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The Journal - Wednesday September 15, 1909

Mrs. Joseph Mann and Bertha Mann of Newberry, who have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Harry Price, have returned to their home.

Miss Annie Mann of Newberry will be the guest of her sister, Mrs. Harry Price, this week.

The Morning News Review, Florence, SC - Sunday September 28, 1924

Sawmill Hand Dies in Horrible Manner in Newberry County

Sept. 21 - Nelson Saddler, colored, about 55 years old and fireman at the saw mill of Kerner Stilwell near Silverstreet, was instantly killed yesterday when his hand from his eyes upward was cut in two when a belt jumped off causing him to lose his balance and fall into a small wood saw which he used to saw wood for the engine (col. 2).

The Morning Florence News - July 19, 1936, pg. 1 & 8

Cornoner's Jury Holds Woman for Killing Husband

Lawrence Coker Lively, 65, was shot to death at his home in the St. Phillips community today and a coroner's jury a few hours later held 60 year old wife for the killing. L. c. Lively, 27, a son, told the coroner's jury "When I went to breakfast this morning, mother and father were arguing and quarreling but I didn't know what it was about.. Then father slapped her face and left the table. Mother said 'You can't get by with that' and left the room. I went out on the porch and sat in the swing. Father walked out. I heard a shot and saw mother shooting him".

Deputy T. M. Fellers testified Mrs. Lively told him after he arrested her: "I shot in self-defense when he started at me with a shovel." Officers found the shovel near the body, but the son, the only witness, said he didn't see his father with it.

Neighbors heard the shots, and found Lively dead, his body riddled by four bullets. Lively was the father of six children, several by a first wife.

Marriage and Death Notices (Charleston) Times 1800-21

January 9, 1805 - Married at Liberty Hill, Newberry District, on Friday, the 28th Dec., Mr. John Blair, of this city, merchant, to Miss Sarah C. Ewell, daughter of Mr. James Ewell, late of Lancaster County, Virginia.

May 13, 1806 - Married in Newberry district, on Thursday the 1st May, Mr. James Fifer (?), planter, to Miss Cary Glover, both of said district.

December 30, 1806 - Married at Winnsborough on the 16th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Reid, Mr. Robert Bones of Newberry district, to Miss Elizabeth P. Yougue, daughter of the Rev. S. W. Yongue, of Fairfield district.

November 21, 1807 - Died on the 3rd inst. at his plantation on Saluda River, Newberry district, Mr. Elisha Brooks, in the 47th year of his age..left wife and eight children, two brothers and one sister; in Rev. War.

February 15, 1808 - Married at Newberry district, on the 12th November last, Mr. John Black, merchant, of Laurens district to Mrs. Sarah Conway Blair, relect of John Blair, deceased, late of the house of M'Dowall and Blair merchants, of this city.

April 26, 1808 - Departed this life on the 18th of April at Newberry, the Rev. John Harper.

June 4, 1808 - Married, in Newberry district, on Sunday the 22d ult., by the Rev. D. Owens, Mr. John Patton, merchant to Miss M. A. Brewer, of Santee.

June 23, 1808 - Departed this life on Sunday the 5th inst., Captain Philip Gilder, of Newberry district by a fall from his horse the day before.

February 15, 1809 - Died in Newberry district on the 1st inst., Mrs. Maria Claudia Donnan in the 23rd year of her age..left husband, three lovely infants.

March 23, 1813 - Died in Newberry district on the 6th inst., Mr. Isaac Mitchell, in the 86th year of his age..an honest man.

June 23, 1813 - Died at the plantation of Col. Benjamin Long, in Newberry district, on Wednesday the 30th ult., Mrs. Elizabeth Turner in the 93rd year of her age. She together with her husband Capt. Wm. Turner, were the first settlers above Rawl's Ferry, on Saluda River. The young may die, but the age must.

October 16, 1813 - Died at Newberry Court house, South Carolina, on Friday evening, the 17th inst., Doctor Freeborn Adams, a native of Byfield, a parish of Newburyport, in the State of Massachusetts.

January 19, 1816 - Died on the 1st instant, at his residence in Newberry district, Captain John Henerson, in the 50th year of his age.

January 19, 1804 - Died, suddenly, on the 6th inst., at Newberry Court house, in the 22d year of his age, Mr. Lewis M'Creless (eulogy).

58 years attendance at one church: Shown above is Jacob L. Dickert, more familiarly known as "Uncle Jake" who was signally honored last Sunday by his pastor on the occasion of his 90th birthday. "Uncle Jake", who has been a regular attendant of Newberry First Baptist Church for the past 58 years was recognized by the pastor and congregation at church last Sunday. As a special treat his Pastor, Rev. C. O. Lamoreux, and the Pastors daughter sang a duet, "Beyound the Sunset", in his honor. A drop-in was held at his home on College Street Sunday afternoon, to which many of his friends and relative came to visit him "Happy Birthday" - Sims Tompkins Photo - Photo - May 1955

contributed by Cathy Schmidt

Newberry Observer 1952 - Charlie Bowers ran for Clerk of Court in 1952. He won and took office in Jan. of 1953

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view 1953 article on Charlie Bowers

The State- November 20, 1896

  • Newberry, Nov. 18 - The Ladies Aid society of the Presbyterian church gave a chrysanthemum show..........Special mention were those of Mesdames Martin and Robinson..........
  • The friends of Col. H. C. Moseley of Prosperity, were pained to hear of the death of his daughter, Mrs. Zinnerman, which occurred Monday morning at the home of her father.
  • Miss Arabella Moses, one of Sumter's charming young ladies, is visiting relatives in the city.
  • Miss Fannie McCaughrin is visiting Miss McAden in Charlotte.


The State - June 20, 1897

  • Newberry, June 19 - Last night Miss Jennings music school gave its commencement recital. This was Miss Jennings last year in Newberry and a large crowd came out to bid her farewell as a music teacher. While here she has made many friends who regret to see her leave, but wish her much success in her new field of labor.......Miss Jennings secured as special attractions Misses Laura Irby of Laurens and cited beautifully "The Flood on the Floss", "Her Choice" and the encore, "She Like Him Real Well." Miss pope sang a beautiful song, and to an encore she gracefully sang "The Fisher Maiden." Taken all together, it was a success.
  • The Hon. John T. Duncan is in the city.
  • Miss Laura Irby of Laurens is visiting Miss Laurens Glenn.
  • A number of young men met and organized a camp of Sons of Veterans. The camp was named Camp Kinard in honor of Capt. J. M. Kinard. Mr. J. M. Kinard was elected commander, A. C. Jones and W. F. Ewart first and second lieutenants, M. L. Spearman treasurer, Foster Martin color sergeant, J. H. McIntosh surgeon and the Rev. G. A. Wright chaplain.


The State - April 25, 1894

  • A wedding is booked for the Methodist Church on Thursday night of this week. Mr. J. E. Scott of Union is to wed Miss Louise Tarrant of our town.
  • Tomorrow morning a delegation of ten or fifteen delegates from the James D. Nance Camp of United Confederate Veterans will leave Newberry for the reunion of Birmingham. A special train will be run from here to Clinton on the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad and connection will be made there with the vetibule limited on the Sea Board Air Line, putting our party in Birmingham tomorrow night at 10 o'clock. We can take breakfast in Newberry and supper in Birmingham.
  • Two negroes dropped dead suddenly in different portions of the county yesterday and one shot another Saturday night near Whitmire's, and he died from the effects of the wound yesterday. The negro who did the shooting came to town last night and surrendered to the sheriff.
  • George B. Lanier, Esq., has accepted the invitation to deliver the address before the students of Newberry college on Sunday night of commencement week in June.


The State - Jan. 29, 1894

Messrs, Hipp & Swygert have opened a new general merchandise store. Mr. Hipp is from Pomaria and Mr. Swygert from Peak. They are both good business men, and are welcomed to Newberry.


The State - Sept. 26, 1913

A negro, James Williams, was struck on the head by the handle of a crank that he was turning and let slip while unloading a car of coal at the railroad station yesterday. It was not thought at the time that the hurt was serious, but last night he became ill from the blow and died this morning of concussion of the brain.

The State - July 20, 1897

  • Miss Grace Jones, a charming young lady of Asheville is visiting relatives here.
  • Miss Helen Litt of Clinton, who has been visiting relatives here, has returned home.
  • The Misses Thompson are at Harris Lithia.
  • Miss Mary N. Fiar is visiting in Laurens.

The State - Jan. 7, 1905

  • Mr. C. S. McCullough of Darlington has been spending a few days in Newberry.
  • Misses Margaret and Grace Hutchinson are on a visit to relatives in Camden.
  • Mr. Jas. N. McCaughrin returned to Baltimore on Wednesday where he will resume his studies in medicine.
  • Mrs. Dorothy Nance has returned home after visiting her son, Dr. Jack W. Nance, in Florida.
  • Mr. S. Archibald Linley of Columbia is in Newberry in the interest of his paper - The Southern Home.
  • Miss Kate Floyd Clark, Miss Unie and Miss Caroline Gibson returned on Wednesday to their schools in Spartanburg.


