The Morning New Review (Florence, SC)
October 9, 1925
Darlington, Oct 8 - Weldon Twitty, Jr., 8
year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Twitty, was killed by electrocution
here this afternoon when he came in contact with live wires running
through a tree.Florence Morning News South Carolina July 13, 1945
It seems that the
little boy had climbed into a tree on the side of his home on Cashua
street and in some manner came into contact with the wires that run along
the street and through the tree.
Weldon was a very popular little fellow and had many friends. He
was an unusually bright and friendly boy. He was attending his second year
of school. This untimely end to such a bright young life was one of the
saddest deaths that Darlington has ever experienced.
THREE ARE KILLED IN MIDAIR CRASHAIRLINER AND BOMBER
HIT, PILOT IS HERO
SAVES ALL BUT ONE
OF HIS COMMERCIAL PASSENGERS, IN SKILLFUL EMERGENCY LANDING. TWO AIRMEN
Three persons were killed in the mid-air collision of
an Eastern Airlines transport and a plane based at the Florence Army Air
Field several miles from Darlington at approximately 2:45 o'clock
Two of the three dead were military personnel in the
army plane while the other, a baby, was aboard the liner which was brought
down in a magnificent manner by its pilot, thus saving the lives of 17
passengers and three crew members.
Five passengers were injured and admitted to The
McLeod Infirmary where the condition of only one was described as
critical. MRS. A. E. WILLIAMS of New York City and Miami, Florida, was
reported by hospital attaches to have been desperately injured. She
received a serious head injury, a fractured arm and is suffering from
Her two-year-old son was killed, having died shortly
after arriving at the hospital.
The two soldiers killed were listed by Col. JAMES R.
GUNN, JR., commanding officer of the Florence Army Air Field
Cpl. ROBERT B. CLAPP,
whose wife, MRS. RUBY B. CLAPP lives at 1705 Euclid street, Oklahoma City,
Cpl. RALEIGH B. ALLBAUGH,
JR., whose mother, MRS. ALTA D. ALLBAUGH, lives at 3606 North
Broadway street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In addition to MRS. WILLIAMS, the following are
patients at the infirmary:
MRS. ANNIE LEE MOORE WALKER of Alexandria, Va., and
MR. and MRS. MAXINE SILBERG ASPARATE, Caracas,
MISS GERTRUDE LUSTIG, New York
It was reported by an official that only one
passenger, a woman, became hysterical. Most of the others were calm and
collected. They all had high praise of the pilot G. D. DAVIS, who made the
miraculous landing. As one person expressed it, "Pilot DAVIS was
individually responsible for saving our lives."
FRANK GAY of the Eastern Airlines Columbia office and
DEXTER MARTIN, state aeronautics commission director, arrived at the scene
of the crash shortly after it occurred.
A relief plane arrived from Miami and carried most of
the passengers to Miami late in the night. It was
FRED PERRITT, of Darlington, was among the hundreds
from Darlington who rushed to the scene of the accident. He said that the
Army plane was near Syracuse while the airliner came to a standstill three
FRANK McKAIN of Florence was an eyewitness of the
crash. He said that the impact did not cause a very loud
The Public Relations office of the Florence Army Air
Field issued the following statement:
"An Eastern Airlines DC-3, bound for Miami from
Washington miraculously escaped destruction at 2:45 this p.m., when its
senior pilot, G. D. DAVIS, of Miami, brought his crippled ship in for a
safe landing after a mid-air collision with a twin-motored military craft.
There were three fatalities, two of them military personnel, but except
fot the masterful handling of his plane by Pilot DAVIS, it is almost
certain that the 17 passengers and three crew members of the airliner
would also have perished."
"Until the next of kin have been notified names of
the casualties have been withheld."
"The accident occurred approximately 10 miles west of
Darlington, S. C., in the community of Syracuse. From eyewitness accounts,
including testimony by MR. DAVIS, and N. L. MARTINDALE co-pilot of the
airliner, the two planes collided when in flight at an altitude of
approximately 3,000 feet with the airlienr[sic] letting down preparatory
to a landing at Columbia, South Carolina."
