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The Dillon Herald, January 4, 1917

Mrs. H. J. Bethea honored 70th birthday. Party Wednesday

The Dillon Herald, January 4, 1917

Elsie May little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McInnis died last Thursday – child buried at Antioch Friday morning

The Dillon Herald, January 4, 1917

 Eleanor Anderson Roddick married R. Julian Dew Wednesday. Bride’s brother Dr. W. M. Roddick of Tatum.
Only daughter of Mrs Margaret Sprunt Roddick formerly of Red Springs. Bride teacher in Dillon. 

Groom of Latta – represented Dillon county in general assembly for two consecutive terms

The Dillon Herald, January 11, 1917

Mallory- Miss Maude Hartley was buried at Bethlehem on Saturday morning. Miss Maude until about a year ago was a resident of Mallory, Rt 1, moving with her father and mother to Hartsville. News of her illness had not reached here and her death was a distinct shock to friends and relatives. The body reached Bingham on Friday night and was taken to the home of Mr. H. T. Hartley and on Saturday morning friends and relatives gathered at Brownsville cemetery to pay last sad tribute of love and respect to one who in life had been a beautiful Christian character, loved by all who knew her. Rev L. L. Phillips conducted the burial service.

The Dillon Herald, January 11, 1917

The tragic death of young Alton Atkins came as a terrible shock to this community.

The Dillon Herald, January 11, 1917

Residence of Mrs. Neil A. LeGette on First Avenue partially destroyed by five Tuesday night. Only a small portion of furniture taken out of house

The Dillon Herald, January 11, 1917

Kemper – Maude Ford married Edwin Horne on Sunday

The Dillon Herald, January 18, 1917

Death Claims Good Citizen

Mr. H. E. K. Smith Passed away at Latta Monday

News of the death of Mr. H. E. K. Smith a prominent business man of Latta, was received in Dillon Monday morning with much sorrow. Mr. Smith a man of vigorous and robust constitution, was taken ill Friday with pneumonia and died the following Monday.
Mr. Smith was prominently identified with the business interests of Latta and was one of the largest land owners and farmers in the county. He was president of the Smith Dew Company, which did an extensive business and was one of the most successful business institutions in the county.

Mr. Smith was in his 54th year and leaves a wife, four sons and six daughters, besides hosts of friends all over the county, to mourn his loss. The interment was at magnolia Cemetery near Latta Tuesday morning.

Sketch of His Life

(By Capt Jno C Sellers)

This community and the surrounding sections of Dillon and Marion counties were shocked when it became known that Mr Henry E K Smith died about 7:00 Monday morning. Only last Friday he was in his store, the picture of health, when he was seized with a severe chill, went to his home and soon pneumonia developed and the end cam Monday morning. It is no exaggeration to say that Latta has lost one of her most prominent and useful citizens. Having large land interests he was one of the most successful farmers of Dillon County. President of the Smith Wholesale Grocery Company he had large dealings throughout this section of the State. He was one of the best known and best beloved of our citizens. Everyone old and young white and black loved Henry Smith. His genial manner, his generous hospitality, his hearty hand-shake, his broad mind liberality and his great public spirit endeared him to all, and he made friends, not only here at home but everywhere he went.

By blood and marriage he was connected or related to almost everyone in Dillon and Marion Counties. On his father’s side he could trace his decent to John Smith, the first settler, who owned and settled the land now known as Moody’s Mill (called Smith’s Mill in revolutionary time) in Marion County. On his mother’s side he descended from both William and John Bethea two brothers who came from Nansemond County, Va, about 1750 and the one on Sweat swamp and the other on Buck swamp, and became the progenitors of all the Bethea's in this section and the Western States. Henry Ellerson Smith was the son of William Smith and Sophia Bethea Smith and was born at the "Smith" home on Buck swamp near Smithboro on June 9th, 1862. His father dying when the children were small. He was reared by his mother and received such education as the country schools afforded after the Confederate war. Before he was twenty-one years of age in February 1883, he married Miss Dora Dew and began farming in a small way. By this marriage there are now living nine children; W H Smith, cashier of the First National Bank of Dunn, NC; LeGrand Smith, secretary of the Smith Grocery Company, Latta; McCain Smith, student at Bailey Military Institute, Greenwood; Mrs. A. D. Allen, Mrs Henry Easterling, Misses Myrtle, Vera and Mildred Smith, Latta, and a young son, Ellerson. Mrs. Smith dying in 1905, Mr. Smith moved to Latta and in 1907 married Miss Mamie Evans. Of this union there is one child, Sarah a young girl now attending school here. After removing to Latta he organized the Smith Grocery Co, and with his son has been successfully managing the same. Mr. Smith devoted a large part of his time to his extensive farming interests. As a farmer he has been signally successful. He was one of the pioneers in the raising of tobacco. His tobacco having the finest reputation on the markets of Virginia, North Carolina and this State, and from the profits of this crop he laid the foundation for the valuable estate he has left.

In early life, Mr. Smith became a member of the Methodist church and was a prominent and liberal member of the same until his death. He was an enthusiastic Mason, being a member of Dalcho Lodge No 160 AFM of Dillon Chapter No 46, R A M , and of Dillon council No 24, R and S M . The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 11 o’clock am by his pastor, Dr. W. W D.Daniel, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, there was a large crowd of sympathizing friends present. The burial was at Magnolia cemetery. The following were the pal bearers: Active – H. A. Bethea, Dr. E. C. Major, L. D. Manship, John McDonald, C. F. Bass, S. V. Lane and J. F. Bethea; Honorary – John C. Sellers, E. B. Berry, T. R. Fore, W. Ellis Bethea, P. C. Henry, L. T. Sessions, Tracey E. Fore, J. C .Hayes, J. F. Easterling and E. C. Allen.

The Dillon Herald, January 18, 1917

Blenheim, Jan 13- Edwin W. Weatherly, a prominent and prosperous planter of this section, passed away at his home near here at 10-o’clock last Wednesday morning in the 62 year of his age. The interment was in the McCall cemetery, Bennettsville, Friday at 11 o’clock, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. J. S. Beasley of Lydia, Darlington county, assisted by the Rev. T. L. Belvin, pastor of the Blenheim circuit.

Mr. Weatherly was a man of genial and generous impulses and had many friends who deeply deplore his death. He had for many months past been a great sufferer, but he bore his sufferings with patience and Christian resignation.

A good and useful citizen a kind affectionate and devoted husband and father, a sincere and faithful friend, he will be missed in this section where he had lived for many years.

He is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters, by several brothers and one sister.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Bermuda School Honor Roll

Avery Moody, Marvin Moody, Bennie Moody, Olive Moody, Chester Moody, Ruby Moody, Grace Moody, Vaugh Moody, Gladys Moody, Joe Wheeler Moody, Loyd Moody, among others

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Mr. J. C. McEachern Passes

One of County’s Oldest and Staunchest Citizens Passes Away

When death claimed Mr. Jno. C. McEachern on the 13th instant, the county lost one of its most substantial and valuable citizens. Mr. McEachern had long since passed his allotted three score and ten, but had enjoyed good health until about three years ago when he was stricken with paralysis. Since then he had been able to visit Dillon only at rare intervals, but he was always gladly welcomed here where he and many friends among both young and old.

Mr. McEachern was descended from sturdy Scotch stock, and he inherited many of the strong traits of character for which this distinct race of people is famous. He possessed a deep sense of honor,, and in all his transactions his word was as good as his bond. The major portion of his life was spent on his farm near Hamer where he lived quietly, enjoying the fruits of his labor and contributing freely toward the support of the church and the other religious organizations of his community. He was one of the solid citizens of the Hamer section, and although he had long since given up the active affairs of life, he will be greatly missed not only in the home but in the church and in the community where he was a tower of strength.

Mr. McEachern is survived by his wife, and a son and daughter, Mr. J. A. McEachern and Miss Katherine McEachern, both of the Hamer section, who, with hosts of friends both young and old, mourn his passing.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Mr. John C. Sellers spent a few days last week in Dunn, NC being one of those who accompanied the body of Mr McQuarqodale to its last resting place.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Floydale -Miss Geneva Campbell and Mr. Walker McLellan of Zion were married by Rev. D. H. Everett Sunday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Mr. S. Seigler Dead

Conducted Mercantile Business in Dillon for Several Years

Wilmington, Jan 22- S. Seigler, a prominent retired business man of this city, and a former resident of Dillon, SC died at his home, No, 215 South Front Street at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, after a lingering illness of more than a year. He was 58 years old. Pending the arrival of his son, Robert A. Seigler, who is connected with the traffic department of the Associated Press at Chicago, no funeral arrangements have as yet been made.

Mr. Seigler was a native of Berlin, Germany, and came to this country in 1871, settling in New York. Seven years later he moved to Dillon, SC where he engaged in the mercantile business. It is said that he erected the first store building in that city. He came to Wilmington from Dillon in 1898, and was engaged in the furniture business continually until about a year ago, when he was forced to retire on account of his failing health.

While in Dillon, Mr. Seigler was married to Miss Sarah Dees, who died in 1906. Of this union he is survived by five children, Messrs Archie and S. Seigler, Jr and Mrs. G. T. Keen of this city; Mr. Robert Seigler of Chicago, and Mrs. E. T. Fike of Detroit. Mr. Seigler was married for the second time to Miss Julia Allen of Wilmington who with two little daughters, Misses Jennie and Julia, survives him.

He was a member of Grace Methodist church and of the local camp of the Woodmen of the World.


The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

                    A Veteran Passes

Mr. W. E .McKnight, Aged 78 Years, Passes Away Saturday.

Mr. W. E. McKnight died at the home of his nephew, Mr. W. A. Weaver, Saturday after an illness of several days. Mr. McKnight was in his 76 year and was a veteran of the civil war. He was a native of Williamsburg county where the major portion of his life had been spent, but the past several years had been spent in Dillon at the home of Mr. Weaver.

Mr. McKnight was a man of manly excellent traits of character, a sincere and earnest Christian and a man who was greatly esteemed for his noble and generous impulses. Of his immediate family he is survived by one son, Capt. Ashton McKnight, a conductor on the Atlantic Coast Line.

Mr. McKnight was buried at Mt Holly Cemetery Sunday afternoon, the funeral being conducted by his pastor, Rev H A Willis.

The Florence Times, the paper published near his old home, pays the following tribute to his memory:

"The Times learns with the deepest regret of the death at Dillon on Saturday of its good friend and long time correspondent, "Peniel Bill."