The State - June 7, 1903

June 6 - A lovely reception was given by Misses El Dora and Ochlese Williamson on Thursday evening complimentary to their guests, Misses Katherine Adair Clark of Augusta, Ky.; Medora Duncan of Union, and Laura Virginia Ford of Winnsboro. The decorations were...........

Those present were: Misses Mary Lou Bowers, Pauline Gilder, Millie Simmons, Marguerite Cromer, Carolyn Cromer, Bessie Schumpert, Carrie Jones, Eva Wright, Julia Paisley, Carrie Mayers, Martha Johnstone, Odalite Johnson, Louise Jones, Genevieve Boozer, Lucile Wilson, Vera Houseal, Jeanne Pelham, Agnes Scott, Mary Carwile Burton, Lillian Jamieson, Susie Summer, Lois Goggans, Mabel Tarrant, Lizzie Alexander, Lillie Griffin, Alice Jones, Mamie Hill, Gertrude Carwile and Susie Dean; Messrs. M. Abrams, White Fant, Edward Houseal, Charles Seabrook, Chris Suber, Gilbert Voight, Ed Olney, Will Seabrook, Will Jamieson, Hiram Speers, Farabee, Will Lane, Roy Jones, James McCaughrin, Carl Summer, Charles Moore, Harvey Cabiness, Tom Johnstone, S. Zimmerman, Leighton Cosby, Cochran, Trench


Newberry Negro Sought By Crowd

The State - July 25, 1919

Newberry, July 24 - But for the prompt action of Sheriff Blease there might have been a repetition of the Washington race riots in Newberry today - that is, if the negroes here had tired to protect one of their number who so far defies fate as to follow the example of the Washington negroes who brought on the recent riots in the capital of nation. It is likely that here the negroes, certainly the better class of them, would leave such an offender to his fate and his just deserts.

About midday today a negro ex-soldier, just home from France last Friday, insulted a white girl 14 or 15 years of age while she was on her way to town walking along the railroad near the trestle. She ran and told of the negroe's conduct and in a little while he was arrested by the officers and committed to jail. The affair became known about town and persons gathered in knots to discuss it.

Late in the afternoon a crowd, not a large one, went to the jail and made a demand for the negro. The doors were unlocked and the party was invited to enter, and did, but did not find the object of their search, who had been spirited away to prevent trouble. There was great indignation in town but not much excitement. The negro is named Elisha Harper, who is the son of the Rev. T. F. Harper, a respectable and well behaved preacher who lives in Helena. Elisha Harper is about 25 years old. When arrested and searched pictures of white women were found in his pockets apparently brought back with him from overseas. The pictures were not indecent. Harper was brought to the State penitentiary for safekeeping by Sheriff Blease last night.


The State - February 4, 1897

  • Newberry, Feb. 3 - Mrs. and Miss Weeks of Sumter, the mother and sister of Dr. C. D. Weeks of this city, have moved to Newberry and now occupy the Schumpert house on Main street.
  • The many friends of Captain and Mrs. N. B. Mazyck of this city will be pained to learn of the serious illness of their son, Mr. Delisle Mazyck of Columbia, in Charleston. An operation was performed on him yesterday for appendicitis which was successful.
  • Dr. John W. Wickliffe of Ward's Island Insane hospital, New York, paid a visit to his brother, Mr. M. E. Wickliffe last week.
  • Capt. J. G. Goggans and Miss Gertie Plester left yesterday for the "Land of Flowers."
  • Miss Lucy Speers, who is attending Converse college, is at home recuperating from a slight illness.
  • Miss Esther Minie of this city and Mr. Sol Brown of Atlanta were married today at 1 o'clock.
  • A fraternal organization known as the Family Protective union, was organized here Monday night by Mr. J. E. Hollis, grand master of South Carolina.
  • Miss Edith Nash of Clinton is visiting Miss Lucy Wright.


The State - October 19, 1893

  • Newberry, Oct. 18 - There was quite a stir on the streets for a short time on Monday, caused by the running away of a pair of handsome dapple grey horses belonging to Mr. J. H. Wicker. The horses were drawing the street sprinkler, and as they were turned from Pratt into Adams street the brakes giving away, frightened them and caused the run-away. Both the driver and the water tank were thrown off and the driver's life was in peril for awhile. The horses continued to run with the hear until they reached the public square, where they fell, one of them breaking his leg, so that Mr. Wicker was forced to kill him. The horse was worth about $200.
  • Constable Frank Baxter had a lively time on Monday in arresting Irwin, one of the parties (all of whom are colored) charged with being accessory on Saturday to the murder of Tom Williams, colored. Irwin was found at Pool's brick-yard, and refused to be arrested. The constable called on the hands at the brick-yard to assist him and went to the help of Irwin instead. With much difficulty Constable Baxter succeeded in bringing Irwin to town, where he swore out warrants against Charles Pitts, Nero Lane, Allen Chesure, Joe Hudgens, William Robinson, Sr., William Robinson, Jr., Charley Gray, William Chappell and Ed Moffett, all colored, for refusing to assist and for resisting an officer in the discharge of his duties.
  • Bill Arp will be in Newberry on Fri. the sixthday October 27 to ? in the opera house on that evening his latest and best lecture. A portion of the proceeds of the lecture will be given to the graded school for the purpose of making some necessary changes in the building caused by the increased number of pupils. There are now over 300 white scholars, and more are constantly coming in.
  • The sixth section of the Reedy River Baptist Association, which is composed of all the Baptist churches in Newberry county, will hold its union meeting with the Cross Roads church, commencing on October 27. The introductory sermon will be preached by Rev. G. S. Wright, of this place. The delegates from the First Baptist church of this place are, beside the pastor and deacons, W. H. Hunt, E. P. Jones and M. J. Scott.
  • Rev. E. P. McClintock, pastor of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church of this place, with Hon. George S. Mower and Dr. M. A. Renwick, are delegates to the A.R.P. Synod which meets this week at Sharon church, in York county.
  • Mayor Forest Lake, of Sanford, Fla., who has been visiting his parents in this place, has returned to his home.
  • Dr. J. D. Bruce, of Green Cave Springs, Florida, is in Newberry. His many friends are glad to see him again in his old home.
  • Mrs. E. C. Houseal, who has been visiting her daughter at Salisbury, N.C., has returned home.
  • Rev. J. D. Mahon, of Clinton, is visiting his son at this place.
  • J. B. Fellers, Judge of Probate, and John M. Kinard, Clerk of Court, have returned from Columbia, where they have been attending court.
  • Col. W. H. Hunt, Jr., is in Columbia attending court.
  • Coroner Lindsey held an inquest on Monday evening over the remains of Reuben E. Garnett, who died suddenly on Mr. Thomas F. Harmon's place Monday afternoon. The verdict of the jury was death from natural causes. Mr. Garnett came to Newberry at the close of the war as a member of the Union army, and was discharged from the garrison in 1872.


The State - October 30, 1896

Newberry, Oct 29 - Messrs. William Monroe, James Monroe, C. P. Sanders of Spartanburg, C. P. Sims, and P. P. Hamilton of Union, and W. H. Lyles and W. G. Childs of Columbia, were in the city today.

The court of common pleas opened on Monday. A heavy docket is on hand and up to this writing many cases have been disposed of. One of the most interesting cases on docket is the case of S. P. Baird vs. Rebecca Brown, administratrix. Carlisle & Schumpert appear for the plaintiff and Hunt & Hunt and J. F. J. Caldwell for the defense. The case involves about $10,000. It appears that sometime in 1888 Baird, who was in business here, failed, and so it appears, to prepare for the future, he delivered to Joseph Brown, now deceased, $2,8000 and $4,000, and received Brown's notes, for the same. Baird now brings suit to recover these notes, with interest. The defense claims that the signatures to the notes are a forgery and to prove the same they have retained the services of Mr. David N. Carvalho of New York, the most famous American expert on questioned handwriting. Mr. Carvalho was connected with the famous Holt case brought in a verdict in accordance to Mr. Carvalho's opinion.

Mr. Carvalho was brought here either to say that the signatures were a forgery or not. He produced enlarged copies of the signatures, which were on the notes, and went into an elaborate discussion of the different modes of handwriting and in conclusion, said that in his opinion the signatures were forgeries. After hearing all the evidence, arguments were begun. It looks like the plaintiff has the case.


The State - September 30, 1896

  • Newberry, Sept. 28 - Mrs. O. McR. Holmes and children have returned from Blowing Rock.
  • Mrs. George Johnstone has returned from Caesar's Head.
  • Miss Adele Land of Augusta, who have been quite ill in the city at the residence of her relative, Mrs. James Bartonfi is improving rapidly.
  • Mrs. J. B. Glasgow and Miss Sara Wheeler will leave for Gainesville, Tex., on Thursday.
  • Misses Lucy Riser, Blanche Davinson, Nellye McFall, Paunee Jones, and Tulu Salter leave today for the Winthrop college at Rock Hill.
  • Cadets Greneker and Mayes leave for the Citadel tomorrow.
  • Misses Mary Nance Fair and Nina Carlisle leave today for the Due West Female.
  • Dr. Jask Gilder has returned from Baltimore college.


