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VOL. XLI. NO. 125 NEWBERRY. S. C.. TUESDAY JANUARY 3, 19Q4 TWICE A WEEK, $1.50 A YEAR
FIFTY YEARS AGO.
Reminiscences of Schoolboy Days in
The Newberry of the Past-The
Old Bush River School.
Written for The Herald and News.
Somewhere in the fifties. be:ween
thle Vears nitv-three and fiftv-seven.
Mr. Villiam Reeder, an estimable
cit:zen, an excellent. though austere
school-mas:ter, taught school at Bush
River Baptist church. 'Mr. Bennet
Wa.lace. _lr. Tohn Satterwhi.e. Capt.
A-a Davis and Capt. Bela Mangum
were tne trustees. The oldest and
largest boys in school were Wash
Johnson. Weslev Pitts, Charlie Dav
enport, and your humble scribe.
In those good old ante-bellam days
it was customary for the scholars,
about the first of July. to :urn their
teachers out, that is force them, if 1
necessary, to treat the school and give j
them a short va,cation. This was t
done in various ways. The last re- t
sort was to seize the teacher, carry I
him to some stream or pool of water.
and if he would not grant the request
duck him until he yielded.
The boys determined a week or two t
before hand to turn Mr. Reeder out, I
and committed, as the sequel will
show, a great blunder in making th
-matter public. Mr. Reeder heard of
our intentions and consulted the trus- t
tees, who agreed to aid him in his re- I
solution to thwart the boys' purpose.
The first Friday in July was set to
make the trial. Early that morning
the largest boys assembled at the
school-house. ignorant of the deter- 1
mination of the teacher and trustees.
'Wash - Johnson. the oldest and largest S
boy. Was chosen leader and spokes
man. Mr. Reeder, who lived too far i
from the school-house to walk, rode I
* rseback. At the customary hour c
of his arrival, he hove in sight, in a t
sweeping gallop. It was noticed that c
instead of stopping at his usual hitch- I
ing place, he cLme straight on to the I
house in front of which we boys were i
standing ready to meet him as he. t
rode up. Johnson advanced to the t
horse's side, saying, "Come on boys,
let's take him off his horse." John
son caught the bridle reins with his
left hand on the horse's withers, and
placed his right hand on Reeder's leg
above the knee. I caught hold of his
leg on the other side. Johnson said,
"Mr. Reeder,we want youto treatus and
give us a week or two vacation." Mr.
Reeder replied, "I will do no such
thing at this time, when I get ready
I may do so." Johnson again called
on the boys to assist in taking Reeder
from his horse. *Reeder had in his
hand a lbng hickory switch. This he
flourished over my .h.ead as if he in
tended to strike. --I said, "Mr. Reed-I
er, don't you strike me with thatI
switch !" and stepped back a few feet
to avoid the blow.
About this time the trustees were
seen hurriedly approaching. Man
gum was a heavy built man, weigh
ing perhaps 250 pounds, very proeu
berant in front. The weather was
very warm, he was in his shirt Sleeves
ome in to books!" Like a gang of
rightened sheep the whole school. ex
:epting Tohnson. Pitts, and myself.
-an Pell-mell into the house. and soonl
dl were quictly studying lessons. We
hree conciuded to go over to Mill
,r's mill pond. on Bush river. about
)mie mile distami, take a bath to cool
'ff after our unexpected and disas
r at. and :hen to re- -rn to our
-epct'ive h me. ()n our way to
be.. r:ver. ab)ou!t geo yards fr.m thei
chc-hue, we met Dr.-.Thomas R.
zarv tn his war o Newberry. in a
*ble-harreled brggy, a negro boy
iridn. Dr. Gary was a iively man.
m.ioyed a good Joke. and never lost
Sopiortunity (i perpetrating one.
ailing us. he said. "Where are you
Yoing boys?" I replied. "We are
oing to the river to take a swIm."
Je said. "Boys this won't do. you had
>etter go back to school and behave
'ourselves." Bound to make a good
hing out of the occurrence, on his way
o town, and at town'. he told that as
ie passed Bush river school-house
here was a great disturbance there.
['hat Reeder had defeated and routed
iis whole school in an attempt to
urn him out. He said the children
vere flying through the woods in
very direction, fearing Reeder's pur
uit and switch. "I met Johnnie
Floyd in the road, hat in hand, head
hrown back, running as fast as his
egs would carry him. I hailed him.
Johnnie. where are you going?' 'I
Lm going home to mamma.'