"MR. DAVIS said that neither he nor his co-pilot saw
the bomber until just before the mid-air crash. Passengers of the plane,
also, failed to see the ship. In the collision, the left engine of the
airliner was torn off, and the fuselage was badly cut, just aft of the
"Despite this damage to his plane, DAVIS maintained
full flight control and brought the ship in for an emergency landing. The
bomber, according to witness accounts, plunged to the earth, with only one
of three occupants parachuting to safety. Although not seriously injured
the one member of the bomber who parachuted was unable to be questioned
"One occupant of the airliner died some time after
the accident, as a result of injuries suffered when the planes collided,
but with this single exception, none of the occupants of the plane was
"Col. JAMES R. GUNN, JR., Commanding Officer at
Florence Army Air Field, authorized the statement that the military plane
involved had taken off from the Florence base on a combat training
mission. An immediate investigation by qualified officers has been
initiated to determine the cause for the crash."
Passengers not hurt were listed as
MRS. W. H. WALKER,
MRS. JAMES BULLOWA and Baby, New
J. LUBELLE, Henrietta, N. Y.
MRS. CARMEN PACHEO, New York
ENOUCH MATHER, Miami
Lt. A. L. STURM, Norfolk, Va
W. K. GRIFFITH, Washington
MRS. WM. VANHORN, Syracuse
Lt. and MRS. A. C. ULNER,
KENNETH DURDEN, Washington
W. I. BINNING, Washington
J. HERTSBERG, New York
Vernon Courier 9lamar County, AL), June 5,
At Lydie, Darlington County, SC, Saturday, two brothers,
young white men, MURRAY and BEN KNOTTS, were working in the field, when an
old quarrel was renewed and MURRAY shot BEN to death. MURRAY is
ready to surrender whenever called on and is not afraid of a trial.
(contributed by Venetta M.)
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EVENTS OF THE WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Special to The State
Society Hill, Dec. 24-Miss Mattie Womack of Farmville, Va. is visiting
her brother H. A. Womack.
Mrs. A. A. Gandy of Darlington is visiting Mrs. D. L. Winters.
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Carrigan returned last night from a trip to
Miss Sallie Hay is spending a while with her sister Mrs. W. E.
Miss Emma Rogers entertained the Book club last Friday at her home near
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EVENTS OF THE WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Special to The State
Society Hill, Jan. 1-Miss Elizabeth Carrigan is at home from Fasifern
college, Hendersonville, N. C., spending the holidays.
Rhett and Everet Winters are visiting their mother during the holiday
Miss Laura Lynch, who is teaching near Bethune, is visiting Mrs. B. L.
Several of the young people of Society Hill attended the Christmas
dances at Cheraw and Darlington.
Miss Swartz of Edwardsville, Ill. is visiting her sister, Mrs. Edwin
Miss Isabelle Massey of Fort Mill is with Miss Cattie Russell during
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest White of Johnsonville are enjoying the holidays
with Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Sompayrac.
Mrs. Hursey gave a card party Tuesday evening in honor of her guest,
Miss Lynch. Auction bridge and rook were played and a salad course was
served during the latter part of the evening. It was much enjoyed by 12
Mrs. Edwin Summer entertained the Book club in honor of her sister,
Sam Jamison of Gadsden spent a few days in his home town with his
brother, Michael Jamison.
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Carrigan gave a dinner Monday evening for a few of
Lawrence Winters gave a stag supper Wednesday evening.
Marion Carrigan of the Presbyterian college of South Carolina and
Harold Russell of the University of South Carolina are at home for
Miss Margaret Russell gave a party at her home for Miss Elizabeth
Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Sheppard are spending the holiday season with Mrs.
Sheppard's mother, Mrs. John Rogers.
John and Harvey Rogers are at home for Christmas.
