Peak, Newberry County, South Carolina
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Peak is a town in Newberry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 61 at the 2000 census. See the 1906 Peak Railroad station and some of it's passengers.

Location of Peak, South Carolina

Peak is located at 34°14?14?N, 81°19?33?W (34.237174, -81.325737)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 km˛ (0.3 mi˛), all land.


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 61 people, 28 households, and 16 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.2/km˛ (226.9/mi˛). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 51.5/km˛ (133.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town was 68.85% White and 31.15% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

There were 28 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 60.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 56.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,083, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $19,688 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,033. There were 12.5% of families and 15.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 27.8% of under eighteens and 20.0% of those over 64.

The Newberry Herald and News, Oct. 13, 1887
Commencement at Peak

On Thursday, September 29, the high school under the able management of Prof. L. M. Mitchell and his brother, situated several miles from Peak station, celebrated its commencement. The weather in the morning was doubtful, fluctuating between rain and shine. Finally the shine prevailed. The neighboring community had gathered in large numbers and listened with interest to the exercises consisting of speeches, essays and music, which continued all day. Prominent among those present were Prof. K. Means Davis, H. C. Patton, Esq., and Mr. J. K. Symmers, of Columbia, Col. J. Brooks Wingard, of Lexington C. II., Prof. T. H. Dreher and Prof. A. G. Voigt, of Newberry College. The speeches and essays delivered by the pupils indicated careful trailing. In the afternoon the efforts of the pupils were suspended for a time and Prof. Voigt of Newberry College gave pupils and parents a talk. J. Brooks Wingard, Esq., and Prof. K. Means Davis delivered carefully prepared addresses on educational subjects. In the evening Mr. J. K. Symmers and Mr. II. C. Patton delivered addresses; there were also readings, essays and dialogues by the pupils, and some successful contestants carried home certain prizes.

The prizes offered by Mr. W. J Duffle of Columbia were delivered by H. C. Patton, Esq., to the following pupils: Mr. J. J. Bickley for the best declamation among the young men; Mr. J. J. Rister for proficiency in penmanship; Miss K. A. Haltiwanger for the best essay read in the morning; Mr. J. J. Bickley for the best speller in class No. one.
The prizes offered by the teachers were delivered by Prof. R. Means Davis to the following pupils: Master Joseph I. Shealy for the best speller in class two; Miss L. J. Sease for best speller in class three; Miss Mattie I. Cumalander for the best speech among the little girls; Miss A. B. Wilson for the best essay read in the night; Master Olander Haltiwanger for punctuality and deportment. Of the former prizes J. E. Haltiwanger, Esq., Prof. W. A. Counts and E. L. Wingard, School Commissioner, acted as judges for the speeches and essays. Of the latter, H. C. Patton, Esq., Mr. J. K. Symmers and Dr. Wyche acted as judges for the essay.

A meeting was held by the board of trustees on the following Saturday and Prof. L. M. Mitchell was re-elected principal; Prof. J. Walter Mitchell, assistant.
This very successful school re-opened Nov. 1



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