"Capt. E W McKnight, one of the finest men this section ever produced passed away at the home of his nephew, Wash Weaver, at Dillon on Saturday and was buried on Sunday.

"He was born and raised in Williamsburg and went to the war with the men of this section after his return settled in this county. His good wife preceded him to the grave a few years ago. Their son Ashton is now a conductor on the Coast Line at Waycross.

England- A new public danger threatens the country in the difficulties of burying the dead. It is callused by the scarcity of undertakers, coffin makers and grave diggers and has resulted in delaying funerals for days, a condition which if aggravated by an epidemic would become very serious. To forestall that danger and also to remedy the present situation compulsory cremation is being advocated. Men gone to war. New regulation nothing is to be sent over 112 pounds on passenger trains, this means that coffins with a few exceptions will have to be shipped on freight trains. Bodies are waiting at every London station for hours for lack of labor to fetch them away.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Miss Nellie McDonald of Bingham and Mr Frank Proctor of Florence married Sunday.

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

Trespass Notice

All persons are hereby forbidden to trespass upon the lands known as the A D Moody place on the east side of Pee Dee River. Hauling wood or straw, hunting or fishing or any other manner of trespass whatever is forbidden and any and all persons violating this notice will lay themselves liable to the penalty fixed by law.

Morris Fass

The Dillon Herald, January 25, 1917

                 Final Notice – Jno C. Bethea Adm. of Estate of J. H. Bethea deceased

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917

Mr. H. P. Dubose, principal of the Fork school and Miss Elma Stith of Lamar, SC married Sunday

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917

Mr. Jasper Quick – happiest man in Fork- ten pound girl

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917


Never was a neighborhood more saddened than it was over the death of Miss Thelma Hayes on Jan 31st. She had been at Johns Hopkins hospital about six weeks and underwent a very serious operation and her physicians and many anxious friends and loved ones thought the worst was over. She stood all bravely, but about ten days after the first operation her physicians saw that she was not doing well and another operation was necessary, and she only lived four days after the second operation. Thelma was a good girl – so bright and jolly, loved by all who knew her – and was the hope of fond parents, being the only girl. She had just reached her twentieth birthday and would have graduated in June at Winthrop College. I loved Thelma and felt like I would love to write something of her sweet life. The many beautiful flowers and the large concourse of people who attended her funeral showed the love and esteem in which she was held.

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917

An Old Epitaph

Here lies a poor woman who always was tired;

She lived in a home where the work wasn’t hired;

Her last words on earth were, "Dear friends, I am going

Where washing ain’t done, nor sweeping or sewing;

But everything there is exactly to my wishes

For where they don’t eat there’s no washing up dishes;

I go where loud anthems will always be ringing.

But having no voice, I’ll get clear of the singing.

Don’t mourn for me now, don’t mourn for me never;

I’m going to do nothing for ever and ever.

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917

Jno D. Bethea lands near Latta sold to Armour Fertilizer Company for $16,000. The tract contained about 500 acres with about 300 acres lumber cultivation.. -

The Dillon Herald, February 8, 1917

Wing Lee Laundry:

If you loose your ticket you need not expect me to return your collars. If I loose your collars and you have a ticket for them I will pay for them. If your collars are left more than two months with me I will sell them to pay for the laundering.

The Dillon Herald, February 15, 1917

                    Mr. James Atkinson is wearing a broad smile – it’s a ten pound boy

The Dillon Herald, February 15, 1917

Aged Man Dies From Burns

Harllee Cox, a Mill Operator, Victim of Peculiar Accident

Mr. Harllee Cox, aged 60 years, an operative at the Maple Mill, received burns from a fire that originated in one of the machines Friday and died the following day.

Mr. Cox was working with the night shift and being unable to sleep at home on account of the noise made by children he went over to the mill and went to sleep in a pile of cotton.

A lapper machine near the pile of cotton caught fire and the flames spread to the cotton in which Mr. Cox was sleeping. The operatives were unaware of Mr. Cox’s presence and directed their attention to the burning lapper machine.

The flames spread with great rapidity, spreading over this pile of cotton in which the unfortunate man was sleeping, before they could be checked, and when Mr. Cox was pulled from the flames he was badly burned about the face, hands and body He suffered great agony until relieved by death the day following.
Mr. Cox is survived by several children, all of whom are married. His wife died several years ago and he was a boarder at one of the homes in the mill village.

The Dillon Herald, February 15, 1917

Misses Louise and Elizabeth Hayes went over to Marion Sunday to attend the funeral of their uncle, Mr. Coleman.

The Dillon Herald, February 15, 1917

Misses Florence and Francis Fass leaving Sunday for Lake City to be in Nachman-Wolfe wedding next week.

The Dillon Herald, February 15, 1917

Rowland school honor roll -
6 grade Elizabeth McKellar, Flora Margaret McCormick, Olea Elizabeth McCormick, Willie Wingett McCormick,

8th – Zola McCormick, Earl McKellar

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

John Johnson, the Negro who killed Rev. Harrelson on Nov 21st plead guilty in court Tuesday and the jury sentenced him to die.

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Fork – Furman Edwards all smiles – it’s a pretty little girl

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Death Claims Arch M. Bethea (later resolution of respect March 1 gives name as McKay)

Died at Florence Hospital Saturday After Brief Illness

Mr. Arch M Bethea, one of the county’s most prominent citizens died at a Florence hospital Saturday morning after a brief illness. The direct cause of Mr. Bethea’s death was congestion of the liver.

About a week preceding the day of his death Mr. Bethea was taken ill at his home near Dillon, and failed to show any signs of improvement he was taken to a hospital at Florence Friday morning. There he failed to respond to the most skilled treatment and at an early hour Saturday morning he lapsed into unconsciousness and passed away at one o’clock. The news of his untimely death was a great shock to numerous friends and relatives throughout the county, many of whom were not aware of the seriousness of his condition.

Mr. Bethea was a son of the late Dr J Frank Bethea and was born and reared near Dillon. He attended the public schools at Little Rock and spent two years at Clemson College, where he n--- a special study of electrical engineering. Leaving Clemson he entered a textile school at New Bedford, Mass where he completed his education

About ten years ago he married Miss Lutie Bethea , daughter of D. McL. Bethea of Latta and purchased the home place of the late Jas A. Galloway, where he was living at the time of his death. He was a farmer of progressive --- and while serving as county demonstration agent, which position he held for several years, he made an ---- est effort to introduce progressive farming methods into Dillon county. He was a man of high ideals who stood for the rigid and impartial enforcement of the law, and on – public question he was always found on the right side.

Mr. Bethea took an active interest in fraternal orders and at the time of his death he was a High --- in the Royal Arch Chapter, a K… of Pythias, a member of the J. –Order and a former active member of the Woodmen of the World. He last request was that he be buried with Masonic honors and his brother Masons laid him away at D---church Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of s—ing friends and relatives, Capt ---C Sellers delivering the eulog—

Mr. Bethea is survived by his mother, Mrs. H. Jane Bethea, his wife, and the following daughters Florrie Jane, Odessa Lee and –

His surviving brothers and sisters are: Messrs. P. L. , T. W., -- W. L., Vick and Fitzhugh B—

And Mrs Jno P Copper of M—and Mrs L B Rogers of Latta.

Transcriber’s note: EDGE OF PAPER MISSING

March 1, 1917 Resolutions of respect for Bethea from Dillon Council, No 162 Junior Order United American Mechanics

and also one from

Dothan Sunday School

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Mr. J. L. Coleman

On the afternoon of February 8th J. L. Coleman died suddenly of heart failure in the town of Marion. His death was a severe shock to the community. While he had not been well for several days yet his condition was not thought to be serious.

Mr. Coleman had been married three times and is survived by his third wife who was Miss Blanche Hayes of the Gaddys Mill section of this county, a half sister of O. C. Hayes and B. F. Edwards.

The interment was the following day in the cemetery at Reedy Creek Baptist church of which he had been a member for many years.

The community has lost a true and consecrated Christian gentleman and the wife and four children a loving and affectionate husband and father.

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Just before going to press The Herald learn of the death of Rev. J. H. Moody which occurred at his home near Mt Cavalry Wednesday morning. Mr. Moody had been suffering from cancer for several years, and had been confined to his bed for the past several months. He was about 70 years old and was a highly esteemed citizen. The funeral will be held at Mt Cavalry Church today at 11 o’clock.

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Bermuda Honor Roll

9th Avery Moody

8th Marion Moody

6th Curtis Moody, Rennie Moody

The Dillon Herald, February 22, 1917

Resolutions of Respect

In Memoriam: Prof. W. K. Tate

Since Almighty God has seen fit to remove from the great work that was especially his Prof. William Knox Tate, The Dillon County Teachers’ Association, do resolve

1. That while we mourn his death in the prime of his manhood, to humbly now before Him who doeth all things well

2. That in the death of Prof. W. K. Tate, we have lost one who did much for Dillon county as an educator in that he as a pioneer, strove for the uplift of our rural districts, hewing out the way for those who followed.

3. That we extend to his wife and children our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

4. That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of Dillon County Teachers’ Association, a copy to be sent respectively to his family and to The Dillon Herald for publication.

W. L. Bennett, Pres

H. J. W. Kizer, Sec

R. S. Rogers, Co Supt

Mamie McLees, Supervising Teacher

The Dillon Herald, March 1, 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Pratt Watson on Feb 18th a daughter. They have named her Miriam.

The Dillon Herald, March 1, 1917

W. L. Hewett Has Passed Away

Marion Feb 27 – William L. Hewett died Sunday afternoon. He was of a most lovable nature, never making an enemy and madding and keeping his friends to the end. He was an only child reared in Nichols and later married Miss Lola Jones and moved to Marion, where they have resided for many years. He has been a successful business man, an ardent Methodist and a devoted husband and father. He has three children, who, with his wife, mourn his death. Misses Minnie and Sadie Hewett and Cadet Lee Hewett of Clemson College. For the past two years he has been a great sufferer and for the past two months in bed most of the time.

The Dillon Herald, March 8, 1917

Lieut. Edward C. Smith

Is Buried at Marion

Notable Tribute Paid Memory of Young Army Officer Who Died at El Paso, Texas

Marion –March 5- The funeral of First Lieut. Edward C. Smith, of the Second Regiment, Engineers United States army, who died at El Paso, Texas, last week was held at the Methodist church, this city, this afternoon in the presence of what was probably the largest body of people ever to attend a funeral here.