The State - December 11, 1894

  • Newberry, Dec. 9 - The city election for mayor and aldermen will be held on Tuesday. In the primary Mayor Eb. Jones was renominated and he will have no opposition. The aldermen nominated are: Ward 1, Proctor Todd; Ward 2, E. Cabaniss; Ward 3, W. F. Ewart; Ward 4, Jno. H. Wicker.
  • Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Humbert of the South Carolina conference are visiting here. Mr. Humbert preached in the Methodist church this morning. It is favorable spoken of by those who heard it.
  • Mr. S. A. Nettles, recently of the Manning Times, but who has given up newspaper work to join the inineracy of the Methodist church, has been put on the Newberry city mission. He will preach his first sermon in Newberry in the Newberry Methodist church tonight.


The State - December 13, 1897

  • Newberry, Dec. 12 - Mr. Andrew Kilgore, a former young Newberrian, but now a resident of Washington, arrived in the city last Wednesday, having ridden on his bicycle from Washington to Newberry in 14 days.
  • Miss Myrta Schumpert gave a delightful "at home" Friday night to her many friends.
  • Miss Lula Moseley, a charming young lady of Prosperity, made a flying visit to Newberry last week.
  • Mrs. A. T. Dunn of Pomaria, who was painfully hurt in a runaway here last Thursday, has been removed to her home.
  • The Rev. John Washington, a well-known colored divine of this place, died suddenly in Clinton last Monday. He was a native of the West Indies and well educated.


The State - October 5, 1897

  • Newberry, Oct. 4 - Misses Mary Nance Fair, Neville Pope and Helen Jones left today to attend the Norfolk College for Young Ladies, where a former Newberrian, Capt. A. P. Pifer, is in charge.
  • Miss Susie Chaffin, one of Bennettsville's belles, who has been visiting Miss Neville Pope, has returned to the Columbia Female college.
  • On the 19th the Revs. e. P. McClintock and W. A. Kirkpatrick of Prosperity will leave for Deckort, N.C., to attend the meeting of the general synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church, south. They will be absent about 10 days.
  • Miss Mary Law McClintock returned last week to the Flordia Agricultural college at Lake City, where she is the professor of history.
  • Drs. Houseal and Kibler are trying very hard to start a kindergarten school in Newberry. It would fill a long-needed want.


The State - November 9, 1897

  • Newberry, Nov. 7 - The annual chrysanthemum show of the ladies of the Presbyterian church was held in Crotwell hotel last Friday night....Mrs. T. J. McCreary secured first prize and Mrs. S. P. Boozer second....
  • The second story addition of E. R. Hipp's store is nearing completion. This will help the looks of that block.
  • Mr. Pierre St. J. Mazyck has returned after a visit to New York and other northern cities.


The State - November 10, 1891

Newberry, Nov. 9 - The first intimation that a great many people in Newberry had of the fire here the other morning was when they read of it in The State. The fire-bell was run after 1 o'clock, and The State came by 8 o'clock telling us of the fire.


The State - March 25, 1897

  • Mr. Edwin Clary left Monday for Greenwood on a visit.
  • Constable R. M. Gardner is celebrating his reappointment to the constabulary force by getting a 'hustle' on himself, and capturing some liquor. On last Friday he went out into the highways and byways and as a result George Benson stood before his honor, the mayor, that day, and went to the rock yard to break rock for 30 days. On the next day he held up 12 1-2 gallon and dispatched them to Columbia, to return again as the 'chemically pure.' He then swooped down on that quiet town of Prosperity, and had two dusky citizens by the names of Rhoda Chapman and Bunk Adams, bound over to the next term of court.
  • Mrs. Armanda Fair, wife of the Rev. Robert A. Fair, who for several years was pastor on the Presbyterian church at this place, died at the home of her son, the Rev. James Y. Fair in Richmond, on the 17th inst. The Rev. James Y. Fair, her son, is quite a well known divine, only recently having received a call to the Independent church of Savannah, one of the oldest churches in this country, being situated on land granted by George II. It is thought he will accept the call.
  • Mr. Julian Wright of Texas is visiting relatives in the city.
  • Mr. M. M. Harris of Valencia, Venezuela, South America, is on a visit to his brother here, Mr. J. Y. Harris.


The State - October 7, 1896

  • Newberry, Oct. 6 - The books of registration closed on last Saturday. Nearly all of the white voters of the county have registered. The total registration was, whites, 1,938; colored, 79 - total 2,017.
  • Newberry college had its formal opening on Monday morning. Addresses were made by Judge Y. J. Pope, Revs. Fox, McClintock, Wright and Creighton. Fifty new students are enrolled and more are expected. The outlook for a prosperous year is very encouraging.
  • Dr. D. Strother Pope of Columbia visited here last week.
  • Hon. George S. Mower went to Laurens on Monday to attend court.
  • Work is progressing rapidly on the new Lutheran church. It is to be hoped that the example will be followed by the other congregations.


The State - June 4, 1894

The commencement at Newberry college begins two weeks from today. The baccalaureate sermon will be preached by Professor Painter of Salem, Va., and the address to the students on Sunday night will be delivered by George B. Cromer, Esq., of Newberry. The address before the Alumni Association on Tuesday morning will be made by Rev. W. W. Daniel of Florence and the literary address will be made on Tuesday night by Rev. Dr. Vedder of Charleston.

At the latest reports Newberry was only wanting abut three fat places on the Reform State ticket, but there are several precincts in which are prominent Reformers that have not yet reported. There is Dr. Samps Pope, who wants to be Governor, and the Rev. J. A. Sligh, who wants to hold on to what he has got - railroad commissioner - and then the Hon. Cole L. Blease would like to be Adjutant and Inspector general. There are quite a number of other prominent job with a big salary attachment, that Reformers, who, possibly from their ardent love for the dear people, would not be averse to accepting some fat job with a big salary attachment. That you know increases one's love of the dear people very much and causes the fires of patriotism to burn with a new glow.


The State - January 25, 1919

  • Newberry, Jan. 24 - The influenza situation is improving in the city, but in the country the epidemic seems to be on the increase, especially among the negroes. The county was put under quarantine yesterday by the sheriff, by direction of the State board of health, the schools and the churches being ordered closed; the schools to be reopened any time after February 1, 'wherever the trustees request it, if conditions justify it.' The schools in the incorporated towns of Newberry, Prosperity, Chappells and Little Mountain had already been closed by the local health boards. The board of health of Newberry at a meeting this morning decided that the schools here must continue closed until February 3, and ordered that the pool rooms and moving picture shows and churches be closed until February 1. The city pastors and officers had already agreed to have no church services next Sunday.


The State - March 17, 1906

  • Among the Newberry visitors here yesterday were: Col. E. H. Aull of the Newberry Herald and News; Mr. O. L. Schumpert of the Newberry bar, Messrs. Nat. Gist and O. H. Duncan and Misses Vinnie May Wilson and Maud Langford.


The Newberry Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 1878

  • Mr. I. Wesley Hendrix died the 19th instant, aged fifty. He had been feeble health for some time.


The Newberry Herald - Wednesday, May 22, 1878

  • Mr. Jno. Mangum died at his home near Bush River Church, Thursday the 16th. He had been a great sufferer for many years from a cancer on his face, which was the cause of his death. In all his relations of life he was a good man.


The State - June 22, 1915

Newberry, June 21 - G. W. Dunn of Round, Colleton county, committed suicide this afternoon by drinking poison in the union passenger station here. Efforts to communicate with his family have so far proved fruitless, owing to interrupted connections. Dunn came to Newberry this morning from Columbia. He was about town all day and this afternoon started for the station. On the way he stopped and purchased the poison, a pad of paper and a pencil.

Arrived at the station, he wrote a note addressed to "the authorities of Newberry," put the note on his hat, stretched out on the floor with his head on a bench and drank the poison. In a half hour, it is supposed, he died.

Several passengers saw the man lying in the waiting room, but paid no attention to him, thinking him resting. Finally, however, a traveling man was struck by the appearance of the body and bent to examine it. He found that life was extinct.

The note read: "I am going to kill myself. It will be no use to notify my people and I do not care for them to know of this. The city authorities can bury me and then write my brother, A. V. Dunn, at Round, SC. My name is G. W. Dunn."

The note was clearly written and carefully folded and put into an envelope at the man's head. Dunn appeared to be about 40 years of age. He had lost one of his legs about the knee.

Communication with Walterboro revealed that the man was known there, but efforts to apprise his family were futile, owing to meteorological disturbance of telephone connections.


The State - July 11, 1891

Newberry, July 10 Mention was made in The State this morning of an unsuccessful attempt to break in the office of the Newberry Cotton Mills on Wednesday night. This morning George Mathis, a colored man, who has been an office boy at the mills for some time, was arrested, charged with the burglary. He was committed to jail by Trial Justice Maybin.

The Court of General Sessions will convene here on Monday, with Judge Kershaw presiding. The criminal docket is not large, and it is not probable that the court will last long.

Vacations have been granted Revs. Dr. Cozby, of the Presbyterian Church, and W. C. Schaeffer, of the Lutheran Church, by their respective congregations.

