News Stories from Assorted Newspapers
The Centinel ( Gettysburg , Pennsylvania
) October 14 1807
A duel was fought in Beaufort , South
Carolina , lately between Mr. Arthur Smith and Mr. Thomas Huston.
They both fell and both died the same evening. - contributed by Nancy
Palmetto Post, February 25, 1886, page
Wm. Johnson, assistant keeper of the lighthouse
on Paris Island, died suddenly on Thursday last of heart desease. An
inquest was held. This is the second keeper that has died suddenly
at this place. - contributed by Lois Anderson
First Legal Double Electrocution
in South Carolina
Jasper Green and Davis Reynolds
Were Charges With Killing J. C. Cooler
Sough Carolina's first double
electrocution occurred yesterday, when Jasper Green and Davis Reynolds
were put to death for the murder of J. C. Cooler, a liquor constable of
Beaufort county, last March. Both negroes went to the death chair
protesting that they were innocent. In reply to Capt. D. J.
Griffith's question whether he had anything to say, Green said; "I didn't
kill that man. I don't know nothing about it. 'Fore God I am
innocent" Reynolds also denied as persistently his having any part
in the tragedy. Green who was charged as being an accessory to the
crime was the first to die, being led into the death house at 10:51
o'clock. Two minutes later a current of heavy voltage was shot
through his body and kept on for one minute. Two other shocks were
necessary to render life extinct. Immediately after the body of
Green had been removed from the chair, Reynolds, the principal, was
strapped down, the current being turned on at 11:05 and death being
pronounced at 11:09. Three applications of the current were
necessary also in the latter case before Reynolds was pronounced
dead. The father and three brothers of the murdered man came up from
Beaufort yesterday to see the negroes put to death.
Laurensville Herald 2/21/1851, p3
Allen, William Gaston of Beaufort District was
appointed an aide-de-camp to his Excellency the Gov. with the rank of
Transcribed by HC, A Friend of Free Genealogy
The State, January 2, 1916
EVENTS OF THE WEEK IN
SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY
Special to The State
Beaufort, Jan 1-The annual Christmas ball, which was held
Tuesday evening, December 28, at the court house, far exceeded the
expectations of even the most optimistic. It is generally agreed that it
was one of the best that has ever been given in Beaufort. The music which
was furnished by an orchestra from Savannah was excellent and those who
attended the dance were loath to leave and did not do so until the small
hours of the morning. The ballroom was decorated with Southern smilax,
vines, ferns, Christmas bells and colored lights. On the walls hung
garlands of green vines and when covered with smilax and tiny red, green
and blue lights were suspended from the sides and corners of the hall and
caught in the centre to the large chandelier, beneath which hung a
beautiful Christmas bell. The Christmas bells were attached to the garland
and other greens, and Japanese lanterns shaded the glare of the electric
lights, giving a beautiful soft glow to the whole scene which was one
fairyland enchantment. Many visitors from nearby towns were in attendance
having motored to Beaufort for the occasion. The grand march was led by
Mr. Polici and Miss Isabelle Patterson, and the german by Frederick
Christensen and Miss Edna Lawton. The chaperons of the evening were Mr.
and Mrs. W. F. Mulcher, Dr. and Mrs. C. G. Luther, Mr. and Mrs. Hal
Pollitzer, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Townsend.
The committees were made up of
the following Music J. F. Odell, J. Ford Pilolenu , Alexander Sullivan,
Brance Leamond A. Hall, Edgar lilpp, Jr. Alexander Sullivan,
Invitations, Harrison G. Otis, R. P. Paul, C. G. Luther, Hall Haskett, S,
Rhett, Hal Wallace, John Marscher, reception, Charles C. G. Luther,
Frederick Christensen Leamont Hall, H. Otis and Ellis deTreville.
Refreshments of sandwiches and coffee were served at 12 o'clock. Fruit
punch was served all during evening.
Charleston Daily News, May 28, 1870
The following is said to be
the plan of organization of the State militia: There will be two divisions
of the militia. The First and Second Congressional Districts will
constitute the 1st division. The Third and Fourth congressional Distircts
will constitute the 2d division. The Congressional Distircts will be
subdivided as follows:
Pierce L. Wiggins, colonel; Robert Smalls;
lieutenant-colonerl; Edmund F. Gneligh, major; L. S. Langley, adjutant;
Alfred Williams, quartermaster; 3d regiment, 1st brigade, 1st
W. E. Morrison, captian; Jos. H. Richardson, first
lieutenant; Capers Harper, second lieutenant; Company A, 3d regiment, 1st
brigade, 1st division.
Enoch M. Smith, captain; R. K. Carleton, first
lieutenant; Samuel Mack Jr., second lieutenant; Company B, 3d regiment,
1st brigade, 1st division.
Lear Watkins, captain; James H. Simmons,
first lieutenant; A. G. Jackson, second lieutanant; Company C, 3d
regiment, 1st brigade, 1st division.
James w. Brown, captain; John
Glover, first lieutenant; Ishmael Williams second lieutenant; Company D,
3d regiment, 1st brigade, 1st division.
J. Mitchen, captain; William
Seabrook, first lieutenant; A. F. Jenkins, second lieutenant; Company E,
3d regiemnt, 1st brigade, 1st division.