The following Sunday was preach
ng day at Pleasant Grove .church,
)etter known as Peterson meeting
iouse, situated where the residence
>Lthe late Dr D. W. Patton now
tands. the lamented Rev. Elbert
indsay being pa;stor. Here the de
eated boys met and so worried, cha
rinned and exasperated were they at
he jibes, taunts and accusations of
:owardice thrown at them, that after
reaching they retired to the woods,
ield a secret council of war, deter
nined to conquer or perish in the at
empt. The plan formulated was ex
cated next day.
Monday morning as the sun arose
rom behind the eastern hills, we were
)n the school house grounds, hiding
ehind the building. In going to the
)lace we avoided all public roads in
)rder not to be seen and thereby
Lrouse suspicion of our intentions.
'rouching low to the ground, we
vatched with no little anxiety, the
-oad by which Mr. Reeder would
:ome. At the proper time we espied
iim slowly nearing h1a usual hitching
lace. To our great joy he leisurely
lismounted, secured his horse and
v~alked slowly towards the house. By
his we knew he had no idea of our
lans. In going to the house, he
>assed close to one of the corners.
ust as he was passing, we sprang
rom our covert, upon him like a cat
1pon a rat. A clap of thunder from
tclear sky could not have astounded
uim more. Johnson, leading the way,
:lared him. Pitts seized him by the
eft. T by the right arm, and Daven
m.r:~ ar'otund the waist from the rear.
COL. C. S. McCALL DEAD.
Senator From Marlboro County, a
Highly Successful Merchant
Dennettsville. December -i.-Sena
,or Charles S. McCall dicd here this
m"-'-rin.- o ear: faib:r. caused by
:m.'....ading~ mechn of lrl boro
2. I T I
a'::. 1 : v a e Iated t be
wo'rh half a milion 1 lars. ie car
ri( Si:.0oo in1urance . Nv ae was
(2. and. eW as unmarried. Col. M-N
Call was state senator from 1876 to
100. and from.19o to his death. He
was three terms mayor of Bennetts
The burial will take place Monday
morning. All business houses here
were closed today.
Col. McCall was a gallant veteran
of the Confederate states army, hav
ing served in the Hampton legion.
He was chairman of the Wade Hamp
ton monument commission. He was
a business man of rare sagacity. He
became a merchant on his own ac
count in 1869. and his large plant
ing operations were managed with
the same close attention that was
given to his mercantile business. He
was of Scotch extraction.
He was a patriotic citizen and did
his duty to the state. His name had
been ;'equently mentioned in connec
tion with the governorship two years
Yesterday being a legal holiday all
the banks of the town were closed.
Fading it was useless to resist any
longer, he broke out in a loud laugh,
saying, "I surrender, turn me loose.
I grant your request." In the best
of humor and the greatest glee, we
ret:'-ned to the house. Soon an 'or
der was sent to A. J. Longshore's
store, about three miles distant, for
confections and lemon syrup. The
children played and romped with
great ecstasy till the treat arrived.
This was soon divided into parcels,
one for each scholar. Several buck
ets were borrowed, filled with fresh,
cold water, into which the syrup was
poured, making a cool, refreshing
drink, free Lo all. The scholars were
formed into a s;.g1 line, girls first,
tallest in from, smallest in the rear,
then came the boys similarly arrang
ed. The colbimn was ordered to Iih
past the writ:ny ek, when the te'. h
er handed to each one a parcel.
As soon as 1he trecat was consume.1
Mr. Reeder called the school togeto'w
and said, 'Chiki--:n, I give you tv.
weeks vacation, this day two weeks
school will open again. I hope you
will all go quietly to your homes, and
return again at the appointed time.
You are dismissed-"
Of the nine persons actively engag
ed in the scenes above mentioned,
Mr. Reeder. the teacher: Mir. Wal!ace.
The Coming and Going of the Peo
ple of a Live and Progres
Pr peritv. January 2.-Mr. A. H.
w1in , had the luixurv o a water
n !a1t wee. Ilow is this for
1! !i 0iC*t:1,1 ft-1- IT *t .rs of Grace I
wll cal!- _ V S. h. Anay.and r
by l) .dcrs 11tne
%V. cal Pa -k tl-, A~ fs ni V ) rn
1i~ ~ ' '\' 5 Irmcl:.tauht!
1) M i St, 'i .
The firm -i Quatt'ebaum and
Schumpert has been dissolved. Mr. J.
C. Schunpert selling his interest tol
Mr. ). M. Langford.