Lieut. Smith, son of Dr and Mrs. Z. G. Smith of Marion, and the grandson of two Confederate soldiers, died after a brief attack of pneumonia at the base hospital at El Paso, on Wednesday of last week at the age of 22 years. Due to the fact that Lieut. Smith had been "somewhere in Mexico" for sometime his family here had heard little of him in the past few months, but recently he advised them that he had returned from Mexico. He was sent into Mexico by the government and there joined the forced under Gen. Pershing and came out of Mexico recently with that body of troops. On Sunday, February 25, Dr Z. G. Smith received a telegram from El Paso stating that his son was very ill. He immediately left for Texas and arrived there the following Wednesday, only a few hours before Lieut. Smith died. Then the return trip was made, the grief- stricken father accompanying the body of his soldier son arriving here today at 10 o’clock.

Lieut. Smith graduated with high honors from West Point only last June, finishing seventeenth in a class of 126 men. He remained here on leave until September, when he was called in to active service by the government and went to Texas. As a boy Edward Smith showed great promise of a big life. He was industrious, studious, clean in mind and body, and made friends easily and rapidly. To occupy his idle and spare time he sold magazines and made a business success while still a lad. Later refusing an absolute appointment to West Point, he entered a competitive examination and won the place on his merits. At West Point he was always among the leaders, and upon graduation he was well to the front in his work.

No funeral in this section has ever witnessed so many flowers. The express office today was burdened with floral tributes from all parts of the country and the number of people in attendance at the funeral services indicated the popularity of the young soldier. The casket was wrapped in "Old Glory" as it was lowered into the grave, which had been lined with the national colors. Many of the floral designs were national flags. The pallbearers were boyhood friends of the deceased. L The choir was made up of the young manhood of Marion. The funeral services, both at the church and at the grave, were conducted by Dr. J. M. Holladay, of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Dr. J. W. Daniel, pastor of the Methodist church.

The Dillon Herald, March 8, 1917

Death of Mrs. Sherwood

Pee Dee Advocate

Mrs. Lillie Sherwood, wife of Rev. A. C. Sherwood, pastor of the Thomas Memorial Baptist church, died last Monday morning at a sanitarium in Hendersonville, NC after an illness of several months. Mr. Sherwood was with her at the time of her death.

Before her marriage Mrs. Sherwood was Miss Lillie Ury of Durham, NC. She is survived by her husband and two little sons, one about two years, and the other about five months old. During her residence of about a year in Bennettsville, Mr. Sherwood made many warm friends by her sweet, gentle, sympathetic disposition and conduct. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and resignation. Local physicians did all they could for her, and she was taken in several sanatoriums and specialists, but they could not overcome that fatal malady, tuberculosis.

The body was taken to Durham where the funeral laws held Wednesday morning. John T. Douglas and Mr. and Mrs. E D Graham went from here Tuesday evening to attend the funeral. Floral tributes were sent by the Thomas Memorial church and by the ladies aid society.

The Dillon Herald, March 15, 1917

Residence on East Washington street occupied by F J Tyson recently partially destroyed by fire.

Mr. Jas. W Smith Passes

Death Angel Claims One of Dillon’s Pioneer Citizens

Mr. Jas W. Smith died at his residence on First Ave Friday afternoon at two o’clock. Mr. Smith had been in declining health for several years, but his condition did not become serious until a few weeks ago, the direct cause of his death being leakage of the heart.

Mr. Smith was in his 63rd year. He was born near Carolina church and came to Dillon when the town was first established, being one of the pioneer citizens. He was a man of a happy, genial disposition always looking on the bright side of life and although in his latter years he suffered from physical inflictions he did not cease to mingle with and enjoy the company of his life-long friends and acquaintances and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife and two daughters, Miss Neil Smith of Dillon and Mrs. F. H. Skidmore of Norwood, NC. His surviving brothers and sisters are Mr. A. C. Smith of Carolina and Mrs. Jno Alford and Mrs. Martin of upper Dillon.

The funeral was held at the residence Saturday afternoon and the interment was made at Mt Holly, the services being conducted by Rev. Jno McSween assisted by Rev. M. L Banks, a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives following the body to its last resting placed.

The Dillon Herald, March 15, 1917

Hugh A. McLean of Chipley, Fla. Died suddenly on February 21st. Mr. McLean was well known in this section several years ago, having spent some years in our community and married Miss Nora McKinley of the Kentyre section. Later he moved to Florida and engaged in the naval stores business where he succeeded very well. He leaves a wife and several children.

The Dillon Herald, March 22, 1917

Oak Grove – Eugenia Fore eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Fore married Robert K. Dillon of Dillon on last Wednesday

The Dillon Herald, March 22, 1917

Mr. Frank Rogers died Sunday morning after an illness of sometime with a complication of diseases. He was buried Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at Piney Grove cemetery. Rev. J. A. Langley conducting the funeral services. A large crowd of sympathetic friends gathered with the family to pay a last tribute.

The Dillon Herald, March 22, 1917

Mr. Theo Kuker Dead

The Herald regrets to learn of the death of its old friend, Mr. Theo. Kuker, of Florence. Mr. Kuker was in his 76th year. He was in Dillon a few weeks ago winding up the affairs of the Satanet Bottling Works and we spent a very pleasant hour with him. Mr .Kuker was born in Germany but came to this country when quite a young man and accumulated a fortune in the mercantile business. He retired several years ago. Mr. Kuker was one of nature’s noblemen. He was a high type of man, broad and liberal in his views, and always ready to throw the mantle of charity around the faults of his less fortunate fellow-men. In his dealings with the world he adhered strictly to the golden rule and while he accumulated on the one hand he gave freely in worthy causes on the other. He was a most excellent gentleman and the world suffers a loss in his death

 The Dillon Herald, March 29, 1917

John Johnson murderer of Rev. Hugh Harrelson was electrocuted at the state penitentiary Friday morning. Johnson’s defense at the trial was that Rev Harrelson attempted to arrest him for stealing a cow from his former employer and knowing he had no authority to arrest him without a warrant he struck Mr Harrelson with a stick weighted with a railroad tap and escaped. He claimed that he did not know he had killed Mr Harrelson until he was arrested some weeks later.

The Dillon Herald, April 12, 1917

Blenheim, April 6

There passed away at her home, "The Cedars," in Dillon county on last Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock, Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth Alford, widow of the late Capt. William Alford, one of the most honored citizens of the Pee Dee Section. Mrs. Alford was in her 81st year and prior to the last few months had been unusually active for one of her age.

She was born in 1836 at Maxton, NC but upon her marriage in 1855 to Capt. Alford, moved to Marion, now Dillon County, where she had resided. At the age of 16 she united with the Presbyterian church of which she was for so many years a faithful and most useful and efficient member, her membership being at Little Rock Presbyterian church of which the Rev. John McSween is pastor.

The Dillon Herald, April 19, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Lupo Bereaved

Little Sallie Estelle, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs .Wiley Lupo of Gaddy’s Mill died on Friday morning at eleven o’clock. She had been sick only about twenty-four hours so her death was a great shock to the whole community. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was done to save the life of the bright little one, but the Divine hand sought to do otherwise, and took her to live with Him, and we can only bow our heads and say "Thy Will Be Done."

All the people deeply sympathize with the parents, and now that the Father has seen fit to claim "Little Tiney" may the many prayers that are being made for the consolation of the sorrowing relatives be answered. May they find comfort in their sad affliction.

The Dillon Herald, April 26, 1917

Mr. T. W. Bethea building a second story to his residence and making other improvements.

The Dillon Herald, May 3, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. William V. Whittenberg announce engagement of their daughter, Willouise to James McRae Carmichael of Bennettsville – wedding in June

The Dillon Herald, May 3, 1917

Death of an Infant

Irene, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Gaddy of the Gaddys Mill section, died last Saturday morning about eleven o’clock after a brief illness of some stomach trouble.

The funeral took place at the private burial ground of the family, Rev J A Langley conducting the services. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathetic friends and relatives, realizing the deep loss to the mother and father in that she was the fourth little one to be taken from that home. But we must realize that back of all this there is a purpose in the mind of our Master for the calling home of this dear little one.  A Friend  

The Dillon Herald, May 10, 1917

Mrs. Ada Scott died at the home of her father, Mr. Bethel Lovett, near Gaddys Mill, last Tuesday morning and was buried at Piney Grove church Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock the services being conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. A. Langley.

Mrs. Scott had been married only about a six months and leaves a young husband to mourn her loss. She was a consecrated Christian woman and on her death bed expressed her willingness and readiness to go.

The Dillon Herald, May 10, 1917

                    Born to Mr.and Mrs. J. O. Moody, a son (Peter Richard Moody)

The Dillon Herald, May 10, 1917

Mr. Louisa W. Niernsee

Mother of Mrs. W. S. Floyd and Mr. Frank Nierness Passes Away

Dillonites will be pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Louisa Nierness who passed away at the home of her daughter in Sumter Saturday morning. Mrs. Nierness had been quite ill for the past two weeks and her son, Mr. Frank Nierness of Dillon and Mrs. W L Floyd of Floydale had been at her bedside for the past ten days.

Mrs. Niernsee was a native of Columbia but came to Dillon several years ago to make her home with her son, Mr. Frank Niernsee, superintendent of the Oil Mill.
She continued to reside in Dillon till about a year ago when she moved to Sumter where she made her home with her daughter.

Mrs. Niernsee was a woman of rare culture and refinement, and her sweet disposition greatly endeared her to legions of Dillonites who held her in high esteem. From early childhood she had been a member of the Episcopal church and throughout her long life she had been a consecrated Christian woman.

She was laid away beside the body of her husband in Trinity churchyard at Columbia, and the following account of the funeral arrangements is taken from Monday’s State.

"Mrs. Louisa Williams Niernsee, who died in Sumter Saturday, will be laid to rest beside her late husband, Frank Niernsee, in Trinity churchyard, Columbia, two day on the arrival of an Atlantic Coast Line Train due at 12:45 o’clock this afternoon. Among those in the funeral party will be Mrs. Niernsee’s son Frank Niernsee of Dillon, with his wife; a daughter, Mr. Harry S Porter of Sumter, at whose home Mrs. Niersnee had lived for several years and another daughter, Mrs. Floyd of Dillon, Mrs. Helen Niernsee Clayton, still another daughter, wife of Thomas Claytor, MD of Washington, had been with the mother in Sumter, but was called home recently and will not be present today. Mrs. Neirnsee was born and educated in Vienna, Austria.

