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Ernest G. Bell Wounds J. C. Truesdale on Lonely
Lancaster, Oct 29 - J. C. Truesdale, one of the
county's well known and esteemed citizens, while on his way home
erly last Saturday night was shot by some one in ambush along the
side of the road. His would be assassin, who was seen by Mr.
Truesdale afater the shooting, made good his escape through the
woods. The No. 4 shot used in the shooting took effect in Mr.
Truesdale's right cheek, inflicting serious and exceedingly painful
wounds, although not necessarily fatal. As soon as the report
of the attempted homicide reached this place Sheriff Hunter went in
an automobile to the scene where he was successful in tracking Mr.
Truesdale's assailant to the home of "Ernest G. Bell. Mr. Bell
seeing the sheriff approaching and realizing that further escape was
impracticable, came out and surrenered, saying to the sheriff that
he was the guilty party, giving as his motive for the shooting,
domestic troubles. Young Bell was brought back to Lancaster
and lodged in jail for safekeeping. Both of these men are
prominent citizens of Lancaster county and have large
connections. Bell married a niece of Truesdale's wife. [The
State, Oct. 30, 1915]
Mob in Kershaw, South Carolina, lynches John
Morrison, a white man for the murder of a prominent farmer.
[Savannah Tribune, Published October 08, 1904, submitted by
Col. Leroy Springs
Col. Leroy Springs of Lancaster, S. C., has been
host to a number of young people the past week, at his hospitable
home in South Carolina. The entire party motored to the Queen City
yesterday in Colonel Springs' Winston "Six," returning home in the
Among the guest are Misses Ashlyn Lowe of Concord,
Jennie Woodruff of Summersville, S. C., Bessie Jones of Lancaster,
S. C., and Hallie Carlson of Camden, S. C. [Charlotte Daily
Observer, Published August 12, 1911, submitted by cd=fofg]
Kershaw, South Carolina, Gutted With Fire-Dispensary
Columbia, S. C., Nov. 13.-(Special)-The town of
Kershaw was practically destroyed by fire on this Sunday morning.
Twenty-eight stores, including the state dispensary and original
package stores were burned at a loss of $100,000, insurance $35,000.
The fire started in a bakery. [Columbus Enquirer, Columbus,
Ga., Published November 14, 1897, submitted by cd=fofg]
Two Killed in Duel
And Another is Mortally Wounded at Kershaw, South
A difficulty at Kershaw, in Lancaster county, South
Carolina, Saturday night, resulted in the death of two prominent
young business men, and the mortally wounding of another.
Steve Welsh, manager of the Big Health Supply company, and Van
Mengo, clerk for Carson & Co., had words in a barber shop, but
later made friends. The reconciliation was followed by an
altercation between Welsh and Berry Mobley, also connected with the
Carson establishment. Thomas Clyburn, head clerk for Health
Supply company, endeavored to act as peacemaker, when suddenly Welsh
and Mobley drew their pistols and began firing. Clyburn and
Welsh were killed almost in an instant, both being shot in the body.
Mobley was shot twice, one bullet entering the breast and the other
the throat. He is not expected to live. [Savannah Tribune,
Published December 28, 1907, submitted by cd=fofg]
Desperate Knife Duel
The Lancaster (South Carolina) Ledger prints the
particulars of a desperate rencontre, which took place near Zoah
camp-ground, in Chesterfield County, on Saturday week, between Mr.
Ranson Arant and Mr. Joseph Plyler, the former a citizen of
Lancaster, and the latter just living over the Stateline in Union
County, North Carolina. It appears that a difficulty had
sprung up between the parties that evening, while riding along the
road on their way to attend preaching at the campground, which was
quieted down, and, as it was thought, satisfactorily settled. Upon
returning home Plyler's horse happened to kick Arant on the leg,
which caused Arant to made some idle threats against the horse. From
this a quarrel sprang up, and both of them sprang from their horses,
drew their knives, and went for each other about the same time. Two
gentlemen who were in company with them endeavored to keep them
apart, but both the combatants being stout men and resolute of
purpose, they rushed at each other as madmen bereft of reason, and
insensible to danger. The contest continued until Arant's knife
(whose hand was wet with the blood of his antagonist) slipped from
his hand, when he seized a piece of rail and knocked Plyler down
three times. Other parties arriving at the scene about this time,
the combatants were separated. Both Plyler and Arant had been
drinking cider, and were a little intoxicated. Plyler was cut in
seven and Arant in five different places. It is thought both of them
will recover. [New York Commercial Advertiser, Published
October 06, 1871, submitted by cd=fofg]
Transcribed by HC, A
Friend of Free Genealogy
January 2, 1916
OF THE WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY
Special to The
Lancaster, Jan 1-J. Milton Ariall former
superintendent of the Lancaster graded schools and now occupying a
chair in Columbia college, accompanied by Mrs. Ariall, and their
daughter, Miss Cecilia Ariall, visited friends in Lancaster
during the past week.
Lewis H. Elliott of Mississippi has been spending
the Christmas holidays here with his sister, Mrs. R. R. Riddle, with
his brother, J. C. Elliott, and with other relatives and friends in
town and the county.