Ve wish to return thanks to the
lkind friend, *can you guess who"
that wrote us such very kind words
of congratulation last week and am
glad to know that our effort to give
the news of our town is appreciated.
We can guess who it was.
Mr. Andrew Kinard, of Columbia,
was in town the past week, also Mr.
Mr. Black, of Columba, has been
on a visit to J. B. Bedenbaugh, Esq.,
of Kibler's Bridge.
We learn from Mr. G. C. Counts
that the patrons have built a new
school house at Monticel!o. They
have fitted it up with modern desks
and other appliances. The building
and furniture cost about S5oo. The
patrons of :his school are justly
pround of this temple of learning of
theirs. They are to be commended
for their progressive spirit.
Miss Sadie 'May Boulware, is the
principal of this progressive school.
We hope they will try to get one of
the school libraries furnished by the
A good joke has come out on one
of our gallant young men, owing
to a news note in The Herald and
News last week. He says the next
time he goes to see his girl he will not
let it be known. That the news got
out too soon. Moral: Don't have
but one girl at a time.
Misses Toy and Marie Lathan
spent a few days with- Mrs. A. G.
Wise the past week.
Dr. D. Glenn Sheldon, of Liberty,
has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Geo.
F. Hunter, of St. Lukes.
Prof. and Mrs. Fogle, of Anderson,
have been visiting Mrs. Foile's fath
er, J. B. Fellers, Esq., of St. Lukes.
Prof. Fogle returned Friday. Mrs.
Fogle will remain down for a while.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fellers have
gone to Liberty,' S. C., to visit Mrs.
Fellers' brother; Dr. Sheldon.
Mr. D. M. Langford holds the palm
so far for big hogs. He killed one
last Thursday that weighed 495
pounds after it wvas cleaned. How is
that. Mr. Editor, for a good sized
.\ certain gay and festivive chain
.. 1 dhe himselftour"rg
Miss Isuine \Vyche, of Winthrop,
:aIlle in Friday to spend the New
i ear at home with her parents.
.\i.,ses Alma liartman, Nora and
Ceite uts have been on a visit to
. L iesie Counts and Carrie
iMuInter nave rewrnUe to their schools.
M:,. ?. L. z,ainipert is visl,mlg her
rCer, 1r. i. ii. ilL ad, ULl inl \ew
z) i i a~ z 17C L I : 1 Cd to
U p Ll of u iy In tIe .eaboaru Air
lia i .La6e 'Lulnmer has been on
i MZ6t MiUs curgie schiumipert.
ur. ~\. B. \\'ise, representing
.isars \\yliie 6 Co., of Danvilie, Va.,
ias gone to his ield of operations in
Mr. iu6hnell Bowers 11 asreturned
rum his trip to Charleston.
%Ir. Virgil .unn will enter Newber
y coliege this week.
Cadet Samuel Cannon, of Newberry,
ias ueen on a visit to Mr. George
Dr. Reanies has returned from his
1IIe visit to Johnston.
Mr. 1-i. J. Rawl has gone on a visit*m
.o the old home.
Miss Addie Hodges has returned to
Messrs Kinard of ,Greenwood,
,ave been visiting Mr. W. P. B. Har
nun the past week.
Misses Ellen Werts and Lucy Bed
:nbaugh have been visiting friends in
Own the past wee,%.
The "Two Bad Boys," given by the
.Voodmen of the World, was a grand
iuccess and they are to be congratu
.ated. The play .is worthy of being
endered in a larger town. All ac
juitted themselves well. They should
ive another soon.
Rev. Mr. Sox, the newly elected
astor of St. John's and St. Peter,
ias arrived and preached his first
;ermon at the latter church on Sun
Mr. Harmon, of Orangeburg, was
n town for a few days with stock.
He has gone to the Dutch Fork.
Mr. Will B. Wise, who has just
noved to the Wait's place, had his
:rib destroyed by fire on last -T} -s
lay night. He had just brought .ae
ast load that evening and it was un
oaded . The fire was discovered
Lbout i o'clock at night. By dint of
ard work the barn was saved. Mr.
Wise lost all his corn, fodder and
)eas, also one two-horse wagon,
~arming implements and gears. His
oss is at least $300.00 and no insur
mece. The origin of the fire is un
Prof. E. J. Browne, editor of the
klanning Farmer, is on a visit to Mr.
W. P. B. Harmon. Prof. Browne
ays Manning is the garden of the
tate. So say we all in reference to
>ur home county.
All our students who have been
pend:ng the holidays at home have
-et..rued to thecir respective schools