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The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

House fire – F L Sitton roof and kitchen destroyed – furniture total loss – second loss in past two years

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

Big fire at Sellers – large plaining mill of Tilghman Lumber Co destroyed several thousand feet of lumber burned. Heat so bad several hundred feet of tract of Atlantic Coast Line caught fire

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

Rowland – Katie Pleasants married Edison Lytch Dec 29. Bride daughter of Postmaster V G Pleasants, groom towns pharmacist

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

Rowland – William D Gaddy of Alfordsville section married Lizziy Gaddy of Dillon no date given

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

Cordie Nicholson married Robert Fulton Booth Dec 29th. Bride daughter of Mr and Mrs A M Nicholson of near Mullins                           

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

                    December 29, 1915 - Mastin L Galloway and wife – 11 lb boy

The Dillon Herald, January 6, 1916

Last Sunday morning Andrew Jackson Wallace of Marion married Alice Wallace daughter of Mr and Mrs A L Wallace of near Dillon

The Dillon Herald, January 13, 1916

Floydale -Mrs Francis Leggette died Dec 27 buried following day at Mt Andrew church. She was 81 years old.

The Dillon Herald, January 13, 1916

Dillon County Jail

Jailer, W C Smith

Visited Sept 17, 1915. The jail is a two story building built of brick in 1911. There are 12 cells, three cells for sick prisoners, one padded cell for lunatics committed to jail until they can be transported to the State Hospital for the Insane, two cells for white men, two cells for white women, two cells for Negro men and two cells for Negro women. Each of the cells is equipped with four metal bunks, except the hospital cells which have two metal bunks and the padded cell which in unfurnished. Cotton pads and blankets serve as bedding. Clean blankets are given to new prisoners. The average daily population of the jail is 4.1 prisoners.

The ventilation of the prisoners quarters is fairly adequate.

Prisoners wear their own clothing in jail. Occasionally the jailer or members of the prisoners’ families supply them with clean clothing.

Sick prisoners are put in the hospital cells. The hospital cell on the second floor is for contagious cases. It is separated by a partition from the remainder of the cells.

The prisoners food is prepared by a Negro cook. The dieting fee is 30 cents a day a prisoner. On the day of the visit the prisoners menu was:

Breakfast: fried bacon, rice, hominy, biscuit and coffee

Dinner: boiled bacon, cabbage and cornbread

Supper: biscuit and molasses

There are two enameled bath tubs in bath rooms in the Negro department. There are two shower baths in bath rooms in the white department. Each of the hospital cells is equipped with a flush toilet and a lavatory. In addition there is one flush toilet and one lavatory in the corridors of the Negro male, Negro female, white male and white female cells.

The jail affords ample facilities for separating prisoners into classes. They are now adequately classified by races and sexes.

The form of punishing prisoners is to whip them. Negro female prisoners are required to sweep out the jail. Other prisoners do no work except sweep their cells. Religious services are not held regularly at the jail.

From a structural standpoint, this jail is commendably adequate. The only criticism on this point is that the windows are too small.

The Dillon Herald, January 20, 1916

                Gasoline 40 cents a gallon in near future.

The Dillon Herald, January 20, 1916

Notice -Ex Parte Mary Anna Stanton, in Re estate of Edgar Stanton, Nina Cottingham, Minnie Stanton, Bascomb Stanton, Ford Stanton and Ellen E Stanton, Minors

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in the Court of Common Pleas for Dillon County, asking for the appointment of J. C, Davis as Judge of Probate of Dillon County, as public guardian of the following minors: Edgar Stanton, age 20, Nina Cottingham, age 17, Minnie Stanton , age 15, Bascomb Stanton age 12; Ford Stanton age 9 and Ellen Stanton age 5. Said estate consisting of eight hundred and ninety three and 21-100 dollars and being the proceeds from a Masters sale to the action of Anna Stanton vs Baldy Stanton, said amount now being held by the Master for Dillon County. Said petition being made and appointment asked for the reason that no responsible person can be found who will undertake such guardianship

Mary Anna Stanton

1-20-2t. Petitioner

Sheriff’s Sale

Bank of Dillon, plaintiff vs Charlie, Moody, defendant – Execution

By virtue of an execution to me directed in the above state case, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at public auction within the legal hours of sale at Dillon court house on the first Monday in February, 1916, the following described property, to wit;

All the right, title and interest of Charlie Moody in and to that certain tract of land, containing one hundred acres more or less, situate in Carmichael township county of Dillon. Bounded North by lands of Katie Moody and E C Moody; East by lands of George Wright; South by E B Moody and West by Little Pee Dee River, lands of R H Wiggins also adjoining said lands as one of its boundaries. Said lands having been deeded to Charlie Moody by his father E C Moody.

Levied upon and to be sold as the property of Charlie Moody to satisfy the above execution and costs. Purchaser to pay for papers and revenue stamp.

S V Lane


The Dillon Herald, January 27, 1916

Little Dora Michaux Dies

After making a brave fight for life little Dora, the six year old daughter of Dr and Mrs D M Michaux, died at the family residence o East Main street Wednesday night. Dora was taken sick just after the holidays and developed a complication of diseases which medical skill could not overcome. She was a bright little girl of an unusually sweet and attractive disposition and her untimely passing brings sorrow to the entire community. The interment was made at Mt Holly on the Thursday following, the services being conducted by Rev Mr Banks. The parents have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction. 

The Dillon Herald, January 27, 1916

Death of Mrs Currie

Mrs J V Currie died at her home near McColl on the 13th instant after a lingering illness with Bright’s disease and was buried at the Alford cemetery on the day following, the services being performed by Dr Harrell of the McColl Presbyterian church. Mrs Currie was born in this county on Sept 27th, 1855, being a daughter of Zion M and Margaret Ann Alford. In 1876 she was wedded to Mr J V Currie who died in 1908. She was a sister of Mrs D M Carmichael of Dillon and is survived by one child, Mrs Maggie McLaughlin of McColl.


The Dillon Herald, January 27, 1916

                    E. B. Berry of Latta Section lost by fire his gin and mill Monday night

The Dillon Herald, February 3, 1916

                    Nine week old child of Mr and Mrs J R Moody died Thursday after a brief illness with pneumonia and was buried at Mt Holly on the  day following.

The Dillon Herald, February 3, 1916

Grim Reaper Claims A J C Cottingham

Stricken while Asleep At 6 O’Clock Sunday Morning

One of Dillon’s Pioneers Who Had Held Many Positions of Honor and Trust

Mr A J C Cottingham president of the Bank of Dillon and one of the town’s most prominent citizens and leading business men, died suddenly at his home on East Main street Sunday morning at six o’clock.

The stroke came without warning and although medical assistance was summoned at once Mr Cottingham was dead before the physicians arrived

Mr Cottingham was at the bank as usual all day Saturday and appeared to be in excellent health. He left the bank at his usual hour Saturday afternoon and went home to dinner. After supper Mr and Mrs Cottingham strolled down town and made a few purchases, returning home about ten o’clock. It was then that Mr Cottingham complained of a slight pain in his left side, but thinking that it was only a slight attack of indigestion he soon forgot it and retired at his usual hour.

About six o’clock Sunday morning Mr. Cottingham’s sister-in-law, who is visiting at the home, heard a noise in Mr. Cottingham’s room and going to the door she found Mr Cottingham unconscious and laboring heavily for breath. Physicians were summoned at once but the end came before they arrived.

Mr. Cottingham was a native of Dillon county, having been born near what is known as Gallavon 58 years ago. When quite a young man he entered business college at Poughkeepsie, NY where he completed a business course. Returning home he entered the employ of the late J W Dillon as bookkeeper, later resigning this position to accept a position as traveling salesman for a Wilmington firm. Shortly afterwards, he left the road and went into the mercantile business at Dillon and as a merchant he was remarkably successful. When Mr. Cottingham retired from the mercantile business he purchased a valuable tract of land near Little Rock and devoted his time to agricultural pursuits which he followed with continued success until the day of his death.

Mr. Cottingham was one of Dillon’s pioneer settlers. He located in Dillon when the town was in its infancy and entered upon the work of developing its commercial and industrial resources with energy and enthusiasm. During his residence here he had filled many positions of honor and trust. He had served the town twice as mayor, was chairman of the first board of Public Works Commissioners, served several years as chairman and secretary and treasurer of the board of trustees of the Dillon High School, and was a member of the building committee of the new Methodist church when it was first erected..

When the Bank of Dillon, Dillon’s first banking institution, was organized in 1897 Mr. Cottingham was elected a member of the board of directors. This position he held continuously up until the day of his death, being at that time the largest stockholder in the bank. Later he was elected vice-president of the bank and in 1900 when Mr. T. B. Stackhouse resigned the presidency and moved to Columbia he was made president. Later he resigned this position in order to devote more time to his farming interests, but last spring when death claimed the lamented Thad Bethea, Mr Cottingham took over the active management of the bank and at the annual meeting of the board of directors last December was again made president

Mr. Cottingham was a successful business man and had accumulated a large fortune. He took a keen interest in educational work and one of his greatest pleasures was to lead financial assistance to worthy young boys and girls desiring an education. There are several successful young business men in the world today who secured the education that gave them a start through Mr. Cottingham’s assistance.

Mr. Cottingham is survived by his wife, who was Miss Corrie Boyd, of Concord, NC to who he was wedded little less than two years ago, and the following brothers and sisters: E. Cottingham of Ebenezer, A. J. Cottingham of Maxton, Mrs. Simeon Cobb of Rowland; Mrs. Flora Hasty of Hasty, NC and W. A. Cottingham of Dillon.

The funeral services were held at his late residence on East Main street Monday afternoon at four o’clock, and the interment was made at Mt Holly, the ceremonies being conducted by Rev M L Banks pastor of the Dillon Methodist church.

The Dillon Herald, February 3, 1916

Latta – Jan 27 – Retail store of S T Atkinson and Co. burned – nothing saved but safe and books

The Dillon Herald, February 3, 1916

Bermuda section -Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Moody spent Monday at Pages Mill attending the funeral of Mr. Scott

Last Wednesday afternoon Emma Pearl Altman married Mr. Sankey Stephens.

The Dillon Herald, February 10, 1916

Mr. J. J. Bethea and Miss Annie Gasque married Tuesday. Brides father Rev. Maxton Gasque. Miss Gasque has held position of matron at Epworth Orphanage for past ten years. Mr. Bethea business man of Latta.

The Dillon Herald, February 10, 1916

                    Mr. and Mrs. R. Humphrey returned Friday from their bridal trip to Dillon.

The Dillon Herald, February 17, 1916

Death Claims Mr. John H. Hamer

Passed away at the Home of His Daughter Tuesday Night at 11 o’clock

Mr. John H. Hamer, one of the county’s oldest citizens, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. A. Manning Tuesday night at 11 o’clock. Mr. Hamer was taken ill Monday morning but his condition was not alarming and his death came as a shock to his numerous friends and relatives throughout the county.