Editor Wallace, of the Newberry Observer, has gone to Glenn Springs for a month for his health.

Dr. D. B. Mayer, Sr., one of the oldest physicians of the town, is also very sick. He has not been engaged in the active practice of medicine for several years. During the days of his active practice he had attained the reputation, and deservedly, too, of being one of the finest physicians in the State. In the field of literature and as a fluent and forcible writer he has few superiors. For the past four or five months he has been engaged in writing historical and biographical sketches of what is known as the Dutch Fork.

The committee to secure a professor for the theological department in Newberry College has decided to call Prof. A. G. Voight, of Pennsylvania, and it is quite probable that he will accept.

John A. Werts, a prominent farmer of this county who died recently, had taken, through the agency of Capt. Pefer, a policy in the New York Life Insurance Company of $5,000 on his life. The proofs of death were made out on June 22 and on July 1 the amount was paid Mrs. Werts and the children. This was a quick and prompt settlement.

Mr. James M. Bowers has contracted with Mr. C. C. Davis to have a residence built on Boundary street and when it is completed he will move to the city.

Rev. A. J. Cauthen, presiding elder of the Cokesbury district, came to Newberry this afternoon. The quarterly conference of the Newberry station was held tonight. Mr. Cauthen, will, tomorrow, hold quarterly conference of the Newberry circuit. He will preach tomorrow morning and Sunday morning at New Chapel. On Sunday night Mr. Cauthen will preach at the Newberry Methodist Church.


The State - February 19, 1914

  • Newberry, Feb. 18 - Much interest has been aroused here by the action of the Laurens officials in instituting a quarantine against Newberry. Any idea that Newberry is a pest hole and should be avoided is far from fact.

There has been, and is, smallpox in Newberry, as there is in nearly every town and city in South Carolina; but the cases have been few and mild - not a death or serious case in town; only one death, so far as known, in the whole county - that of an aged woman, who died from a combination of diseases of which smallpox was one. There have been, as far as can be ascertained, 69 cases in the county. There are 12 cases in the city, ten of these being ten negroes in the same family in the outskirts of the city. The ten negroes will be turned loose this week, having served the full time of quarantine, and two whites, the only other cases in town, will remain in quarantine, where they have not been sick enough to go to bed, until the expiration of their quarantine period, only a few days longer.

  • Newberry, Feb. 18 - Three youths from Charleston - James Simons, 18; James Allen Miles, Jr., 17, and Wallace F. Baker, 29 - who reached Newberry yesterday afternoon, traveling in a seven-passenger motor car, said to be owned by the father of Simons, were taken into custody this evening by Sheriff C. G. Blease and are detained at the county jail though not in cells. The young men were arrested on request of J. Elmore Martine of Charleston county, transmitted through J. c. McCain, sheriff of Richland county. They are held as runaway minors.

The young men said they left Charleston Monday and since Tuesday afternoon had been visiting friends in Newberry. Communication by telephone with Charleston in their behalf was sought tonight and it is thought to be likely that an adult relative of one of them will reach Newberry tomorrow to take charge of them and the car.


The State - June 5, 1917

J. Roland Dickert was called to Newberry yesterday on account of the extreme illness of his father, Capt. D. A. Dickert. Capt. Dickert has been critically ill several weeks.


The State - November 3, 1911

Newberry, Nov. 2 - The residence of Hugh C. Wilson, a farmer in Caldwell township, this county, was burned Tuesday morning. The insurance was $1,000 on the house and $200 on the furniture, which does not cover the loss.

The State - December 24, 1911

Newberry, Dec. 23 - Further details of the drowning of the horse from Guy Brown's stables yesterday were learned today. The drowning was in Hunting Fork creek..........Daniel Oxner, who lives beyound the creek, tried to warn Fred H. Hunter and the negro driver not to drive in, but they seem not to have understood him.......One (horse) was drowned; the other broke loose and swam out. The negro driver swam out on the Newberry side. Mr. Hunter got out on the Whitmire side and went to Mr. Oxner's.......and then to the home of John M. Suber's to which place he started when he left Newberry. Mr. Hunter lost his valise....

The State - September 9, 1917

  • Newberry, Sept 8 - A negro named Jesse Burnside, 80 years old, was shot and killed yesterday afternoon by Jake Williams, negro, on the plantation of Charles S. Suber, ten miles northeast of Newberry. Williams was hunting and hearing a noise beyond some thick bushes and supposing it was made by a squirrel, blazed away with his shotgun and killed the old man. The coroner's jury found that it was accidental homicide and the shooter was released on bail of $200 to appear at court.


"New TV at Hawkins' Home: Residents of the Jesse Frank Hawkins' nursing home are now being entertained with a brand new color television which as been purchased through memorials and donations. Above, Dan H. Hamm, Jr., chairman of the Board of Directors at the nursing home, and Mrs. Doris Singley, administrator, are shown with two patients gathered around the new television." Anna Dickert Hawkins is seated with another elderly lady on the right - about 1979

News clipping courtesy of Cathy Schmidt


Contributed by Dean Long

The State - Feb. 10, 1903

  • The Rev. B.C. Ballentine, pastor of the Bethel pastorate was taken completely by surprise the other day. His members of Mr. Hermon Evangelical Lutheran church, Peak, shipped to his address a handsome roll top office desk of solid oak.
  • Our roads are in desperate condition. One of our mill men at Chapin recently had to dig one of his mules out of a place in the road with shovel and pick.
  • There has been an epidemic of grippe in this community. Some of our schools had to suspend.
  • If signs count, people will use commercial fertilizers heavily during the present year.

The State - Mar. 3, 1919

  • Newberry, Mar. 2 - One negro killed and another seriously wounded was the outcome of a gathering at the home of Wistar Gary, negro, on the Amick place, near Kinards, Saturday night. The dead man is Odell Jones, the wounded negro is Pink Cleland and the shooter, who used a pistol, is Odell Suber. Cleland was shot through the arm, the ball penetrating his body, and he may die. The sheriff and his deputies left for the scene as soon as he received news of the affair by telephone and found the situation as stated, except that the slayer had gone to his home on a nearby plantation and gone to bed. He was brought to town and committed to jail on the charge of murder....

The Newberry Herald - July 10, 1878

  • Mr. Jno. Paysinger died the 30th ultimo (June 30, 1878), at the residence of Mr. c. W. Kinard, near Ninety-six, in the twenty-sixth year of his age, leaving a wife and one child. He was a native of this county, but had lately removed to Ninety-Six. Mr. Paysinger was a man of excellent character.
  • A four-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, of Atlanta, Ga., was buried in Rosemont Cemetery.
  • Miss Sallie McCoy, of Helena, died Saturday, the 6th, of consumption.

The Newberry Herald - July 17, 1878

  • Dr. Wm. F. Pratt died Thursday morning, the 11th, at the age of sixty, being the oldest native citizen of Newberry village.
  • Mr. Harry O'Neill received a telegram last night (Monday) from Baltimore, conveying the sad intelligence that his father, Mr. Jno. H. O'Neill, had just died. Mr. O'Neill was for several years a citizen of Newberry, and had only recently returned to Baltimore, his home.
  • Sampson Thomas, colored, died Thursday, the 11th, of Consumption.
  • Cage David, a Democratic colored (resident) of Prosperity, died last week.

The Newberry Herald - June 5, 1878

  • Mrs. Emma Davenport, near Saluda Old Town, died Saturday (June 1, 1878).
  • James Boozer, an aged colored man, who formerly belonged to Mr. Teague, died in town Thursday night (May 30, 1878).

The Newberry Herald

  • July 10, 1878 - Mrs. Russell, wife of Mr. J. S. Russell of Silver Street died Friday, the 5th (July 5, 1878).
  • May 25, 1878 - Mr. James F. Harrington died Wednesday night at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. W. E. Welch, near Silver Street.

The State - June 18, 1892

  • Newberry, June 17 - The negro who was shot yesterday at Peak in a shanty car was brought to Newberry last night, and died from the effects of the wounds. Coroner Reagin held an inquest this morning. The negro who did the shooting has not been arrested.
  • The board of trustees of the Newberry Graded Schools held a meeting yesterday afternoon to elect a superintendent for the ensuing year. Prof. Frank Evans was re-elected superintendent and the following lady teachers were elected, all from Newberry: Mrs. Birda Boozer, Mrs. Maggie Tarrant, Mrs. Maggie Moore, Misses Bessie Wheeler, Eloise Welch and Lilla Kibler.
  • An inquest was held by Trial Justice Gregory a few days ago on the body of Washington Bennett, the negro killed on the 8th inst. by Benjamin Stevens. The inquisition papers were filed this morning in the office of the clerk of court, and the verdict is "that Benjamin Stevens did kill the said Washington Bennett by misfortune, and while the said Washington Bennett was advancing on the said Benjamin Stevens."
  • Prof. C. W. Welch will leave here on Sunday for Anderson, where he will next week conduct the county teachers' institute for that county. He will be engaged in institute work during the summer.
  • Messrs. John P. Glasgow and Nathan E. Aull, who are engaged in teaching in Texas, have come to South Carolina to spend their summer vacation.


