Little Mountain, Newberry County, South Carolina

Little Mountain is located at 34°11?43?N, 81°24?50?W (34.195161, -81.413946)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 km˛ (1.1 mi˛), all land.




As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 255 people, 121 households, and 75 families residing in the town. The population density was 92.9/km˛ (241.3/mi˛). There were 132 housing units at an average density of 48.1/km˛ (124.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town was 86.67% White, 12.94% African American, 0.39% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 121 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,063, and the median income for a family was $49,107. Males had a median income of $30,865 versus $25,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,159. None of the families and 2.2% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 6.9% of those over 64.

History & Culture

Little Mountain is considered to be the heart of the Dutch fork. The German immigrants during colonial America split in the Little Mountain area during the settlement of the piedmont region of South Carolina.

Little Mountain was an important political stop during the pre-antebellium South Carolina. The citizens of up-state South Carolina would travel by railroad to chose the canidate to represent their party. This was a significant event since the only party to hold the govenors office in pre-Civil War south were the bourbon democrats.

Every year the town of Little Mountain hosts the "Little Mountain Town Reunion" during the month of August. The reunion carries on the tradition of gathering for music, food, and companionship started during the early 1800's by political campaigns.

Points of Interest

Historic Downtown Little Mountain

Little Mountain Reunion Park

Little Mountain Elementary School c. 1909

Little Mountain, Elevation: 813 feet

J. B. Derrick

W. A. Counts,
Cashier Bank of Little Mountain

J. R. Lathan, Magistrate

Little Mountain Graded School

Dr. J. M. Sease
President F&M Bank

The Herald and News, Dec. 3, 1915
Semi-Centenial Edition
A Town of Green Hills and Cool Valleys in Days of Torrid Summer, Inviting Homes, Progressive and Productive Farms, Business and Commercial Life-In Touch With and Alongside of the Most Progressive Centers of the Most Progressive Nation on Old Mother Earth-Leads State in Rural School Progress and Interest In Education.

Little Mountain is one of the prettiest and brightest and one of the most progressive towns on the railroad between Columbia and Greenville. It is as pretty as a picture, situated among green hills, heavily wooded, with cool, dark valleys between, and dotted with comfortable farms and homes. It is a landscape well worth the pausing to see. The great hill from which it takes its name is a striking background to the town, a miniature mountain, rising abruptly among the rolling hills to a very considerable height. It was selected as the site for a government observatory for the view of a recent eclipse, because of the peculiar advantages offered.

Little Mountain has not been a town longer than the most of the readers of The Herald and News can recollect. It dates back to the completion of the Columbia. Newberry and Laurens road, though previous to that time there had been a very thriving settlement, and one store and a post-office located not far away served by a star route. Mr. J. B. Lathan owned the store, and he has been one of the foremost men in the community since the little settlement began to grow into a town. Mr. S. J. Derrick, now professor in Newberry college, was the postmaster in those early days.

Little Mountain now has a population that entitles it to be ranked as one of the towns of the country, a good bank, a large cotton oil mill, a good machine shop and wood working establishment, drug store and general merchandise stores, two hotels, both good ones, and one of the very best schools in the county. There is one church, representing the Lutheran denomination. The town is also a good cotton market and the leading market for poultry and eggs in the state, and the setting point for a large quantity, of mighty fine butter.

The pride of Little Mountain is its school, the people have always shown the greatest interest in this enterprise, and they have one of the most artistic and satisfactory school buildings in the state. It is one of the striking features of the town.  When the district undertook to build this school building they found that the constitutional limitations were too narrow for them, but here was no limitation on their private pocket books, and they contributed the necessary funds and built the school at a cost of $10,000. These school bonds are all that the com-munity owes. The property values in the town are in the  total about $90,000. The taxation is for these bonds and their retirement, the town expenses, which are not very great, are met by a privilege license. The school tax is 10/1/2 mills, for the district is small and has no great amount of taxable property in it.

The town government consists of A. N. Roland, intendant: W. B. Sheely, J. M. Kempson and R.O. Sheeley, wardens.   Mr. W. A. Counts is city clerk and treasurer.

The school board consists of J. B. Derrick, chairman: A. N. Boland and W. A. Counts, who is secretary and treasurer of the board. The school is in charge of a lady superintendent, Miss Mayme Swittenberg, with the following corps of teachers: Miss Elberta Sease Miss Annie Mae Gentry, Miss Eunice Long, Miss Ernestine Wicker and Miss Margaret Burton, in charge of the music. The school enrollment is about 150 pupils. The school is doing a very high grade of work in both high school and grammar grades, the pupils are ambitions and the teachers are all beloved by the towns folk is veil as by the scholars. The people of the community are interested in the school and the work that it is doing, they respond readily to ant demands that are made on them for Its support and they give the teachers all the aid and encouragement that they can in the management of the children. The effect of the school on the people and the community has been very marked. It has been worth all that it has cost and more.