Mr. Hamer was one of the oldest citizens of Dillon county. He was a son of the late R. C. Hamer and was born near Little Rock in December 1836 and passed his eightieth birthday last December. Although having passed his allotted three score and ten he was a man of extraordinary vigor of mind and body and enjoyed excellent health until the day he was stricken with the illness that resulted in his death.

When quite a young man Mr. Hamer graduated from the University of North Carolina with honors. Later he took up law which study he pursued for several years, although he never entered upon the practice of the profession. After abandoning his law studies he devoted his time to farming which vocation he followed with success.

Mr Hamer was three times married. His first wife was Miss Missouri Bethea, a member of the well known Bethea family of this county. One son, Mr M R Hamer, now of Spartanburg was born of this union.

His Second wife was Miss Alice Richardson of Brittons Neck, Marion County. Five children were born of this marriage, all of whom are still living. They are Dr T B Hamer of Texas, Mr E R Hamer and Dr J H Hamer of Dillon; Mrs L A Manning and Mrs N A Berry of Little Rock.

Mr Hamer is survived by his third wife, who was Mrs Fannie Liles, of Lilesville, NC and the following stepchildren: Rev Z V Liles, of San Saba, Texas; and Mesars J T and E R Liles of Orangeburg . Of his immediate family he was the last surviving member, his only brother, the late R P Hamer, having died about three years ago.
Mr Hamer’s entire life, with the exception of his college days, was spent near Little Rock where he was a large land owner and successful farmer. He never aspired to public office, although he took a keen interest in public affairs and always voted on the right side of every question.

Mr Hamer will be buried at Little Rock, but up to the hour of going to press, the funeral arrangements had not been completed and it is not know of what hour he will be buried.

The Dillon Herald, February 24, 1916

Horatio T. Galloway Dead

Mallory Feb 21- Horatio T. Galloway, a respected citizen of Marlboro county, died last night at the home of his niece, Miss Sallie Proctor, in the lower section of Marlboro. He was about 65 years of age. His surviving brothers are Sam T. Galloway and Joseph T. Galloway of Marion and one sister Mrs. Hugh McCallum ( may be McCullum) of Blenheim survives.

The Dillon Herald, February 24, 1916

Mr. Peele and Miss Henderson married Sunday. They live at or near Gibson Station, NC

The Dillon Herald, February 24, 1916

Mallory Feb 23 - Miss Nellie Haselden and James Dudley Dew both of Kirby section married yesterday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, March 2, 1916

W D B Hayes Passes

Aged Citizen Called to His Reward Sunday Night

Mr. W. D. B. Hayes of Mt Andrew near Floydale, died Sunday night, aged 70 years.

He was a Mason and held his membership in Acacia Lodge, of which he had been worshipful master. He was a large farmer and he accumulated a large farm and was a Christian gentleman. He served during the War Between the States and was a good soldier. He was married in the 70’s to Miss Elizabeth Bethea of Marlboro County. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Mary Hays, and one son Willie Hays. Mr. Hayes was closely identified with the movements of his section and stood for the betterment of community life. He was one of the executors of the large estate left by Hugh Price of Dillon which estate is still intact.

He was buried with Masonic honors at 11 o’clock at Mt Andrew church.

The Dillon Herald, March 9, 1916

Mrs Viola Hammond Dead

Mallory, March 7 – Mrs Viola Hammond, wife of Lattie Hammond and daughter of the late Thomas Atkinson, died yesterday after a short illness of pneumonia at the home of her mother near Latta. Surviving her besides her husband and mother is one sister, Miss Lillie Atkinson. The burial was at Catfish cemetery this afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, March 16, 1916

Death of Mr. R. M. Sanders

Mr. R. M. Sanders died very suddenly at his home one mile from McColl Wednesday, March 1st. Mr. Sanders was a native of Sumter County but for the past few years had made his home in Dillon County. At the time of his death he was working for Mr. J. P. Gaunt. About one week ago Mr. Gaunt’s saw mill was moved from Dillon to McColl. They were putting the mill down when Mr. Sanders had a stroke of apoplexy. Medical attention was given Mr. Sanders but to no avail. He was buried in the McColl cemetery Thursday p.m. at 4 o’clock. The funeral services being conducted by the pastor of the Baptist church. One year ago he was married to Miss Florence Hamilton of Dillon, S C. Mr. Sanders’ death is received with sadness by all who knew him. Mrs. Sanders has the sympathy of the entire community. 

Court case – Marion March 11 – Enos Rogers charged with killing his nephew. Jury found a verdict of manslaughter with recomnnendation of Mercy, and the judge gave him a sentence of seven years in the penitentiary.

The Dillon Herald, March 23, 1916

Mr. Wheeler Atkinson and Miss Annie Allen married Sunday. Bride daughter of Mr. Frank Allen of Latta. Groom oldest son of late G. W. Atkinson. He is a farmer in Bingham.

The Dillon Herald, March 23, 1916

Mrs. J. C. Davis received a telegram Tuesday announcing the death of her father, Mr Asa Brantley at Lakeland, Fla. The message state that Mr Brantley died suddenly. He was about 60 years of age. Dr and Mrs Davis left for Lakeland Tuesday night.

The Dillon Herald, March 23, 1916

Mrs. C. D. Brigman of Raleigh, NC accompanied the remains of her little grandchild to Brownsville where it was buried last Tuesday . The child was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Keen and died after a very brief illness at their home in Raleigh. Mrs. Brigman visited her daughter, Mrs. B K Price while here.

The Dillon Herald, March 30, 1916

Mr. Walter Avery and Miss Bessie Sherron of Smithfield arrived over the Coast Line at 3 A. M. Sunday and after coferring with Judge Joe Cabell Davis, secured the necessary papers and were married in the presence of a small company of friends, returning to their homes on the 10:15 northbound train.

The Dillon Herald, March 30, 1916

20 blocks of Augusta burned – 9 hour fire – between 600-700 homes destroyed – over 3,000 homeless. National Guard patrolling for looting

The Dillon Herald, March 30, 1916

Mrs. J H Campbell

The following notice of the death of Mrs. J. H. Campbell is taken from the Hoke County Journal, published at Raeford, NC

Mrs. John H Campbell, died at the home of her parents at Hamer, SC. Tuesday night after a lingering illness, covering several years. Two and one half years ago she went on a visit to her parent’s home and was taken so ill she was unable to return, and never improved, but gradually grew worse. Since two months she had been extremely ill.

Since childhood she was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and all through her long and tedious illness her faith in God and His justice was an anchor both sure and steadfast. To her, death had no terrors, but instead was a relief from life’s troubles.

Mrs. Campbell was a daughter of Mr. Jno C. McEachern and had many friends in this section who will be grieved to learn of her death.

Mr. W. E. Caldwell was called to Spartanburg Saturday by a telegram announcing the serious illness of his father. Mr. Caldwell’s father died Tuesday morning and was buried yesterday afternoon.

Fire in Nashville destroyed 600 homes in East Nashville. 30 blocks destroyed.

The Dillon Herald, April 6, 1916

Mrs. Margaret White

Timmonsville – March 30 – Mrs. Margaret White, aged eighty-one years, passed away Tuesday night at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W. H .Lewis. For some months the deceased was in failing health and her death was not unexpected. The funeral services took place at Sardis Baptist church, where, until she moved to Timmonsville, where her membership was held. The services were conducted by the Rev Mr. Truluck of Sardis, and the Rev Josiah Crudup, pastor of the First Baptist church here, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends. Mrs. White was a woman of lively Christian character and sweet disposition and will be generally missed. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. D .Hargrove, Dillon; R. E. McKnight, Scranton; L. M. Langston, Minneapolis, Minn; Mrs. C. M. Lee, Georgia; Mrs. W. H. Lewis and C. A. Langston, Timmonsville.

The Dillon Herald, April 6, 1916

Mrs. Maggie Perritt

Mr. Editor; I read in the death column of today’s State an account of the death of Mrs. Maggie Perritt who was Miss Maggie Carmichael. She was called from earthly labors while at the home of her brother W. D. Carmichael at Marion. In 1880 she was married to Mr. John E. Perritt, a farmer of note near Marion and until very recent years presided at that home and dispensed a genuine hospitality.  H L B

The Dillon Herald, April 13, 1916

Death of a Young Girl

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray McKenzie Succumbs to Pneumonia

Miss Grace McKenzie, the sixteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray McKenzie who live near Kemper, died at the Florence Infirmary Saturday night and the body was brought to Dillon Sunday morning. Miss McKenzie had been critically ill for several days with pneumonia which developed into a severe case of pleurisy. Saturday night she was taken to the Infirmary for an operation and immediately after her arrival at the infirmary the operation was performed, but she never rallied for the shock and died that night at 11 o’clock.

She was a bright young lady and had a large circle of friends with whom she was deservedly popular. She took a high stand in her classes at school and was to have participated in Field Day exercises held here on the 1st instant, but was prevented from so doing by the illness that resulted in her untimely death.

She was buried in the family plot at Bermuda graveyard Sunday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, April 13, 1916

Mrs. Viola Atkinson Hammond.

Mrs. Viola Atkinson Hammond was one who was loyal to her church, deeply spiritual. Her life was not one of greatness, but it was a life of goodness. She was loyal to all her friends and loved by all who knew her. She was a conscientious woman and has many friends left behind who feel that their loss is her eternal gain. Her sweet spirit was exiled away on the morning of March 6. The funeral took place in the family burying ground at Catfish church at 3:30 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon March 7. She leaves a husband, Mr. Lattie A Hammond, a mother and one sister, Miss Lilly Atkinson, to mourn her loss.

We loved her but God loved her best.

A friend

The Dillon Herald, April 13, 1916

Sellers -Marriage of Mr. Horace L. Tilghman to Miss Belle Montgomery of Marion. Bride daughter of late W.J. Montgomery and her mother a Stackhouse from the Little Rock Section

The Dillon Herald, May 4, 1916

Miss Addie Miller of Dillon County SC and Mr. Everett Davis of the Raft Swamp section married yesterday.

The Dillon Herald, May 4, 1916

A Sad Tragedy

Young Coy McCormac is Shot to Death Near Gibson, NC

Mr. Coy McCormac the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. McCormac of Little Rock, was shot and killed Thursday about 11 o’clock just one mile from Dunlap saw mill, near which he was working at Gibson, NC. The parties that killed him are yet unknown. It seems that the trouble was about a girl that Coy was with. They came up behind him and shot him, the first load entering his side and the second entered his heart killing him instantly. He was brought home Friday night on the 11 o’clock train. Coy was working with the Dunlap saw mill which moved from some where in NC to Gibson NC about three months ago. He had many friends around Dillon and Gibson. He was loved by everybody that knew him, always seemed to be a nice young man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was laid to rest at Rowland, NC in the family cemetery Saturday morning. He leaves to mourn his loss his mother Mrs. D. McCormac, Miss Sara McCormac, Miss Rosa McCormac, Mrs. Miles Taylor. Will McCormac, Alex McCormac, Jim McCormac, his father having preceded him to the grave a good many years ago. His family has our heartfelt sympathy

Written by one who loved him

The Dillon Herald, May 4, 1916

Death of Frank Atkinson

Popular Young Man of Blenheim Dies at Hamlet Hospital

Blenheim April 29 - This entire community was shocked last Monday night by the announcement of the death of Frank Atkinson, one of the most popular young men who every lived in this section of the county. He had been taken to Hamlet to a hospital for an operation but succumbed to the disease, peritonitis, which had so suddenly seized him.