The State - September 1911

  • 24th - L. Briggs Suber, a negro, came near finishing his mother-in-law this morning by striking her a terriffic blow on her head with a shotgun for interfering in his domestic affairs; that is, she was preventing him from shooting his own wife, her daughter. It is said the blow cracked her skull, and for some time the injury was thought to be fatal, but now the chances are that she will get well. Suber fled and the officers have not succeeded in locating him. The affair happened in a suburb of the city know as "The Pike."
  • 25th - L. Briggs Suber, colored, aged 23, who knocked his mother-in-law yesterday morning, nearly killing her, and then ran off, was caught by Constable Cannon Blease, this morning at 11 o'clock near the city, and has been committed to jail on the charge of assault and battery with intent to kill. The woman will recover. She was knocked on the head by Suber because she kept him from shooting his wife.

The State - May 21, 1915

  • Newberry, May 20 - Miss Agnes Suber, the 14 year old daughter of William M. Suber, who was run over by an automobile at the Lon Lane school picnic Saturday, died this morning from her injuries. She will be buried at Enoree church tomorrow.

The State - April 6, 1894

Newberry, April 5 - Constable D. A. Dickert has been in town today. This afternoon he procured warrants from Trial Justice Evans making the affidavit himself on information and belief, and raided the offices and store of J. R. Green, James Dunbar and E. Y. Morris. At his request he was accompanied by Chief of Police Bishop. They found no contraband goods and Constable Dickert says he saw no evidences of any violation of the dispensary law. The raid was made very quietly and created not even a ripple of excitement. Everything in Newberry is and has been exceedingly quiet. At Morris store Constable Dickert found a barrel that looked suspicious, but when he tapped it and sipped the contents he only discoverd vinegar. Not the slightest resistance was given the constable in making the raid.


The Globe, Atchinson, KS - March 22, 1880

Mr. Jefferson Davis having been invited to attend the commencement exercises at Newberry college, South Carolina, courteously declines on the ground of prior and pressing engagements. Never neglecting to recall the "lost cause" and all that sort of thing, he writes: "Throughout the whole history of your State runs an unbroken current of chivalry and generosity. From such characteristics sprang the sympathy which she, when a colony, prosperous and cherished by the mother country, evinced for the oppression of Massachusetts. In later times her sons have shown that they were not degenerate descendants of heroic sires. It was in keeping with such character that they should think of my sufferings rather than their own, and appreciate my services in the maintenance of our common cause, though the results were so disastrous to them." If they would forget the common cause, J. Davis, and all that sort of thing, and address themselves to the business of material improvement, the people of South Carolina would be doing themselves a service.

Georgia Weekly Telegraph and Georgia Journal & Messenger, Macon, GA - February 4, 1873

Meningetis appears to be making fearful inroads in Newberry county, South Carolina; some twenty or twenty-five persons are reported as having died from it within the past week, nearly all of whom were colored.

The Weekly News and Courier, Charleston, SC - June 28, 1899

During the Newberry College Commencement exercises at the Opera House on Wednesday morning the residence of Mr. Tabor H. Hill, in the southeastern suburbs, was burned with nearly all the contents; caused by a defective flue. The smoke house, with provisions, chicken house and well house, together with twenty-five cords of wood, were consumed. Mr. Hill's loss is estimated at $1,800, with insurance in Mr. S. P. Boozer's agency of $800 on dwelling house and $400 on furniture.

The Charleston Mercury - January 18, 1856

The following gentlemen were, on Monday last, elected members of the Town Council of Newberry for the ensuing year: Gen. J. H. Williams, Intendatn; W. G. Mayes, W. G. Glenn, James Gauntt, and S. S. Langford, Wardens.

The State - July 9, 1896

  • Newberry, July 7 - On lst Saturday night Charlie Rice, colored, shot and instantly killed his wife in the bottom, hear the artesian well. Rice's wife had been very intimate with another negro. Rice was caught and is now in jail.
  • All of the veterans who have attended the reunion in Richmond have returned home. They speak highly of their treatment at the hands of the good people of Richmond.
  • Robert Lusk, only child of Captain and Mrs. S. J. McCaughrin, died last Wednesday after an illness of a few days. Robert was a bright, lovable child and will be missed by his young playmates.
  • The Rev. William Hood of Florida has accepted the invitation of the James Nance Campt to deliver the address before them at their annual reunion on the 21st of this month. A big time is expected.
  • Dr. W. E. Pelham is having his handsome residence neatly painted.
  • At a meeting of the James D. Nance Camp, U.C.V., on Monday, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: J. W. Gary, commandant; R. C. Carlisle, first lieutenant; J. F. J. Caldwell, second lieutenant; R. T. C. Hunter, third sergeant; C. F. Boyd, adjutant; S. Pope, surgeon; the Rev. E. P. McClintock, chaplain; G. F. Long, treasurer; N. H. Young color bearer.
  • Cadets Greneker and Mayes have returned from "the West Point of the South."
  • Miss Effie Sheppard of Edgefield, who has been visiting Mr. B. F. Griffin has returned home.

The State - November 14, 1915

Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Mayes of Newberry, who are returning from their bridal tour of Miami and St. Augustine, stopped for a short visit to the brides sister, Mrs. J. W. Haltiwanger.

The State - July 7, 1918

Washington, July 6 - The army casualty list today contained 43 names, divided as follows: Killed in action, 15; died of wounds, two; died of airplane accident, one; died of disease, five; died of accident and other causes, one; wounded severely, 17; missing in action, two. The list includes the following from Southern States: Killed in action: Privates Claude Caudie, McCrory, Ark; Tod F. Gillett, 110 Cresent Place, Tampa, Fla. Died of wounds: Leiut. Stephen P. McGroa?, Falls Church, Va. Died from accident and other causes: Private Johnny G. Myrick, Portsmouth, Va. Severely wounded: Lieut. William H. Mayes, Newberry, S.C.

The State - August 23, 1911

Newberry, Aug. 22 - William M. Mayes of Birmingham, Ala., came into Newberry this afternoon fresh as a daisy on a motorcycle of seven horse-power. He left Birmingham Sunday morning and came by way of Atlanta, Anderson and Laurens. The first day he made 200 miles, the second 125, the third 118. His running time was 26 hours, but stops of ten or fifteen minutes here and there would bring the actual running time down to about 22 hours. He did not have a puncture nor accident of any kind on the entire trip, except that he was pulled for $5 by a cop for over-speeding through a town in Georgia with a name something like Hog Back. After spending a few days here with his father, J. T. Mayes, he will return to Birmingham by way of Aiken, Augusta and Savannah.

The State - March 25, 1897

  • Newberry, March 24 - Newberry will soon have a treat in a humorous lecture to be given by Bill Arp, on the 20th of April. Arp has visited Newberry before and his many admirers will give him a royal welcome.
  • Constable R. M. Gardner is celebrating his reappointment to the constabulary force by getting a "hustle" on himself, and capturing some liquor. On last Friday he went out into the highways and byways and as a result George Benson stood before his honor, the mayor, that day, and went to the rock yard to break rock for 30 days. On the next day he held up 12 1/2 gallons and dispatched them to Columbia, to return again as the "chemically pure". He then swooped down on that quiet town of Prosperity, and had two dusky citizens by the names of Rhoda Chapman and Bunk Adams, bound over to the next term of court.
  • Mr. Julian Wright of Texas is visiting relatives in the city.
  • Mr. M. M. Harris of Valencia, Venezuela, South America, is on a visit to his brother here, Mr. J. Y. Harris.

The State - December 29, 1915

  • Newberry Dec. 28 - City council tonight filled by election several municipal posts. J. W. Chapman, was elected city clerk and treasurer, and Ed L. Rodelsperger, chief of police and J. W. Werts superintendent of streets. Policemen were elected as follows: H. O. Stone, J. P. Livingston, H. C. Whittaker and G. W. Connelly, for city proper; George Y. Dickert for the Molohon mill village and R. F. Franklin for the Newberry mill village. Mr. Chapman was for many years manager of the electric power company in Newberry. Mr. Rodelsperger was for several terms an alderman. He declined reelection at the time the present council was chosen. Policeman Stone and Livingston were reelected.

The Lexington Herald - March 30, 1907

  • Laurens, SC, March 29 - Driven by a stiff wind, fire today swept Newberry, a town of 8,000 people, thirty miles southeast of here and caused a loss that may reach half a million dollars. Approximately half a hundred residences were destroyed and a score of business houses are in ruins. The conflagration started in the rear of the Newberry Hotel. Appeals for assistance were telegraphed to Columbia and this city but engines could not be sent into Newberry on account of the destruction of the railroad tracks. Two hours after the fire broke out the city water supply was exhausted and the town was left practically at the mercy of the flames.

The State - April 7, 1899

  • Charlotte, April 6 - Sheriff W. M. Buford of Newberry, S.C. captured West Stevens, colored, near Huntersville, this county (Mecklenburg) today. Stevens is wanted in Newberry for the murder of Will Click in September, 1897.

