The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on October 6, 1972 · Page 9
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The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina · Page 9

Greenwood, South Carolina
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Friday, October 6, 1972
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Old Chappells Depot Finds A New Home Spearman family just couldn't stand by and let it be torn down.' By DANNY Me NULL teOi-jMsraal Nor titter t t 11 .ur ' Qiaaaae -- 1 LJ.-.- V 1 1 r.x xx i I j 11 Chappells Depot Ready For Move m m r r w aw SV m (HAITI- IIS - The old Chappells railroad depot look 10 Ihe road vesirrdav morning he adrd toward a new home The depot i brtnjt moved about a quarter-mile to a new retting place betide Highway 34 Ml thM tmall community in Newbrrrv ( nuniv The decision 10 move the structure was made bv the ton ol the man who served as freight agent at the depot lor Sb year Louie Spearman, ton of W E Spearman Sr . purchased the depot Irom Southern Railway Co for $200 To Ihn price Speurmon mini add the cost of moving the heavy structure through the town to the new ne Uiuie. hi brother. W E Spearman It and father W E Senior feel the depot 11 worth saving, "That place meant a lot to our family It was like a second home during the years father worked as freight agent." Louie says. "We ut couldn't stand bv and let it be torn down " "When W E Jr and I were children one thing we really enjoyed was driving nails in the floor of the depot." he says "Other youngsters would use their pennies to buy candy When either of us got a penny, we would rush over to the hardware store and buy a handful of nails. Then we would spend the next hour or so happy as larks driving the nails in the floor of the depot." Louts recalls "The operator of the hardware store here knew us and he would let W Y. it and mvself get the nail out ul Ihr bin ourselves." he common We became reallv good at (uffmg our pockets and piling our hands full of nails Sometimes we would pav our pmny and walout with what would amount to a quarter worth of nails lodav. hesavs III bet there'are a thousand pounds of nails in that floor " Mover J W Qradlev of Saluda might agree w ith the thousand pound figure Tuesday when the moving firm he heads prepared to move the depot, one of the two truck bring used on the nb snapped an axle When efforts to move the structure resumed veterd.iv the truck bogged down That thing is heavy." Uradlev told the Spearman When relocation of the depot 1 completed. Spearman plan to use it as an office for hi farm operaiMm It really going 10 be a curiosily more than anything ele." heay Chappells and 11 past is one subiecl the Speurmon love to discus At one lime the town was a cotton shipping center with as many as 2V) residents, they say There were stores, shop, hverv stables, cotton warehouses and a continual hustle and bustle of activity around the railroad depot The town was larger than neurby Saluda and Ninety Six shortly before the turn of the century, according to the Spearmans THE INDEX-JOURNAL OrwanwMd, S.C., Friday, Oct. , 1 972 ff 9 I I ULKDCDa -y V & . V & f.Wh Sty.:: , 1 ) ' S.C. 4H Dairy Team In Ohio The South Carolina 4-H dairy cattle judging team left Clemson Thursday to take part in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at Columbus, Ohio, Mon day. Left to right are Talula Ray Weathers, Orangeburg; David Nichols, Tommy Bonnette, Joel Black, and Glen Crouch, all of Saluda. Fewer Voters Are Expected In South Carolina In November COLUMBIA (AP)-About 66,-000 fewer JSouth Carolinians are expected to cast ballots in this year's November general election than In the 1968 election, says James Ellisor, the director of the State Elections Commission. Ellisor predicted Wednesday about 600,000 persons will go to the polls this year, as compared with 666,000 four years ago, even though the state now has about 150,000 more registered voters than it had in 1968. The reason for this, says Ellisor, is that in 1968 George Wallace, with a number of South Carolina backers, ran for president and polled about 200,000 votes. Snr of ihr standing around Wednesday as moving of the tlrpol organ knrw ex. Ily how lung the town of happrlls ha rsMrdhui it goes b.n k a av W K Spear man senior says Ihr town wo blown aw at by a tornado in IICH and f IhJ waters from the Saluda Kiwr red a threat to the small lommunilv nestled a hundred yards or mi from the honks nl the river t happell probably came into being hrt aue this was one of the frw ruer ring on the Saluda. " W K Spearman enmr a During the early year of the town there wa a ferry . ro the river .mil later a bridge wa built And the bridge washed away every six or seven years. I ouie suv He av IIimhI