The people of Little Mountain are hospitable and openhearted. They are as independent as the proverbial  woodsaw and have been for generations, because they were thrifty and home loving home making people. The early settler; were hardy, honest Dutch folk, giving the name of Dutch Fork to the country they occupied, which worthy names is so well known in the annals of this state and section. They gave their individual characteristics to the generations that followed the, honesty, fearlessness, thrift and virtue. The men are good business men, and they have built up towns and cities in such place as they have migrated to and become the leading people of every community of which they became a part of. The women are strong, and full of vitality, charming in face and manner and perfect in figure. The children are bright and full of life and as independent as the grown-ups. The atmosphere of a wholesome life is everywhere. It is a good community to live in, and if you can't arrange to live there it does you good to visit it once in a while.

Little Mountain Oil and Fertilizer Co.
The big industrial enterprise of the community is the Little Mountain Oil and Fertilizer company, which was organized about ten years ago by the people of the community and built by the D. A. Tompkins company of Charlotte. It is owned by local capital and operated independently and has been very successful. The enterprise is capitalized at $35,000, it has a modern, up to date plant for pressing the oil and for ginning cotton and grinding corn products. It has proved a great convenience to the people, of the community, improving the local cotton market and furnishing a ready market for feed and the exchange of seed for fertilizer, the sale of corn and the grinding of grist and meal. Mr. J. C. Epting is the president, secretary and treasurer and J.W. Washington superintendent.   In all of its lines of activity the mill does good and faithful work, giving the farmer clean, well ginned cotton, and a very satisfactory meal and grist. The mill gives employment to a number of hands and is kept pretty busy most of the year. Little Mountain Drug Company The Little Mountain Drug company is the successor in business to the first drug store established in the community and one of the finest stores, that of Lathan & Sease. It is now a joint stock company, of which Mr. J. B. Derrick as the president, secretary and treasurer.   Dr. J. M. Sease maintains his interest in the enterprise and attends to the prescription work of the store. He has a large practice through this section of the county and is one of the town builders of Little Mountain.  The drug store has a large stock of propretary medicines, besides the drugs that are called for in the practice of medicine and for use in the homes of the people.   It also carries supplies for the school children and the school books, druggists' sundries and novelties and holiday and anniversary gifts.  The stock is large and I well selected and kept up to the standard.   Mr. Derrick, the manager, is one of the most public spirited and enterprising men of the community, having an interest, financial and personal, in everything that is proposed for the building up of the community.

The J. H, Wise Company.
The J. H. Wise company has one of the largest and most successful businesses in Newberry county. Mr. Wise has been in business in Little Mountain for twenty years, and his business has been built up on the confidence of the people. The present company was formed about seven years ago and the business considerably enlarged to meet the growing demands of the people. He now carries a large stock of ladies goods of high class and has a millinery department in connection with the store which does work for the women of this section most satisfactorily. The stock consists of dry goods, clothing for men and women, a 'large line of ready to wear clothes, shoes, hats and caps, and a very large and varied line, of groceries, plain and fancy. In addition to these activities, the Wise company leads in the handling of country produce, recording probably the largest shipments of poultry and eggs of any commission house in the interior. The store is a large, well kept one, with a large force of accommodating and trained salesmen and women. Mrs. Wise has direction of the ladies' department and of the millinery, and she is the authority in that section for all things feminine.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank.
In this day and generation we cannot understand how our fathers got on without a bank, this institution having become so vital to the interests of every trading center, and proving of so great value in the building up of a community. The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Little Mountain was organized in 1907, in response to the demand for an institution of this kind which would afford better facilities for doing business, help the growing town and afford a rapport to the farmers who were beginning to do business on considerable lines around Little Mountain.  The  enterprising business men of the community with friends and connections in Newberry, Columbia and other points, raised the working capital and the bank was put in operation and has been very successfully run, fully meeting the expectations of the people in the matter of helping in the development of the community. The paid up capital is $20,000. The bank now has a surplus and undivided profits of $7,000 and carries good deposits. The volume of its loans and discounts is between sixty an seventy thousand dollars. The president of the bank is Dr. J. M. Sease, one of the first business men who saw a bright future for the new town on the new railroad and drove his stake down in the shadow of Little Mountain and helped the town to grow. Dr. Sease is a native of this section, educated at Newberry college and Charleston Medical college. He has practiced extensively through that country for twenty-five years and is well known and respected everywhere, a good business man as well as a good doctor and full of public spirit and enterprise.