The State - Nov. 8, 1904

  • Roanoke, Va., Nov 7 - William Woodson, alias Woodward, colored, wanted at Newberry, S.C. for the murder of Thomas Lemon in 1900 at that place, was arrested her tonight by Roanoke police detectives. He will be held for the South Carolina authorities.

The State - Sept. 3, 1891

  • Tom Dillard, who murdered Adam Veile on the 4th of July in Newberry County. Dillard is a negro, dark, complexioned, is about thirty-five years of age, and is about five feet seven inches high - Reward, $100

The State - Sept 7, 1921

  • Newberry, Sept 6 - The body of Pink Griffin, who was electrocuted at the penitentiary Friday, was buried in a negro cemetery here Saturday. He was born and raised in Newberry and lived here until the first of this year, when he moved to Ninety-Six.

The State - Oct 23, 1909

  • Newberry, Oct 22 - J. H. M. Kinard, who has been connected with the Newberry Observer since its establishment, in fact one of its founders, has tendered his resignation as foreman of the office on account of failing health and will move to Augusta and make his home with his daughter, Mrs. E. S. McNeill. Mr. Kinard was born in Newberry and his life has been spent here, and his friends are numbered by the core, all of whom are sorry that he is to leave Newberry, but hope that a complete rest and quiet will restore him to his usual good health. Mr. Kinard is one of the oldest, most efficient and faithful printers in the State.

The State - November 10, 1911

  • Newberry, Nov 9 - M. E. Prince, aged 60 years, died at the Oakland mills last night as the result of a stroke of paralysis a week ago.
  • Mrs. Williams, wife of Pressley Williams, dropped dead this morning at her home in West End while getting breakfast. She was about 60 years of age.

The State - December 4, 1906

  • A recovery which is regarded by physicians here as very remarkable one, is that of young John Andrew Satterwhite of Newberry. On November 13, this youth inhaled a part of an acorn and it went deep into his lungs. His condition was critical and he was brought here to the Columbia hospital for an operation. An incision was made and a part of the acorn was found and removed; the rest of it since then has been coughed up and other parts have come out in the dressing of the wound. Had the substance remained in the lung septic pneumonia would have followed with fatal results. Young Satterwhite has fully recovered and will leave for his home in Newberry county today. He is 16 years of age and is a son of Mr. J. A. Satterwhite, a prosperous and well known citizen of Newberry county. He is a student at Newberry college and his college friends will be please to see him among them again. For a time it was feared that his life was in a precarious condition.

The Charleston Mercury - March 28, 1859

  • We are informed that Mr. Davis, who was shot in Newberry a few days since, has since died from the effects of the wound, and that young Davenport has been committed to jail, to await his trial at the next Fall Term of Court. The Grand Jury have returned a true bill in the case. - Columbia Carolinian

The State - September 24, 1911

  • Leesville, Sept 23 - Rev. J. B. Harman, for about five years pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran church, has accepted a call to become pastor of Mayer Memorial and Summer Memorial churches at Newberry, to take effect November 1. Rev. Mr. Harman has served the St. Mark's pastorate since his graduation from the seminary.

The State - Dec. 21. 1911

  • Newberry, Dec. 20 - Lucille Werts, the 5 year-old daughter of Eugene S. Werts, county auditor of Newberry, received burns at noon today from which she died tonight at 8 o'clock. While playing with other children in a room at the home here where was a fire in the grate, the child's clothing caught fire. Her mother, who had just left the room, heard screams and rushing into the room found the little girl enveloped in flames.

The State - December 28, 1893

  • Newberry, Dec. 27 - Henry N. Anton, a well digger, died here today from the result of a trivial matter. Last night a difficulty arose between certain mill operatives. Rube McGowan and Frank Smith were engaged in a knock-down fight about Smith's little boy being slapped by McGowan. Henry Werts, McGowan's son-in-law, joined in the fight, when Anton endeavored to separate all parties. Hot words followed between Werts and Anton. Werts then struck Anton on the head with a brick, breaking his skull, with fatal results. Werts fled last night. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The State - June 17, 1892

  • Newberry, June 15 - On Wednesday, the 8th instant, Ben Stevens shot and mortally wounded Wash Bennett, a colored man living on the J. W. Williams plantation in Township No. 7. Stevens had Bennett's daughter hired on his farm and he whipped her because she declined to work on that day. Bennett went to Mr. Stevens and remonstrated with him about whipping his daughter, and Stevens shot him four times with a pistol. Bennet died on Saturday. Trial Justice Gregory held an inquest and the verdict of the jury was that Bennett came to his death from wounds inflicted by Stevens. Stevens fled to Edgefield after the shooting, but has returned and was at work on his farm yesterday. He had not been arrested up to last night.

The State - September 12, 1896

  • Newberry, Sept 11 - Mrs. Fox, wife of Rev. Dr. J. B. Fox, pastor of the Lutheran church, was suddenly taken ill today at Alston, on the Southern train, while on their return from their summer vacation. She died of heart failure this afternoon in the waiting room of the Southern depot, whither she was conveyed upon the arrival of the noon train. Her death is a great shock to the community. She was the daughter of the late G. Diercks of Columbia, where she will be buried Sunday morning.

The State - March 15, 1919

  • Saluda, March 14 - Mrs. Charles Smith, aged 34 years whose death occurred in Newberry county, was buried at St. Mark's Church in this county Sunday morning, the Rev. W. P. Meadors officiating. Mrs. Smith formerly was a resident of this county but moving to Newberry county, near Prosperity, two years ago. Besides the husband and four small children she is survived by her father, George Lever, and several brothers and sisters. Hers is the fourth death in the Lever family within the past eight weeks. Mrs. Smith was a member of Bethlehem Methodist Church.


The Spartanburg Journal - 1944

HENRY HENDRIX HONORED ON 85TH BIRTHDAY

Newberry, Nov. 24 - HENRY B. HENDRIX of the Trinity community celebrated his 85th birthday Sunday, Nov. 19, with a surprise birthday dinner given in his honor by his daughter-in-law, MRS. M.J. HENDRIX.
The children and grandchildren present for the occasion were, MR. and MRS. M.B. HENDRIX, their children, BETTY WAYNE, BOYD and TRONNIE HENDRIX, MR. and MRS. J.E. STERLING, MR. and MRS. N.J. MARTIN, and his sister, MRS. LUCRETIA DAWKINS, MRS. P.A. WICHRS and MRS. H.L. DAVENPORT (sic).


Newberry Newspapers:  The Tri-Weekly Herald (3/ 21/1865-5/31/1865).  Name changed to The Weekly Herald, (6/7/1865-7/5/1865) printed on Wednesdays.  By July 12, 1865, name changed to The Newberry Weekly Herald, printed on Wednesdays, and ran from 7/12/1865-8/23/1865 under this name.  The Newberry Herald, a weekly Democrat, continues The Newberry Weekly Herald on 30 August 1865 and then merged with The Newberry News on 28 August 1884 and continued as The Newberry Herald and News.  To this day, the paper is known as The Newberry Observer.

March 28, 1865

  • Col. Thomas. W. Lanham, one of the most honorable and upright citizens of Edgefield died on the 27th of February.

May 31, 1865

  • A soldier named Cochran or Cockrell, was brutally murdered last Thursday near Mrs. Worthy's plantation, Lexington District, within a mile of the Edgefield line. He was 19 years old, the eldest of eight children. He was a member of Hood's late army; had been sick for some time at the Chester hospital.

March 28, 1865

  • We learn that a soldier named Metts was recently hanged at Frog Level yesterday for desertion.
  • We regret to record the death of a noble youth, Cadet T.A. Johnson, who departed this life at Spartanburg on 28th inst. of brain fever. His remains reached home Sunday and were buried in the Newberry Cemetery yesterday afternoon. An hour before the corpse arrived, his father received a letter written by the deceased a few days before he was taken sick. The letter was cheerful in tone—describing the march of the boys and expressing the hope of soon again meeting kind, familiar faces….Tommie was near home…when alas! for frail mortality!
  • We learn that a paroled prisoner, from Elmira prison, New York, died at Newberry Depot last Saturday night. He was from Macon Co., Alabama: Private M. D. McQuee, Co. II 29th Ala. Reg. Infantry.

April 15, 1865

  • We regret to learn than John Kinard, son of our worthy post master, was wounded on the 31st ult. at Petersburg. His wound is in the right arm.

June 28, 1865

  • Julia A. Aull writes angry letter from near Frog Level to make public the men who have visiting her house as “rogues, plundering and pillaging, cursing and abusing” her, her aged mother and her husband. One was named Dupre, another Spencer L. Beard. She mentioned a number of thefts attributed to Beard, goods of Abram Moore, Col. Fair and David Kibler. She also mentioned John Wilson, who she said had to be dragged into the line of battle by the collar in June 1864. Others who visited the house were Henry Beard, Lambert Moore and a man named Bob. She also accused Adam Kibler and Adam Sheely of falsely reporting that her husband and government stores.

July 12, 1865

  • Letter from Julia A. Aull, near Frog Level withdrew the charge against Dr. R. Calvin Kibler for being head of the group that abused her and her mother-in-law. She also apologized to Adam Kibler and Adam Sheely saying that what she reported was false.