Charleston Daily News, Apr 16, 1870
an escaped murderer
It will be remembered that in 1866, a negro named
William Singleton outraged and murdered a Miss Crook, in Greenville, SC
for which he was tried and condemned, but escaped from the Beaufort jail
some time in 1869. It appears that he went to Savannah and obtained
employment at the mill of Mr. Jeff. Roberts. The sheriff of Beaufort,
hearing of his whereabouts, went to Savannah and arrested Singleton; but
again he was fortunate, and made a second escape by drawing himself from
his coat and swimming the canal, leaving the garment in the hands of the
sheriff. He was not again heard of till on Wed. night last, when Mr. T. M.
Taylor, engineer at Mr. Robert's mill, recognizing him, interrogated him
as to what he was doing, and was informed by Singleton that he was on the
hunt for work. Further inquiries elecited information as to his abiding
place, when Mr. Taylor took the proper steps for his recapture by calling
upon officers Morgan and Endres, at half past twelve o'clock Wed. night,
and conducting them to his lodging place, accompanied with a posse to
assist in overcoming any resistance that might be offered. The party
surrounded the house, when the officers and Mr. Taylor entered it and
commenced their search. They found scattered over the floor of the den
upwards of eight or ten couples of disreputable character. The last couple
reached discovered the game, and Mr. Taylor nailed his captive, who,
finding himself recognized, made an effort to escape through the window,
but was brought to by a timely shot from the pistol of Mr. Taylor. It was
with great difficulty that the officers prevented the crowd which was
assembled from rescuing the prisoner. The following day he was committed
to jail, to await a requisition from Governor Scott.
The State, 20 Oct. 1907, transcribed by Sue
Beaufort, Oct. 20 -Mrs. J. M. Knowlton and little son
of Fort Trotten, N. Y., are here on a visit to her mother, Mrs. W. P.
Miss Helen Kimball and children and Miss Minnie Nunez returned
Sunday to their home in Charleston, after spending some time here as the
guests of Mrs. C. A. Armstrong.
Mrs. J. F. Odell returned Saturday from
Long Island, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. T. C.
Mrs. N. Christensen and daughter, Miss Andrea, returned
Tuesday from the North, where they have been spending the summer
Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Hartley, after a tour of several weeks in
the North and West, have returned to their home on Ladies' Island.
Ellen Driscoll of Mulberry, Fla., was the guest of her daughter Miss Annie
Driscoll, for a few days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Stokes returned
this week in their home on St. Helena, after spending several months in
Miss Hamie [?] Sanders left Thursday for Charleston, where
she will spend several weeks visiting relatives.
Mrs. T. C. Doremus
arrived Saturday from the North and will be the guest of her mother, Mrs.
J. F. Odell, for several weeks.
Mrs. P. W. Screven returned Monday to
her home in Atlanta, after spending a few days with Mrs. T. H. Howard at
Miss Agnes Gregorie returned Tuesday to her home in
Grahamville, after spending several weeks in McClellanville visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Chesney and children have returned to
their home on St. Helena, after a stay of several months in the
June 29, 1889, Savannah Tribune [Savannah, Ga.] Vol.
IV, Issue 37, pg 1
Gabe Holmes, a very respectable negro, at
Beaufort, S.C., was struck by lightning Wed. afternoon during a thunder
storm. His injuries are very serious and may prove
The State, June 15, 1913
A social event among the young folk last week was the
surprise party with which Misses Madeline Schwartz and Martha Smith
complimented Miss Lulie McTeer of Greves Hill Friday afternoon at the home
of Miss Schwartz, whose guest Miss McTeer was at the time...
Burn of Asheville, NC, is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Willam Nipson of Florida are here on a visit to the
former's uncle, Dr. Chas. M. Griffin.
Misses Grace and Margie Bonneau
are spending this week in Charleston with relatives there.
Mr. and Mrs.
Freddy VanNess and baby left for Charleston Tuesday afternoon for a visit
to Mrs. VanNess' mother before going on to Columbia for the
Mrs. R.D. Densler of Savannah was the guest of Mrs. C.G. Luthe
Miss Helen brown of Hilton Head and her friend, Mrs.
Mattie Later of Richmond, Va., spent several days last week with Miss Doka
Invitations have been issued to the wedding of Miss Bessie
Shein to Samuel Levin to take place on Wed. June 25.
Pratt returned to her home at Rawford, NC, Monday afternoon.
Haddon of Greensboro, NC, is the guest of her sister Miss Eunice Haddon.
Miss Haddon was a teacher in the Beaufort graded school several years
Mrs. J.L. Varn attended the commencement at Winthrop college last
week, returning home with her daughter, Miss daisy Varn, Wed.
Miss Pauline Butler is visiting Miss Indian Handy at her
home on Cat island.
Mrs. William LaRoach and child, accompanied by Miss
Amy Marscher, returned to her home in Charleston Tuesday, after spending a
while with her mother, Mrs. E.M. Bostick. Miss Marscher will be the guest
of Mrs. LaRouch for a while.
Miss Annie Sloan left here Sat. for
Greenville, where she will visit relatives for a while before going on to
her summer home at Cedar Springs, NC.
John Leonard of Charleston was
the guest of aunt, Mrs. Geo. L. Tucker, last weekend.
Mr. Howard of the
University of South Carolina arrived home last Friday evening to spend the
summer holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Danner.
Brown of Hilton Head spent last weekend here as the guest of Miss Winifred
Invitations have been issued to the marriage of Miss Blanch
Moore of Lancaster to Sampson Paul of Beaufort, to take place at Lancaster
on Thursday evening, June 26.
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