Mrs. Niernsee spent the greater part of her life in Columbia and is pleasantly remembered by all who knew her. Her husband was an architect of prominence, the son of Frank Niernsee, original designer of the South Carolina State house. John Niernsee, original designer of the second installment of the work on the capitol after his father’s death. The third and last installment was not according to the Niernsee plans.

"Pallbearers at the interment today will be George W. Dick, James M. Black, W. M. Upshur, A. C. Clarkson and Bruce Walker Ravenel."

The Dillon Herald, May 17, 1917

Mr. William J. Lane

Mr. William J. Lane, father of Mr. Stephen Lane of near Little Rock, died at the home of his son Friday last and was buried at Zion on the Sunday following. Mr. Lane was in his 69th year and had been in comparatively good health until a short while before his death.

The deceased was born near Temperance Hill in the Buck Swamp section and with the exception of a few years in Horry his entire life was spent in Dillon county.

Mr. Lane was an honorable Christian gentleman who lived his life quietly and strictly observed the golden rule in all his dealings with his fellow man. From early manhood he had been a consistent member of the Methodist church.

Mr. Lane is survived by his wife and eleven children, besides a number of grandchildren. 

The Dillon Herald, May 17, 1917

Mrs. Leila B. Lewis of Rustburg, Va married Henry C. Hayes of Latta on May 8th.
Mrs. Lewis was primary teacher at Oak Grove school.

The Dillon Herald, May 17, 1917

Mr. W. B. Carmichael and Nancy McLeod married Tuesday.

The Dillon Herald, May 24, 1917

Dora Gaddy married Davis James Buchannan yesterday. Groom planter of Chatham. Va.

The Dillon Herald, May 31, 1917

Mrs. Wilson Berry who resided near Latta died Saturday morning and was buried Sunday morning at Bethesda. Rev. L. T. Phillips performed the burial services. A large crowd attended the funeral.

The Dillon Herald, May 31, 1917

Rowland news

Miss Helen Wagoner and Mr Wade Pittman married last Sunday

The Dillon Herald, May 31, 1917

M D Watson

Latta Observer

The following account of the life and death of Mr. M. D. Watson, who died at Waco, Texas, on May 11this taken from the Waco Daily Times of May 12th.

"Mr. M. D. Watson, aged 47, widely known throughout Texas because of his connection with various hotels in this and other States, died this morning at 11:25 o’clock at the Savory hotel, which he was operating at the time of his death. Mr. Watson had been sick only a week, having been on the streets last week greeting his friends as usual. The immediate cause of his death was erysipelas.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, but the exact hour has not been decided pending the arrival of Mr. Charles Watson, an only son, who is in the government military training camp at Little Rock, Ark. Advices from him today are to the effect that he cannot leave Rock until tonight. Besides Mrs. Watson and the only son, Charles, Mr. Watson is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lillie Biggs, and one brother, Mr. Cleve Watson both of Latta, SC.

Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Mays, the latter a sister of Mrs. Watson, live at Shreveport and will arrive this afternoon or tonight for the funeral.

Mr. M. D. Watson came to Waco when 24 years of age from his old home in Marion, SC Shortly after arrival here he opened a restaurant in the Katy depot, and although his first business venture was unpretentious, his diligence and pleasing personality made his place a popular one with the railroad men as well as the general public. He next acquired control of the Exchange hotel at Third and Franklin streets, which he conducted on a paying basis until acquiring the McClelland hotel, which he disposed of after forming a partnership with Mr. T. H. Klaney for the operation of a string of hotels in the state, these being the Metropole in Waco, Imperial in Dallas and the Delaware in Forth Worth. Later the Marquetta in St Louis, was built for Messrs Watson and Klaney, Mr. Watson, later disposing of his holdings for the purpose of returning to Texas. He bought the Westbrook in Fort Worth on his return to the State, latter acquiring the Pines hotel at Pine Bluff, Ark returning to Waco in Feb 1914 buying the Terminal hotel, which he now owns acquiring the Savgory hotel, where he died only a short time ago. Other than the business ventures above mentioned Mr. Watson has at different times been connected with various other restaurant and hotel enterprises. Among those being the Cosmos and Square Restaurant, Waco, in 1906; the Boyle hotel, Houston in1909; Wootan Wells hotel in1904.

Mr. Watson had a host of friends in every city where he had lived. His jovial disposition and kindness was at all times in evidence, and his loyalty to his friends was a chief characteristic. He enjoyed the distinction of being the first man to inaugurate the 15 cent meal in Waco, and the fact that he prospered and became one of the best known hotelmen in the South is a tribute to his business judgment.

Friends of the family throughout Texas will join in tender sympathy to the bereaved members of the family.

The Dillon Herald, June 7, 1917

                    Death of Young Soldier

W. P. Lester a member of the Coast Artillery at Savannah, died at the army hospital near Savannah Saturday and the remains were brought to Dillon on the 10:12 train Monday morning.

Mr. Lester was a son of Mr. Robert Lester of Little Rock and volunteered for service in the Coast Artillery about a month ago.

Mr. Lester was recovering from a severe case of measles and it is said that left the hospital too soon and took a relapse. His condition was not regarded as serious and the telegram announcing his death was a great shock to his family and friends.

The body was accompanied home by a detachment of the Coast Guard Artillery and the funeral was held at Little Rock Monday afternoon.

Mr. Lester was 27 years of age and is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Charlie, Robert, and Rufus Lester and Mrs. Boyd Lane all of Little Rock.

The Dillon Herald, June 7, 1917

Rebecca Nichols daughter of Mrs. A. B Nichols of Marion married W. F. R. Johnson married Thursday.
Bride is treasurer of Marion’s National Service League. Groom is civil engineer – son of late Solicitor and Mrs. J. M. Johnson

The Dillon Herald, June 14, 1917

C. G. Bruce former auditor of Dillon County is being tried in Court of General Sessions this week on charge of embezzling county funds.

The Dillon Herald, June 14, 1917

                    Wed Edith Hodges married B. M. DuBose in Brownsville section. Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hodges, Groom from Brownsville.

The Dillon Herald, June 14, 1917

Capt. Lofton Dead

Had Visited Dillon Several Times and Was Well Known Here

Capt. Henry M. Lofton died at his home near McLellanville, Charleston County, Friday morning. Capt. Lofton had made several visits to his nephew Dr. C.R. Tabor, and was well known in Dillon. The News and Courier speaks as follows of Capt. Lofton’s death:

Capt. Henry M. Lofton, of McClellanville, died at his home Friday morning after an illness of several years. Capt. Lofton was a prominent figure in this community. He was always ready to lend his influence and means for anything that would make for the betterment of the community and his fellow man. He was an ex-Confederate officer. He served as Captain of Company J Tenth SC. He is survived by his second wife, one brother and four sons and two daughters, who mourn his loss, besides a large circle of friends. He was a useful and prominent member of the Methodist. Church.

Services were held yesterday afternoon in the Methodist church internment in the Methodist cemetery

The Dillon Herald, June 21, 1917

                    C. G. Bruce sentenced to serve 12 years in state penitentiary

The Dillon Herald, June 21, 1917 

Mrs. Isla McKenzie attended the funeral of Mrs. Richerson, the mother of Mrs. H. A. Willis who died at her home in Virginia last Friday.

The Dillon Herald, June 21, 1917 

Rev. H. A. Willis was called to Virginia last Friday on account of the death of Mrs. Willis’ mother Mrs. Richerson, who has been quite ill for several days.

The Dillon Herald, June 21, 1917

Wedding Blanch Boyd and Mr. Millwee Calhoun on Thursday.Bride native of Concord, NC but for the past year has lived with her sister Mrs. A. J. C. Cottingtham. Groom from Ninety Six, SC – is pharmacist with Evans Pharmacy

The Dillon Herald, June 28, 1917

Dr. J. C. Davis left Monday night for Atlanta where he will attend the Willoughby – Carmichael wedding tonight

The Dillon Herald, June 28, 1917

Residence occupied by Allen Surles destroyed by fire

The Dillon Herald, June 28, 1917

Mr. Lemuel Turbeville of the Floydale section was funeralized Sunday A M and interment made in Mount Andrew Cemetery. The deceased was about 70 years old and had led an industrious and thrifty life, having chosen farming for his life work. He served in the war between the States. He leaves surviving the following sons and daughters: Willis and Hugh, Mollie, Martha, Jennie and Ella. The latter resided with her father all through life. The others all are married and have families of their own. Rev. D. H. Everett of the Methodist church conducted the services, amid a throng of sorrowing friends and relatives. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, attesting in eloquent manner the esteem and devotion the community had for the deceased.

The Dillon Herald, July 5, 1917

James M Carmichael of Dillon married Willouese Whittenberg of Atlanta,Ga.  Mr. Carmichael in automobile business in Bennettsville

The Dillon Herald, July 5, 1917

Telegram received that a verdict for $14,500 had been obtained against insurance company for the loss of Methodist church is spring of 1914. Church asked for $30,000 policy- insurance company said would only insure for $14,500. Afternoon before fire Mr. Cauthen mailed letter to insurance company requesting them to issue policy for $14,500. When payment was demanded the company claimed that a letter mailed prior to the day of the fire was not binding on them.

Suit was instituted against company in state courts. Insurance company took case to federal courts of Illinois. Result of verdict that the court gave a verdict for the church.

Church already rebuilt – when company refused to pay the Methodist denomination went to work and rebuilt the handsome house of worship , each of the old subscribers doubling the amount of their original subscription. This placed a heavy burden on the church which will be considerably lightened by the payment of the $14,500 insurance.

The Dillon Herald, July 5, 1917

Marriage of William J. Carter and Rene Bracey Wed -Brides mother Mrs. Deborah Bracey
Groom has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army pay corps and will report for duty soon.

The Dillon Herald, July 5, 1917

Grace Smith of Avery Mississippi and Mr. L. Capers Braddy of Dillon married Thursday in Mississippi
Bride graduated of Converse College and has spent two summers in Dillon


The Dillon Herald, July 12, 1917

The following article is not complete as the bottom right corner is missing. I am going to transcribe it just like it is so you can see what is missing better… Too bad it has to be the one with the names of the survivors.

Prominent Citizen of Latta Is Dead

Latta July 4- Holland Manning

died at his home here Saturday night

at 10 o’clock after an illness of about

one week. Mr Manning was the last

member of one of the most substan-

tial families of Dillon county. He

joined the Confederate army a few

months before the close of the war

and was a member of Camp E.T.