He was in his 26th year and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Atkinson, Sr. of this place. He had for years held a responsible position with C. C. Chamness and was faithful and conscientious in the discharge of all his duties, and his ever cheerful temperament and marked devotion to his family were leading characteristics of his life.

He was buried Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock in Holy Road cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. John Jordan Douglas, of the Presbyterian church, assisted by the Rev. J. S. Beasley and the Rev. P. H. Cowherd.

He was buried with the honors of the Woodmen of the World of which he had for some time been a faithful member. He is survived by his father and mother and by several brothers and sisters.

The Dillon Herald, May 4, 1916

Mr. Colon Edens

At Red Springs, NC on the (no date given) of April death came suddenly from heart failure. Born in what was old Marion County near Sinclair’s Xroads about seventy years ago in the beginning of hostilities when the blue and gray met on the oft times fated fields in Va. he volunteered in the old 8th Sc regiment and was in the forefront to do for the Southland which had been ages the pride of a fond mother’s heart. Coming back home after hostilities took up the work of reclamation and married Alice David, a beautiful daughter of Marlboro county. He was among the pioneer citizens of our city of Dillon, later resided at Red Springs where he resided when the grim messenger called. True in every walk in life he exemplified the old saying an honest man is the noblest work of God. Leaves mourning besides a fond family a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Mason, Miss Ell Edens, Mr. White Easterling, Mr. Job Edens of Texas and Jack Edens of Dillon. Generous to a fault we mourn his departure. H L B

The Dillon Herald, May 11, 1916

Death of Mrs. Annie E. Bethea

End Came Last Thursday Night After an Illness of Several Weeks

Mrs. Annie E Bethea died at the home of her son, Mr. Jno. C Bethea, last Thursday night at 8 o’clock after an illness of several weeks which she bore with great Christian fortitude. The remains were carried to Latta Friday afternoon and funeral services were held at the Methodist church, the services being conducted by Rev F. H. Shuler, assisted by Rev M L Banks and Rev S J Bethea. The interment was made in the family plot at the Latta cemetery.

Mrs. Bethea was a daughter of the late Asa and Sarah Godbold and was born near Marion court house on November 17, 1846. She would have been 70 years old next November. On November 14, 1866 she was married to Col. E. A. Bethea who preceded her to the grave about eight years ago. There were born to this union the following surviving children; Jno. C. Bethea of Dillon; Asa G. and Edwin A. Bethea of Latta; Miss Lizzie Bethea of Bennettsville; R. W. Bethea of Florence and Mrs. W. C. McMillian of Columbia.

When quite a young girl Mrs. Bethea joined the Methodist church of which she remained a consistent member throughout her long life, taking an active part in church work until overtaken by the infirmities of age.

In the early nineties she moved from the old homestead near Dothan, where the greater part of her married life was spent, to Latta where she resided until the death of Col. Bethea about eight years ago. About four years ago she moved to Dillon where she spent the remaining years with her son, Mr. Jno C. Bethea.

The Dillon Herald, May 11, 1916

Pages Mills may change name.

An election will be held at Pages Mills tomorrow to vote upon the question of changing the name of Pages Mills to Lakeview. The town gets its present name for Capt. Page a large planter, who owned a water and grist mill near the town of Pages Mills which in the olden days was a trading point of considerable importance. When the railroad came through the town took the name of Pages Mills.

Pages Mill is the largest town in the lower part of the county.

The Dillon Herald, May 18, 1916

A town election was held here Friday voting on an amendment to the town charter by changing the name of the town form Pages Mill to Lakeview. A unanimous vote was cast for changing the name to Lake View. This is the third largest town in the County.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916

Death of Carlos Wethington

Mr. Carlos Wethington died suddenly at his home three miles southeast of Dillon Thursday afternoon and was buried at Pleasant Grove church the day following. Mr. Wethington, apparently man of robust health, complained of feeling unwell Thursday morning, but he continued to move about attending to his duties. Later in the day he lay down across the bed and went to sleep. When his wife went to arouse him she found that he was dead, his death being due to a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Wethington was an industrious farmer who lived at home and met his obligations promptly Although in one sense of the word he was not a wealthy man he lived within his means and at the same time maintained his family in comfortable circumstances. He was a quiet, unassuming man who lived his life naturally, and always enjoyed the respect and confidence of his friends and neighbors. Mr. Wethington was the father of a large family, and in addition to his widow, he is survived by the following children; James Wethington of Latta; Arch Wethington of Sellers; Neal Wethington, John Wethington, Carlisle Wethington, Hildren Wethington, Bessie Wethington, Kathleen Wethington and Mrs Atlanta Jackson of Dillon; Mrs Eugenia Hamilton, of Little Rock and Mrs Mary McDonald of Latta. Mr Wethington was in his 54th year.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916

Abbeville Press and Banner

Latta is a little town of 1,700 people in Dillon county. It has no water or light systems, Strickly an agricultural community, the only industrial plants being cotton gins and fertilizer plants.

The people of Latta are of the world’s best. They believe in education. They are cultured, refined and resourceful. They have one of the best high schools in the State, and they have a Carnegie Library, too.

The lot was donated by a young merchant. The association was headed by a minister. The maintenance funds were pledged by prominent citizens and the building erected with Mr Carnegie’s donations. Books were contributed by various interested persons and the library is the show place of the women’s organizations, but the card clubs and such do not meet there.

We could go on and write a column about this small town library, but all we need to say is that if Latta can have a Carnegie library, Abbeville can, too, for Abbeville has many advantages that Latta did not have.

Of course, the men of the town did not heed our appeal to start something but the women, God bless ‘em, took the lead, and it is up to us to follow our superiors.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916

Death of Mr. T. F. Staples

Mr. T. F. Staples died at the Hospital for Insane at Columbia Tuesday afternoon and the body arrived in Dillon yesterday morning. Mr. Staples was taken to the hospital about three weeks ago.

The deceased, who was a native of Virginia, moved to Dillon eighteen years ago and engaged in the tobacco business, being one of the pioneer warehouse man in this section. After retiring from the tobacco business he engaged in mercantile pursuits which he followed until about a year ago when he was forced to retire from active business on account of ill health.

Besides a widow, Mr. Staples is survived by the following children; Misses Ethel and Eula Staples, of Dillon, and Elbert Staples, lately of Dillon but now somewhere in Scotland. -Up to the hour of going to press the funeral arrangements had not been completed, but the interment will be made at Mt Holly Cemetery.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916

We are glad to note that our neighboring town, Marion, has caught the spirit of the times and is organizing a live chamber of commerce. Now let Bennettsville, Latta, Mullins, Conway, Pages Mills, Little Rock, and the other progressive towns in this section follow Marion and Dillon’s example.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916


After a lingering illness of several weeks little year old Vernon Jennings youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Parham died on Sunday morning at nine o’clock. The best medical attention and all that could be done to save the life of the little boy was of no avail. Rev. L. T. Philips conducted the funeral at Bethesda on Monday morning and the little fellow was tenderly laid away by sorrowing friends of the bereaved father and mother.

The Dillon Herald, May 25, 1916

Among the most recent additions to the community are a fine girl each for Mr. and Mrs. B K Pierce and Mr. and Mrs. Chance M Hatchel.

The Dillon Herald, June 1, 1916

Dewey Franklin, the 18 months’ old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A Blackwell, died at the home of Mrs. Blackwell’s parents near Hamer Saturday and was buried at Zion Baptist church the day following. Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell who formerly resided at Dillon, have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.

Miss Grace Castles of Spartanburg – principal of the Pine Hill High School near Sellers married Mr. E—(can’t read) George of Sellers. Married Saturday. Mr. George a farmer.

The Dillon Herald, June 8, 1916

May 25 – Thomas L Ross and Miss Sadie Freeman married. Mr. Ross farmer from Darlington. Bride is from Latta and is a teacher.

The Dillon Herald, June 8, 1916

Invitations issued marriage of Miss Jeddie Bristow David to Mr. Albert Bryan Parker. Will take place on June 13. Bride daughter of Mrs. Hattie David.of Dillon. Mr. Parker formerly of Dillon now lives near Sumter.

The Dillon Herald, June 8, 1916

Miss Jennie Oliver, daughter of the late Joe R Oliver, died Wednesday afternoon about 8 o’clock at Highsmith’s infirmary in Fayetteville, where she was taken the Sunday before for treatment.

She had been ill about three weeks. She was about 35 years of age and was a member of the Union Methodist church at Gaddy’s Mill. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Amanda B Oliver, and four brothers and five sisters; R M Oliver, J F Oliver, J M Oliver and Shep Oliver; Mrs. Willie Rogers, Mrs. Oscar Rogers, of Fork, Mrs. J W Burns, Miss Annie Oliver and Mrs. T. M. Lupo.

Her body was brought to Dillon on Thursday morning’s train. The burial was at the family burial ground near the Oliver home Thursday afternoon, the service being conducted by the Rev Mr. Phillips of Lakeview. Miss Oliver had a large circle of friends and was very popular and beloved in her community.

The Dillon Herald, June 15, 1916

Bingham -Miss Effie McInnis after an illness of three weeks passed away on June 8th. She leaves two sisters, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends to mourn her death.

The Dillon Herald, June 22, 1916

Mr. Earnest Page and family with Miss Elizabeth Page attended the Smith-Easterling marriage in Latta last Thursday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, June 29, 1916

Last Sunday morning Judge Davis married Mr. Lonnie T. Fisher and Miss Ruth Crawlen of Lumberton

The Dillon Herald, June 29, 1916

Sunday wedding of Mr Austin Fore to Miss Hallie Parham. Bride is the daughter of the late Thos Parham and resides with her mother near Zion. Mr. Fore is a resident of Smithboro.

The Dillon Herald, June 29, 1916

Tuesday morning Mr Alton Godbold young farmer of Catfish married Miss Pattie Powell. The bride is a native of Florence.

