Little Mountain, Newberry
County, South Carolina
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
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
The J. H, Wise Company.
The Farmers and Merchants Bank.
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
Counts & Shealy Company.
W. P. Derrick & Co.
Shealy's Work Shops
J. A. Kinard.
R. P. Huffman.
The Shealy Hotel.
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.