The members of the Presbyterian church were glad to have their former
pastor, the Rev. T. E. Simpson, to fill the pulpit on Christmas
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EVENTS OF THE WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Special to The State
Darlington, Jan 1-The Darlington fireman had their annual smoker on
last Wednesday evening. A number of outsiders enjoyed their
Miss Alice Pegues entertained at cards on Thursday evening in
honor of Miss Griggs of Danville, Va. who is the guest of Miss Mary
Mrs. William Vernon entertained seven tables of rook at a party
Wednesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Frank West of Indianapolis.
Mrs. Vernon presented the guest of honor with an embroidered guest
towel. Mrs. Jerome Pate scored highest and was presented with a
boudior cap. A salad course was served, followed by fruits, cake and
Mrs. George W. Brown entertained a merry crowd of young people
Tuesday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Williamson of
Florence. Mrs. Williams was Miss Harriett Brown and was married
during the fall. A salad course followed by a sweet course, was
The Rev. D. M. Fulton entertained the members of the
Presbyterian church and Sunday school of which he is pastor, on
Wednesday evening at his home. A musical programme was very much
enjoyed and an ice cream course served.
Miss Ruth Benjamin entertained 12 young girls on Tuesday
afternoon. Games were played during the afternoon and each guest was
presented with a small doll souvenir. Cake and punch were
Miss Emma Fulton entertained 16 young girl friends at a rook party on
Thursday afternoon. Ice cream, cake and mints were served.
Miss Flora Ervin entertained at rook on Tuesday evening.
Miss Kate McFarian had five couples to dinner on Tuesday evening.
Music was very much enjoyed during the evening.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Thompson and children of Lancaster spent
the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Blackwell.
Miss Ada Spain of Greenville is the guest of Mrs. J. A.
Mrs. Anderson of Switzer is the guest of Mrs. J. T.
Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Small and children have returned from
Charleston where they spent the holidays.
KILLED HIS BROTHER
Charleston SC May 27 – At Lydia, Darlington
county Saturday, two brothers, young white men, Murray and Ben Knotts,
were working in the field when an old quarrel was renewed and Murray shot
Ben to death. Murray is ready to surrender when called on and is not
afraid of a trail. [Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, May 29,
1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]
The State, Jan. 20, 1908
Deceased was Chief of
Police of Darlington and was much loved and respected
19 - This morning at 10 o'clock the dead body of Mr. A. E. Dargan, chief
of police, was found in a room adjacent to his sleeping apartments. His
death has saddened the entire community, a double sorrow being added to
the deep sense of loss because of the tragic circumstances attending his
The body, when discovered, was on the floor, a bullet hole was
in the forehead, a revolver with one empty chamber was near and death
seemed to have occurred some hours before.
Mr. Dargan attended to his
duties yesterday as usual, though his sister, at dinner, told him he
seemed very tired and that he should take some much needed rest. As usual
he was up until 12 o'clock last night and before retiring, Mr. Dargan
instructed Policeman Fields to call him at 10 o'clock this morning. At
this hour the dead body was discovered in an unoccupied room across the
passage from Mr. Dargan's room.
Mr. H. Apelt occupies a room adjoining
Mr. Dargan's and he says Mr. Dargan was with him when they went to their
rooms last night. About 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning Mr. Appeit thought
he heard the report of a pistol, but thought nothing of it.
found belonged to Mr. Dargan and was a Smith & Wesson 44 calibre.
Although the attendant circumstances suggest that this was suicide those
who know Mr. Dargan can not reconcile themselves to such an opinion. The
coroner's jury at the inquest this afternoon carefully considered all the
facts and the autopsy has been held by Drs. Edwards and Coggeshall. The
jury announced no verdict, but adjourned to meet again Thursday in order
to have full possession of all available information before announcing
There seems to be no real reason, at least so far as
is now known, why the suicide theory should be other than a matter of
conjecture. The circumstances seem, however, to indicate that Mr. Dargan
took his own life, but no reason for this has yet been found. The funeral
services will be held at the Baptist church tomorrow afternoon.