The Dillon Herald, June 29, 1916

On 22 Mr. Gaston. A Lee and Miss Juanita Tart of Johnsonville, NC married

The Dillon Herald, July 6, 1916

Asbin Pope

Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father to take away from our midst our beloved brother, Asbin Pope, and, whereas, he has been a faithful and consistent member of our church and Sunday school ever since he has lived among us, nearly twenty-five years, and our class since its organization, Be it resolved by the members of the L H Smith Bible Class

First, That while we bow to the Will of the All Wise Providence we deeply deplore our loss and extend to the widow and only son of our deceased brother our profound sympathies.

Second, That a page of our minutes be inscribed to his memory.

Third, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family.

Fourth, That a copy of these resolutions be published in the Latta Observer, the Dillon Herald and Southern Christian Advocate.

J. G .Baker, E. C. Bethea, W. H. Smith, Committee; James B. Moore, President, Latta SC July 2, 1916                   

The Dillon Herald, July 6, 1916

                    Hamer depot burned Wednesday morning. Building completely destroyed.

The Dillon Herald, July 13, 1916

Young Jack Barfield Killed By Kinsman -In Drunken Rage Barfield Kills Nephew.Testimony shows that Young Barfield was shot in Back as He Attempted to Escape

The home of Mrs. Sue Mace, four miles north of Little Rock, was the scene of a terrible tragedy Monday morning when 19 year old Jack Barfield was shot to death by his uncle Thomas Barfield aged about 50 years.

The testimony shows that young Barfield was done to death in a most cruel and heartless manner by the elder Barfield. The cause of the tragedy is unknown, but it is believed that the Barfields had had previous trouble over a labor contract.

About 10 o’clock Thomas Barfield accompanied by his son, Thomas Jr. drove up to the home of Mrs. Mace and found Jack Barfield sitting on the front porch. "{I said I was going to shoot you, and I will be as good as my word," remarked Thomas Barfield, according to the testimony of Mrs. Sue Mace, and thereupon pulled his pistol and fired point blank at the young man. Jack Barfield had begun to retreat through the house and the first shot entered his neck as he turned and ran down the passageway. Thomas Barfield continued to shoot at the fleeing man and three more shots entered the back, either of which would have produced death. Young Barfield ran out of the house and sought safe under the edge of the back porch where he expired a few minutes afterwards.It is evident that Tom Barfield was under the influence of whiskey at the time of the killing and it is likely that the theory of the defense will be that he was also temporarily insane, having been treated for insanity last spring.<

The Dillon Herald, July 13, 1916

Mrs. J. W. Sanderson died at her home in the Gaddy’s Mill section Sunday morning July 1. A large crowd of friends and loved ones gathered at the home on Monday for the funeral which was conducted by Rev. J. A. Langley, pastor of Piney Grove.
Mrs. Sanderson lived to be 75 years of age and for a number of years was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist church. She leaves a son,
J. A. Campbell, six girls, Annie, Katie, Maggie, Helen, and Jackie and Mrs. C. P. Turbeville.

Mr. Simeon Gibson, a well known citizen of Gibson, NC died last Friday and was buried the following afternoon at the family graveyard near Tatum Station. Mr Gibson suffered a paralytic stroke about four years ago and since that time has been in declining health. He was the father of Mr. J. B. Gibson and Mrs. W. E. Caldwell of Dillon and was a frequent visitor to Dillon before his health began to decline. Mrs. Caldwell and Mr. Gibson were at the bedside of their father when the end came.    

The Dillon Herald, July 13, 1916

Miss Grace Owens and Mr .William Bennett of Salem, NC married by Judge Davis.. Mr. Bennett is employed at the Dillon Mills and they will reside in Dillon.. No date given

The Dillon Herald, July 20, 1916

Death Claims Asa Bethea

Prominent Latta Citizen Passes Away at Fayetteville Hospital

Asa G. Bethea, a well known citizen of Latta, died at a Fayetteville hospital Thursday afternoon at one o’clock. Mr. Bethea, whose health had not been very good for the past year, was taken ill,, on the Sunday previous to his death. He was rushed to the hospital where every effort was made to save his life, but he passed away at one o’clock Thursday afternoon without regaining consciousness. Mr. Bethea’s wife who is critically ill at the same hospital at which he husband died, was not aware of his illness and subsequent death.

Mr. Bethea was a son of the late Col. E. A. Bethea. He was 49 years old and with the exception of an absence of 10 years which was spent in Texas, the most of Mr. Bethea’s life was spent in and near Latta. At the time of his death he was engaged in farming.

Nine years ago Mr.Bethea was married to Miss Katherine Tracey, of San Antonio,, Tex., and besides his wife he is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. W. C. McMillan of Columbia; Miss Lizzie Bethea of Bennettsville; Joe C. Bethea of Dillon;
E. A .Bethea of Latta and R. Walker Bethea of Florence.

Mr. Bethea had many warm friends throughout the county who are grieved to learn of his untimely death. -The interment was made at the family burying ground at Latta Sunday morning.

The Dillon Herald, July 20, 1916

Flood Waters Claim Young Floyd Herring -Tragedy at Acacia Buck Swamp Crossing

When Horse Loses Its Balance and Plunges into Stream Young Man Is Carried to Death

The only victim of the flood in Dillon County so far as can be learned is Floyd Herring, son of Daniel Herring, who lives on the E B Berry place below Latta. Young Herring was drowned at Acacia Crossing on Buck Swamp two miles east of Floydale Monday afternoon.

The young man with his father Daniel Herring was returning from a trip through the lower part of the county where they had been searching for the latter’s daughter who had run away from home Sunday afternoon and married a young man who had been paying her some attention. They failed to locate the young lady and were returning to their home below Latta when the tragedy occurred.

On both side of the concrete bridge at Acacia Crossing water two feet deep was racing across the embankment when young Herring and his father attempted to cross over. When a few feet this side of the bridge, the horse stumbled into a washout and before the animal could recover its balance it had been washed from the embankment , carrying with it the buggy and occupants. The buggy turned over and father and son were catapulted into the swirling waters. The father managed to save himself by holding on to the buggy, but the son was caught by the waters and sank beneath the surface.

The Dillon Herald, July 20, 1916

Death Claims Little Child

Dr and Mrs. S. C. Henslee have the sympathy of many friends in the death of their little daughter, Isla Nettie, which occurred Friday morning after a prolonged illness. While the little one lingered at death’s door struggling against the inevitable end, everything known to medical science was done to stay the progress of the disease. Endowed with a sweet and charming disposition, she was the idol of the home and her death leaves an aching void in the hearts of the fond parents. The interment was made at Mt Holly Saturday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. H. A. Willis and Rev. Jno. McSween.

The Dillon Herald, July 20, 1916

Floydale -Mrs. Murray Hayes was called to Ninety Six, SC by the death of her niece Rebecca Anderson.

The Dillon Herald, July 27, 1916

Baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haynes Ivey near Raynham died this morning. Was accidentally shot.

The Dillon Herald, July 27, 1916

Death Claims Dr Ewing

Dr J P Ewing, one of the pioneer settlers in Dillon and for many years a resident of Dillon, died at an infirmary in Fayetteville Friday morning, following an illness of several weeks. The body was brought to Dillon Saturday morning and the interment was made at Mt Holly Cemetery.

Dr Ewing was born near Pekin., NC 52 years ago. He located in Dillon shortly after the town was founded and began the practice of medicine. Nature had endowed him with superior talents as a physician and it was not long before he was enjoying a large and successful practice. Big hearted and generous almost to a fault, broadminded and liberal in his views of the world, and always ready to cover the faults of mankind with the mantle of charity it was quiet natural that his shining personality should attract a large circle of friends, all of whom were deeply grieved to learn of his untimely passing.

The past eight years of Dr Ewing’s life was spent in Fayetteville where he abandoned his profession and took up active business pursuits which he followed with success.

Dr Ewing is survived by a widow, who was Miss Sallie Christian of Mt Gillard, NC and the following sons; Wall, Raiford, Fred, J. P. Jr, Robert,. Hal, Benton and Kent Ewing of Fayetteville. His surviving brothers and sisters are: Calvin W. Ewing of Montgomery county, NC and Will, Kemp and James Ewing of Rockingham, NC; Mrs. Will Whitlock of Rockingham; Mrs. W. F. Bristow of Rowland and Miss Judith Ewing of Pekin, NC.

Although a native of North Carolina, Dr Ewing’s last request was that he be laid away in Dillon among the friends he loved so well, and the large concourse of friends who gathered at Mt Holly Saturday morning to pay a last tribute to his memory was as eloquent testimonial of the esteem in which he was held in the community.

The Dillon Herald, July 27, 1916

Married Sunday afternoon Miss Virginia Guill daughter of Mrs. W. B. Guilt to Mr. E. L. Burney both of Dillon.

The Dillon Herald, Aug 3, 1916

Don McNeill’s Death

The Baltimore American of July 18, contains the following account pertaining to the death of young Don T. McNeill, of Conway, SC who was accidentally killed while at sea on his return from Scotland.

Donald T McNeill, 21 years old of Conway SC was injured so badly when he fell down the hatchway of British steamer Marina last Friday night that he died a few hours later. The Marina, which arrived in port Sunday from Glasglow, Scotland, is now docked at Locust Point.

The crew the ship carried on this trip was much larger than usual, and some of the men were compelled to sleep in the cattle stalls on the second deck. McNeill was one of these men.

About 9:30 o’clock he went to the well of the ship to get a drink of water. Upon his return to his quarters from the well he stepped down the hatchway and fell a distance of 50 feet to the lower deck. He died at 12:06 o’clock Saturday morning without regaining consciousness. He was buried at sea at 10 o’clock Saturday morning following a funeral service that was held by Captain Brown, master of the vessel.

It is understood that young McNeill’s father is a prominent business man of South Carolina, being engaged, in the shipping business. The dead lad was formerly a newspaper correspondent for one of the Richmond papers. He was the thirteenth member of the crew to sign for this trip.

The Dillon Herald, Aug 3, 1916

Cards have been received announcing the marriage of Miss Mary Eva Castles to Robert Liston Gaddy, the ceremony taking place July 24th at Greenville, SC.

The Dillon Herald, Aug 3, 1916

Series of Quarrels end in Tragedy

Neil McInnis Shot to Death by William Waters

Victim, a Former Chain Gang Guard, Well Known in County, Killed by Tenant

Neil McInnis was shot to death by Will Waters at the former’s home near Bingham about 11 o’clock, Monday morning. The weapon used was a single barrel shot gun of a cheap type. The lead entered the right breast tearing its way through the heart and death was instantaneous.

Neil McInnis was a son of the late Niel McInnis and the major portion of his life was spent at the McInnis homestead two miles north east of Bingham.

The scene of the tragedy was at a place owned by the younger McInnis two miles west of Bingham, just across the Marlboro line.

Waters was a tenant on McInnis farm and with his wife and two children lived in the house with McInnis who occupied a room to himself. It is known that McInnis and Waters had had trouble over the manner in which the latter was working the crop.

