1933 Observer
Newspaper abstracts by Edith Greisser
Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails

1932 - There were eight lynchings for 1932 throughout the country. Seven of those lynched were in the hands of the law; four were taken from jail and three from officers of the law outside of the jail; the bodies of two of the victims were burned. Details, Observer 1/3/1933, p6; for 1932 in the town of Newberry there were 166 births and 122 deaths.

1933 - $1,247,000 was set aside for 42 counties during January and February 1933 to help and give assistance to the needy. $5 million in the state budget was cut. Tuition aid for Colleges was cut in half and public Schools received only two thirds of previous assistance. Observer 1/31/1933, p1; March 1933 Pres. Roosevelt lifted the ban on banking operations and ordered the money exchange of sound institutions to open at once. France was preparing to pay her ml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" />ml:namespace prefix = w ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" />defaulted War debt payments of $20 million to the United States. Meteorites showered fine bits of metal on many houses in Spartanburg on March 17; one person was seriously injured when the wind demolished the house on the outskirts of town, where she boarded. Details, Observer 3/21/1933, p6; it came into law declaring it illegal for children under 14 years of age to drive a motor vehicle. The old statute had an age limit of 12 years. Newberry College became fully accredited. 3.2% Beer and wine was legalized for the first time in 16 years on 4/14/1933. (Full Text of the BEER BILL is printed on Observer 4/18/1933, page 5). Gas Stoves were introduced to Newberry in April 1933. Newberry was given 26 openings in the government’s REFORESTATION ACT of 3/31/1933. A tornado touched down 5/6/1933 in the Piedmont area of SC and killed 15 injuring 60. Fourteen teachers positions were lost in the new State austerity program. Observer 6/2/1933, p1 & p4; no provisions for a pension for the Confederate Veteran s was made for 1933. For the first time in a century the production of wheat was not enough for domestic needs. The blame is put on bad weather conditions. All postal workers except for rural mail carriers were required to take nine days leave without pay in the next year in order to save $9.5 million. Observer 6/20/1933, p5; instead of the year, eliminating 14 teachers jobs in Newberry County, all teachers in the City Schools were reelected for the next year's work. This was done by cutting 25% in salary of all teachers in addition to the 12.5% cut given 1932. Postal rates for a first class letter within the City was 2¢ and out of town letters remained at 3¢. The State issued pension money for Confederate Veteran s and instead of receiving $240 they will receive $204 for 1933. There were 500 confederate Veteran s in the state of SC. As part of the National Recovery Act (NRA) relief workers received $.30 an hour and the number of hours a person on relief worked a week was restricted to 35 a week and not more than 150 hours a month. Cotton farmers were eligible for relief benefits as rapidly as certificates were presented proving they had plowed their land under. In the meantime, a tax on everything manufactured from cotton was created to pay for these benefits. A minimum wage was set at $.40 an hour for skilled labor and $.30 an hour for unskilled labor by federal authorities for all men employed on road projects. BLUE EAGLE will be displayed by the stores complying with government regulations on the hours and minimum wage. Workers under 16 years of age may not work more than three hours a day after August 31. All merchants complying and displaying the BLUE EAGLE advertised to that statement in the paper – see 8/8/1933, p2 and Observer 8/11/1933, p1. All of Europe was ready for War! A BLUE EAGLE in every home was the aim of the NRA. Cotton Mills in Union closed down for four days due to lack of orders and accumulation of goods. 8303 registered in the County of Newberry for the coming election on November 7. Observer 10/6/1933, p4; Newberry held a beauty pageant on October 13 at the High School auditorium. There were 57 contestants and their names and the company who sponsored them, was given in the paper, Observer 10/13/1933, p3 (Name of winner never given); Besides cloth and flour 7,000 pounds of cured pork were distributed among the poor of Newberry. On 11/7/1933 Newberry voters voted 2:1 against the repeal of the 18th amendment. The state of SC voted with a majority of 5,000 against repeal of the 18th amendment. Observer 11/10/1933, p1; PROHIBITION was REPEALED and fully ratified 12/1933. 537 men received employment for various projects under the civil works administration starting November 28. A list of all the county road work and other projects including sewer extension, drainage and sanitation, repairs of the Newberry County courthouse, etc. Observer 12/5/1933, p1; tuberculosis was on the increase with fewer nursing personnel and over 400 beds needed. Newberry County had 13 patients at State Park with a waiting list. 25 people from Newberry died from tuberculosis last year. In 1933, 114 people were examined for tuberculosis and nine positive cases were found. 203 children received the tuberculin test. All positive reactions were given chest examinations and x-rays. For the THIRD year in a row the French cabinet has refused to pay its world War debts to the money owed the United States ($3.8 trillion). Observer 12/15/1933, p1

