Whitmire is located in Newberry County, South Carolina, along the Enoree River. The population was 1,512 at the 2000 census.
The Enoree River is a tributary of the
Broad River, 85 mi (137 km) long, in northwestern South Carolina in the
United States. Via the Broad and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the
watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic
'Annals of Newberry' by John A. Chapman, A.M.
Continuing our route along the Laurens and Newberry line, we come after awhile to the new and flourishing town of Whitmires, which takes its name from the old and respectable family of Whitmires, which was amongst the earliest seltlers of that part of the county; that is to say, one hundred anti twenty-five to a hundred and fifty years ago. Whitmires is on the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Road, and is a flourishing business place with eight or ten stores (the first store was opened by Spearman & Tidmarsh, November, 1890), a school and divine service twice each month. As yet there is no church building, but I am assured that there soon will he.
In August, 1890, the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railroad was completed through this section, thus giving it connection with the great world North and South and West. The town is about central between Newberry. Clinton and Union, being about eighteen miles from each.
About six miles from Whitmires, in the direction towards Newberry, lives the Hun. John W. Scott, on the same lands which his grandfather settled when lie came from Ireland about one hundred years ago. How many of us can say that we live upon and own the lands upon which our fathers settled when they came to Carolina from the old world, or across the country from the colonies of Virginia and Pennsylvania?
During the unpleasantness of from 1860 to l865, Whitmires, and the neighborhood, was not backward in duty and in furnishing the full quota of men required in the country’s defence. Their names are all recorded elsewhere in this book. And it would give this writer great pleasure to make note of any special acts of heroism or daring performed by any one. But when every Confederate soldier, from the very fact of his being a Confederate soldier, was expected to be without fear, it becomes very difficult to find one who was the bravest of the brave.
The country above Beth Eden is broken and rolling, but the soil is fertile and productive, and there is no reason why the inhabitants of that part of the county should not be prosperous and happy, as, indeed, I am well assured that the most of them are. Hew is it possible for people to be other wise who are blessed with a genial climate and fertile soil, and who are God-fearing and religious?
The town was incorporated in 1891, and the sale of intoxicants as beverages was prohibited by the Act of Incorporation. The first City Council was composed of John P. Fant, Mayor; Aldermen; H. E. Todd, Dr. R. R. Jeter, Charles Tidmarsh and B. F. Morrow. The first election was held in January, 1892.
|The Herald and News, Dec. 3, 1915|
Thriving, Hustling Progressive Life
Typified in Whitmire, S. C.
Civic Pride, Business Thrift, Educational Advancement and Hygienic Conditions Home of Glenn Lowry Manufacturing Company Model Municipality--A Little City of Lovely Homes, Model Business Methods and Satisfied, Happy Workers- -Liquor, Loafers and Bad Characters Not Tolerated, But Good Citizens Find Warm Welcome By People of Whitmire.
The bright and busy little city of Whitmire is costly set in a picturesque valley in the midst of high hills which border Newberry and Union counties, which, as this writer saw them first, approaching from the eastward, presented as pretty and inviting a picture as could be conceived, the hill sides all aglow with the rich coloring of the fall, and the spires and white houses of the town gleaming between the autumn leaves. Whitmire is a new town, as towns in this part of the country go. It dates from the opening of the Seaboard Air Line road through this territory, and even then was hardly much more than a name until Mr. William Coleman and his associates selected this pretty spot for the location of their new and splendid cotton mill. The town of Whitmire now commands a high class of trade and a large volume from a wide territory of three counties. Newberry, Laurens and Union. The good people of Whitmire think that their mother town, Newberry, is jealous of the younger town's progress, just as young folks will get wrong ideas in their minds, for older Newberry takes a parental pride in the rapid growth and development of each and every one of her daughter and Whitmire is one that does her credit. The settlement is made on Duncan's creek, one of the historic streams of the country, where the earliest of the settlements were made, and when one sees the beautiful valley of that creek, the hills still clothed with the forest prime.al, there is no wonder that the first settlers who came there stopped and stayed.