McInnis was a former chain gang guard in Dillon County. He was of a retiring disposition quiet and unobtrusive. Waters claims that McInnis had threatened his life several times and will interpose the plea of self-defense. He surrendered to the sheriff of Marlboro county immediately after the shooting.

The Dillon Herald, August 17, 1916

News was received in Dillon yesterday of the death of Dr S P Watson of Loris a former citizen of Dillon and a member of the well known Watson family of Dillon and Marion counties. Dr Watson had been ill for some time

The Dillon Herald, August 17, 1916

Sellers -We were sorry to learn that Mr Neal McInnis was killed near Clio last week. Mr McInnis was a brother of our very good citizen Mr J L McInnis, here


The Dillon Herald, August 31, 1916

Picture on front page of Andrew J Bethea -only Dillon County Man in race for state office—for Lieut Gov

The Dillon Herald, August 31, 1916

Marion County

A Short History Written by Miss Eliza Meggs in 1907

Marion County is now a part of what was once Liberty County. The first thought of locating a county seat was at the old river,or Quaqua Landing where until a few years back the remains of the old house cellars could be seen.

On account of fever in this place, Thomas Godbold said if they would move the cross roads to the place where Godbold and Main streets intersect, he would donate land for the public square.

So following his suggestions the county seat was located where these streets intersect which was once an Indian trading post. Main street is the original trail, which the Indians traveled from their fishing pond to their hunting grounds.

Consequently in 1800 the first court house was built where the present one now stands. That building is still standing now known as the Moody also the T C Evans place. The first jail was built on the north east division of the square, not far from the fountain. A sycamore, which still stands marks the place of one of the chimneys.

There were no building for worship until after 1812. Then there was a brick building erected where the present Methodist church now stands, which was used for an academy and a church. It was not a place of worship for one special sect,, but for all denominations.

The first tavern was a two story building on the road leading from Smith’s swamp which was the first public road built leading into the village.

The first Masonic lodge was built where the present one now stands. The only post office in the early days of Marion was a box attached to a tree, which stood near where Mr Henry Mullin’s house now is.

There were a half dozen buildings around the square, among these were three stores, one was situated where Davis’ store now stands, another where Dr McIntyre’s lawn is, and the other where Carmichael’s hotel is. All these stores had plazas extending around them, where the old veterans gathered on public days to talk of the days of Marion and Sumter.

On court days the public square presented quite a lively appearance. The attendants on the court, the jurors and witnesses came in carts and camped on the square.

The first cotton gin was brought to Marion by Thomas Evans in the early twenties.

After much talking what is now known as the Atlantic Coast railroad first called the Wilmington and Manchester, and really the second in the state, was completed, or connected with Columbia, October 1854.

The Dillon Herald, August 31, 1916

Mrs. Daniel Dillon

Mrs. Blanche Dillon, wife of Mr. Daniel Dillon, died at her home one mile west of Dillon Saturday morning at 4 o’clock and was buried at Mt Holly Saturday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. M L Banks. Mrs. Dillon had been in declining health for the past two years, but her condition did not become alarming until a few weeks ago when she began to decline rapidly.

Mrs. Dillon was a daughter of Jas D. and Mary Bethea and was born near Latta 43 years ago, but she is survived by her father who still resides near Latta. About 25 years ago she was married to Mr. Daniel Dillon who survives her. There were no children by this marriage but she is survived by an adopted son, Mr. Robert Dillon, a student of Clemson College. For the past 20 years Mrs. Dillon has resided at Dillon.

Mrs. Dillon was a good Christian woman and had been a consistent member of the Methodist church from early childhood.

Her surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Tracey E Fore of Mallory, Mrs. C. W. Biggs of Latta and Mr. Kemper Bethea of Washington, DC

The Dillon Herald, August 31, 1916

Death Claims Mr J W Woodle

Latta Aug 29

This community was shocked this morning when the news was heard that J W Woodle was dead. Mr Woodle was an old confederate soldier. A large portion of his life was spent in Marlboro County, but for the past twenty years he has made old Marion county his home until the division was made and since then Dillon.

He leaves a large host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

The following are the members of his family: Miss Willie L Woodle, C C, CM, Mark A, L E, Chas C, A L and A D Woodle all of Latta. Also Mrs R S Foxworth, of Latta and a Christian wife and mother. He has thirty three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mr Woodle has two brothers Mr J R Woodle of Bennettsville and Mr A J Woodle of Fayetteville, NC.

The Dillon Herald, August 31, 1916

Robert L Pierson, superintendent of the Hardaway Contracting company’s big force of workmen erecting the great dam across Catawba river at Nitrolee for the Southern Power company, was shot to death Sunday morning.

The Dillon Herald, September 7, 1916

Holiday Stables burned – corner of Main and Fourth Street -$5,000 loss – two horses and four cars lost

The Dillon Herald, September 7, 1916

Mrs. W. L Bethea Passes

End Came Friday Morning After a Long Illness

After suffering more than a year with pernicious enema, more commonly known as a wasting away of the blood supply, Mrs. W. L. Bethea died at her residence in Dillon at 3 o’clock Friday morning. Mrs. Bethea spent several months at a Richmond hospital receiving treatment from a specialist, and then went to a sanitarium at Rutherfordtown, NC where everything known to medical science was done to restore her health, but despite the efforts of skilled physicians she continued to decline until Friday morning when she passed peacefully away.

Mrs. Bethea was a native of Robeson county, having been born near McDonald, and was a daughter of Mrs. Sue A McLeod who now resides at Lumberton. About 16 years ago she married Mr. W. L. Bethea of Dillon, who with four children, Don, Julia, Bertha and William Bethea, survives her. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Mr. Frank A. McLeod and Mrs. W. W. Parker both of Lumberton.

Mrs. Bethea was a useful and consistent member of the Dillon Methodist church, had served several years as treasurer of the Women’s Missionary Society and took an active part in civic and charitable work. She was a deeply consecrated woman and her beautiful Christian life exerted a tremendous influence for good in the circle of friends by whom she was so greatly loved and admired.

The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at 10 o’clock Saturday morning by her pastor, Rev M L Banks, assisted by Rev Jno McSween, and the interment was made at Mt Holly cemetery. At the grave were many beautiful floral offerings testifying to the esteem in which she was held.

The funeral services were attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives from near her old home in Robeson county.

The Dillon Herald, September 7, 1916

An Aeroplane Sighted!

Aircraft seen Passing Southward over Cumberland County

Fayetteville, NC Sept 2

An aeroplane passed over the plantation of J H McIlwinnen in Seventy-First township yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock, says The Observer today. Mr McIlwinnen’s family saw it and report that there was one person in it. It was going south.

The Dillon Herald, September 7, 1916

Dillon Man Shoot Two

McColl Sept 5

As a result of ill feeling growing out of the political situation a shooting affray occurred on Main street here late this afternoon when J P Gantt shot B H Harrelson once in the breast and fired twice at H T Taylor but missed him.

A week ago Mr Gantt wrote a short piece of verse which was printed in the Pee Dee Advocate, to which certain followers of Mr Blease took an exception. It is said they notified Gantt he must leave town, but he did not take the matter seriously enough to do so.

The Dillon Herald, September 14, 1916

Young Woman Died by Drinking Poison

Miss Sallie McCormac Drinks Carbolic Acid and Dies Within Twenty Minutes

About ten o’clock Monday morning the community was shocked to learn that Miss Sallie McCormac had ended her life by drinking two ounces of carbolic acid. Miss McCormac was alone in her room when she took the fatal dose and expired within twenty minutes.

Miss McCormac lived with her father , Mr W A McCormac and when Mr McCormac left home at his usual hour Monday morning there was nothing in the young lady’s demeanor to indicate that she contemplated such a rash act. Returning to the house a few hours later Mr McCormac found his daughter suffering intensely from the effects of the fatal dose. Medical aid was summoned but the young lady expired in twenty minutes after taking the deadly liquid.

Miss McCormac was a graduate of the Dillon High School and took a high stand in her classes. For several years she had filled the position of night operator at the local telephone exchange and was held in the highest esteem by the officials of the company and her associates at the office. She was about twenty-three years old and was raised by her father, her mother having died when she was quite a small girl. She is survived by her father and one brother Mr James McCormac of Dillon.

The circumstances leading up to and surrounding the tragedy make the death of Miss McCormac peculiarly sad and the father and brother have the deepest sympathy of the community in their hour of trouble.

The body was taken to Salem, near Blenheim, in Marlboro county Tuesday morning and the interment was made at the family graveyard, the services being conducted by the Rev Jas McQueen in the absence of the young lady’s pastor, Rev Mr McSween.

Miss McCormac had a large family connection in Dillon and Marlboro counties.


The Dillon Herald, September 14, 1916

Curious Epitaphs

Epitaphs on gravestones of 30 or 40 years ago are in many cases very amusing.

An epitaph in Burlington churchyard Mass. On the tombstone of a person named Anthony Drake, was evidently not written with the permission of his wife. It runs as follows:

Sacred to the memory of Anthony Drake,
Who died for peace and quietness’ sake.
His wife was constantly scolding and coffin’
So he sought repose in a twelve-dollar coffin.

From another cemetery is a verse characteristically to the point:

Here lies the body of Mary Ann Lowder;
She burst while drinking a certain powder,
Called from this world to her heavenly rest,
She should have waited to it effervesced.

And another of the same type from Connecticut:

Here lies, cut down like upripe fruit,
The wife of Deacon Amos Shute.
She died of drinking too much coffee,
Anny Dominy eighteen forty

An affecting epitaph from Pennsylvania reads as follows;

Eliza, sorrowing, rears this marble slab
To her dear John, who died of eating crab.

The Dillon Herald, September 14, 1916

                    Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Sprunt, a boy

The Dillon Herald, September 14, 1916 

                    Born to Dr and Mrs Jno H Hamer, a girl

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Body of Jno Graves, colored, found near Seaboard track near Minturn Saturday night.

Graves was known as a peaceable hardworking Negro. He was about 35 years old and leaves a widow.

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Kiffin Rockwell Killed in Action

Youthful Days Spent with Dillon County Relatives

A Grandson of the late Enoch Ayres and Nephew of Elias Ayres Who Reside near Lake View.

The death of Kiffin Rockwell, who was killed Saturday while fighting a German monoplane in mid-air, brings sorrow to many Dillon county folks who knew the young man when he lived in his county with his uncle, the late Enoch Ayres. The major portion of young Rockwell’s youthful days were spent near Lake View. Mother is Mrs. L. A. Rockwell of Winston Salem. Kiffin Rockwell was born on Sept 30, 1892 at Nedport*, Tenn. His father was a Baptist minister of NC. His mother was Miss Lula Ayers, a member of a prominent SC family. Rockwell’s father died when the boy was two years old and later Mrs. Rockwell moved with her two sons to Asheville, NC where they lived for many years. Kiffin was a graduate of Washington and Lee University and also attended the Virginia Military Institute for a time.

Note by transcriber – probably Newport.