Abercrombie, Leroy eight years old was playing happily on the street on August 9, when suddenly and without warning, Charlie Gaines, 30 years old rushed up to him, grabbed him by the hair, whipped out a knife and cut the boys throat. The boy was rushed to Anderson County Hospital and went immediately to the operating room. Gaines was taken to jail. He was quoted as saying, “I had to cut someone.” Gaines had just returned from a trip to the World’s Fair in Chicago. Observer 8/15/1933, p1

Able, E. G. Dr. of Newberry married Ms. Elizabeth Dowling of Lancaster on December 16, 1933 at Lancaster SC officiated by Rev. F. O. Lamoreaux. Observer 12/22/1933, p1

Able, Gordon Dr. married Ms. Mary Elizabeth Dowling on December 16, 1933 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson Morrison at Lancaster SC officiated by Rev. F. O. Lamoreaux. Lengthy details, Observer 12/29/1933, p4

Abrams, Annie Ms. had the flu. Observer 4/14/1933, p7

Abrams, Cyril celebrated his 14th birthday with a party consisting of 25 friends, Observer 6/9/1933, p5

Abrams, Edward was the winner of the declamation contest for boys at commencement exercises of Bush River School, Observer 5/19/1933, p1

Abrams, Elisha Cureton of Newberry was one of the Newberry County boys selected for the CCC reforestation program, Observer 5/30/1933, p1; he had taken his examinations for senior work at Clemson College and left for the camp. Observer 6/2/1933, p3

Abrams, Elisha went to Fort Shriven, Savannah GA to take a course in special training before accepting a job in FL. Observer 10/6/1933, p3

Abrams, Gertrude was a 1933 graduate of Bush River High School, Observer 4/21/1933, p1

Abrams, H. H. Mrs. of Newberry was the daughter of William Penn Garret and Susan Tribble Garrett of the Vaughnville community and sister of W. Penn Garrett, who died March 10, 1933 and Mrs. G. G. Brown, of Greenwood. Observer 3/14/1933, p6

Abrams, J. C. was elected 1933, Treas. of Roseboro Lodge 195 AFM, Whitmire, Observer 1/10/1933, p5

Abrams, James was a 1933 graduate of Newberry High School with honor, Observer 6/2/1933, p1

Abrams, Josephine Ms. of Whitmire was awarded the philosophy medal at the 1933 Newberry College commencement, Observer 6/9/1933, p1

Abrams, Katura was a 1933 graduate of Silverstreet High School. She delivered the class will. Observer 5/2/1933, p1

Abrams, Lucy Frances returned from a visit to the World’s Fair in Chicago, Observer 7/28/1933, p5

Abrams, M. E. Mr. and Mrs. and children Josephine, Margaret, James and Marvin Jr. of Whitmire visited Chicago and the World’s Fair, Observer 9/5/1933, p5

Abrams, M. E. Mrs. was elected Treas. of the Whitmire PTA for the coming year, Observer 5/26/1933, p1

Abrams, Malcom Senn of the Junior class of Clemson College received recognition on honor day, Observer 5/5/1933, p3

Abrams, Marvin E. and family attended the World Fair in Chicago, Observer 8/25/1933, p6

Abrams, Oscar Mrs. was the niece of Mrs. Betty Reagin Lyons of Iva SC and the sister of Mrs. Ben Sease and Mrs. Sarah Abrams. Observer 1/6/1933, p5