Dargan was a native of Darlington and was 52 years old and unmarried. For
about the past 20 or 25 years he has been chief of police, a position
given him practically by the entire community. His tragic death will carry
sorrow wherever he was known. It is not the eulogy of one who knew and
loved him to say that in this man the highest attributes of noblest
manhood found their natural home. This is the literal truth. His heart was
loyal, steadfast, true. Duty was the watchword with him always and to him
the word fear had no meaning. His courage was splendid, making complete
the cool, self controlled man, capable always of meeting any emergency of
being just and fair to all. Love and sympathy lived in perfect blend in
his daily life and these characteristics not only endeared him to his
friends, but formed a bond between him, and those with whom he came in
contact in the discharge of his official duties.
Never was there a more
generous heart than was that which is now stilled forever.
He was "Rab"
to his close friends and to his contemporaries; this familiar title of
affection was his from the ladies of the town and this was the term
affectionately used by the little children, none of these hesitating thus
to call their fiend, who was never too busy to show his affection for his
little friends. And of all his strikingly marked characteristics none was
more all pervading none reigned with more complete away over this big
hearted, strong man than did the rare gift of masculine
Brave, strong, gentle and true, it is hard to believe that
anything could have forced such a man deliberately to end his own life.
Those who know him can never reconcile themselves to believe this and
should this seem at last to be true still will they keep his memory in
honored love and trust, saddened doubly because of the thought that any
inevitable trial should have brought him face to face with such stern
necessity..J. E. Norment
State, Feb. 1, 1922
Bring Bodies Home
Hartsville Soldiers Who Died in France
Hartsville, Jan. 31 - The body
of Private Tallie R. Harrell, who died in France while serving witht he
One Hundred and Forty first artillery, was brought to Hartsville Sat.
afternoon for burial. The funeral was held in the family cemetery near
Hartsville Sun. morning.
The body of Private Hoyt R. Grant, who died on
pneumonia while serving in France with the quartermaster department,
arrived here Sat. night for burial. Mr. Grant was the son of Mr. and Mrs.
R. S. Grant of McBee, and was 23 yers of age. The body was buried with
military honors Sun. at Union church near McBee, the funeral being in
charge of the American Legion. Besides a widow and a child, four brothers,
four sisters, and scores of friends mourn his death.
Charleston News & Courier, Sept. 23, 1875
man named Collins died in Darlington last Friday. Whiskey killed
Two weeks ago a colored man named Robert Hide was shot in the head
by a negro named James Wingate, in Darlington. The wound is
Darlington Temperance Council. No. 10, will have a picnic on
Oct. 1. Speeches will be made by Col. F. F. Warley, president, and Mr.
Legrand Walker, State lecturer.
A colored child about two years old was
so terribly burned in a house on Mr. Thomas J. McCutchen's place, at
Carter's Crossing, Sumter County, on Sat., 11th instant, that death
shortly after ensued. The child, we were informed, was left alone in the
house, and when found was burned to a crisp.
On Thurs. night last,
Calvin Pringle, a colored man, who is cropping with Mr. W. W. Bradford,
about four miles south of Sumter, in company with one Bob Black, shot at a
party in his field stealing corn. The party ran, leaving behind him a
basket containing the corn he was breaking.....
The State, June 11, 1914
Lucas Closes Life Of Service
Well Known Man Dies at Society Hill
Reached Ripe Age
Former Gallant Confederate Officer Succumbs to Disease
at Age of 83 Years.
Society Hill, June 10 - Maj. J. J. Lucas, planter
and capitalist, died late last night at his handsome home here from a
third stroke of paralysis. He was 83 years of age. The funeral service
will be held at noon tomorrow in Trinity church and the interment will
likely be made in the churchyard.
Maj. Lucas was married Nov. 21, 1861,
to Carrie McIver, dau. of the Rev. David R. Williams McIver and
granddaughter of Judge Samuel Wilds. Mrs. Lucas and a son, J. J. Lucas,
Jr., died in Oct., 1901, within 16 days of each other. Melita Eleanor
Lucas, the youngest daughter, died Jul 20, 1907. Children of Maj. Lucas
who survive him are T. S. Lucas, B. B. Lucas, Mrs. Frank Wilkes, Mrs.
