('arter Mcrohandi
Company. Having spent sovoi
years as (derk in the store, ho we
to Lexington, Ky., where ho took
complete course in a business colley
Ho then returned to Wostminst
and accepted the position of boo
keeper for Ii i M former employers. I
remained thoro until January 1
1800, when ho removed to Walha
and assumed control of tho busim
here, lie ia a most competent nu
chant, keeps fully abreast with t
times, .md knows how to buy a
sell so aa to give his customers t
worth of their money. He is al
assisted in tho conduct of t
business hy Messrs. William
I Novillo, Jr., fl. G, Jayuos and E.
P. Hutchison as saloBmon, and Miss
Gussie Hollotnnn ns book-koeper.
Ho does a largo business, ranging
annually from $46,000 to $50,000.
Mr. C. M. Nield is nuothor wide
awake merchant. Ho is a native of
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
He came to Amorioa in 1871. He
resided in Florida until 1884, when
ho ct st his lot with tito pcoplo of
Wall alla. In 1886 ho formed a
partnership with Mr. F. E. Harrison,
under tho nnmo of Nield A Harrison,
and did a successful business for
eight years. Ho then sold his inter
est to Mr. Harrison and opened
Nicld's HotA For five vonra he
kept a most popular house, but went
out of tiro business tho first of . this
year. 1 lo recently bought tho mer
cantile business of Mr. K. O. Wright
and now carries a varied stock of
general merchandise Ho rcccivcH a
handsome share of tho publie patron
age and is assisted by Miss Fannie
Maxwell as an accommodating clork.
The people of Walhalla always ox
tend a cordial wclcomo to mon of
snell sterling worth as Mr. Nield.
lie lias become thoroughly identi
fied with our people, and is ono of
us in every sense of the word.
Mr. C. W. Bauknight is ono of
"Valhalla's most successful young
merchants. Ho is a son of the lato
J. S. Bauknight and inherits a largo
part of his father's business tact. Ho
com ploted Iiis educat ion at Oxford,
Qa. Soven years ago, whon only
eighteen years of age, ho began busi
ness on his own account with a small
capital. Hy close attention and in
domitable perseverance lie long since
achieved success, and ranks along thc
side of our very best business men,
Last year lie erected ono of thc
handsomest brick stores in tho county,
which is lilied by a largo stook oi
first-class goods. His example hat
inspired others to follow suit. In
the near future wo shall doubtless
have a solid block of brick stores
Mr. Bauknight is a progressive inor
chant and deserves much attheh.nnli
of tho public. Ile is ably assisted bj
his brother, Mr. John E. Bauknight
as salesman.
Mr. M. W. Wright, another o
Wallialla's young merchants, is i
native of Pickens County. Wlici
quito a yoting man he went to Pied
mont, S. C., and entered thc employ
of J. H. Marshal & Co., as clerk
lie remained there for six years am
afterwards carno to Walhalla. Ii
189G ho formed a partnership wit!
Iiis brother, Mr. K. O. Wright, am
for one year they did a general mer
chandiso business as K. O, Wrigh
it Uro. Thc firm was dissolved las
year and ho began business on hi
own account. Ile conducts astriotl
cash store and does a good businesi
His customers get value received fe
their money. His brother, Mr. h'
O, Wright, has been a substantif
merchant here for several years. II
is now completing a handsome noi
?iori' and contemplates opening
new stock of goods in the near fi
Mr. W. J. Schroder is ono of til
youngest merchants of our town, ht
he docs a good business. Ho attainc
his majority only a few months ag
but ho bad spent several years i
clerk in the store of Mr. T. E. Ale:
auder. He recently bought the bun
ness of Mr. Alexander, and is no
conducting it under thc firm nan
of W. J. Sohroder & Co. Ile is
young niau of fine business qualii
cations, exemplary habits and gre
industry. We predict for him a su
ccssfui career.
Mr. G. A. Norman holds forth
tho old Norman stand, lio cerri?n
varied stock of houso-furnishii
goods, to which is added a largo BU
ply of seeds, and incidentally a Iii
of drugs. He is a son of the late 1"
A. E. Norman and inherits a fi
share of Iiis father's ability and pi
sovorence. He is a pleasant gc ntl
man with whom to deal. He enjo
tho confidence and patronage
ninny customers.
Tho millinery emporium of Wi
balla is conducted by Mrs. E. I
('lulworth. In I8?I7 ?ho purchasi
the business from Mrs. J. M. Mt
rick. ?Sho carries a full nssortmo
of choice goods, and 'uer store if
popular resort for the goutier st
She is assisted by Misses Rosa Nc
man and Julia Keels Maxwoll.