Abrams, Robert Mrs. of Clinton was honored with several vendors by her relatives and friends, details, Observer 8/25/1933, p5

Abrams, Sara Ms had married Manning Eleazer Jacobs, who died December 27, 1932. Their surviving child was Anna Pearl Jacobs born December 6, 1932. Observer 1/3/1933, p1

Abrams, Sarah Mrs. was the niece of Mrs. Betty Reagin Lyons of Iva SC and the sister of Mrs. Ben Sease and Mrs. Oscar Abrams. Observer 1/6/1933, p5

Abrams, Shirley celebrated her 10th birthday with a party consisting of 25 friends, Observer 6/9/1933, p5

Abrams, T. J. Mrs. was elected Sec. of the Whitmire PTA for the coming year, Observer 5/26/1933, p1

Abrams, Verna Mae was a 1933 graduate of Newberry High School, Observer 6/2/1933, p1

Adams, Alexander H. of Spartanburg was the brother of Mrs. Sophie Willis Adams Wallace, who died July 3, 1933, Mrs. Howard B. Carlisle Senior of Spartanburg, Ms. Jane F. Adams of Spartanburg, Robert Y. Adams and William E. Adams of TX. He was the uncle of Robert W. Wallace of the faculty of the University of NC, Alice L. Wallace of Columbia, Ms. Sophie, W. Wallace and David A. Wallace of Richmond Virginia. Observer 7/7/1933, p2

Adams, Henry Day Jr. of Newberry was one of the first 25 boys selected for forestry work (CCC) from the County of Newberry, Observer 5/12/1933, p1

Adams, Hobson married Ms. Myrtle Wicker on January 28, 1933 at the Methodist Parsonage officiated by Rev. T. D. George, Observer 2/21/1933, p6

Adams, Jane F. Ms. of Spartanburg was the sister of Mrs. Sophie Willis Adams Wallace, who died July 3, 1933, Mrs. Howard B. Carlisle Senior of Spartanburg, Alexander H. Adams of Spartanburg, Robert Y. Adams and William E. Adams of TX. She was the aunt of Robert W. Wallace of the faculty of the University of NC, Alice L. Wallace of Columbia, Ms. Sophie, W. Wallace and David A. Wallace of Richmond Virginia. Observer 7/7/1933, p2

Adams, Nelva Barbara Ms. married Richard Warner Brown (? Date). The bride is the second daughter of Leo T. Adams and the groom is the son of S. L. Brown formally of Jasper TN and a student of Carolina. Observer 12/12/1933, p1

Adams, Reuben Mrs. was a patient at Union Hospital. Observer 3/31/1933, p2

Adams, Robert Y. of TX was the brother of Mrs. Sophie Willis Adams Wallace, who died July 3, 1933, Mrs. Howard B. Carlisle Senior of Spartanburg, Ms. Jane F. Adams of Spartanburg, Alexander H. Adams of Spartanburg and William E. Adams of TX. He was the uncle of Robert W. Wallace of the faculty of the University of NC, Alice L. Wallace of Columbia, Ms. Sophie, W. Wallace and David A. Wallace of Richmond Virginia. Observer 7/7/1933, p2

Adams, Sophie Willis, Ms. wife of Dr. Wallace of Wilford College died July 3, 1933 after a lingering illness. She was a native of Augusta GA, the former Ms. Sophie Willis Adams and one of the first graduates of Converse College. She married Dr. Wallace in 1900. Surviving was her husband their children: Ms. Sophie, W. Wallace and Alice L. Wallace of Columbia, David A. Wallace of Richmond Virginia, Robert W. Wallace of the faculty of the University of NC. Also surviving were her sisters and brothers: Ms. Jane F. Adams, Mrs. Howard B. Carlisle Senior of Spartanburg, Alexander H. Adams of Spartanburg, Robert Y. Adams and William E. Adams of TX. Observer 7/7/1933, p2