Stewart McIver and Mrs. Donald.
Four brothers also survive Maj. Lucas.
They are B. S. Lucas, M. D., of Hartsville, T. E. Lucas, M.D., of
Chesterfield, Simons Lucas, and Edward Lucas of Kershaw
Born In Kershaw
James Jonathan Lucas, soldier, merchant and
Horticulturist, was born at Tillery's Ferry, Kershaw county, S.C., Nov.
21, 1831. His father, Benjamin Simons Lucas M.D., was an eminent physician
and surgeon, noted for his intelligence, sound judgement and amiability.
His mother, Melita Eleanor [Tiller] Lucas, whose ancestors were English
and Welsh folk well known for their integrity and ability, strongly
impressed her powerful moral character upon her son, to his lasting good.
His blood was English and French Huguenot. On the paternal side the
founder of the American branch was Jonathan Lucas, who came from England
to Charleston in 1785. He invented a rice mill in 1787, upon which his
son, Jonathan, made improvements, which were patented in 1808. The first
ancestor of the family on his father's maternal side to settle in America
was Benjamin Simons, who came from France to Charleston in 1685, upon the
revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and at once took an active part in the
affairs of the embryo city. His grandson, Benjamin Simons, third, was a
member of the Jacksonboro legislature.
He received his preparatory
education in the county schools, which he attended until he was 16, when
he entered the South Carolina Military academy, from which he was
graduated Nov. 20, 1851. In 1904 the same institution conferred upon him
the degree of B.S.
He began his business life in 1852 as clerk in his
uncle's hardware store in Charleston, was the year following he engaged
for himself in the same line of business, which he successfully conducted
until the opening of the War Between the Sections. He represented
Charleston in the house of representatives from 1858 to 1862, and was the
first graduate of the military academy to attain this distinction. Among
his notable achievements in the legislature were the acts. To appropriate
dividends on State owned railroad stock; for deepening the entrance to
Charleston harbor; for presentation of a sword to Capt. Nathan George
Evens, United States army, for gallant services in Indian warfare, and for
the first appropriations for the library at the citadel. But the proposal
of which he was proudest failed, because other members of the legislature
were not gifted with his foresight. This was the recommendation of Gen. A.
M. Manigault, Col. Lewis M. Hatch and himself, members of a State
commission to reform the militia laws, of a bill authorizing the formation
and equipment for the field of a select militia force of 10,000 men.
Opponents ridiculed? as "Lucas" standing army' bill, but before Sumter was
fired on they realized how wise its adoption would have been. In Feb.
1861, while serving as aide de camp to Gov. Pickens, Maj. Lucas brought
40,000 pounds of powder from the Mt. Vernon arsenal in Alabama to
Charleston without publicity. This was used for the reduction of Fort
Great War Record.
The history of Lucas' battalion of heavy
artillery, which he commanded from its organization to the end of the war
[when he was the senior major in the Confederate service], is a part of
the history of the notable and gallant defense of Charleston, much of
which may be found in official publications.
Credit is due Maj. Lucas
for the striking recognition given the enlisted man by Gen. Beauregard-the
naming of Battery Tynes, adjacent to the famous Battery Pringle, in honor
of First Sergt. S. A. Tynes, Company A. Lucas' battalion of artillery, who
was killed during the defense of Battery Wagner. Maj. Lucas and his
command participated in the capture of the gunboat Isaac Smith, in the
Stono river, Jan. 1863; also in the famous continuous night and day
bombardment of Fort Sumter and Batteries Wagner and Pringle. It was the
failure to silence Battery Pringle, where Maj. Lucas commanded, that
prevented the capture of Charleston from the rear, as Admiral Dahlgren had
planned Maj. Lucas was in charge of the fortifications on the Stono river,
which guarded the back door to Charleston for nearly four years-until the
evacuation of that city and its defenses. With his command he joined Gen.