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Eleanor the daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Nierusee celebrated her 4th birthday Friday.

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Mr and Mrs Joel Isham Allen issued invitations of marriage of their daughter Virginia Faith to Mr Ransome Judson Williams – will take place Oct 11th

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Mr and Mrs Melvia L Edwards of Mullins announce engagement of their daughter Madge to Dr Joe H Kirby – wedding Oct 14. Groom former resident of Dillon having filled position of pharmacist at Evans Pharmacy for a number of years – now one of Mullins leading druggists

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Dr and Mrs James M Kibler of Newberry announce engagement of their daughter Emma Elizabeth to Mr Frank Wethington Chapman of Dillon – wedding Oct 20

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Mr and Mrs Chas B Allen of Clio announce engagement of daughter Mary Ruth to Dr Benjamin Franklin McLeod, wedding Nov 8

Born to Mr and Mrs J H McLaurin a son 

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

                     Death claims good citizen

D Frank McIntyre Passed Away at His Home Near Dillon Friday

Death claimed a good citizen when D Frank McIntyre passed away at his home four miles east of Dillon Friday morning, after an illness of several months. Although not unexpected the death of Mr McIntyre came as a great shock to his many friends throughout the county. Mr McIntyre was about 50 years of age and although his health had been failing for several years he managed until a short while before his death to look after his farming interest. He had long been a faithful and consistent member of Pee Dee Presbyterian church and the interment was made at the church cemetery Saturday morning, the services being conducted by Rev J A McQueen assisted by Dr A G Buckner. Mr McIntyre had been a member of the Masonic order almost from the day he attained his majority and was buried with Masonic honors, the eulogy being delivered by Mr John C Sellers, who reviewed the history and genealogy of the McIntyre and Carmichael families who had prominent in the development of the Carolinas from the time of their early settlement. The deceased was quiet and unassuming in his manner, a successful business man and farmer and was highly esteemed by everyone who knew him. He was never married and lived at the old homestead with a maiden sister. For manly years he looked after the extensive interests of his aunt, Miss Mary Carmichael.

His surviving brothers and sisters are Jeff D McIntyre, Miss Lovetta McIntyre, Mrs M C Berry and Mrs P M Stewart.

The Dillon Herald, September 28, 1916

Death of a Real Daughter

(Kate Lilly Blue to Sunday News)

Tuesday the sad news reached Marion that Mrs. Ellen Alice Spencer had passed quietly away at her home near Marion at 9’o'clock that morning. Mrs. Spencer was one of the three "real daughters" in South Carolina, and she was a woman who had devoted a long life to her home and family; she fully appreciated the distinction this position gave her, and up to a few years ago she attended the meetings of the Swamp Fox Chapter of which she was an honored member. She was born Oct 28, 1832, a daughter of Capt. Stephen Godbold and Rebecca Woods, his third wife. Stephen Godbold belonged to one of the pioneer families of this section – his grandfather, John Godbold, a native of Suffolk, England, and a captain in the West Indian service of the British navy, having settled on the site of the town of Marion in 1735, after landing at Charleston. He married Elizabeth McGurney, a girl of Scotch-Irish parentage, and three sons were born to them, John, James, and Thomas. John Godbold took up 550 acres of land on his arrival, and at the birth of each son he took up more land until the Godbold acres stretched westward from the town of Marion beyond where the town of Sellers stands. He died in 1765, aged 101 years. His sons took unto themselves wives from the other pioneer families and left manly descendants.

Thomas the youngest son of John Godbold, married Martha Heron, and was the father of Stephen, who was born in 1764, and was consequently a child of eleven years only at the outbreak of the Revolutionary war. All his relatives who were old enough were among the first to volunteer for services and enlist for the war. Marion then Craven County- was the skirmish ground of Marion’s men and the British regulars, as well as the bloodthirsty Tories, who infested this section and treated with great cruelty the women and children left at home. Little Stephen Godbold’s mind must have been thrilled with patriotic fervor at an early age, for, when only 14 years of age, we find him shouldering his musket and enlisting as a private in Capt. Foxworth’s company, and at the age of 18 its captain. We have these bare historical facts of his life, but back of them lies a great deal unsaid but easily understood. One proof of his patriotism is the fact that he gave his services absolutely free to his country, for nowhere is it recorded that he received any pay for his services as a soldier of the Revolution. We have his commission, which proves his service, and the family history and traditions, which give more particulars of his citizenship in the republic he helped to create, and of his life in the home he reared at the close of the war. In both places he displayed the same loyalty and devotion which made him a type of Marion’s men.

Stephen Godbold was three times married, first to Miss Annie Grice, from whom are descended our popular clerk of Court and auditor. Dr Frank Miles, and Stephen Godbold Miles. His second wife a Miss Jones, left no children. He was married for the third time in 1822 to Miss Rebecca Woods, who was the mother of our beloved "real daughter" who has just crossed over the river to join those gone on so long before. Mrs. Spencer’s father and mother died in March 1845 within a few days of each other, leaving her and her brother and sister to the guardianship of relatives. When she was only14 years of age she was married to Mr. John Spencer, a native of NC who had come to live in Marion, and they retired to her ancestral home where she was born and where she was to spend the rest of her life. She was the mother of ten children all of whom survive her, several grandchildren and one great grandchild with whom she was photographed just one month ago. Her death was comparatively sudden, she having been confined to her bed only two days, but for some months she had been suffering from the infirmities of old age, and was gradually declining ion health. She was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon as the sun was sinking slowly behind the pines; in a cloudless sky, in the family cemetery, in the rear of the house where sleep her soldier father and her husband, and other near relatives. The Swamp Fox Chapter sent a delegation of members and a beautiful floral offering to express the sorrow at the loss of the senior member and "real daughter."

Mrs Spencer was of a most attractive personality, even up to the last months of her life. Bright, vivacious , witty, her bright brown eyes would sparkle with mirth when she was amused, and the writer has enjoyed many a delightful conversation with her. Tiny of stature, she had the natural grace of a child and the graciousness of the old-time Southern ladies. After she was 80 years of age she would drive into town herself, to attend chapter meetings, or to call on friends, or attend to business. Two of us went to see her last May and found her quite indisposed, and I left sad at heart, fearing it would be the last time I should see my dear old friend. I looked back as the car passed out under the massive cedars for a last glance at the tiny figure standing on the porch beside her daughter and mentally said a final "good-bye" but just a month ago I had the pleasure of seeing her drive into town with her daughter, granddaughter – and great-grand-daughter for them to be photographed together. But she is gone now, the spirit has been released from its frail tenement, the worn link that connected the bounding present with the long dead past, has snapped, and she sleeps the long sleep where the pines and cedars sing a soft and unending requiem over her grave. 

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Little Boy Drowns

Son of Mrs. P. F. Barron Formerly Miss Montgomery of Marion

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Barron of Spray, NC met a tragic death while playing near his home a few days ago. Mrs. Barron was a Miss Montgomery of Marion, a daughter of Mr. J. D. Montgomery and a sister of Mrs. Joe P. Lane of Dillon. Following is the Associated Press account of the tragedy.

Spray, NC September 29 – One of the most distressing accidents that ever happened in this section occurred late yesterday afternoon at the home of Paul F. Barron when John the eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Barron was drowned by falling in a well.

John’s playmate, a son of W. K. Lane, was drawing a bucket of water from the well when the little fellow stepped on the covering, which gave way from decay and precipitated the child to the bottom. After an effort that consumed about three quarters of an hour his body was brought to the surface.

Mr Barron is the manager of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in this district and moved here from Lynchburg about a year ago. The funeral service was conducted from Leaksville Methodist Church at 10 o’clock this morning in charge of Rev. A L Aycock.

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Mr Julius Evans of Dillon married Miss Lillian Luray of Charleston recently.

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

The Herald wishes to make a little correction. Miss Eleanor Sprunt Niernsee celebrated her third and not her fourth birthday last week.

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Elizabeth Blizzard 5 year old on Saturday.

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Mrs Josephine L. Jacoby and Mr A Schafer married on 26th Sept in Greensboro. Make home in Little Rock.

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Birthday party for Little Marie and Lucile daughters of Mr J B Thompson. No age given

The Dillon Herald, October 5, 1916

Miss Virginia Faith Allen to be married Oct 12th to Mr Ransome Judson Williams.

The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

William E Watson Dead

Was Member of Prominent Marion County Family

Sellers, Oct 5 – Mr. Wm. E. Watson died here at the home of his son, Mr. Pratt Watson, Saturday morning and was buried Sunday afternoon at Antioch Baptist Church, where are buried generations of the Watson family. His death was not wholly unexpected, as he had been in declining health for several years. He spent this summer in the mountains, and becoming seriously ill there was carried to an infirmary in Florence, and growing weaker, was brought home about two weeks ago. The funeral services were conducted by Dr R. Ford, of Marion and Mr. Watson’s pastor, the Rev H. C. Dunn, and there was a very large congregation present, as the deceased was well known and had many relatives in both Marion and Dillon counties.

He was in the 59th year of his age having been born in Feb 1858. Besides his wife he leaves eleven living children. Mrs. W. D. Sellers, Mrs. J. Y. McGill of Kingstree; Miss Alana Watson, a student at Winthrop; Miss Flora Watson the Rev Lawton Watson professor in.a Baptist college at Rio Janiero, Brazil; Julian Watson of Helen, Georgia, Hoyt Watson of Florence; Burke Watson, of Sumter; Jasper Watson, principal of the Little Rock School, and Pratt Watson and Memory Watson, of this place. His mother, Mrs. Cherry Watson, now in her eighty seventh year, is living and the following sisters; Mrs. Ben B Sellers, Mrs. C. W. Wiggins, Mrs. Ellen Bass and Messrs John G Watson, Furman Watson and D. M. Watson.

Mr. Watson was a grandson of Johann and Mary Watson in honor of whom there is an annual reunion held at Antioch, which occasions are noted for the number of descendants attending and the great interest manifested throughout this whole section.


The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

                    Born to Mr and Mrs W J Adams, a girl

The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

William H Lide Dead

Was Great-Grandson of One of Marions Men

Marion Oct 5- William H Lide, of Marion, a great-grandson of one of "Marion’s Men" died at his home in this city very suddenly Tuesday morning and was buried in Ross Hill Cemetery on the following day. Judge Mendel L Smith, who is presiding over the Court of General Sessions, adjourned court during the funeral services, which were conducted by Dr Rufus Ford, at the Baptist Church, out of respect for the Hon L D Lide, a son of the deceased, and who is a member of the local Bar.

William H. Lide was born July 30, 1848 near Darlington, in the famous Welsh Neck section. He was a son of Evan J Lide and a great-grandson of Major Robert Lide, of Francis Marion’ brigade. He was a member of one of the oldest and most widely connected families in the State.