Adams, T. P. Mrs. of Newberry was the sister of Mark Smith, who died December 26, 1933, J. Will Smith of Atlanta, Henry Smith of Indiana, Thomas H. Smith of Memphis, Mrs. J. A. Wright and Ms. Hattie Smith, of Athens Georgia. She was the aunt of Mrs. W. E. DeHines, Mrs. R. A. Ruff, Mrs. James Sease and Mrs. R. A. Ruff all of Newberry. Observer 12/29/1933, p1

Adams, William E. of TX was the brother of Mrs. Sophie Willis Adams Wallace, who died July 3, 1933, Mrs. Howard B. Carlisle Senior of Spartanburg, Ms. Jane F. Adams of Spartanburg, Robert Y. Adams and William E. Adams of TX. He was the uncle of Robert W. Wallace of the faculty of the University of NC, Alice L. Wallace of Columbia, Ms. Sophie, W. Wallace of Richmond Virginia and Alexander H. Adams of Spartanburg. Observer 7/7/1933, p2

Addison, Rebecca Ms. wife of Rev. W. H. Stevenson died in a Sumter Hospital 7/24/1933 at the age of 42 years. She was the daughter of Mrs. Sallie Addison of Due West. Surviving was a husband and four small children. Observer 8/8/1933, p6

Addison, Sallie Mrs. of Due West was the sister of Judge John Wideman, who died November 12, 1933. Observer 11/24/1933, p5

Addy, J. H. of Chapin caught a 4 lbs. 12 oz. bass in Lake Murray. Observer 4/14/1933, p1

Addy, W. W. of Columbia was the half-brother of John W. Summer who died January 14, 1933 and brother of Mrs. M. M. Chatman of Little Mountain and Mrs. Thomas Shealy. He was the uncle of Ms. Frances (Dollie) Summer, Ms. Lula Summer of Pomaria and John Adams Summer of Columbia. Observer 1/20/1933, p4

AFRICAN-AMERICAN – names of the colored boys from Newberry County who accept jobs in the reforestation work, CCC, Observer 6/6/1933, p1; featured at the Opera house was the appearance of the Back Waters Singers, 25 colored farmhands from the Newberry County border of Lake Murray. Both performances were greeted with packed houses, many in the audience having to stand. The voices are untrained but it is wonderful how they can sing. Observer 7/28/1933, p1; there will be a mass meeting of the colored citizens at Calvary Presbyterian Church, when September 3, 1933. All loyal colored citizens are asked to attend. Signed, J. B. Williams, colored committeeman. Observer 9/1/1933, p1; colored NRA drive gathered at Calvary Presbyterian Church. J. B. Williams was chairman of the meeting. Details, Observer 9/5/1933, p1; the Colored Fair at Drayton School proved his success. There were displays of farm products, household goods, cooking, sewing and other kinds of industrial work done in the home and School of the County. There were good exhibits of poultry, hogs and sales, etc. A list of the colored districts represented in the Fair were given in the paper. Names of the winners of all the prizes were given in the paper. Observer 12/1/1933, p1

Agnew, Jessie Sullivan of Bennettsville SC will marry Ms. Marie Fair daughter of William Simeon Fair of Prattville ALA in the last of June. Lengthy details, Observer 6/9/1933, p1

Albrecht, C. H. opened the STRAND THEATER in Whitmire as manager and proprietor on 5/5/1933. The first show given was The Big Broadcast. There had been a pre-showing on April 29, 1933 with Kate Smith in Hello Everybody. The theater has the very latest in sound equipment. Observer 5/2/1933, p1

Albrecht, Theodore who has been in Newberry, helping his brother in operating the Ritz Theater returned to New Brunswick, NJ, where he will resume his work there. Observer 3/7/1933, p6

Alewine, Charles Hampton died September 1, 1929 – IN MEMORIAM, Observer 9/1/1933, p1

Allan, F. A. Mrs. of Rock Hill SC was the daughter of Mrs. Lucy Alice Schumpert who died January 18, 1933 and niece of Mrs. J. M. Kibler, Clarence F. Wertz of Newberry, Mrs. J. L. Morehead of Gaffney, Mrs. F. L. Eyer of Montreat NC and Mrs. R. M. Dacus of Greenville SC. She was the sister of Mrs. F. Wingfield Webster of Coral Gables, FL, Mrs. W. T. A. Sherard of Iva and Homer W. Schumpert of Newberry. Observer 1/20/1933, p1