Mr. II. C. Busoh has been in bu
ness for eight years. Ho is ai
ti ve of Oconee. When twenty-o
years old hu went to Cliarlcstc
and spent fivo years in thc empl
of Wm. Mappus (Jo. as salcBini
He then went to Columbia and v
with Hahonioht two years. In li
ho returned to this place, and bop
business. Ile opened a store of s
plo nnd fancy groceries,fruits, notio
etc., iblfponnootion with Iiis bake
Ho has also made money buying
and Bolling poultry and eggs. Ho is
a young man of great onorgy, who
givos ?loso attention to business.
Mr. W. H. Hooder first ongnged
in tho morenntilo business boro in
1894. Ho was sonior mombor of tho
firm of Roedor & Wright, tho junior
mombor being Mr. K. O. Wright.
Tho partnership lasted for six months
and was dissolved by consent. Mr.
Reeder then engaged in business on
his owii account, and has Met with re
markable success. Ho invested only
n small amount of money, but lins
m ado a living, and quadrupled his
stock in value. Ho deals in gro
en-?es, notions and general merchan
dise. Ho is a nativo ot Ooonec, hav
ing boen born and reared in tho
South Union neighborhood. His
father, tho lato Jamos Roedor, re
moved to High Falls and Mr. Roodor
o''mo boro from there. Ho is a solid
business man and is boro to stay.
To show that tho town pre
sents attractions to foreigners,
wo cito tho name of Mr. Abram
Neggnro, tho Syrian. Ho carno
to America from Syria in 1893.
Ho located ho^o two y cans
ago, and oponed a store of fancy
groceries, fruits, notions, jewelry, &o.
Ho is making money, and has become
a resident. His brothor, Mr. Philip
Neggaro, joined him two months ago.
Ho carno from Brazil, South America,
and will remain in business with his
oidor brother. Our people extend a
cordial welcome to thom.
Mr. James T. Wilson has recently
opened a new grocory store. Ho
carno from Charleston in 1878. Bo
first bought Ibo Cappelmann mill
property and resided there for two
years. Ho then purchased a tract of
land near town and planted a largo
vineyard. Bo built a handsome
residence, and .?pout several years in
tho grape and wino industry. Ho
owns valuable property in Charles
ton, and is a man of easy means. Ho
carries a new stock of fancy groceries,
notions, etc., and will do a good
Mr. 1). Oelkers is our Gorman
merchant. Ho does a largo business
and nells aliko to everybody. Bc
carno to America from Germany in
1870. After spending eight years in
Now York and Charleston ho came
to Walhalla in 1878. Ho wan
not long in deciding to make
II?B home herc. Accordingly, he mar
ried and sottled down to business
Bo has been uniformly successful and
has amassed considerable property,
Ho carries a full stock of grocoriei
and general merchandise.
Tho firm of Smith Brothors doet
a general merchandise business
Messrs. J. I. and G. Q. Smith, mulei
firm name of Smith Brothors, bogai
business hero in May, 1890, on i
small capital. They have gont
steadily forward until they carry 1
complete stock. Fast year tho;
built a handsome new store, and nov
occupy their own quarters. Stapl
and f-'uey groceries and a varier
stock of gcnoral merchandise fi]
their counters and shelves. Mr. J
I. Smith gives his personal nttcntio:
to tho business. Bc is assisted b
Mr. J. C. Langston as salesman.
Mr. W. Oldridgo White hogan busi
ness March 16th, 1898. Ho is wei
known to thc pooplo. For eight ycai
he was assistant postmaster, scrvin
without interruption under cvor
chango of administration. Bo ra
thc oilieo for four Ropublieans an
ono Democrat, and always gavo th
public tho very host service. II
carries a stock of family groceric
notions, etc. Later ho will add t
his stock, and do a general morehai
disc business. He is one of our 11101
deserving young men. By closo u|
plication, industry and economy 1
is getting a good start, and is bonn
to succeed.
Mr. Wilmot Smith is a native ?
Laurens, S. C. Bo is a son of I)
J. B. Smith, of Laurens, and enmirt
hero on a visit to his brothor-in-la^
Bov. J. L. Daniel, last Docombor, 1
was not long in hoing impressed wil
our town as a business conter. I
determined to locate, and opon<
his Bt?ro on February 1st, 1898. I
carries a stock of staple and fain
groceries, crockery, tin and glas
ware and stationery. This is li
first venture in tho morcantilo worl
but ho is well pleased with his sn
CQSS thus far. Ho bids fair to hui
np an important and lucrativo but
noss. As tho latest recruit fro
without to our mercantile brigade, 1
receives a cordial welcome.