Stackhouse, U.C.V. Although in

his 70th year, he still delighted in

doing his neighbor a favor. His

pleasant and accommodating nature

won for him many friends all through

life. He was laid to rest in the

presence of a large number of friends

the Rev. W W Daniel conducting the

ceremony. Besides his wife, he is sur-

vived by six daughters and one son--

Mrs. John Parish, Clio; Mrs J D

Gibson, Red Springs, NC; Mrs M..

Leod, Buie, NC; Mrs. B F.....

be, Rockingham, NC; Mrs....

Bethea, Wilmington, N.......

Hope Manning, Latta.......

Manning, Dunn, NC

The Dillon Herald, July 12, 1917

Dillon’s Woman Patriot

The largest contributor to the Red Cross fund in Dillon county is Miss Mary Carmichael, Dillon’s venerable business woman, who lives quietly on her plantation three miles beyond the New Bridge. Miss Carmichael, the surviving member of a large and interesting family of boys and girls is one of Dillon county’s most interesting characters. She is the largest land owner of her sex in Dillon county, and although in her 74th year, she continues to take an active interest in the management of her large estates. She is of pure Scotch origin, her near ancestors having come direct from Scotland, and in her daily life she exemplifies the manly noble traits of character which have made this excellent race of people loved and admired the world over. Miss Carmichael’s blood shows strongest in her devotion to her church and in the strong religious convictions she holds, but next to church comes her devotion to country. It was during the civil war when she was just budding into womanhood that she rendered the most valuable service to her country. In these trying times she not only assisted in the management of the plantation while her brothers were at the front, but when the day’s duties were over she sat up far into the night and with spinning wheel and needle worked to relieve the suffering of the sick and wounded. During the days following the civil war she was just as quick to respond to her country’s call, and she put her soul into the work of reconstruction with energy and enthusiasm. When the south called its sons to the colors she spun the cloth and made with her own hands the company flag for the first contingent of volunteers, and during the days of reconstruction she plied her needle day and night making "Red Shirts" for those who were flocking to the standards of the immortal Wake Hampton.

Miss Carmichael has passed her three score and ten, and while in a sense life to her has lost the luster of youth, she has not lost interest in the world’s affairs, and when asked for a contribution to the Red Cross fund, she responded promptly, saying that she tried to do her part during the civil war, during the period following the civil war and it was a great pleasure to contribute her bit to her country in it's recent hour of need.

The Dillon Herald, July 12, 1917

                    Sunday – Mary Graham of Hamer married T. H. Cottingham of Dillon

The Dillon Herald, July 12, 1917

Mrs. Lula Bass

Latta July 10 – Mrs. Lula Bass, wife of C. G. Bass, died at her home here this morning after an illness of more than six months. She will be buried at the family burying ground tomorrow morning. Mrs Bass was a most estimable woman and was well known for her hospitality. She was a member of the Methodist church and was a beloved wife and mother and a good neighbor. She leaves a husband and one grown son, H. Howard Bass of Latta.

The Dillon Herald, July 19, 1917

Former Dillonite Dead

Mr. J. Allen Huggins, who conducted a grocery business in Dillon several years ago, died at Florence Monday in his 49th year. Mr. Huggins was a most excellent citizen and there are many Dillonites who will be pained to learn of his death. Speaking of his death the Florence Times says:

"Mr. J. Allen Huggins, general manager of the Universal Plow company and one of the most substantial and highly respected citizens of the city, died at his home here yesterday afternoon at half past six o’clock. He had been ill for some time and his death was not altogether unexpected by his friends and family. The funeral services will be held at Central Methodist Church this afternoon at five o’clock and the interment will be made at Mt Hope cemetery. Mr. Huggins was 49 years old. He leaves a widow and six children, three boys and three girls, ranging in ages from five to twenty years. Mr. Huggins came to Florence in 1912 and organized the Universal Plow Company, the active management of which he retained until last fall when by reason of failing health, he relinquished all business activities. Previous to his coming to Florence he was engaged in the mercantile and plow business in Red Springs. He was born in Williamsburg county, leaving his old home early in life for Texas, where for a number of years he was in the service of a large railway company. He married Miss Mollie Clarkson, a member of the prominent Williamsburg county family of that name.

The Dillon Herald, July 19, 1917

Rev. F. A. Prevatt of Lumberton and Miss Dora Moody of Dillon married Thursday. Bride daughter of Mrs J H Moody of Dillon and the late Rev J H Moody.  The bride is 25 and groom 72

The Dillon Herald, July 19, 1917

John Courie and May Smith married Tuesday. Bride from Fayetteville. Groom a native of Syria and has been in this country about 12 years.

The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

James Jones of Drake married Rosy Cox of Clio Thursday - Groom son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jones

The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

First Funeral by Fire

The following is from The News and Courier of July 17, 1876

A strange and solemn event has recently occurred in this country which carries the mind back to those ancient days when the remains of the dead were disposed of by cineration, and when the tablet and the tombstone had not superseded the memorial urn. The subject of this remarkable funeral ceremony was Mr Henry Berry, an aged and a highly respectable citizen of this county, whose rare tact, industry and economy, honestly exercised, enabled him to amass a very large property. His habits of thought were bold and independent and his individuality of taste and temperament was marked to such a degree that it is scarcely to be wondered at that he should have prescribed for himself an exequial form not in consonance with the usual custom. Many years ago in attempting to remove the remains of a beloved relative from the spot where they had lain for some time, he encountered a sight which created in his mind an unconquerable aversion to being buried, and to such an extent did this prejudice possess him in after life that he enjoined it upon his heirs, on pain of disinheriting them, to see that his body was burned after death. He was careful to designate the spot where the ceremony should take place and the lightwood trees that should be used as fuel on the occasion.

The old gentleman, after lingering for many months, died on Sunday, the 9th instant, and on the following Tuesday his strange desire respecting the disposition of his remains was carried out to the letter. The funeral service of the church of which he had once been a member was read, and an appropriate discourse delivered by the pastor, on the Monday evening previous The next morning his remains, encased in nothing but a square box, which, by his directions, had been handsomely lined inside and encased outside with black velvet, and ornamented with trimmings, were borne to the spot which he himself had selected for the purpose. Here three large light wood logs, each nearly two feet in diameter, cut from the very same trees he had indicated, were placed alongside on the ground, and upon these logs the box was deposited. Lightwood pieces of sufficient length and thickness were then piled upon the logs and around the coffin until the latter was hidden from view. The lightwood was then piled in cross layers until the pyre reached a height of seven or eight feet. A torch was then applied at different corners of the pile, and in a few minutes the raging fire resembled the burning of a large building, the flames leaping many feet in the air, and sending up hundreds of feet higher a vast column of pitch black smoke that was entirely consuming the remains and seen from many miles around. It is said that the fire died out and had to be replenished before the cremation was complete. It was the old gentleman’s express desire that his ashes should disappear amid the flame and smoke, or be mingled with the soil underneath the [ure, and so no precautions were taken to preserve them. The burning began at 8 o’clock in the morning, and was finished in six hours. It was witnessed by upward of a hundred persons. Mr Berry resided at Berry’s Cross roads, a locality that took its name form him. It is about fourteen miles from this place.

This was the injunction "Ashes to ashes," carried out under conditions that made it impossible to fulfill the other precepts, ":Earth to earth, and dust to dust."

Another Account

Mr Henry Berry, whose remains were given to the flames in Marion county a few days ago, was possessed of considerable means, owning about twenty thousand acres of land, and having in bank between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars. About fifteen years ago he had occasion to take up the dead bodies of two children, and, seeing their condition vowed then that when he died his body should be burned instead of buried. He accordingly made his will dividing his property out among his children, but inserting a proviso that his body after death should be burned and in case it was not the whole of his estate to go to a church near by, the one at which he worshiped. Some time ago he took a member of his family into a place of woods near the house and pointed out to him the exact place where he desired to be burned, and also the trees which he desired to be cut down and used for the purpose. Last Monday he died at the age of eighty years, and his body was put in a lain box, (as he had directed and the size of which he had given), and hauled in a cart, drawn by a mule, to this place He provided that $500 be given to William Hureling, a mulatto, to whom he was much attached, for superintending the burning. Six logs of pitch pine were put on the ground, and on these, forming two tiers, were laid five other logs. Lightwood was piled about on the logs, and at the head foot and sides of the box containing the body. The whole height of this funeral pyre was ten or twelve feet. Several male members of the old man’s family were present, and a number of Negroes, but considering the occasion the crowd was small. Torches were applied simultaneously, and with a good deal of agitation to the four corners of the pyre, and when our informant left the scene, the fat wood was burning and blazing and crackling. The old man had directed that his ashes should mingle with those of the wood, and all be blown away together.


The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

Dillon’s net quota of men for service in Europe is 163 and the local board will be authorized to select the 163 men from the first 326 names printed in the following column

The local board is required to publish only double the number of names that will be required from each county and if the board fails to get the county’s quota from the first 326 names they will be given authority upon request to make an additional call upon the list in numerical order unto a sufficient number of men have been selected to make up the county’s quota

The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

Mrs. James W Johnson

Marion July 18 – Mrs. Annie Prince Johnson, wife of James W. Johnson, a prominent attorney of this place, died early Wednesday morning at her home on Willcox avenue. She had been in failing health for some years but the end was unexpected. She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church and was beloved by all who knew her and had numerous friends and relatives. One brother W Dial Johnson of Murrell’s Inlet; two sisters, Mrs. W .McG Buck of Mullins and Mrs. Sam Woods of Darlington, and William Johnson, James S .Johnson and Cecil Johnson, Misses Feiba, Annie and Carroll Johnson children, with the husband survive to mourn.

The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

Mrs. Mary E. Ellerbe

Latta July 22 – Mrs. Mary E. Ellerbe died at her home here Friday afternoon and was buried at the family burying ground near Sellers, the pastor, the Rev. W. W. Daniel, DD, her pastor, conducting the burial services. Mrs. Ellerbe was the oldest of a large family, being the daughter of the late Capt. W. S. Ellerbe and a sister of the late Gov. Ellerbe and a sister of the late Congressman J. E. Ellerbe. She was one of the most beloved women in this section., She was a member of the Methodist church, and had for a number of years been a devoted teacher of the Ladies; bible class in the Sunday school . Her husband and two sons preceded her to the grave by several years. She leaves one daughter Miss Estelle Ellerbe of Latta, and one brother, Cash Ellerbe of Sellers, and the following sisters: Mrs. J. H. Manning, Missses Omega and Eva Ellerbe of Latta, Mrs. Miles of Marion and Mrs. Rogers of Brownsville.