The town is named for the family of that name who lived near there and owned for generations an elegant country home. The old home stands near the town. The coming of the cotton mill gave Whitmire the start on her growth to the little city that she now is. The nil! store and banks and other conveniences, that of a market, for cotton and produce, attracted other business concerns and although the population of the town is still almost wholly those interested, in the operation of the mill, there are a number of high class business houses that would do credit to any city in the state. A second bank is being built, the company having already been organized.
One of the best graded schools in the county is located here. There is a good hotel, a number of good restaurants, a first-class moving picture theater, well equipped for the entertainment of the people of the town and the visitors. The town is electrically lighted, has good streets and sidewalks, a well organized town government, churches representing all of the usual denominations of Christian faith found in this section and the town is growing apace. Its stores are housed in handsome two-story brick buildings, their stocks are large and varied and the highest class of goods is carried in them all. The merchants are busy all the year round, and are making money, which they are putting back into the development of the community along general lines. The town government consists of W. F. Howard, mayor; B. H. Herren, J. W. Hipp, Frank Sinclare and M. E. Abrams councilmen; S. A. Jeter clerk and treasurer. The tax levied for town purposes is five mills, and a privilege license tax is imposed on business concerns.
The town has an adequate police force, but they have not had a great deal of disorder to contend with. Liquor, gambling, loafers and bad characters are kept out of the town and the citizens and people who come there for business behave themselves. The town was incorporated in 1906. The cause of justice is carefully guarded by the genial and popular Judge R. M. Aughtry and his constable, Mr. P. C. O'Dell, who has ridden for every magistrate who has held the office there for twelve years and he has a mighty good record to his credit. Some of the things which Whitmire has may be summarized and epitomized by the following statement: One of the banks, the William Coleman & Co. Bankers, has no capital stock, but has a surplus and undivided profit of $50,259.90 and individual deposits subject to check of $114,863.13; according to the last statement of November 10, and is one of the strongest financial institutions in the county. This is one of the branches of the big mill that is in the town and that really made the town. Another branch of this big mill is the company store, which is up in the town and is one of the largest and best equipped stores in the county, and for that matter, in this part of the state. In fact it is a real department store and carries a large assortment and a full stock in all lines, from a shoe shine to a lady's fine hat and a nice porterhouse steak, all in this immense building.
Three churches-Methodist. Presbyterian and Baptist. In charge of Rev J. M. Fridy. Rev. T. A. Beckett, Jr., and Rev. W. E. Furcron, respectively. A splendidly equipped and modern high school building, heated by steam and lighted by electricity.
Its secret orders embrace the Masonic lodge, Woodmen of the World and Red Men.
It maintains an efficient Charities Association under the leadership of Rev. W. E. Furcron. Here are to be found a number of large mercantile establishments among which, three or four of them carry as good an assortment of merchandise as can be found in any store in the county.
The town has two banking establishments. One of the county strongest institutions-William Coleman & Co., Private Bankers-is located here. It has served this section of Newberry county and parts of Union and Laurens county faithfully and efficiently for years, in fact ever since Whitmire was a cross-roads. The other bank is just organizing and will be known as the Bank of Whitmire.
The Glenn-Lowry Manufacturing Company, one of the largest and most modernly equipped cotton mills of the state, is located here. It has beautiful and well kept buildings and grounds md the tillage is recognized as one of the cleanest to be found anywhere. The mill is run by electric power, has 2,000 automatic looms and 85,000 spindles and the combined pay roll includes more than 900 names. The operatives homes are lighted by electricity and most of the houses are equipped with water supplied from three deep wells on the company's property. This water is regularly analyzed by authorities, which insures a good supply of pure water and a minimum amount of sickness. Mr. A. P. Hurt is the superintendent of the plant and he is surrounded by a well equipped and capable organization consisting of Mr. W. F. Howard, in charge of wearing; Mr. W. A. Morris, of the card room; Mr. J. A, Campbell of the spinning room; Mr. J. C. C. Humphries of the cloth room and Mr. B. H. Herren of the shops.