The cashier is Mr. W. A. Counts-also one of the graduates of Newberry college, and trained for business in that excellent school of teaching. He is interested in so many of the vital affairs of Little Mountain that it is hard to imagine what the town would do without him, but it is not going to have to do without him for quite a while, and as long as he stays there he is going to be doing something for the town and the rest of the people.

The Wise Hotel
Mr. and Mrs. Wise, in addition to the store, have one of the most charming country hotels in the state, where traveling men and automobile parties delight to stop and where they can always count on the most appetising and most satisfying meals, and charming rooms, and everything about the place neat and attractive. It is called the Wise Hotel.

Counts & Shealy Company.
The Counts & Shealy Company have a very attractive general merchandise store which has been serving the people of this section for quite a number of years.   Mr. W. A. Counts, cashier of the bank, is the president of the company and W. B. Shealey is secretary and treasurer.  Both are graduates of Newberry college, well known and influential in all public affairs in the county.  The company has been incorporated about two years. They handle groceries and dry goods and everything that town or country people would be needing, from fertilizers to cigars and tobacco, making a specialty of wagons and buggies and furniture.  They buy all kinds of country produce, from cotton to chickens and eggs and sell for the farmers on the large markets. Mr. Shealey has the active management of the store. He is wide awake and progressive. He exists soon to have a garage for the sale and care of Ford cars-now coming into great demand among the farmers of the state. Whenever anything is needed in the community Mr. Shealey may be counted on to see that the people get it, if it is good.

W. P. Derrick & Co.
One of the new and popular stores in Little Mountain is that of W. P. Derrick & Co. This store has been in duration for two years and had built up a good business. Mr. Derrick and his associates in the store have given the people good service. They are always courteous and attentive to everyone, studying the demands of the trade and supplying them reasonably with all that can be called for. Mr. Derrick sells clothing, hats, shoes, dry goods and notions. He is a wide awake business man, interested in the town and its needs and ready to do his part in everything. He keeps an up to date stock of goods, buying judiciously and selling close.

Shealy's Work Shops
J. E. Shealy is blacksmith, wheel wright, automobile repairer, miller and gracious knows how many other things in Little Mountain. He is just the man you need when things go wrong. He can cure anything from a case of the blues to broken down automobiles. He has a very considerable plant at Little Mountain for wood and metal working, horse shoeing and general repair of farm and mill machinery, rebuildings of wagons and buggies, and mechanical work of all kinds. He is spoken of as a genius in his line by those who have made his acquaintance. Certainly he has built up a very extensive business by his industry. He is one of the best millers in this section and has in connection with his other business a grist and meal mill He dresses lumber, trans out finishing stuff for builders and works especially in hard woods. He makes a great many of the parts for wagons and buggies. He is conscientious and thorough in all of his work and he is kept busy by the people all through that section of the county.

J. A. Kinard.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Kinard have a very popular variety store and enjoy a good share of the patronage of the community. They keep a select stock of farcy groceries and fruit, candy and small things for the cash trade. Their store is popular with the children of the community, especially.

R. P. Huffman.
Mr. R. P. Huffman has a very popular green grocery and market for meats. He has a large refrigerator for keeping his meat fresh, and he supplies the community with meat and vegetables, carrying also fruits and fancy groceries.

The Shealy Hotel.
A second hotel at Little Mountain is the Shealy Hotel, a very popular and pleasant place for rest and refreshment. It is more like a good country home where one gets taken care of and fed up than like a modern hotel, and like all of these Dutch Fork homes, it is neatly kept and comfortable, a good place to stop, and when the guest goes to the table he just knows that he is going to get a square meal of the best home raised produce that can be found in the state. Mr. T. N. Shealy is the proprietor. Mrs. Shealy has charge of the part of the business that the guests are particularly interested in, the good table and the comfortable, sleep-inviting bed.

Public Conveniences.
Little Mountain has one of the neatest and most attractive depots on the road from Charleston to Greenville. Train service is good, both east and west, mails are frequent, daily papers received early. Mr. A. N. Boland is postmaster and is a very efficient and satisfactory one. The people have advantage of a Bell and a private phone line for local and long distance. The country round about them is served by rural free delivery routes.

The people in and around Little Mountain seem to be enjoying the brightest and best in life and to be right abreast with the leaders in the march of progress.

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