Allen, Frances of Pomaria was six years old and had a little sister; wrote a letter to Santa, Observer 12/19/1933, p5

Alverson, W. C. Mr. and Mrs. CARD OF THAKS for kindness shown during the illness and death of her mother, Observer 11/7/1933, p1

AMERICAN LEGION - election of officers and names are given, Observer 9/29/1933, p1; a fairly long article on a drive in progress for more members; what does membership in the Legion mean; etc. Observer 11/28/1933, p1

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY – a report on the first meeting of the year, Observer 1/13/1933, p1; Observer 2/10/1933, p6

Amick, Ally T. Ms. passed her examinations for the State Board of Medical Examiners of SC and is now a registered nurse, Observer 12/1/1933, p6

Amick, Mamie Mrs. 60 years old widow of George H. Amick died November 25, 1933 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Townsend of Orangeburg with burial at the Cemetery of Enoree Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Micajah and Jemima Suber. By her first marriage she was survived by a son and three daughters: Maxi Lever of Pomaria, Mrs. Clarence Graham, of Newberry, Mrs. Bartow Wicker and Mrs. Baxter Townsend of St. Matthews. By her second-home husband she was survived by a daughter, Mrs. James Townsend of Orangeburg. Also surviving were sisters, Mrs. John B. Lever of Newberry, Mrs. Brooks Hutchinson of Newberry and brothers J. W. Suber of Newberry, G. W. Suber of Silverstreet, J. M. Suber of Columbia and Eugene Suber of TX. Observer 12/8/1933, p6

Amick, William Omerle of Prosperity married Mary Sue Booth of Newberry at the Parsonage of the Batesburg Leesville Presbyterian Church in Batesburg on July 23, 1933, officiated by Rev. Thomas H. Edwards, Observer 7/28/1933, p1

Amis, C. M. of Newnan GA was the son of Mrs. Fanny Stimson Amis, who died July 16, 1933 and brother of Dr. Frank Amis of Gainesville GA, L. B. Amis of Newberry. Observer 7/18/1933, p6

Amis, Fannie Stimson Mrs. 80 years old died suddenly July 16, 1933 at the home of her son, L. B. Amis near Jalapa. She spent the day on July 15 at Lake Murray with her sons and she later became ill and died shortly afterwards. Burial was in Newnan GA. Surviving were her sons, L. B. Amis of Newberry, Dr. Frank Amis of Gainesville GA, C. M. Amis of Newnan GA and several daughters. Observer 7/18/1933, p6

Amis, Frank Dr. of Gainesville GA was the son of Mrs. Fanny Stimson Amis , who died July 16, 1933 and brother of L. B. Amis of Newberry, C. M. Amis of Newnan GA. Observer 7/18/1933, p6

Amis, L. B. of Newberry was the son of Mrs. Fanny Stimson Amis , who died July 16, 1933 and brother of Dr. Frank Amis of Gainesville GA, C. M. Amis of Newnan GA. Observer 7/18/1933, p6

Amis, T. B. purchase the HINSON PLACE - located about four miles north of Jalapa several years ago. Not succeeding as he had anticipated with hired labor, he moved with his wife and little son in February of this year to the Homestead. The home was dilapidated and the lands were abandoned for years. He has accomplished wonders, converting the old house into a model modern structure, painted white with quaint English blinds. The interior is beautiful. Lights and water, the water being piped by means of a ram from a spring some distance from the home. He is daily adding improvements. Etc. Observer 6/16/1933, p3

Ammons, Legare of Newberry was one of the first 25 boys selected for forestry work (CCC) from the County of Newberry, Observer 5/12/1933, p1

Anderson, Ben was a 1933 member of Flying Eagle Patrol, Troop #2,  Newberry Boy Scouts, Observer 1/27/1933, p4