The Glenn-Lowry Manufacturing Company also operates a big ginnery and mercantile store.
The town is lighted by electricity and some sections have water mains which supplies water to residences.
It is situated in a beautiful rolling section of the country, amongst the hills, which gives splendid drainage and frees this section of mosquitoes and malaria. The health record is second to none in the state.
The main line of the Seaboard Air Line Vail way from New York to Birmingham runs through the town limits and gives splendid passenger and freight service. The road operates three passenger trains each way per Jay and several local and through freights.
The town has a well run hotel, three barber shops, drug store, grist mill, undertaking and furniture establishment, two meat markets and a splendid moving picture theater.
The Whitmire Concert Band is one of the best musical organizations in the Piedmont.
The graded school of Whitmire is conducted in a splendid $10,000 school building, which is the pride of the town. The school board consists of Z. H. Suber. A. P. Hurt and T. W. Coleman. They are an active and earnest body of men and give time and attention to the work of the school. The teaching force consists of C. B. Hanna, superintendent; Miss Alma Lupo, Mrs. S. A. Jeter, Miss Lula Donnan and Miss Lydia Coleman, teacher of music, Miss Winton Agnew and Miss Nell Fridy. They are doing a good work in the community, both in and out of the school.
The C. H. Cooper Company.
The C. H. Cooper Company have at Whitmire one of the largest stores in the county. The capital stock of the corporation is $10,000. Mr. C. H. Cooper is president and treasurer, M. E. Abrams secretary and manager. The original company was formed with Mr. J. D. Stokes as president, and he held that position in the company until his death nearly two years ago. The business has been conducted very successfully for ten years. The present hand-some building occupies the site of one that was burned several years ago. It is owned by Mr. Abrams. The Cooper Company sells practically everything in the way of merchandise that can be called for by the farmers or town people. The store is a big double building filled on both floors with goods. Modern cash register and cash railway system is employed to facilitate business. This company sells the coffins and caskets used through that section of the country. They have a large and handsome line of furniture and house furnishing goods, stoves and ranges for oil, wood or coal. They have a well stocked grocery department carrying plain and fancy groceries, a very large stock of dry goods, men's and women's ready to wear, notions and the like, shoes, hats and clothing. These gentlemen are wide awake and progressive merchants, public spirited town builders, and they are bringing thousands of dollars worth of trade to Whitmire every year because the country trade knows that it is no guess work about finding just what they want at Whitmire. Wilier Bros. Department Store. Miller Bros.' Department Store is a place of business that would do credit to any city in the state. The store building is a handsome two story double store brick building, and it is filled to the roof with goods of all kinds. The manager of the business says that it is his ambition to have everything" to sell that any one in the community wants to buy, and to buy anything any one has to sell. He boys cotton and cotton seed, and country produce of all kinds. He sells wagons and buggies, lumber, brick, cement, shingles and all building material; fertilizers, dry goods, clothing, hardware, groceries, clothing and notions, automobiles and supplies. The store is neatly and attractively divided into different departments for the convenience of the trade. A large force of experienced salesmen and saleswomen is employed. The stock is of high grade, well selected, fresh and attractive. These gentlemen enjoy a large trade all through the surrounding country, and the people know that they will not be disappointed when they go to Miller Bros, for what they want. The business is owned by Messrs. J. L., H. M. and W. H. Miller. They have been in business at Whitmire for a number of years, and they have built up their business by fair dealing and winning the confidence of the people. This is the kind of business that builds up a town. The Messrs. Miller are the men that make a town where they do business, whether they have any advantages otherwise for trade or not. They are enterprising and public spirited, good citizens as well as good business men.
The Whitmire Supply Company.