He was educated at Atlanta and married Miss Gertrude Durant, daughter of the late Col W W Durant, of this city. He devoted his entire life to farming and was noted for his gentleness. All of his children eight in number survive him. Three brothers also survive, E C Lide and E P Lide of Darlington and the Rev Dr Robert W Lide of Atlanta.


The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

Edwin R. Ellerbe Dies At Asheville

Former Congressman Passed Away Tuesday

Represented Sixth District for Three Consecutive Terms-Ill for More than a Year

Ex-Congressman Edwin R. Ellerbe died at Asheville Tuesday after an illness of more than a year. Mr. Ellerbe entered politics when quite a young man and after representing Marion county in the general assembly he was elected to congress and represented the sixth district for three consecutive terms. Mr. Ellerbe was a brother of the late Governor Ellerbe.

About six months ago Mr. Ellerbe went to Asheville for the benefit of his health. The change of climate did not prove beneficial and he continued to decline until Tuesday when he passed away.

Mr. Ellerbe is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, Mrs. J. N. Glover of Marion; J. E. Ellerbe, Jr, of Winston-Salem, NC and Ernest Ellerbe of Lake City. His surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. J. H .Manning, Misses Omega, Eva and Mrs. Mary Ellerbe and Mr. Cash Ellerbe of Latta. The interment will be made at the Haselden burying ground near Sellers today.


The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

Former Dillonite Dies

Mr. Robert Lucien Bethea, for many years a resident of Dillon, died at Sumter last Wednesday. The interment was made at Bishopville where the family resides. Mr. Bethea had been in bad health for a year. He was a son of the late Jas R. and Mary McLeod Bethea of Latta and a brother of Messrs D. McL. Bethea and J. B. Bethea of this county.


The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

                     On Oct 11 – Allen – Williams Wedding – bride daughter of Rev Joel I Allen.

The Dillon Herald, October 19, 1916

E Randolph Gasque of Marion and Miss Iona Lee Chavis of Bennttsville married Monday morning.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916


This community was saddened to learn of the death of Ex Congressman J. E. Ellerbe on last Tuesday. Mr. Ellerbe was born and reared in this neighborhood and the most of his life was spent here, he having moved to the town of Marion after he was elected congressman from this district. His elementary education was received at old Pine Hill and he went from here to Wofford where he graduated. Mr. Ellerbe was one of the founders of the Methodist church here, and he was the efficient superintendent of the Sunday School as long as he remained in the neighborhood. He is buried at the Haselden cemetery about two miles from the station where are buried his father and mother, his brother William who died while governor of SC and numerous other relatives. The grave was covered with most beautiful flowers. The venerable Mr. Cas Haselden aged 87 probably the oldest man in the community was able to attend the burial.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Oak Grove

Mr George W Harper, an aged citizen living near here, died last Tuesday night after a brief illness. Mr Harper was a good man and for many years was a consistent member of the Bethlehem Methodist church, at which cemetery his remains were laid to rest Thursday afternoon.


The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916


Mrs. Sarah Rowell was buried at Mt Andrew Sunday at 4 o’clock. She was a good woman and was nearing eighty years of age. Dr and Mrs. C. R. Taber attended the funeral of Mrs. Rowell at Mt Andrew Sunday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Mr Travis Flowers and Miss Catherine Webster married in Sanford on 18th. Mr Flowers is a delivery clerk at Dillon post office. Make home with grooms mother Mrs E Flowers for present.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

                    Mr Jack Graham and Miss Louise Davis of Marion married Monday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Invitations issued to wedding of Miss Sara Delphine daughter of Mrs Robert P Hamer to Mr Alfred Scarborough of Sumter. Nov 8th.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Newberry - Miss Emma Elizabeth Kibler married Francis Worthington Chapman on Oct 21. Brides father Dr and Mrs J M Kibler of Newberry. Mr Chapman formerly a professor at Newberry college and now superintendent of the electric plant at Dillon..

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Mrs. Sarah Rowell

Mrs. Sarah Rowell, a beloved Christian woman of Floydale, died on Saturday morning after many years illness, at the age of seventy nine and the funeral services and interment took place at the Methodist church yard on Sunday evening at 4 o’clock.

Mrs. Rowell was not only ripe in years, but also in good deeds, for though an invalid she was ever cheerful and bright throughout her illness.

She left a large family of children and grandchildren to mourn her loss and many friends who will miss the kindly presence.

The Dillon Herald, October 26, 1916

Marion Oct 21- Mr. and Mrs. Alexander R. Oliver celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their colonial county home, Wood Lawn.

Mrs. Oliver is the youngest daughter of the late Capt. David LeGette. She inherited and still lives at Wood Lawn, the historic home of Capt. LeGette. Her father was one of the strongest supporters of the Confederacy, and he was willing to give all that he had for its success. His oldest son, the gallant young Capt. Hannibal LeGette, gave his life for the cause. So patriotic and so devotee was Capt. David LeGette to the cause of the Confederacy that he is said to have remarked that if the Rocky Mountains were a solid mound of gold, and were his, he would give it for the success of the Confederacy.

Mr. Oliver is a Confederate veteran, having served as a brave and fearless soldier through the entire war. He is a member of one of Marion's oldest and best families, and he has spent his life as a useful and progressive citizen.

The following are the children of this beloved couple. Mar L. M. Gasque, Mrs. J. C. Davis, D. Haskell Oliver, A R. Oliver, Jr., Miss Mayo Oliver, Eugene S. Oliver and H. Langdon Oliver, and the grandchildren are Biscoe, Evelyn, Wendell, Margaret, Guy, St. Claire, Buckingham and Dorothy Davis, Margaret Evelyn Gasque and Marion, Mary Evelyn and David McNeil Oliver.


The Dillon Herald, November 2, 1916

Much has been printed in European newspapers on the subject of strap watches as a part of military equipment. This has attracted a good deal of attention, since modern warfare has demonstrated the necessity for officers and soldiers to know the time. The telephone and signal service, which play important parts in modern warfare, have made the wearing of watches by soldiers obligatory. The only practical way in which they can wear them is on the wrist, where the time can be ascertained readily, an impossibility with the old-style pocket watch.

European reports show that strap watches have been adopted for use in the army and navy, and that civilians are also wearing them in preference to the pocket watch.

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916

Engagement of Miss Jimmie Britton of Kingstree to Mr Jasper Watson of Little Rock. Mr Watson one of our own folk.

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916

Mrs Marie Brunson returned to Dillon Friday morning from Florence where she attended the funeral of her uncle, Mr Crog Brunson.

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916  

Mamie Young and John Allen were married recently.  The bride is the niece of Mrs. C. E. Powell

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916

Miss Sara Delphine Hamer married Alfred Scarborough in Hamer on Wednesday (the top of te page is dated Nov. 9 but it is with the November 23 issues on the microfilm.

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916

Mr and Mrs Hugh C McColl of Hasty, NC announce engagement of their daughter Willie Eleanor to Rodric M McLucas, of McColl – wedding to be in December.

The Dillon Herald, November 9, 1916

Florence Nov 1 – Mr J Crog Brunson, another of Florence’s old and best known citizens and a Confederate veteran, passed to the great beyond shortly after six o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Mr Brunson had not been well for some days, but was able to be up and around. Yesterday he was uptown and late in the afternoon went to his home in South Warley street. He retired soon after reaching his home and a short time afterwards his wife went to his room to see after him and found that life was extinct.

The funeral services will be held on Friday morning from his late residence in South Warley street at 10 o’clock being delayed awaiting
the arrival of his son, Norment Brunson, who is at Helena, Ark. The interment will be made in Mount Hope cemetery at this place.

The November 16th issue of the Dillon Herald on the microfilm follows after the November 30th issue. The November issues are all mixed in together making it difficult to determine the dates.

The Dillon Herald, November 16, 1916

Mr and Mrs Aber Solomon announce engagement of daughter Bertha Solomon to Abe Iseman of Little Rock

The Dillon Herald, November 16, 1916

Engagement announced Mary James Britton of Kingstree to F J Watson on Dec 21. Groom superintendent of Little Rock High School

The Dillon Herald, November 16, 1916

Clio - Mamie Allen and Dr. Benjamin F. McLeod were married last week.

The Dillon Herald, November 16, 1916

Miss May Carmichael is in McColl attending wedding of her niece Jessie Tatum.

The Dillon Herald, November 16, 1916

Dr Arthur S Townsend physician of Bennettsville died at his home Sunday

The Dillon Herald, November 21, 1916

Mr. E. P. McNeil and Miss Lula Peterkin were married at the home of Mrs. Sue Peterkin Sunday afternoon.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. A. Wilson former pastor of the Dillon Presbyterian Church.

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Black Brutes Kill Prominent Farmer

Rev Hugh Harrelson Murdered on Threshold of His Commissary

Plow Point is Used to Inflict Death Blow

Mrs Harrelson is Attacked and Severely Wounded by Murderer of Her Husband.

Almost within the shadow of the church building Rev Hugh Harrelson, a prominent farmer and citizen of the Pleasant Hill section, was foully murdered by a Negro at an early hour Tuesday evening. The death blow was inflicted with a plow point and Mr Harrelson died within an hour without regaining consciousness. After committing the crime the murderer went into the house and attacked Mrs Harrelson with a club, inflicting severe wounds upon her arms and back.

It was about 7 o’clock Tuesday night while Mr and Mrs Harrelson were at supper when a Negro came to the house and said he wanted to buy some groceries. A hundred yards down the avenue is the commissary, and Mr Harrelson told the Negro he would go to the commissary with him as soon as he finished his supper. Finishing the evening meal Mr Harrelson went out of the house and that was the last time he was seen alive.

It was about ten minutes after Mr Harrelson had left the house when Mrs Harrelson heard some one enter the front door. She thought it was Mr Harrelson and paid no attention to the matter. Her back was toward the front door and when she faced around she was confronted with a huge Negro whom she says was John Johnson, a former laborer on a nearby plantation. Before she could utter a word the Negro told her that if she screamed he would kill her. At this moment he struck her with a heavy club and she threw up her arm to ward off the blow. Fighting her way backward from the black brute she continued to ward off the blows with her arm, which was beaten almost to a pulp. Completely exhausted she gave up the fight and fell to the floor. The Negro, thinking she was dead, fled the house through a rear door and made his way across a cotton field to a piece of woods.

When Mr Harrelson failed to come to her rescue Mrs Harrelson said she knew he had been killed or fatally wounded and upon recovering herself she rang the farm bell and continued to scream for help. Neighbors rushing to the house in response to her screams found the body of Mr Harrelson in front of the commissary weltering in a stream of blood gushing from a ghastly wound back of the right ear.

Mr Harrelson’s body was lying directly in front of the commissary, close up to the steps. A bruise over the right eye and a few strands of his hair clinging to the bottom step showed that in falling his head hit the step. His store keys were under his body, indicating that he was about to enter or was leaving the commissary when the fatal blow was struck. Late Tuesday afternoon two plow points were on the commissary platform within a foot of where the body was found, but as one of the plow points was found to be missing shortly after the tragedy was discovered the theory is that the murderer used one of the plow points in inflicting the death blow and then threw it away.