July 26, 1865

  • A lamentable case of shooting took place on the farm of Mr. Jack Hair on Sunday morning. The man shot was a member of the 50th N.Y. Volunteers and is in critical condition. Mr. Hair and his overseer, the man who committed the deed are in confinement. Subsequent to this, Mr. Hair’s dwelling house was burned.

August 2, 1865

  • Three military funerals were seen on our streets during the past week, bearing Federal soldiers to their long home. On one occasion, two were buried at the same time. Following are the names: Cpl. Henry Brooks, Co. F, private Michael Kernn, C. L. Stephen Hannah, Co. D and Wessell Dubois, Co. G., all of the 56th N.Y. Vet. Vol.

September 6, 1865

  • Deaths in the Hospital: Pvt. J. Holpp, of Co. H. 56th Rgt. was conveyed to his long home last Friday.
  • J. Soules was interred at this place Sunday. He was a member of a Florida Rgt., late of the Confederate service.

August 23, 1865

  • Died at Helena, S.C. on the 11 August, Amanda Victoria Moisson in the 14th year of her age, the youngest daughter of Jno J. and Amanda Moisson. Poem to her memory.

November 1, 1865

  • Died at Newberry C.H. on Oct. 26th, Mrs. A.G. Parker, formerly of Charlestown.

November 22, 1865

  • Col. R. W. Clary of Walhalla, died after a short illness in that place, recently, of typhoid fever. He was a native of Newberry district.

November 29, 1865

  • Jesse M. Lawson, long unfavorably known to this and other communities met with a sudden, but none the less just death, on Wednesday last near Chappell’s Depot. His criminal courses had long made him notorious. It appears he was under arrest by federal guard when he sprang from the train platform to the cover of the woods nearby. When cornered Lawson said he would go peacefully, but then jumped his guard, Murray, and a desperate struggle ensued. Murray finally succeeded in regaining his gun and shot Lawson through the breast. The body was brought to Newberry. Lawson was a native of Georgia.
  • Died on the 7th of congestion, John Andrew son of Robert I. and Anna P. McCaughrin, aged 4 years, 8 months and 18 days

December 6, 1865

  • Departed this life at his residence in Frog Level on the 25th inst. Mr. Wiley Bridges in the 55th year of his age. Mr. Bridges was a modest and unassuming man, but a good citizen and kind and affectionate brother.
  • Departed this transitory life on 26th ult., Thomas D. Chambers in the 56th year of his life.

December 13, 1865

  • A cold blooded and diabolical murder was perpetrated on Thursday night last near Stoney Battery in this District, the victim an old lady by the name of Mrs. White, harmless and inoffensive in disposition. Mrs. White lived alone in a cabin in the woods. She was found with her head broken in two or three places. The deed was supposed to have been done by a notorious renegade freeman, formerly the slave of Mr. H. Stuckman, who had previously broken into her cabin and stolen some articles. On Sunday morning the body of the murderer and thief was found dead, his head perforated by a pistol ball. Just retribution.

July 25, 1866

  • We regret to learn that a little white boy whose name we do not know, accidentally shot himself to death last week near Frog Level.
  • We regret to learn of the death of Col. A.G. Summer, formerly of Pomaria, in this district.

August 8, 1866

  • The Georgetown Times announces the death of Dr. Andrew Hasell. Dr. H. resided in Newberry for some time during the war, a refugee from his once peaceful and prosperous home; and endeared himself to our people by his intelligence, courtesy and kindliness of manner….His beloved wife, a woman of exemplary virtues, with whom he had happily lived for more than a quarter of a century, died a little over a year ago, and sweetly sleeps in the Newberry cemetery.
  • The three men alluded to as being implicated in the murder of Mr. Lem Lane were arrested and brought to this city [Columbia] and were lodged in the military guard house. They gave their names as John Bullock, J.B. Little and R.P. Burton. They will be sent to Newberry for trial.

September 26, 1866

  • Died in the town of Newberry on 23rd inst., of congestion of the brain, Susan Ida, youngest daughter of N.B. and L.F. Knox, aged 6 years, 3 months and 6 days.

October 10, 1866

  • The trial of Messrs Starling and Pope, who were instrumental in the killing of John Counts, alias John Dawkins, the negro murderer of Mr. Lemuel Lane of Newberry, took place yesterday. After arguments, the case was given to the jury who in three hours returned a verdict of “not guilty.”
  • John Tollison and his two sons, young men who had been found guilty of cow stealing, were banished from the state for five years.
  • Died in Helena on 25th of September of congestion of the brain, Cora Halloway Breazeale, aged 9 years and 3 months, youngest daughter of Halloway and Caroline Breazeale. Eulogy.

December 12, 1866

  • Mr. I. Nance was committed to jail charged with the killing of — Stokes, near Maybinton last week. No particulars.

January 23, 1867

  • An affray occurred on last Friday at or near Chappell’s depot which resulted in the death of Stan Chappell and a freed boy. From what we have learned, a difficulty arose between Chappell and Paine, and that the former fired at Payne [sic] inflicting a dangerous if not mortal wound, whereupon Payne succeeded in taking Chappell’s pistol with which he shot him dead. How the freed boy was killed we have no reliable information.

January 30, 1867

  • Long memorial to Emilie Bouk, wife of Th. Gouin, She was born 10 October 1820 in Ile d’aix, France and died at Newberry C.H. on 24 of January 1867 after a painful illness of not quite one week…. And now there was the stricken husband on this, the anniversary of the day which gave him birth, about to commit to the grave the wife of his bosom. They enjoyed thirty-one years together. She worshiped at the Aveleigh Church. Story by the minister of her generosity to the needy.

February 5, 1868

  • Mr. Christian Rodolphe, while at work in his shop at Helena, last Saturday morning, apparently in good health, fell to the floor and almost instantly expired. Mr. R. was a German and resided at Helena but a short time. He leaves several children to mourn his loss.

December 18, 1867

  • Death of a former citizen: Roscius F. Attwood died at his residence near Mt. Elba, Bradley Co. Ark. 2nd November 1867 in his 52nd year after about 25 days of much suffering with typhoid fever. He left Newberry about two years ago. Left a sorely afflicted family and aged mother. Eulogy.

May 6, 1868

  • From Laurensville Herald: Mr. Wm. E. Garrett was killed by his horse. His horse becoming unruly, Mr. G. dismounted to punish him when the animal seized his arm, mangling it and the hand. It required the assistance of several persons to rescue him and take charge of the animal, which continued to show fight even after severe punishment. Mr. Garrett died the following day.
  • Mrs. Ophelia Henderson, wife of Wade Henderson while on a visit to her father, Mr. John Davenport, was accidentally shot by her little brother with an old gun he was handling and thought to be unloaded. She lived about 24 hours. Mrs. HL. was quite young and much beloved and her death has cast a gloom over the community.

March 4, 1868

  • Applications for Bankruptcy filed and referred to Henry Summer: Jacob Kibler, David Kibler, Dr. Jerome D. Bruce, A. Harris, Dr. P.B. Ruff, H.H. Folk, John R. Sondley, Dr. Thomas B. Kennerly, Charles B. Counts, Wade H. Setzler, Dr. Sampson Pope, Thomas W. Holloway, Wm. W. Houseal, Wm. J. Lake, Dr. Wm. K. Griffin, George A. Sligh, Thomas H Chappell, John W. Folk, Wm. Summer, Wm. A. Williams.

March 11, 1868

  • Applications for Bankruptcy filed and referred to Henry Summer: Solomon P. Kinard, Abraham Harris.

September 16, 1868

  • Bankruptcy notices: Sampson Pope, John C.S. Brown, John Sondley, Noah E. Rhodes, S.P. Kinard, estate of Frederick S. Boozer, deceased, Thomas B. Kennerly, Warren H. Jones, J.D. Bruce, Abraham Harris and Jacob Kibler.

July 28, 1869

  • We regret to learn that Mr. Reubin Ruff, only son of Dr. P.B. Ruff of Newberry, was drowned on the 12th inst. while rafting on one of the western rivers.

October 13, 1869

  • Equity: Thos W. Boozer et. al vs. George A. Boozer et al. Petition for partition of estate of George Boozer, dec. It appears that Permelia Barton, Elihu G. Fairbairn and wife Mary John P. Marbut and wife Susan and George A. Boozer, defs. reside beyond the limits of the state and have 40 days to respond.

December 15, 1869

  • On Wednesday morning last the body of Mr. Samuel H. Dunwoody was discovered near the rear platform of the G. & C. R. R. depot at this place. Soon after, it was learned the depot had been robbed of about $100. Mr. Dunwoody had been acting in the capacity of nigh watchman and must have been foully dealt with while on his round. His body was badly mutilated Never before have the citizens of this town been called on to witness so distressing a scene as presented itself on that morning. Mr. Dunwoody was a most exemplary man and had the general esteem of the community. He was the son of Rev. Samuel Dunwoody, deceased, who many years ago was reckoned among the powerful preachers of Methodism. Mr. Samuel H. Dunwoody himself acceptably filled a place in the ministerial labors of the church. The cruel murder of this inoffensive, good old man, reveals that there are those who in our midst who would not hesitate to slaughter a community in cold blood. He leaves a wife and eight children. We learn as this was put in type that through the confession of his own wife, Lewis Berry, colored, is shown to be one of the murderers and is not lodged in jail. The evidence is sufficient to convict.