The Dillon Herald, July 26, 1917

N. B. Rogers

Bennettsville – July 4 – The people of Bennettsville and Marlboro county were surprised and shocked when they heard on Monday morning that N. B. Rogers, county treasurer, was dead. He had been unwell for some time, but was attending to his duties as treasurer till about two weeks ago,, when he went to Glenn Springs for a vacation. He did not improve there and come home Friday night. He retired Sunday night and he was up Saturday and Sunday and talked cheerfully to friends who called . Between 11 and 1 o’clock he got up and told Mrs. Rogers it was time to take his medicine. While Mrs. Rogers was getting the medicine she heard him fall and when she reached him he was dead, his heart having failed to perform its work. The body was taken Monday afternoon to the old Brownsville Cemetery about 16 miles from Bennettsville and his body was laid to rest beside that of kindred for many generations. The funeral was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. A. C. Sherwood, assisted by the Rev. P. H. Coward, in the presence on one of the largest gatherings that ever attended a funeral in this section.

Nicholas Benjamin Rogers was the fifth child of P. Hamilton Rogers, and his wife, Valinda Terrell. He was born in October 1654. He received his education mostly in the immediate neighborhood of his home in private schools. When about 20 years of age he attended and took the full course in book keeping at Bryant and Straton Business College at Baltimore, Md. While attending school in Baltimore he formed the acquaintance of Miss Kate Carpenter, of Baltimore, whom he married in 1876. After graduating at the business college, he kept books in a mercantile establishment for his oldest brother and brother in law for about three years. He then purchased a portion of his father’s estate lands and farmed there on for about 20 years. He then sold his farm and moved to Bennettsville and accepted a position with the late C. S. McCall and remained with him until he was elected county treasurer of Marlboro county in 1906. He held this office continuously from this time and was serving his fifth term, which would have expired a year hence. He filled this office so acceptably to the people that during this long term he had opposition but twice and on each of these occasions defeated his opponents by overwhelming majorities.

He is survived by his widow , five sons and two daughters - Raymond D. Rogers and E ..Hamilton Rogers, Brownsville; J..Carpenter Rogers of Sumter county, Norman B. Rogers in government employ, and Harry G. Rogers of Brownsville, and Misses Edith and Kate Rogers who have been teaching at Florence and at Lancaster, respectively

The Dillon Herald, August 8, 1917

                Drs. D. M. Michaux, L. F. Johnson and F. L. Carpenter examined 187 men Tuesday for service in the army under the selective                                     draft system.  There are several issues from July and August with long lists of the registration and draft of Dillon County men,                                     including exemptions and failure to appear.

The Dillon Herald, August 8, 1917

Oak Grove - Calhoun Hayes celebrated 8th birthday last Sat  

The Dillon Herald, August 8, 1917

             Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Smith Sunday an eight pound boy

The Dillon Herald, August 16, 1917

Mrs. Robert Oliver

The death of Mrs. Robert Oliver which occurred on Monday morning at her home near Gaddy’s Mill brought sadness to her manly friends and loved ones. In her death a fond husband and father has lost a companion whose life had been sunshine and happiness to the circle in which she loved, the church is poorer, the Sunday school bereft and the church loses a shining mark. Her memory will be cherished for coming ages, a joyous disposition with a heart and hand ever ready to administer to the unfortunate around her home.

Mrs. Oliver was the daughter of the late Capt. Robert H Rogers, who in former day s had served his country with fidelity, being a member of the Wallace House in 1876 when the state was wrested from the hands of the carpet bagger.

Our hearts go out to those motherless children, to father and sisters who survive. Mary a kind heavenly father temper the winds of adversity to the shorn lambs, and may rejoice even in their sad hour that another soul is added to God’s family circle, and thus find consolation amid earth’s disappointments and sorrows. H L B 

The Dillon Herald, August 16, 1917

Edward Gibson Caldwell son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Caldwell married Gladys Marie Edwards, daughter of Mr. B. F. Edwards last wed.

The Dillon Herald, August 16, 1917

Death claims Mrs. Ora Lupo

After a long period of ill health death claims Mrs. Ora Lupo. Wife of our highly esteemed citizen, Wm. S. Lupo of the Gaddy’s Mill Section.

The end came last Thursday afternoon at five o’clock. Interment took place at Piney Grove church, where she was a member for a long time. Mrs. Lupo was fifty years of age and leaves a mother and husband.

A large crowd congregated at the funeral, which was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. A. Langley                   

The Dillon Herald, August 16, 1917

                     Allen Edens

Mr. Allen Edens, a leading citizen in Robeson county, passed to his final reward at his home nears Rowland, at 5;30 AM on Thursday. Mr. Edens had since the years immediately succeeding the strife of brothers lived with his mother, a widow of Morgan Edens, near Echo. At that day there was little or no attention given to public utilities and I doubt if there was a church building near that old Ashpole now about one mile North west of Rowland. Mr. Edens became the leader in his mother’s large estate and such success followed him that he soon came to be recognized as a leader in developing what is not "Cotton Valley" –famed for its broad and fertile acres. Well do we remember in the 70’s sitting on his mother’s porch with traveling men from Wilmington and other counties – and the remark would often be made " the prettiest farm in all my travels," We found some pleasant hours thus in discussing the prices of the ruling commodity, cotton, and just here we will state the special field out rivaled to those of many neighbors in productiveness

Upon organization of the bank of his home town he became president and continued to set in this capacity till overtaken by disease and retired of his own volition, leaving the weight on the shoulders of his nephew, and one who had by marriage allied himself with the leading lines of the beautifully named community Echo, an important part of Cotton Valley.

So well had Mr. Edens endeared himself to his mother’s lines that little time was found to devote to obtaining a collegate education. He had access only to the leading local schools of the community, say where Hamer is situated today, called "Beulah," where the finest training was given to a class destined to work out for a community the very best results and in October of 1871matriculated at Bethel Male Academy, Warrenton Va where a military feature was had. This was only a preparatory school but was of the first water and young men from each section of the fast reclaiming south found there an atmosphere attractive, John McLaurin, afterwards attorney general, member of Congress and United Senator, as well as Warehouse Commissioner, shared in the profits of this well organized institution.

We attended with some others of our friends his funeral this morning and found the rich, the poor, the high, the low all mingling and while there was sadness at the demise of one so dear to our section of the south east it was after all a real pleasure that a life so full of good deeds could be discussed in such a quite and respectful manner.

While Mr. Edens had not made the church and its interest a prominent feature of his life, yet in his heart of hearts he was truly a Christian and never was the appeal made in vain when its welfare could be served.

We think we can still see the genial smile and feel the hearty handshake as full of good, cheer and brotherly love. "Sleep on, beloved and take thy rest; we loved thee but God loved thee best."

A Friend

The Dillon Herald, August 23, 1917

Estate of Allen Edens – Will – died near Rowland last week – estate valued from $200,000 to $250,000

To sister – Letitia Margaret Edens – with whom he lived – Buie farm 234 acres, Carmichael farm 132 acres both in Dillon County, his right in the home place near Rowland upon which he lived as tenant in common with her, $32,000 in cash in lieu of which she is at liberty to select any stocks or securities in the estate; all the household and kitchen furniture, jewelry and wearing apparel of deceased.

To children of Wyche Rowland – Waldemar, Rufus Allen, Ethel, James, Ella Vivian and Alene Rowland and Lula Norment, the last named being the adopted daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Norment of Lumberton – given the J. V .Faulk farm of 82 acres in Dillon county.

Mr. Bernard A. Edens of Rowland get Piney Bay tract of land, 23 acres; McDuffie tract 33 acres, both of Dillon county , the Sealey tract, 49 acres and Ayers tract 56 acres both in Robeson county, and $20,000 in cash in addition to bank stock and other property given him by deceased during his life. It is stated in the will that it was desired to give Mr Edens more than others because he had been of great service to deceased in many ways.

Mr Frank Edens, brother of the deceased get $25,000 less about $6,000 due the estate by him.

Irma Edens, Stella Edens Cottingham, Mary Edens Barrington, Florence and Pauline Edens, daughters of Duncan Edens, deceased, a brother, are bequeathed $2,500 each. Mr Rod Edens, son of Duncan, $3,000, and he is not to account for small sum, about $300 loaned to him. The larger amount given him is in order that he may have funds to complete his education

Mrs. Lena Edens Ward, widow of the late H. B. Ward, daughter of Alex Edens, $25,000 upon condition that she invest the amount as trustee for her two children until the youngest is 21 years old, when it is to be divided equally. In investing the fund it is provided that Mrs Ward as a safeguard to her interest and the interests of her children, is to be guided by the advice of the executors and Mr. A. W. McLean

Cora B. Edens, Edgar V. Edens, Herman Edens, Walter Edens, Lawrence Edens, Lacey Edens, John Edens, Leon Douglas Edens, Carl Edens and Lucian Edens, nieces and nephews children of Alex Edens, $3,000 each

Allen Edens Bond, son of my good friend R S Bond of Rowland $1,000

Wm. A. and Mary Murchison of Dillon $1,000

To Willie Murchison, Sr all accounts due by notes and otherwise.

Rebecca and E. T. Elliott, Jr children of E T Elliott of Dillon notes of $1,000 and $600 due by their father.

Executors directed to sell at Rowland all stocks in corporations, live stock, farming implements and other personal property and if there is a residue after paying all debts, legacies, etc to pay same, share and share alike, to Irma Edens, Selia Edens Cottingham, Mary Edens Barrington, Pauline Edens Adams, and Red Edens, children of Duncan Edens, deceased, and to Cora Edens, Lawrence Edens, Lacy Edens, John. Walter, Leon, Douglas, Carl and Lucia Edens, children of Alex Edens.

It is provided in the will that if any beneficiary object to the probate of the will or content or aid in contesting the will, then any and all bequests made to such benefactor shall become null and void and that beneficiary shall be cut off and barred from any share in the estate

Will dated July 15, 1915 - witnessed by E C McNeil, A L Bullock, J C Crawford and P H North

Executors Bernard A Edens and Leon Douglas Edens nephews of deceased both of Rowland

Attorney A W McLean

The Dillon Herald, August 30, 1917

Dr. and Mrs. A. J. Evans went to Charleston to see grandson born few days ago to Mr. and Mrs. Junius Evans

The Dillon Herald,

The Dillon Herald, August 30, 1917

Another Dillon boy who lands a good place with Uncle Sam’s forces is Jack O. Moody who is offered a position as clerk in the field department at a good salary. Mr Moody went to Charleston last week to get an outline of the work he will undertake.