Dr. Carl A. Fowler and his two sons, Charlie
and Henry, of Timmonsville spent several days here this week with
Dr. Fowler's mother, Mrs. Charlotte R. Fowler.
Miss Elaine Foster and Miss Gertrude Foster,
teachers, respectively, in the Statesville Female college and the
Birmingham high school, have been spending the Christmas holidays
here with their mother Mrs. C. H. Foster.
Elliott White Springs of Princeton university, after
spending the holidays here with his father Col. Leroy Springs will
leave this week to resume his university course.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Carter and children of Atlanta
and Thurlow S. Carter of Williamsburg county have been spending
several days here this week at the home of J. T. Thomasson.
The Chesterfield Avenue Book club was entertained
Thursday of this week by Miss Bess Jones at the home of her parents,
Judge and Mrs. Ira B. Jones, on Chesterfield avenue. This was
probably the most elaborate meeting and one of the most interesting
and enjoyable meetings within the history of the club. Mrs. Ira B.
Jones, Jr., a bride of only a few weeks was the guest of honor on
this occasion. The Jones home was decorated appropriately to the
Christmas season, and the dining room table was decorated with
bridal cakes. A number of games of rook and of auction bridge were
enthusiastically played and greatly enjoyed by all present at
the conclusion of which refreshments in four courses were
Hon. R. E. Allison Dead.
Lancaster - Hon. R. E.
Allison, the eldest member of the Lancaster bar, died at his
residence at this place. Mr. Allison was one of the oldest civil
lawyers in the State. He was born in York county, but has lived in
Lancaster since 1856. He was a member of the legislature for several
terms in the 80's. He was a consistent member of the Methodist
church, living up to his profession, and was active in church work
most of his life. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and
will be greatly missed. He was 76 years of age. [Edgefield
Advertiser, Edgefield, SC. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1906]
Herald and News, [Newberry, SC] October 20, 1903
Sam McIlwain, an
old negro about 70 years of age, was instantly killed in Lancaster
on Saturday afternoon, by being struck and thrown off a trestle in
the suburbs of the town by an outgoing passenger.
State, 20 Oct. 1907, transcribed by Vicki
Lancaster, Oct. 19 - There was a very charming
session on the Friday Afternoon Book club October 11 with Mrs. L. C.
Payseur. After the study, which was France, the guests were invited
into the dining room, where two long tables were lighted with six
magnificent cut glass candelabra, containing white wax tapers. The
center pieces were dainty, spread over corn colored mats. A very
elaborate course luncheon was deftly served by Misses Ivy Crawford
and Blanche Moore. Those participating were: Mesdames A. R. Banks.
W. McD. Brown, C. T. Conners, J. P. Hunter, Ernest Moore, Paul
Moore, R. C. McManus, L C. Payseur, T. J. Strait, W. C. Thornton, T.
Y. Williams, J. D. Wylie, R. E. Wylie, Hasel Witherspoon. The
honorees were Mrs. Marion Witherspoon and Mrs. John Crawford.
Mrs. T. M. Hughes beautifully entertained the Emery
club at its last session. At the close of the meeting a delicious
luncheon was served. Those present were Mesdames R. L. Crawford, G.
B. Barron, T. M. Hughes, Hasel Witherspoon and Miss Irene
Cunningham. The honor guests were Mrs. T. Y. Williams and Mrs.
George W. Williams.
Mrs. Thurlow Gregory has returned from a visit to
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Irvin have returned from an
extended Northern trip.
Mr. Abe Funderburk of Tabernacle visited his son,
Mr. Charles Funderburk, the past week.
Mrs. J. S. Drennan of Richburg is visiting her
daughter, Mrs. W. T. McMurray, of this county.
Miss Catherine Crawford of Chester, who has been
visiting Mrs. Palmer King, has returned home.
Miss Susie May Cloyd is visiting friends in Rock
The Hampton Literary society of Central school has
elected the following officers for the session. James Beaty,
president; Will Johnson, treasurer; John Boldridge, secretary; Ira
Jones and Malley Ferguson, sergeants-at-arms. The society holds
Miss Fannie Sanders of Chester was a charming
visitor in Lancaster recently.
"Comrades," the popular drama to be presented by the
Public Library association Oct. 25, is said to be of unusual
interest and will be presented to advantage.
Little Miss Helen Mackey, the dainty daughter of
Mrs. Frank Mackey gave a charming party on the anniversary of her
fifth birthday to which she invited a number of her friends. There
was much sport on the piazza and in the yards until called into the
lovely dining room to partake of a delicious course of sweets. There
were many pretty tokens of love and esteem.
ISOM C. CLINTON.
Bishop of the African M. E. Zion
Church.-Once a Slave.
Charleston, S.C., Oct. 24.-Bishop Isom C.
Clinton, of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died today
at Lancaster, aged seventy-four years. He had been over fifty years
in the ministry, having preached when a slave before the civil war.
His jurisdiction extended over Tennessee, Florida, and Western North
Carolina. [The Colored American, Oct. 19, 1904, page 3
Washington, D. C., cb Robin L
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