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Cheraw chronicle. [volume] : (Cheraw, S.C.) 1896-2005
Alternative Titles:
  • Cheraw chronicle & Chesterfield advertiser
  • Chronicle & advertiser
Place of publication:
Cheraw, S.C.
Geographic coverage:
  • Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
J.N. Stricklin
Dates of publication:
  • Began in Nov. 1896; ceased in Apr. 2005.
  • English
  • Cheraw (S.C.)--Newspapers.
  • Chesterfield County (S.C.)--Newspapers.
  • South Carolina--Cheraw.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01206936
  • South Carolina--Chesterfield County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01209228
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Nov. 19, 1896).
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. 118, no. 28 (Apr. 21, 2005).
  • Special edition issued in May 1934 without chronological designations, called: Chesterfield County development edition.
sn 86063782
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Cheraw Chronicle

The weekly Cheraw Chronicle served the residents of the town of Cheraw, located on the Great Pee Dee River in northeastern South Carolina, starting in the late 19th century. Nowadays, Cheraw is chiefly known as the hometown of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, who helped pioneer the bebop and Latin jazz styles. During the colonial and antebellum periods, however, Cheraw played an important commercial role in the area as a center for shipping and trading crops and livestock. Its economy suffered in the decades following the end of the Civil War, but the spread of railroads and the burgeoning timber industry helped the town regain its footing. By the early 1920s, Cheraw had factories, mills, railroad lines, and a growing population.

Joseph Nathan Stricklin established the Cheraw Chronicle in 1896. "A pushing man with plenty of hard business sense," Stricklin brought considerable experience to the job, having previously founded the Cheraw Reporter. In keeping with the civic-minded spirit of the times, Stricklin adopted a line from Cato, A Tragedy, by Joseph Addison as the motto for the Chronicle: "Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronious, we'll deserve it." In 1900, Stricklin briefly cedededitorial duties to Thomas Stobo Farrow, the founder of the Spartanburg Herald, but the arrangement appears to have been a short-lived one. Joseph Nathan Stricklin, Jr., ultimately followed in his father's footsteps, assuming the duties of editor in 1946 (as an aside, the younger Stricklin had earned accolades as a boy for his skills as a linotype machine operator).

During the civil rights movement (1954-68), Andrew McDowd Secrest, Jr., set the Cheraw Chronicle apart from other white Southern newspapers by articulating a liberal perspective on race issues. For over 15 years, Secrest repeatedly endured threats and acts of vandalism, but he remained firm in his support for equal rights for African Americans. The Cheraw Chronicle continues to the present day, being published jointly with the Chesterfield Advertiser as the Cheraw Chronicle & the Chesterfield Advertiser.

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