Hardee's army in its retreat to North Carolina, where he took part in the
battles of Averysboro and Bentonville, and was struck five times. One
wound might have proved fatal had not the musket ball been stopped by a
suspender button. As a result he was three weeks in the hospital at St.
Mary's school, Raleigh. When the collapse of the Confederacy came he was
at home on sick leave.
Goes to Darlington
In 1865 he moved from
Charleston to Society Hill, Darlington county, where by his intelligent
cultivation of grapes and wine making he formed an industrial show place.
His home was one of the most refined and cultivated in the State. He was a
director of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad company, a member of the
board of visitors of the South Carolina Military academy, and a trustee of
the Porter Military academy. He was president of the Darlington
Agricultural society for three years; was a life member of the St. Ceceila
society of Charleston; a member of the Huguenot society of that city; was
for seven years captain of the Palmetto Guard, Charleston, and trained
that company for its brilliant career in the Confederate army. He was
initiated into the Masonic Faternity in 1858. In politics he was always a
democrat. In religious convictions he was an Episcopalian. He was for many
years a lay reader of Trinity church in his home town and he was elected
an alternate delegate from the diocese of South Carolina to the triennial
convention of the American Episcopal church, which met in Richmond,
Hunting and shooting were long his favorite occupations,
but he had done little of either for some years. Fear of being in the
minority never prevented him from expressing his opinion. He never fought
a duel, but in 1856 he was one of the seconds in an affair of honor in
which, fortunately, no blood was spilled. He was an open advocate of the
code duelin, on the ground that it elevated the tone of
The State, Nov. 1,
Died From His Injuries
Mr. S. Thornwell Wallace,
Formerly of Darlington, Fatally Hurt by Falling From His
Darlington, Oct. 31 - Mr. S. Thornwell Wallace, who was a native
of this county and well known, was fatally injured by falling from a
freight train about eight miles from Atlanta Sat. night and his body was
brought here today for interment. The young man was sitting on the
front of the engine when he fell beneath the moving wheels and was badly
mangled. He was taken to a hospital but died under operation while his leg
was being amputated. He was about 25 years old and had already received
notification of his promotion from flagman to conductor. He was held in
high esteem by the railroad company. His body was accompanied as far as
Columbia by the superintendent of the road. Mr. Walker was formerly in the
cotton business in Darlington and is well remembered here. He is a brother
of Mrs. Edna Ryan of New York and Mrs. Anna Goodson of this place, also a
nephew of J. K. Parrott in this county. The Woodmen of the World took
charge of the body today and the interment was made a Grove Hill
The State, Oct. 31,
Death of Miss Daisy McCall
Bright Young Woman of
Darlington Died of Heart Failure
Darlington, Oct. 30 - Miss Daisy
McCall, a bright and lovely young woman, died here last night about 12
o'clock after a lingering illness of several weeks. Miss McCall had been
suffering for some time from a nervous breakdown and general
debility, but the immediate cause of her death was heart failure, this
being a great shock to her family and wide circle of friends. For several
years Miss McCall had acted as stenographer and typewriter for the
Independent Oil company, the head offices of which were located in
Darlington, and as private secretary to Mr. Robert Keith Dargan, the
president of the concern. In this capacity Miss McCall won an enviable
reputation for promptness, accuracy, quickness and efficiency and all of
the clerks, co workers and officers of this business speak of her in the
highest terms of praise, she having gained the favor and esteem of them
all. She was the dau. of Mr. J. G. McCall, the oldest merchant and one of
the most highly respected citizens of this place. Her mother, Mrs. Lida
McCall, died just a little more than a known Dargan family of this place.
Two sisters, Miss Rosa McCall and Mrs. John Burch, a brother, Mr.
Louis McCall and her father, Mr. J. G. McCall, survive her. Her
friends, whom are numbered by the hundreds, will learn of her untimely
death with a pang of sorrow. Miss McCall was a young lady of many personal
charms, an extremely friendly disposition and had by dint of earnest work
and ability already achieved success in her chosen field. This sudden
death of a one fresh and vigorous in the bloom of life has caused a
strange sadness to rest over the town of Darlington.