The Dillon Herald, August 30, 1917

Jack O. Moody – appointed position in Army Field Headquarters, - probably on way to France. Upon arriving in Charleston told to get a boarding place near his office, but before he had time to look over the situation he was ordered to report at Coast Line Station. Put aboard northbound train for unknown destination and he passed through Dillon that night enroute north. Mr Moody was of the opinion that he was being sent to France. No word has been received from him since he left Charleston.

The Dillon Herald, September 6, 1917

Announce Virgie May Britt to George Bruce Fudger – Oct 17, 1917 marriage. The bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Britt of Little Rock. Groom formerly of Jacksonville Fla now with Carolina Auto Supply House in Charlotte

The Dillon Herald, September 6, 1917

LucileLemmon married Prof. H. J. W. Kiser, Sunday. Groom principal of Dillon schools. Bride native of Sumter county- Lynchburg, SC - home demonstration agent in Dillon county

The Dillon Herald, September 6, 1917

Mr. Bernie Lane, pharmacist at Carmichael Drug Co was one of the first ten men to be called to the army and was preparing to leave for Columbia yesterday morning when he received news of the death of his mother , Mrs Lane, who lives near Little Rock. Mrs Lane had been in failing health for some time and although her death was not unexpected it was a great shock to her family and friends. Mr Lane was excused by the Exemption Board when it learned of his bereavement and he will not Lane, a well known farmer of the Little Rock section. Her husband preceded her to the grave about three months ago.

The Dillon Herald, September 6, 1917

Miss Johnson and Mr E. Gary Webstger married at Rowland Thursday. Groom son of Mr Robert H Webster of Carolina section- groom off to war

The Dillon Herald, September 13, 1917

Draft board  - Call for Negroes put off

The Dillon Herald, September 15, 1917

$25,000 Dollars go up in Flames - Sunday morning Dillon fire – 3 am

Alex Courie’s store to Wm. Brick’s store. Chairs and furniture in A. B. Gibsons barber shop suffered some damage

While being removed to a place for safety. 

Buildings destroyed among first erected in Dillon – single story brick buildings and were built by J. W. and R. S. Moore about 20 yrs ago

Mr. Brick will reopen in E. L. Moore store on corner of Main and First Ave

L. Cottingham store and Dillon Hardware Co were in danger.

Mr. Brick loss $20,000

Mr. Curie loss $3,000 Mr Cottingham loss $5,000

The Dillon Herald, September 13, 1917

                    Miss Nannie Stafford married to Robert Manning Wednesday - home near Sellers

The Dillon Herald, September 13, 1917 

Evilin Margarite Walker died May 23, 1917 age 1 year, 4 months and 9 days,
Memorial poem placed by mother in paper

The Dillon Herald, September 20, 1917

Elizabeth Trantham and Mr. Pierce Rogers married Sunday. Bride from Camden but taught at Dothan school

Hartwell M. Ayer – Florence, SC – editor of Florence Daily Times died Sept 12

The Dillon Herald, September 27, 1917

Mrs. Bettie Alford Passes

The End Came without Warning Last Thursday night

Mrs Bettie Alford, one of Dillon’s oldest residents, passed away at her home on Third Avenue last Thursday night. A few minutes before the end came she was at the telephone talking g to her daughter, Miss Nina, who works at Latta during the day and comes home at night, and during the conversation said that she was feeling very well. After leaving the telephone she sat down in a chair and the end came without warning a few minutes afterward.

Mrs. Alford was a Miss Walters, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Walters, and was born at Little Rock. Early in life she was married to Mr. Daniel W. Alford, who preceded her to the grave about five years ago. She is survived by the following children Messrs: Pierce and Augustus Alford, Mrs. Phil Osteen and Miss Nina Alford.

Mrs Alford was in her 75th year and until a year or two ago when she suffered a slight paralytic stroke her health had been excellent for one of her age.

She was buried at the Alford cemetery near Selkirk last Friday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. M. L. Banks, pastor of the Dillon Methodist Church. 

The Dillon Herald, September 27, 1917

Victim of Hydrophobia

Little R. P. Sloan Jr aged Four Years, Dies from Mad Dog Bite

The remains of little R. P. Sloan, Jr aged four years, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Sloan of Mullins, who died from hydrophobia as the result of a dog bite on July 4th, were buried at Mt Holly Cemetery Thursday afternoon. The circumstances surrounding the death of the little fellow are peculiarly sad. While playing on the lawn at the home of his parents in Mullins he was bitten by a dog. He was given the 21 days ’treatment prescribed by the Pasteur treatment and seemed to be getting along all right until the Sunday preceding his death when he became drowsy and showed alarming symptoms. The following Wednesday he was taken to the Florence infirmary but he sank rapidly after reaching the infirmary and passed away that night at 11 o’clock.

The remains were brought to Dillon Thursday morning and the funeral was held that afternoon at Mt Holly Cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev H. A. Willis.

He was a bright little boy and his sudden and tragic taking away has cast a shadow of gloom over the home in which he was such a shining light

The Dillon Herald, October 4, 1917

H. Witcover Dies Suddenly

Passed Away at a Fayetteville Hotel Tuesday night

Scores of Dillonites were shocked yesterday morning to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Hyman Witcover , who passed away suddenly at a Fayettevlle hotel about 12 o’clock Tuesday night. Mr Witcover came over from Marion Tuesday afternoon and took supper with his sister, Mrs Max Fass, and left that night on the train at 9:20 for Fayetteville. He was in excellent spirits and laughed and joked with friends at the station while awaiting the arrival of his train. For more than a year Mr Witcover had been suffering from valvular heart trouble, but had been regaining his health and strength during the past few months.

Mr. Witcover was a large robust man and had led a very active life until his health became impaired. With the return of his strength he resumed the work of writing life insurance and had been making occasional trips out of town.

With the passing of Mr. Witcover, South Carolina loses one of the most talented men that ever entered the field of life insurance. That was his life work. His operations extended from Maine to Florida, and at one time his business was so large that he maintained offices in New York and Philadelphia. At the height of his career he was said to have had the widest circle of acquaintance of any man in South Carolina, being personally known to thousands of men of nearly every vocation in life in every stage on the Atlantic seaboard. He was a man of striking appearances, and being endowed an extraordinary personality, he found no trouble in making friends or gaining an audience with leading men wherever he went.

When Mr. Cleveland was elected president for a second term Mr. Witcover acquired a letter of introduction which admitted him to the White House. He was then a young man but when he left the White House he carried with him an application for a policy on the president’s life.

When President McKinley was serving his first term the company for which M.r Witcover was working needed a man to talk life insurance to the president. They selected Mr Witcover and he went over to Washington and wrote a large policy on the president’s life.

Mr. Witcover was a man of wide vision and no man was too large or too small for him to approach in a business or social way.

He was a generous man, who earned freely and he spent with hands wife open and heart responding to every call upon it.

The remains will be buried at the Jewish cemetery in Florence this afternoon.

Besides his aged mother, who makes her home in Dillon with Mr. and Mrs. Max Fass, Mr Witcover is survived by the following children:

Miss Frances Witcover, Miss Phillipine Witcover and Mr. David Witcover, all of whom reside in Marion.

Lieutenant Edward Blue Wheeler of Marion inhaled poison gas on British front Sept 17. In hospital in France

The Dillon Herald, October11, 1917

                     Post office raising cost of stamp for letters to 3 cents as of Nov 2

The Dillon Herald, October 18, 1917

                     Mr. D. D. McRae and Miss Cashwell of Lumberton, NC recently married.

The Dillon Herald, October 18, 1917


This community was visited by the death angels Friday night when they stopped at the door of an old colored friend, Uncle Barnie Campbell. Uncle Barnie was among hose that were here in slavery time and has always said that that was the happiest time of his life. His life was remarkable in that he saw the fourth generation of his own family. His age is not exactly known but it is thought to be about ninety five. He leaves behind him 21 children, 97 grand children, 63 great grand children and 1 great great grand child.

The Dillon Herald, October 18, 1917

Mullins Enterprise - Sarg. Harry J. McCutheon of Camp Jackson married Mis May Byrd Sunday.  Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J .Frank Byrd. Groom from Latta – was cotton buyer for Sprunt and Sons

The Dillon Herald, October 18, 1917

Mrs. Evan Rogers

Lake View Oct 14, Mrs; Evan Rogers died at her home near here yesterday morning at 3 o’clock. She had been in failing health for some time and her death was not unexpected. Mrs; Rogers was a good woman and will be missed, not only in her home but also in the community in which she lived. Besides a husband, she leaves several children and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home this morning and the interment took place at the family burying ground.

The Dillon Herald, October 18, 1917

Ida Rowland married Paul Phillips Wednesday.  Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs .James W. Rowland. Groom clerk at A C L station – native of Maryland – lived in Dillon two years

The Dillon Herald, October 25, 1917

Soldier Kills Himself

Rufus Kersey, Son of Louis Kersey, Cuts his Throat with Razor

Rufus Kersey, a son of Louis Kersey who lives one mile west of Dillon on the Dillon-Little Rock public road, killed himself at Camp Sevier near Greenvillle Monday morning. Young Kersey was a member of Company F, 119th Infantry, and had been stationed at Greenville about two months.

The young man enlisted with the Johnson Engineers last summer and went to Greenville when the engineers were transferred from Marion to that city. He failed to stand the physical examination and was at the Greenville camp awaiting his discharge papers when for some unknown reason he took his life.

According to information received from his commanding officer young Kersey appeared at roll call Monday morning and also at mess. He said he was feeling badly and did not eat anything. Ten minutes after mess he was found in a dying condition, his throat having been cut with a razor.

Mental derangement is given as the cause of the act, the young man having been under observation on this account for some time. The body arrived in Dillon yesterday.

The Dillon Herald, October 25, 1917

Virgie May Britt married George Bruce Fudger on October 17.  Bride daughter of Mr. amd Mrs. M. S, Britt of Little Rock

The Dillon Herald, October 25, 1917

Soldiers in the American Army not only may keep a cow but they can feed it at government expense provided they consume the milk, says a ruling of the judge advocate general. Question was whether food for a cow kept by a detachment of soldiers for the production of milk for the detachment mess, could legally be purchased from the ration saving in view of the regulation that such a savings shall be used solely for the purchase of articles of food.