Circumstances surrounding the tragedy seem to indicate that the motive was robbery, although it is said that Mr Harrelson had had some trouble with a Negro, Arch Campbell, who was arrested at late hour Tuesday night and is now in the Dillon County jail. One of the hip pockets had been ripped open and a purse which Mr Harrelson was known to have had was missing. Mrs Harrelson is positive that the Negro who attacked her was John Johnson, who had been living in the community for a number of years. Johnson bears a pretty bad reputation and has been lying out for the past week. He stole a cow from his employer some time ago.

Arch Campbell’s home is about two miles from the Harrelson home. Saturday afternoon Mr Harrelson was returning from Dillon and met Campbell and some other Negroes in the public road. Campbell threw his hat in the road and dared Mr Harrelson to drive over it. Mr Harrelson reported the matter to Policeman Martin, who went over there Monday and arrested Campbell.

Campbell went over to Mr Harrelson’s and apologized for his conduct, claiming that he was drunk and did not know what he was doing.

When the bloodhounds arrived yesterday morning they took up the trail of the Negro who was supposed to have attacked Mrs Harrelson and made his escape through a rear door. The dogs followed the trail through the cotton field and down the public road to Campbell’s house, where they went up to the bed in which Campbell was sleeping when he was arrested by Sheriff Lane Tuesday night. A shirt found in the room showed faint signs of blood on the sleeve. The dogs were brought to Dillon and carried to the county jail where they stopped at Campbell’s cell.

The theory is that one of the Negroes killed Mr Harrelson while the other went to the house and attacked Mrs Harrelson. The Negroes might have met in the back yard after committing the crimes and there parted company, Johnson going toward his home, which would have led out of the front yard, while Campbell went out by the back yard and crossed the cotton field.

Mr Jim McLellan, who lives about a mile this side of the Harrelson home, said he was talking with one of his tenants a little after 7 o’clock Tuesday night when some one passed in a suspicious looking manner within a few feet of where he was standing. Mr McLellan thinks this was Johnson.

Mr Harrelson was one of the most prominent and highly respected citizens of the Pleasant Hill community and the people of this section are greatly wrought up over the tragedy. A large crowd was at the scene of the tragedy Tuesday night and yesterday morning and there were threats of lynching if the guilty party was apprehended although cooler heads in the crowd advised caution, and up to this hour the attention was quieter. The evidence against the Negro Campbell is purely circumstantial, although the dogs followed a straight trail from the Harrelson home to his bedroom. At the hour of going to press bloodhounds were following the trail of the Negro Johnson and it is not believed the real author of the crime will be known until Johnson is apprehended.

The Negro Campbell was spirited away by officers yesterday afternoon it is not known where they Negro was taken, but it likely that he has been carried to Columbia, where he will be kept until the excitement subsides.

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Mallory - Rev. Arthur T. Allen. a young minister of Darlington county, was recently married and spent a week in this communtiy with his parents in Brownsville.

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Mrs. R. L. Lane announces the engagement of her daughter, Bessie to Mr. Rawl of Lykes, Richland County.

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Floydale - Little Miss Louise Floyd – last Monday – third birthday party      

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Mrs. W. C. Bracy returned from Marion Sunday after attending the funeral of her brother, Arrington Perrett, of Sweetwater, Oklahoma.

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

Algeron Rogers and Ida Elizabeth Muller were married at Blenheim.  The bride is the sister of M. W. H. Muller and a former teacher in Brownsville.  The groom manages a large pantation at Jackson Springs, NC.              

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

                Death of Sallie McCormic Rowell - transcription available by emailing <>

The Dillon Herald, November 23, 1916

D Frank McIntyre

Since we the members of Blue Lodge No 142 of Master Masons, deeply feel the loss of our brother and friend, Mr D Frank McIntyre, we place on record our appreciation of his character and life in the following resolutions:

Resolve 1; That in the death of D Frank McIntyre, Blue Lodge No 142 has lost a faithful member; the brothers a worthy brother; our community, an exemplary citizen.

Resolve 2: That though we no longer have the privilege of his comradeship, judgment and counsel, we hereby submit to the will of the Supreme Architect of the Universe who doeth all things well.

Resolve 3: That we extend to his relatives our deep and heartfelt sympathy.

Resolve 4: That These resolutions be spread upon our records; a copy be sent, respectively, to his family, and the Dillon Herald for publications.

E V Moody

A J Carmichael

J A McQueen

The Dillon Herald, November 30, 1916

County facing a salt shortage – McLaurin and Thompson store unable to buy salt at any price – most comes from Europe – ballast in ships having no return cargoes – shortage of ships – no sign of relieve until war ends – during Civil War so scarce people sent wagons to cost to extract salt from water. 

The Dillon Herald, November 30, 1916

Rowland -Nov 22 – wedding – Hiram Watson Rainey of Americus Ga and Bessie McCormic of Rowland.
Given by her mother

The Dillon Herald, November 30, 1916

Petition signed by merchants to move freight station further out of town. Traffic at Main and Harrison street crossings dangerous

The Dillon Herald, November 30, 1916

Infant child of Mr and Mrs Adwell Grooms died Sunday.

The Dillon Herald, December 7, 1916

Children and grandchildren of L T Sessions held family reunion at old home in Latta on Thanksgiving.

Ten children seven of whom are married – 26 grandchildren

Children in order of age are

Mrs Janie A Benton of Chadburn NC; Rev Wayne Sessions of Buffalo N Y; Cheerer S Sessions of Niceville, Fla; L T Sessions Jr of Floydale, SC’ Mrs G R Floyd of Latta; Mrs Helen R Cuthbert of Mullins; Percy W Sessions, Clyde Sessions Bethea, Miss Lola Belle and Miss Beuna of Latta. Mother Julia, Mrs L T Sessions, the beloved stepmother, superintended the feast. First time all members of the family sat together at a meal.

The Dillon Herald, December 7, 1916

Mrs. Ann T Keen

Passed away Thursday at the Home of Her Granddaughter

Mrs. Ann T Keen died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Bethea, four miles west of Dillon on Thanksgiving day. Before coming to Dillon Mrs. Keen had resided in Columbia and the Columbia State pays the following tribute to her memory:

Mrs. Ann Thompson Keen, who for several years had made her home in Columbia with her daughter, Mrs. Scott Brown, died in Dillon on Thanksgiving day at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Bethea. Mrs. Keen was a gentlewoman whom everybody respected and admired. A remarkable woman, both intellectually and physically. Although 74 years old she retained her energy and vitality until a few hours before her death. On her paternal side she descended from Scotch nobility, her great-great-grandfather a duke. Her maternal relatives were of a prominent Virginia family. She leaves four children, Mrs. Scott Brown and Charles Keen of Columbia, Will Keen of New Mexico and Mrs. Neil Buchanan of Florence, Ore. Funeral services were held at Thomasville, NC

The Dillon Herald, December 7, 1916

Born to Mr and Mrs J D Collins a boy                

The Dillon Herald, December 7, 1916

                    New Holly – people attended funeral of Mrs J S Galloway at Dothan Sunday

The Dillon Herald, December 14, 1916

Mrs. W. J. Carter Passes Away

Death came at a Florence Hospital last Thursday Morning

Mrs. W J Carter died at a Florence hospital last Thursday morning and was buried at Little Rock cemetery Friday afternoon. About four weeks ago Mrs. Carter was stricken with appendicitis and was taken to the hospital for an operation, she had recovered from the effects of the operation and was ready to return home when she developed an acute case of erysipelas. Her condition became so alarming that her relatives were summoned to her bedside Tuesday afternoon and although everything known to medical science was done to stoop the progress of the malady she continued to decline until early Thursday morning when she passed away.

Before her marriage to Mr. Carter in Dec 1913 (the day preceding her death being her marriage anniversary) she was Miss Lottie Stackhouse. She was born and reared near the town of Little Rock where she owned a valuable plantation which she managed with such rare skill and judgment that she succeeded in accumulating a comfortable estate.

She was also a woman of kind and generous impulses and was always ready to lighten the burdens of the poor and needy. She took an active part in church work and was a valuable member of the various religious and charitable organizations of the town. From young womanhood she had been a faithful and consistent member of the Little Rock Methodist church and after moving to Dillon she united with the Dillon church and was one of its most useful and valuable members. She will be missed, not only in the home but also in social circles where she was greatly loved and esteemed.

Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband Mr. W. J. Carter, and the following brothers and sisters: Messrs M. Stackhouse and I. P. Stackhouse, of Marion; Mrs. Janie Lewis and Mrs. Emma Rogers of Mullins; Mrs. Ellen Pipkin, Bennettsville; Mrs. Mattie Edens, Beckville, Texas; Mrs. Ida Dunbar and Mrs. Neil LeGette, of Dillon, and her niece and nephew, Mrs. J. H. Meadors of Little Rock and Mr. Palmer Bethea, of Richmond both of whom she raised from childhood.

The Dillon Herald, December 14, 1916

Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LeRoque of Marion died. Mrs. LaRoque was Miss Alice Johnson

The Dillon Herald, December 14, 1916

Dr Michaux loses Residence -Dr D M Michaux’s residence on East Main Street totally destroyed by fire Sunday night

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Charleston second most murderous city in US for its size – First Memphis

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Oak Grove – Louise Fore and J Vernon Hayes of the Free State married Sunday

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Miss Bessie Stackhouse has gone to Burlington, NC to attend marriage of her cousin Miss Mamie Guthrie to Mr W M Allen

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Many friends of Mrs Ida White will regret to hear of her death at Greensboro,NC. Mrs White was a niece of Mrs J H Stackhouse and has visited down here several times.           

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

                    Born to Mr and Mrs B A Bedenbaugh, a son

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Sunday Evelyn Ammons married Mr Lacy Lane of Latta

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Sunday Annie Lois McCaskill married James Bryon Blackwell -Bride native of Jefferson- Chesterfield county but has been living with her sister Mrs W J Stricklin of Dillon -Groom native of Darlington – working with Atlantic Coast Line railroad

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Mamie Guthrie dau of Mr and Mrs Ben Guthrie of Burlington,N C married Tuesday Merriott W. Allen of Dillon son of Rev J. I . Allen

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Mallory Dec 21 Stephen Parten, and industrious farmer of the Oak Grove section, near here, died Monday night following an operation at an infirmary in Florence. The remains will be taken today to Hasty, NC for interment. HE is survived by a wife and several children two brothers and one sister.

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Tuesday Bessie Lane married Rinkalus Pensacola Rawl -Bride only daughter of Mrs R L Lane- teacher at Dillon High School -
Groom of Lykesland

The Dillon Herald, December 28, 1916

Mr and Mrs S J Braswell wish to thank many friends for kindness shown at death of their little daughter

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