Darlington, May 19-
Wildam Ham was shot and
instantly killed by Joe Taylor, about five miles from Darlington
today. They quarrelled over a horse trade and drew razors and
pistols. Taylor shot Ham, killing him instantly. Ham's father
was shot twice, but his wounds are not serious. All the parties were
negroes. [Source: The Watchman and Southron, Sumter, S.C., May 24,
The State, 20 Oct. 1907, transcribed by
Society Hill, Oct. 19 - What is more beautiful than
an October wedding? Such was the thought and sentiment of all who were
present at the Presbyterian church on last Tuesday afternoon to witness
the double wedding. The parties to the event were: Miss Althea Livingston
Hay to Mr. William Edward Heustess and Miss Margaret Constance White to
Mr. James Reid McCoy.
Miss Hay is the second daughter of Mrs. Sarah Hay of Society Hill, and
is quite a favorite with every one, Miss White is the youngest daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. White. She has for some time been the efficient
organist of the Presbyterian church, and by her sweet disposition has won
a host of friends.
Mr. Heustess has for a number of years been the head clerk for the firm
of W. C. Coker & Son, and, we are glad to say, will still be found at
his post of duty. Mr. McCoy is a popular and promising young merchant of
Long before the appointed hour friends and relatives began is fill the
church, which was beautifully decorated by skillful hands for the
occasion, goldenrod being used in profusion, and with the many post plants
and ferns, appropriately carried out the color scheme.
Promptly at 4:30 o'clock "O Promise Me" was sweetly sung by Mrs. A. M.
Hursey. And then the soft strains of the wedding march filled the church,
beautifully rendered by Mrs. W. A. Carrington, to which the bridal party
entered the two aisles as follows. The ushers, Messrs. W. A. Carringan, W.
C. Rogers, J. K. Parrott and J. R. McCall. They were followed by Mr. W. E.
Heustess with his best man, Mr. Thomas H. Coker, Jr., and Mr. J. R. McCoy.
Then came the little ring bearers, Margaret Russell and Constance Harris,
followed by the brides with their minds of honor Misses Sallie Hay and
Nita McColl. At the altar, under a beautiful arch of evergreen, they were
met by Rev. T. Ellison Simpson where they were made man and wife with the
beautiful ring ceremony.
The brides looked charmingly sweet, attired in the brown traveling
suits, silk vests and carrying white carnations. The maids wore white silk
with green glides and white huts with plumes.
Immediately after the ceremony the party marched out of the church,
where they were congratulated by a host of friends, and the scene was one
of supreme happiness.
Quite a number of friends and relatives from a distance attended the
wedding. The presents received by both couples were many and
The bridal couple left on the afternoon train for the exposition, after
visiting which they will be at home to their many friends, Mr. and Mrs.
McCoy at St. Charles and Mr. and Mrs. Heustess at Society
The State, 20 Oct. 1907, transcribed by
Darlington, Oct. 18 - Mr. Andrew Bethea of Columbia has been spending
several days with his brother.
Mr. Thomas Crouch spent several days in Sumter last week.
Miss Marle Bristow will entertain the Embroidery club next Tuesday at
her home on Broad street.
Mr. Ray Smith and Miss Eva Smith of Timmonsville were the guests of
Misses Cora and Louise Garner Sunday, also Mrs. Charlie Smith was the
guest of Mrs. J. S. Garner.
Mr. Lewis of Timmonsville spent Sunday visiting with his sister.
Mr. Tom Stokes spent Sunday in Bennettsville.
Miss Theo Gandy of Florence is spending a while with Mrs. David
The coming winter promises to be one filled and overflowing with
pleasure and happiness for both the young and the old; indeed, there will
be many festival gatherings, where both the light and heavy hearts will
mingle together, to surrender many fond and loved ones to those whom they
love more dearly. Already two of these most happy occasions of things
natural will appear in the following cards, which are just out.
"Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Brunson invite you to be present at the marriage
of their daughter, Edna, to Mr. Maurice Mitchell DePass on the evening of
Wednesday, the 30th of October at 7 o'clock, at St. Matthews Episcopal
church, Darlington, South Carolina."
"Mrs. Mary L. Cargile invites you to be present at the marriage of her
daughter, Mary Elizabeth, to Dr. Cephus Cole Hill on the afternoon of
Wednesday, October the 23rd, 1907, at 4 o'clock, at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Alexander Collette, Uniontown, Kentucky."
Mrs. W. W. Whitcover is visiting her daughter in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Lunn are arranging for an extended European
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Lunn are arranging for an extended European
A protracted service is in progress at the Methodist church, being
conducted by Rev. P. B. Wells.
The following men are arranging for a deer hunt Friday. Mr. Willie
McCown, Dr. Bahd, Dr. Will Carrington, Will Rogers, Howard Norment and
Miss Xina Wilson attended the wedding at Society Hill this week.
Messrs. Jim Early and Harry Keith have returned, after spending quite a
while in Jamestown and New York.
Mr. Harry Wolfrom spent Monday in Florence.
Mr. J. G. Wardlow has gone to Columbia.
Miss Sue Earle returned to New York, after spending a month with her
Mr. Horace Carter spent Monday and Tuesday in Charleston.
Mr. T. H. Coker of Hartsville was in town Tuesday, and from here he
went to Society Hill, to attend a wedding.
Mr. Thomas Crouch spent Tuesday in Timmonsville.
Mr. John C. Blackwell left Monday for Washington and Baltimore.
Mr. J. L. Cook attended the wedding at Society Hill Tuesday.
Dr. Will Carrigan spent Tuesday in town.
Messrs. Robert MacFarlan, Tom Spain and Laurie Lawson spent today in
Mr. R. F. Howle spent Thursday in Hartsville.
A great crowd attended Buffalo Bill's show in Florence Wednesday.
Dr. Marlon J. Symmes left for Columbia Tuesday to spend several
Mr. Carl Hewitt and Dr. Boardman Edwards went to Lydia and Hartsville
Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dargan and Mrs. Whit Milling went to Columbia
Wednesday to hear Madame Sembrich.
The Watchman and
Southron [Sumter, SC], Aug. 9, 1881
Four men were killed by lightning in the western part of
Darlington County, on the 4th. Besides the four who were killed outright,
ten others were wounded. A correspondent of the News and
Hartsville, S. C, August 5.-Since writing this morning I
have seen Dr. B. S. Lucas, Jr., the physician who attended the men struck
by lightning yesterday He says the names of the four men killed were J. M.
and R. B. Moziogo, John Z. Gattin and W. R. Waters; all young married men,
aged from 21 to 26, leaving small families entirely dependent on others.
Waters and the two Mozingos were sitting against the tree ; Gattin was
distant some five or ten feet. The following were all severely wounded,
but will I probably recover; John Z. and J. R Grantham, R. J. Hicks,
John Z. Waters, G. W. Beasely, Simpson Skinner,
The others, Simon
Gilbert, James McKeazie, James Moore; James Outlaw and Hugh Segars,
were slightly wounded, one man having the back of his shirt burned
completely out and his clothing set in a blaze. Gilbert was sitting on his
mule when struck, and was thrown to the ground by the force of the shock.
Gattin was wounded in the left side, and his left foot looks as if it had
been shut with buckshot, and the shoe was torn off.
Dr. Lucas reached
the place of the catastrophe a few minutes after its occurrence and says
the scene reminded him of .his war experience. The cries of the wounded
and of the friends of the dead were heart-rending and the rooms were full
of suffering ones for whom everything was being done that was
The party had been working the road and had stopped to get
water at the house of Mr. J. H. Clyburn. The men were gathered around a
tree waiting for some others to come up. There was no storm at the time, a
cloud was coming up from the cast, but was a good way off, and the sun was
shining brightly when the bolt fell. There was a tine fall of rain about
an hour later, after the clouds bad gathered, There were scattered all
around the tree the tools with which the men had been working the road,
and these may have attracted the electricity.