The Dillon Herald, November 1, 1917

Emma Bell Rogers of Fork married John Clarence Blake of Charlotte on October 22. Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Rogers of Dillon. Groom son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Blake – position with Southern railway

The Dillon Herald, November 1, 1917

First case of flu seen reported in paper by M. Lewis – Mrs. Jno Hargrove – sent to Richmond to specialists

The Dillon Herald, November 1, 1917

Tract of land known as Hursey place about a mile south of
Dillon on Dillon Latta road sold for $36,000 . Divided into several small tracts. Some went at high as $210 an acre.Purchased from T. A. Dillon about two years ago

The Dillon Herald, November 1, 1917

Rev. J .A. McQueen married Antoinette Long at Farmington, NC Wednesday. Bride resident of Dillon for several years – a trained nurse. Groom pastor of Kentyre and Pee Dee Presbyterian churches

The Dillon Herald, November 1, 1917

Hattie Edwards and Mr. Marion Oliver married Thursday. Bride daughter of Mr. B. F. Edwards. Groom from Gaddy’s Mill

The Dillon Herald, November 8, 1917

Mary McLeod married Dr. B .Franklin Hardy Tuesday. Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Bethea. Groom physician at Minturn SC formerly of Marlboro, NC  (probably SC)

The Dillon Herald, November 8, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Willis of Rapiddan Va are visiting the former’s brother, Rev. H. A .Willis. Mr. and Mrs Willis were married at Washington last Monday and will spend part of their honeymoon in Dillon.

Mayor John Frank Thompson will marry Vera Shirley of Honea Path on Nov 28. Bride daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jno Fletcher Shirley.
Groom of Dillon

The Dillon Herald, November 15, 1917

Mr. Downing Berry died at Florence Infirmary Tuesday Nov 6th . Was buried at the family cemetery at Union Church the following day. Mr. Berry was a brother of Mr. Neil Berry of Little Rock

The Dillon Herald, November 15, 1917

Carolina -Leola Smith married Rufus Stanton on Wed

The Dillon Herald, November 22, 1917

Death of J. F .Wise

One of Marlboro’s Soldier Boys Dies at Camp Sevier

Pee Dee Advocate

Private James Finklea Wise died of pneumonia at Camp Sevier, Greenville, last Sunday morning. The body was brought to Bennettsville on the Coast Line train Monday night and taken by Undertaker Wallace to his parlors on Marlboro street. The body was accompanied by young Wise’s comrade, Private Ben Odem, and was taken Tuesday to Oak Grove, Dillon county, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev William Hayes.

J. F. Wise was 24 years old and had lived for nine years with his grandmother on the plantation of Col. Dan McQueen, near Dunbar. He registered on June 5 at Clio and was called to go to Camp Jackson on Oct 4. He was later transferred to Camp Sevier where he was in Company L, 118th Infantry.

He was a son of Wilson Wise, of Oak Grove. His death is the first fatality among the soldier boys from Marlboro.

The Dillon Herald, November 22, 1917

W. A. McCormac lies at home on First avenue lingering between life and death as the result of an attempt to commit suicide yesterday morning. Mr. McCormac drank a bottle of laudanum, slashed his throat with a knife and stabbed himself over the heart. The wound over the heart is not dangerous but the slash across the throat may prove fatal.

Mr. McCormac was found in an unconscious condition in the rear of Arch McIntyre’s stables. He was leaning over a buggy and blood was gushing from his throat with every pulsation of the heart. He was taken to his home at once and medical aid summoned. His condition is regarded as serious.

Mr. McCormac, usually of a cheerful, disposition had been brooding over some trouble, the nature of which he had not disclosed to his most intimate friends. He was seen on the street a short while before he made the attempt at suicide and nothing unusual was noted in his condition. For several years he had been employed as night watchman at J. W. Dillon and Son’s store, but has not been regularly employed during the past year or two.

The Dillon Herald, November 22, 1917

Aged Woman Burned to Death

Mrs. Celia Herring Victim of Flames that Destroyed Her Home

Mrs. Celia Herring, aged 80 years, was burned to death in her home on Irvin Coward’s place 4 miles east of Dillon early yesterday morning. Mrs. Herring lived in her home alone and was almost an invalid. Neighbors knew nothing of the tragedy until they awoke yesterday morning and found only the smoking embers. Mrs. Herring’s body with the limbs burned away and half of the skull gone was found in the rear of the house. It is thought that when she awoke and discovered the fire she made an attempt to escape through a rear door. Mrs. Herring has a daughter, Mrs. McKenzie, who lives on the Mill village.

The Dillon Herald, November 29, 1917

Mrs. W. R. McCormick of the Hamer section spent the last week end with her mother Mrs. L. J. Moody

The Dillon Herald, November 29, 1917

                    Mayor J. Frank Thompson to be married Wed to Miss Vera Shirley of Honea Path.

The Dillon Herald, November 29, 1917 

Vera Brewer married Mr. Iro Ford Nov 22 -Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Brewer of near Kemper

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Minturn – Manton Alford, John Hugh and Alfred McCormac spent Thanksgiving at home

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Kemper – H. M. Moody of Camp Jackson is spending a few days with his parents

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

The Dillon Herald, Floydale – Marriage of Miss Lillian Muncaster of Florence to Lieut. Harry Reaves of Floydale. Groom son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Reaves

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

The Dillon Herald, Oak Grove - Mrs. Fannie Cox and aged lady of this community was buried at Bethesda last Sunday morning.

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Frank S. Jackson

Mr. Frank S. Jackson, one of Dillon’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at his home on West Main Street Monday morning. Mr. Jackson had been in ill health for several months but his condition did not become serious until two weeks ago, the cause of his death resulting from valvular heart trouble.

Mr. Jackson was in his 62nd year. He was born near Catfish but moved to Dillon about 25 years ago, being one of the town’s first settlers. He was an honorable, up right, Christian gentleman who was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Mr. Jackson never sought public office but he was twice elected a member of city council and while serving in this capacity discharged his duties with earnestness and efficiency.

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife who was Miss Annie Whittington, and the following children: Mrs. A. A. Hinson and Miss Ruth Jackson.

The interment was made at Mt Holly Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. M. L. Banks.

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Train Kills Colored Woman

Sellers – Dec 4 – Frances Sweeney, a colored woman 65 years of age, was killed last night about 7 o’clock by A C L freight train No 206, between here and Pee Dee. The engineer reports that he saw something on the tract that he took for a god, but just as the train drew near, the woman, who had a shawl wrapped around her, raised her head looking toward the approaching train, but it was too late to stop in time to save the woman. It is said the woman had been afflicted for several years with an incurable disease and while crazed deliberately committed suicide by going on the track.

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Hamer SC -Crystal wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Dougald Archibald MacCallum (nee Miss Marion Richards)

The Dillon Herald, December 6, 1917

Death of P. V .Tyson

North Carolina Soldier Boy Dies at Camp Sevier

One of North Carolina’s promising young men, succumbed to bronchial pneumonia following measles, at Camp Sevier, Greenville, SC Saturday morning

His death was quite a shock to his many friends in Dillon and community.

The young man, Percy Van Wyke Tyson, is from one of the old North state’s most prominent families, the son of James Lawrence Tyson of Greensboro, NC. Formerly professor of Chatam county High School and other educational institutions.

Mr. Tyson was 30 years old and has for the past 7 years been connected with J. H. Dunlap and Son’s with whom he held a responsible position as foreman over mills here and at Gibson, NC

During his stay of most three years in Dillon he made numerous friends and acquaintances who will with sorrow regret to hear of his death. Mr Tyson was a young man of manly splendid traits of character, was much loved and admired by all who knew him.

He was a member of Head Quarters Company one hundred nineteenth Infantry.

Interment was made in Greensboro, Monday.

The Dillon Herald, December 13, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Bethea entertained in honor of their mother Mrs. H. J. Bethea on her seventy first birthday.

The Dillon Herald, December 13, 1917

Oak Grove -J. S. Bullard, a farmer living near here died last Friday night after a long illness and was buried at Catfish church Sunday afternoon.

The Dillon Herald, December 13, 1917

Miss Lottie Roper LeGette married Joseph Carl Graham of Anniston, Ala. Dec 4, 1917

Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. LeGette.

Edward Tate McMillian married Sadie Kate Hunter

Bride daughter of Mrs. M. C. Hunter of Marion

Bride taught school in Dillon.

Groom assistant cashier of Merchants and Planters Bank

The Dillon Herald, December 13, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gibson and Mr. and Mrs. W C Moore motored over to McColl yesterday afternoon to attend the Gibson-Bogle wedding.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

                    Minturn -Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cottingham attended the burial of the formers aunt at Latta on last Sunday.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Floydale -Miss Coryne Rogers eighth birthday party

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Evans L. Rogers a well know citizen of Lake View died Wednesday December 12, after an illness of only about two weeks. He follows his wife who died only two months ago. Mr. Rogers was well known throughout Dillon county and was a highly respected citizen. He was a man that was always pleasant and he had many friends. He was 52 years old and always had good health until a few weeks ago he was taken suddenly sick. He is survived by four girls and four boys, the youngest being 12 years old.

The body was buried at Piney Grove Church Friday. The funeral service was conducted by his pastor and the Masons of Hillsboro Lodge No 308 of which he was a member.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Colonel Weitus Moody among other sent to Camp Jackson Tuesday morning.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Mrs. Betha Dew, wife of Mr. Jno. L. Dew, a prominent citizen of Latta, died Friday night after an illness of several days with pneumonia. Mrs. Dew’s health had not been good for several years but she was able to take an active interest in the affairs of life. She spent a day in Dillon shopping a few days before her death. Mrs. Dew was a Miss Cottingham and was born in the Galiavon section of the county.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Dr and Mrs. B. Hardy of Minturn, SC married a few weeks ago.

The Dillon Herald, December 20, 1917

Governor Manning says _ use no beef, pork, or mutton Tuesdays, no wheat on Wed. and no hog meat or products on Thursdays. To save flour, meat , sugar and fats

The Dillon Herald, December 27, 1917

Death of Mr. R. C. Wise

Mr. Robt. C. Wise a respected citizen who lived a few miles below here died suddenly last Tuesday morning about 2 o’clock after a few hours illness of acute indigestion.

Mr. Wise was a good man and was for manly years a member of the Methodist church of which he was also a steward. He leaves a wife and several sons and daughters.

He was buried at the Hayes burying ground a short distance from his home. Rev J B Weldon conducted the funeral service.

The Dillon Herald, December 27, 1917

Married Wed. William Thadeus Bethea and Miss Oriana Manning Berry.  Groom son of late Wm. Thad Bethea of Dillon.  Has seen service on Mexican border now stationed at Camp Sevier.  Bride daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Berry of Little Rock


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