December 22, 1869

  • Lewis Berry and wife, John Singley and Steve Merchant, all colored, who have been arrested by the civil authorities, confess to having perpetrated the murder of Mr. Dunwoody.

December 29, 1869

  • George Franklin (white) ;and John Cannon (colored) have been implicated in the murder of Mr. Dunwoody at Newberry and were brought before Judge Willard. They were discharged.

July 13, 1870

  • Died in the town of Newberry on 31st of July, Eugene Maybin, infant son of Wm. J. and Nannie S. Lake, aged 11m and 22d.

November 16, 1870

  • On Thursday last, as the passenger train of the G.A.C.R.R. reached Cedar Creek, about twelve miles from Columbia, the mail car, second-class and two passenger coaches were precipitated into a chasm twenty feet deep and forty feet wide. Of those instantly killed were Mrs. Fogartie of Charleston, Master Charles Joy of Newberry, Grace Montague (colored stewardess) and Minerva Bateman. Of the badly wounded, Mr. Stephen Smith of Newberry, and Senator H.J. Lomax (colored) of Abbeville, have since died. John R. Trapp (colored) mail agent had a leg amputated, Col. J.R. Hagood of Barnwell, conductor Isaacs, express manager C.A. Barnes and Mr. M. Joy are recovering. Miss J. has received a severe shock to the nervous system.

January 18, 1871

  • Court of Common Pleas, Newberry Co.: Eliza R. Stewart, admx. of estate of Robert Stewart, deceased, plaintiff vs. Joseph Pearson and wife Nancy, James W. Stewart, James E. Stewart, Sophronia C. Stewart, Cally A. Stewart, Charles A. Stewart, Robert C. Stewart and Mary A. Augsath, James Y. Harris and John Coate, defendants, who are summoned and required to answer within twenty days.

May 3, 1871

  • We regret to learn that on the 20th inst. a difficulty occurred at Frog Level, between Messrs S.J. Hiller and T.F. Black, which resulted in the death of the latter. The provocation we learn was caused by Mr. Black’s intrusive and injurious manner. Mr. Hiller is said to be a young man of a most quiet, civil and generous nature and we deeply sympathize with him.

May 17, 1871

  • Died in Newberry on 4th May 1871, John Brantley, infant son of W.T. and Mary R. Wright, aged 8 months and 24 days.

May 24, 1871

  • Died at Springfield, near Newberry on 8th of May inst., of whooping cough and congestion of the lungs, Helen Pope, infant daughter of Sampson and Helen Pope, aged 11 months and 19 days.
  • And on the 11th day of Mary inst. of the same disease, William H. Pope, infant son of Samson and Helen Pope, aged 4 years, 4 months and 11 days.

The State - February 15, 1913

  • Newberry, Feb. 14 - A very destructive fire took place last night at 10 o'clock at the home of I. Press Cannon, a farmer in Mendenhall township, nine miles from Newberry, by which he lost his gin house, two large barns, a sawmill, mill-room, lumber-dressing room, and all the contents of these buildings, including nine cows. The family retired at 9:30 o'clock and at 10 o'clock some one awoke and saw the fire; which had then made considerable headway. It was impossible to save any of the houses or the machinery. The dwelling house, which was only a short distance from the engine, ? where the fire caught, was saved by the fact of the wind carrying the fire away from it. Mr. Cannon, when asked as to the amount of his lost, replied that he did not know, as he had not made an estimate, but it runs into the thousands. And there was no insurance. He is one of the county's most progressive and industrious farmers, and this loss falls very heavy on him. He does not know how the fire started.

The State - September 15, 1921

  • Newberry, Sept. 14 - Sheriff Blease returned tonight at 7 o'clock from a search in Greenwood and McCormick counties for one of the negroes alleged to have made a murderous attack on Mr. and Mrs. H. Johns in their store and home near Chappells Monday night and robbed them of $30. The missing negro is supposed to be Will Harris, pal of John Calhoun Golden, alias Johnny Johnson, who was arrested near New Market yesterday and who made a partial confession, saying that he was in the store at the time the aged couple were beaten and robbed, but that it was done by Will Harris while he himself took no part. There seems little room to doubt that Golden and Harris are the guilty men. Jim Wade, who was arrested Monday night, is thought not to have had any hand in it.

The Newberry Weekly Herald - September 27, 1865

  • Walter Woods, of Co. H., 56th Reg. was buried at the Newberry Cemetery on Wednesday last.

The State - March 5, 1912

  • Newberry, March 4 - A shooting scrape took place Saturday night at 11 o'clock, two miles from the city between Thomas P. Adams, a whiskey constable, and Willis Rook, a negro, at the home of Rook. Mr. Adams was shot through the right forearm and in the left breast, with the same bullet, which dropped from the wound in the breast, having scarcely more than penetrated the skin. The wound was from a 32 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. Rook was shot in the right hip with a 38 caliber pistol, the ball entering at the joint, producing a very painful wound but not supposed to be serious. The trouble occurred in an attempt by the constable to arrest Joe Rook, a son of Willie Rook, upon a magistrate's warrant, charging Joe with transporting liguor. Last night Magistrate Sample and Constable Adams rode out in a buggy to the Rook home. While Mr. Sample remained in the buggy, Mr. Adams went to the door and knocked. Willis Rook came to the door and inquired who it was, and was told that it was Constable Adams with a warrant for Joe. Willis Rook replied that Joe was in bed asleep, and that the constable could not see him, to which the constable replied, "I guess I can," and started in the door. Willis drew his pistol and shot, and the constable then shot, the negro shooting twice, the constable once. One shot by the negro went wild. Mr. Adams walked to the buggy, where Mr. Sample was holding the wild and excited horse, and said that he was shot in the arm and breast. He got in and was driven back to his home in the city. With several others Magistrate Sample returned to the rook place and arrested Willis on the charge of assault with intent to kill, but they were unable to find Joe, who had fled after the shooting. Willis was committed to jail and Dr. Mower called to see him. He examined the wound and dressed it, but did not think it wise to probe for the ball. The wounded man suffers a good deal of pain, but his condition otherwise is almost normal today and no serious trouble is feared from the wound. It is said that Willis Rook, who is an industrious negro, with some means of his own, has heretofore had a good reputation for peacefulness.

The State - October 12, 1921

  • Newberry, Oct. 11 - The home of E. J. Adams of Pomaria, Route 3, was burned down last night between 10 and 11 o'clock with its contents. When Mr. Adams was roused from sleep by the roaring flames the dining room and kitchen were falling in and the rest of the building was in a blaze. He and Mrs. Adams barely had time to save the children. Mr. Adams estimated his loss at $3000. He had only $500 insurance on the house and none on the furniture. He can not account for the fire. There was no fire in the house during the day except in the kitchen, and none there after 3 o'clock; and at 9 o'clock at night Mrs. Adams was in the kitchen when there was no sign of fire. The family had no enemies so far as they know. Besides his home, Mr. Adams lost his woodhouse and well house with practically all his farming implements.

The State - April 26, 1912

  • Newberry, April 25 - There were two sudden deaths in Newberry this morning. Mrs. Margaret Miller Wood, the wife of J. D. Wood, died at 4 o'clock at their home in the eastern suburbs of the city of heart failure, being sick only 15 minutes. She leaves six children. She will be buried tomorrow afternoon in Rosemont cemetery.
  • At 8 o'clock this morning William H. Hunter, a well known printer, with scarcely a moment's warning, dropped dead at his home, corner of Boundary and McKibben streets, the victim of acute indigestion. He was about 50 years of age, married, but having no children. He will be buried at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in Rosemont cemetery.

Record of Deaths in Columbia South Carolina page 176

  • Mrs. Harrington, died in Col'a So. Ca. (Columbia, South Carolina) Sept'r 28, 1874. The writer did not [know] her; and he appends hereunto, statements from the Columbia Phoenix and Columbia Union Herald, giving an account. The lady was buried [p.176] at the Catholic Church Yard in Columbia So. Ca. [clipping from the Phoenix] Last night, about half-past 7 o'clock, there was a fearful outcry of murder in the upper part of the city.... the awful screams proceeded from a woman who had received her death-wound from her husband, at the boarding-house of Mr. E. Hunt, on Main street, near Elmwood avenue. The name of the wife-murderer is John B. Harrington, a native of Newberry, S. C., who shortly after the late war, removed to France, where he married. It appears that husband and wife disagreed. He declared that his wife stabbed him first, and that he wounded her in self-defence. Harrington is respectably connected in Newberry, is a moulder by trade, and has been at work for some time with Messrs. Goldsmith & King. Three interesting children -the eldest seven years old - are the result of this ill-fated union. The supposition is that Harrington, after using the knife - a wooden-handed instrument, about four inches long - attempted to commit suicide. He is about thirty years of age**** [clipping from Union Herald gives no further significant information]

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