Mr. J. J. Ansel is Walhalla's furn
turo dealer and undortakor. I
came bern with hi? father, tho ?3
John Ansel, in 1854. His fat li
landed in America in 1844, and mr
ried Miss Frcdorioka Bauor, of Ph
adolphia. Bc spent ton years
Charleston, hoforo locating porn
i r~ ' ~ !
u?utly lu Vtu??m??u. Mr. John An
sel reared a largo family of children,
ono son hoing tho subject of this
skotoh, another Hon. M. F.-Ansel, of
Greenville, S. C., the popular Solic
itor of tho Eighth Judicial Circuit.
Ho had much to do with building up
tho town. Ho manufactured furni
ture and collins and did a successful
business for many yoars. Ho dc
signod and made tho oflico furniture
for tho Court House. Tho first
tor m of Court for Oconeo bounty
was hold in a large hall owned by
him, on Main stioot, in 18G9, Judgo
James L. Orr presiding. In 1874
Mr. J. J. Ansol built a furniture fac
tory on South Broad stroot and
manufactured household furniture
and collins. Ho afterwards engaged
regularly in tho undertaking and
furniture business. In thc perform?
anco of thc Inst aad ritos for burial
of tho dead Mr. Ansel has long min
istered to tho wants of tho town and
community. His conaidorato deal
ings have groatly endeared him to
tho hearts of our pcoplo, and, in tho
hour of borcavomcnt, it has long
been tho custom to apply for needed
help to John J. Ansol.
Messrs. J. C. Novillo, Jr., J. N.
Rutherford, C. A. Burton, YV. II.
Barron, and J. T. Ashworth do a
commission business in tho salo of
fertilizers, cotton seed meal, &c.
Dr. D. B. Darby iri DOVTI?'^-prac
ticing physician and a druggist. IIo
took his medical courso in tho South
Carolina University, graduating in
1878. Ho novod to Walhalla in
August, 1874, and' located for tho
practioo of his profession. Aftor a
successful practice of several years
ho established a drug business in
1881, which ho has conducted suc
cessfully over sinco. Ho carries a
full assortment of drugs and medi
cines, as well as notions, silver and
plato ware. In his storo is to bc
found ono of thc largest and hand
somest sod? fountains in the State
lie is ably assisted in tho business bj
his son, Mr. James II. Darby.
Dr. J. W. Bell, also, ia a medical
practitioner and a druggist. Ile grad
anted from Bcllovuo Hospital Col
lege, New York, in 1892, with dis
Unction. Ho located in Walli al h
vor tho practico of medicine in 1893
Ile established a drug business tw<
yoars ago, and in this is assisted b;
Mr. W. G. Stribling. Ile enjoy
tho confidence of tho public, both a
a physician and druggist. Ile is fas
building up a lucrativo business
He has in his store P handsomo sod
fountain, and ho soi ves in tho mos
approved stylo all kinds of col
Dental Surgeons.
Walhalla has two competent der
tists-Dr. T. G. C. Fah nos tock an
Dr. G. C. Probst.
Dr. Fahnostook came to Walhall
from Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1875. H
mudo the chango ol' residence for tli
benefit of his health, and has neve
had cause to ruo it. Before leavin
his Northern home, ho was advise
by somo of his friends that ho wi
undertaking a hazardous journey i
coining to the "Sunny South."
was gently hinted that the "av?r?t
Southerner" was an individual wi
dovotod tho greater part of his tin
to 'Miro eating" and prowling aboi
seeking whom ho might devour. I
was not deterred hy such friend!
advice, for ho came hero in 187
"saw and was conquered." In 18'
he bought n farm, "Woodlawn
near town, which ho has greatly ii
proved and still owns. His heal
has long since been fully restore
and ho has been engagea in the acti
pru co of his profession all the
years. Ile continues to havo i
abundance, both of health and weall
He has recently built a handsoi
and commodious dental office on 1
lot on Faculty Hill, which is qui
an ornament to tho town. Ile romai
here, ho says, because he likes t
country, the climate, tho people, ai
ho behoves thoro is moro ouLcoi
hore than in any section which
Dr. G. C. Probst carno hero frc
Millogcvillc, Ga., last December, a
located for tho practico of di
tistry. Ho graduated from thc Ui
vcrsity of Maryland, Baltimore, M
in 1892, after taking a three yoi
dental course. Ho has praotic
continuously over since, and is th?
oughly up in hin profession, Ho 1
purohaseda house and lot on Facu
Hill and has become a permain
resident. Ho is fast establish i
himself in a lucrativo practico.