The Whitmire Supply Company have a large double store facing the Seabooard depot. They carry a large line of general goods, and enjoy a large trade all through the surrounding country. Mr. W. H. Rasor is the general manager of the store. He has been in business in Whitmire for a number of years, having been one of those who were swept out by the fire several years ago that destroyed the business section, now built up with handsome brick buildings. There is not a more popular or a better business man in the county than Mr. Rasor. He has the confidence of the people, he knows what to buy, he is always ready for the trade by the time the trade is ready, so that he keeps things in the Whitmire supply store busy. The president of the company is the well known and highly esteemed Z. H. Suber, an earnest worker for the town, member of the school board and otherwise devoting his time and energy to the improvement of things around him. Mr. O. P. Suber, another active and energetic business man, is secretary. The company has been organized for three years and is building up a strong and successful business. They sell all goods in demand through the country, dry goods, groceries, hardware and farm and house furnishing goods. Groceries is their specialty and they have one of the most attractive grocery stores in the county.
growing so large these days that additional banking facilities are needed.
The Bank of Whitmire
The Bank of Whitmire was organized through the efforts of Mr. W. R. Watson, who was, for a number of years connected with the Coleman bank. He is originally from Greenwood. He and his brothers, all of whom are progressive and valued business men of the new town, brought the spirit of enterprise from chat bustling and busy older city with them. Mr. Watson is now an active and enterprising insurance man, carrying all lines from life to automobile underwriting. The bank which he has organized here will have a capital of $10,000 to begin with. Its directors have been elected and are B. H. Boyd of Clinton. Z. H. Suber, John L. Miller, M. E. Abrams, J. J. Young and W. R. Watson of Whitmire. --- will be the cashier of the new enterprise. The men who have made up the board of directors are among the most successful business men of the county. Mr. Watson is popular and progressive and a safe business man. The new bank will be housed in a handsome two-story brick building which is now nearing completion, and will be one of the best appointed bank buildings in the county. Mr. Watson expects to open up his ledger on December 10.
A. J. Holt.
A. J. Holt is one of the early town builders of Whitmire and most popular business men in the little City, He has a large, well stocked grocery and general merchandise store on one of the new streets that is building up in the business section of the town. He enjoys a good trade there in groceries and nations and general supplies. He is well acquainted with the trade and the people of the community have all the confidence in him. He has in connection with his business a good grist mill which supplies a meal and grist to the people of the community and is kept busy grinding.
The Ideal Theater.
In addition to these lines of activity. Mr. Holt has given to the community and the visitors to Whitmire the advantage of a well appointed moving picture show, the Ideal theater, where the very best films are shown. He uses the Mutual film supplies. His theater is a charming place to spend an hour to good advantage and it is well patronized by the people generally. Mr. Holt also has the laundry Agency for the community and gives the public the advantage of that great convenience.
The Whitmire Hotel.
The traveling public find in the Whitmire Hotel a comfortable and pleasing place to rest and refresh themselves. This hotel is in charge of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Watson. The building is a two story brick building, with good rooms well furnished. The fining room is large and well lighted and ventilated, a good table is set for the guests and many of the business I men of the town are permanent boarders there.
The Whitmire Gazette.
A bright and lively newspaper has recently been started at Whitmire by J. F. Cromer, a very enterprising young, man. It is well patronized by the business community and is full of interesting local matters.
Whitmire has four good doctors. Dr. C. D. Wood, Dr. G. H. Moore, Dr. Van Smith and Dr. V. P. Henry. Dr. P. B. Hilton is the dentist. Whitmire has a good drug store in the Whitmire Pharmacy, which is in charge of Mr. J. D. Tidmarsh. Dr. R. M. Duckett is the pharmacist. He has an established reputation in the community and enjoys the confidence of the people. There are a number of other stores in the town, almost too numerous to mention, but each one doing its part to build up the town. There are barber shops, restaurants, meat and green grocery markets, and livery stables supplying both teams and automobile livery, sewing machine agencies, workshops for iron and wood, ice cream parlors and other conveniences for the public.
The Masons, Woodmen, Red Men and other orders have flourishing lodges here and do good work in the community.
Mr. David Duncan presides over Uncle Sam's business in the postoffice and gives the people good service.
Whitmire is an ambitious town and a coming town in this section.
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