Anderson, Edith Mrs. of Marion SC was elected by the SC Board of Health as hotel inspector. She is the first female in this position in SC. Details, Observer 12/19/1933, p6

Anderson, P. E. and family who have been living on a farm moved to the City and are occupying a home on College Street. Observer 12/15/1933, p1

ANDERSON, R. H. MERCHANDISER - a short summary of the business, Observer 12/22/1933, p3

Anderson, Thomas Garner of Goldsboro NC married Ms. Elgiva McCain of Waxhaw NC on July 15, 1933 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Niven of Monroe NC, officiated by Rev. D. P. McGeachy. Lengthy details, Observer 7/18/1933, p6

Anderson, W. R. of Newberry was awarded a free trip to Atlantic City as a guest of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a result of writing policies worth $50,000 during the last four months, Observer 9/29/1933, p1

Andrews, Eddie colored was arrested February 13, 1933 in Saluda County by Deputy Sheriff Quattlebaum and placed the Newberry County jail on a charge of stealing a mule from the stable of J. L. Richardson in the Jolly Street community. Observer 2/17/1933, p1; Eddie Andrews alias Sam Andrews SESSIONS COURT; housebreaking and larceny; pleaded guilty; 10 months, Observer 3/24/1933, p1

Armfield, Ira was elected 1934 publicity chairman of the Blue Ridge Council BSA, Observer12/29/1933, p6

Armfield, O. F. was a candidate for mayor of the City of Newberry, Observer 10/10/1933, p1

ARP CHURCH had an enrolled membership of 130; 99 attended morning services last Sunday. Observer 10/17/1933, p1; 100 attended morning services last Sunday. Observer 10/27/1933, p6; on November 26 - 138 attended morning services, Observer 12/1/1933, p6

Arrant, Grace was a 1933 graduate of Chappells High School. Observer 5/9/1933, p1

Athanos, Dennis Mrs. was improving after having an appendectomy at Newberry County Hospital. Observer 12/12/1933, p6

Attaway, Herman is home on leave from Fort Bragg for 11 days. Observer 9/1/1933, p6; Herman Attaway of the U.S. Army is visiting his parents. Observer 12/29/1933, p3

Aughtry, John was shot and killed by George Roberts, a 43-year-old Richland County farmer when he found him in a tryst with his wife. Details, Observer 3/3/1933, p1

Aull, Elbert was a 1933 graduate of Newberry High School, Observer 6/2/1933, p1

Aull, Ellen was a 1933 graduate of Pomaria High School. Observer 5/26/1933, p3

Aull, Hermon son of James Aull lived in Dallas TX. He left 35 years ago, working for the same railroad for 33 years. Observer 9/1/1933, p3

Aull, James - his children were scattered; the names of his children and where they were located, was given, Observer 9/1/1933, p3

Aull, Julia Katherine married N. Jackson Nims on September 22, 1933. The bride is the daughter of John Kinard Aull. Observer 10/6/1933, p1

Aull, Keith left for the College of Charleston, Observer 10/6/1933, p4

Aull, L. B. Mr. and Mrs. were participating in an experiment of raising native partridge and releasing into the woods and fields of Greenwood County. This is done under the auspices of the Greenwood County Game Association. Last year they raised 240 birds and released them in the fall. Details, Observer 6/9/1933, p5

Aull, L. D. Mrs. was discharged to her home after having surgery at Columbia Hospital. Observer 10/6/1933, p4

Aull, Pearle of Pomaria was seven years old and went to School; about a letter to Santa, Observer 12/15/1933, p6

AVELEIGH PRESB. CHURCH had an enrolled membership of 220; 106 attended morning services and 41 attended evening services last Sunday. Observer 10/17/1933, p1; 95 attended the morning services and 32 attended evening services, Observer 10/27/1933, p6; for services on 11/12/1933 there was an enrollment of 220 with 111 attending morning services. Observer 11/17/1933, p6; on November 19 - 220 attended morning services and 104 for evening services. Observer 11/24/1933, p1; about special services and an oyster dinner, (2 articles), Observer 12/19/1933, p1

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