Tho Legal Fraternity.
Col. R. A. Thompson and Ma
S. P. Dondy aro tho senior memh
of the Walhalla bar. They onto;
tho practice here in J.871.
Coi. It. A, Thompson was Comn
[stonor in Equity for Bickens Dish
Royal makes the foot! pure,
wholesome and dellcloua.
for fifteen years prior to 1808.
While performing tho duties of Oom
missionor ho gnvo his spare timo to
tho study of law. Ho waa a most
officient ofliccr, and held his commis
sion until the oflico was abolished
upon tho division of Pickons District
into Pickons and Ooonoo oountios.
Soon after his admission to thc har,
ho formed a partnership with tho
lato Samuel McGowan. Tho part
nership continued until 1879, when
Gon. McGowan Avas elected Asso
ciate Justice of the Supremo Court.
In 1880, Col. Thompson formed
a partnership with Wells & Orr,
under tho ftjm. namo of Wells,
Orr & Thompson. In-1884 II. T.
Jaynes, . Esq., became^ ny momber
of the firm. Tho now firm did a
BucccBsful law practico until 1891,
when it was dissolved by Col. Orr's
retiring from the practioo to engage
in other business. Col. Thompson
then formed a partnership with J. II.
Karlo and J. A. Mooney, under tho
firm name of Earle, Mooney &
Thompson. This firm was dissolved
in 1805 by thc election of Gen. Earlo
as Circuit Judge, and Col. Thompson
has practiced alono since that time.
Of his record ns a newspaper man wo
need not speak. Ho has boen pro?
prietor and editor of tho KKOWKK
COURIER for forty-five years. On
April 1st, 1898, he sold his interest
in tho paper to J. W. Shelor, Esq.
Col. Thompson is a genial gontloman,
has an extensivo knowledge of tho
law, and enjoys tho confidence of a
respectable clientage. As a counsel
lor ho has always been found safo,
conservative .and roliablo. Both by
inclination and training he is a civil
lawyer, preferring to devoto his at
tention to the principles of equity
II. A. H. Gibson, Esq., was admit
ted to tho bar by the Supremo Court
in January, 1880. Ho hold tho oflico
of Trial Justice several years prior
thereto and gave his spare tune to
the reading of law. His strong
common senso and good . judgment
have always rendered him a safo
counsellor, lie has devoted him
self to the practice over since. Ile
is serving his third term as Mayor,
and makes a most capable oilicor.
Tho firm of Strihling ?fe ITorndeu
was formed on January 8d, 1898, tho
partners being Major Wm.. J. Strih
ling and E. L, Ilerndon, Esq.
Major Strihling was a student
of Newberry College, from which
ho graduated in 1870, after spend
ing three years in taking his
course. Ho then entored tho
law office of tho late Judge J. J.
Norton and gave himself to thc study
of law for two years. Ho was called
to thc bar in 1879. His first partner
ship was with thc hito Judge J. S.
Cothran. After two years tho firm
was dissolved and ho formed a part
nership with Col. Norton. This
firm enjoyed a lucrative business and
continued until tho elevation of Col.
Norton to tho Bench in 1880. A
partnership was then formed between
Maj. Strihling and E. L. Horn
don, Esq., winch lasted for two
years. In 1890, tho firm of Strih
ling ?lis Shelor was established,
and did a successful business for
six years. In 1890, a partnership
was formed between Judgo Norton
and Maj. Strihling undor tho firm
namo of Norton So Strihling. This
partnership' continued until tho
death of Judgo Norton in
June, 1890. Sinco that timo Maj.
Strihling has practiced alono until
tho formation of the recent partner
ship with Mr. Horn don. Maj. Strih
ling represented Oconee County in
thc House of Representativos during
tho session of 1888 and 1884, and
was also a rnomber of tho Constitu
tional Convention of 1895. Ho is an
all-round lawyer of fino ability. Ho
knows how to handle both law and
faots HO as to mako a strong presen
tation of a case to Court and jury.
E. lt. Ilorndon, Esq., is to tho
"manor born" and is another son of
whom Oconeo may bo proud. lils
early training was obtained in tho

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