waters 1 ume up to the top of the window of the depot in In l the water roe to the eve of the depot, he says I ouie recalls that during the flood of a 1 ouple of men who had apparently hidden vime "home brew " in a cotton warehouse along the tracks became concerned about Ihe safely of the liquid a Ihe water roe He says these men got a row hoal and rowed through a window into the wurehouse to check (he home brew While in the warehouse they decided to sample Ihe booe After sampling for u lime, they prepared to leave, only to find the water had risen above Ihe top of the w indows and they were traprd ins Hie Ihe men rowed to Ihe edge of the building pried a piece of roofing tin lte. 1 limbed onto Ihe roof of ihe warehouse where they spml Ihe night in the rain ailing for help The Huard s Koost Dam. begun in yi. slowed and controlled the flooding of the river at C happell There s mil a great deal left in t happell now little to remind the passer by of a lime when cotton was loaded at Ihe depot all night a farmer crowded the streets There are a couple of combination service station and grocery store at Ihe intersection of Highways H and H on the outskirts of the old town Add to this a few comfortable looking homes and one or two old abandoned buildings of a past era and you have the makings of a pleasant, rural community The lown is quiet with Ihe two freight trains which roll along the Southern tracks near Ihe lown parsing almost unnoticed in the night Ahout ixi persons now live in ( happell The times have changed und the lown has changed The automobile and truck killed ( happell." W K Spearman savs It's been two or three year since the last sleam engine chugged through here "Lord, it would do my heart good to see another steamer huffing and puffing down these tracks again," he says Lander Names Carolina Datelines: New Art Professor Robert H. Poe has Joined the Lander College faculty as assistant professor of art. Poe. who has held a number of art exhibitions throughout the eastern United States, Is a native of Durham, N.C. He attended Mars Hill College and received an associate degree in art there in 1959. The University ofT North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded a bachelors degree to Poe in 1963. He studied under Kenneth Ness and ; Robert Howard. Inl 1962-63. Poe studied! at the Brooklyn Museum School New York City, where he received 1 tVio May Rwlrmnn Award in art. This POE year he completed his masters degree in art at East Tennessee State. Poe was art instructor at Brevard College from 1969-72. He was formerly supervisor of art for the Durham County, N.C. schools, and is a member of the Southeastern College Art Conference. The new professor received first prize at the 1970 Virginia Highlands Art Festival and was a 1969 winner of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health Annual Exhibit. He has shown work in New York City, Columbia, S.C, Alexandria, Va., and the North Carolina cities of Rocky Mount, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham. His one-man shows include exhibitions in Durham, Chapel Hill, Asheville, and Johnson City, Tenn. Poeand his wife have a daughter, Karma, 5, and a son, Brannon, 2. Mrs. Poe is the former Hannah White of Durham. She will teach art at Piedmont Tec this year. The Poes enjoy popular and rock music among other interests. Budget Board Asked For $6.3 Million Mental Health Hike COLUMBIA (AP)-The State Budget and Control Board has been asked to recommend a budget increase of $6.3 million for the next fiscal year for the State Department of Mental Health. A request of $30.8 million was presented to the board Thursday by Dr. William S. Hall, state commissioner of mental health. He said the state's five hospitals have 1,500 patients over their capacity and are also faced with serious personnel problems. Requests totaling $44.8 million, a total increase of $7.4 million, were presented to the budget board by six agencies as the five-member panel ended the first week of its annual hearings for state agencies. The board will present its recommendations to the 1973 legislature. The State School for the Deaf and Blind became one of the few agencies asking for a reduced budget. The school is seeking $2,556 million, a decrease of $2,477. Other requests were: State Housing Authority, $359,957, $234,957 above the present budget; Commission for the Blind, $1.4 million, an increase of $368,056; State Commission on Alcoholism, an increase of $426,000; State Board of Juvenile Placement and Aftercare $235,343, an increase off $68,971. ESCAPEES CAPTURED COLUMBIA (AP) Two men who made separate escapes from South Carolina penal facilities were arrested Friday by the FBI, one in Atlanta and the other in Detroit. l Walter Clay Donehue, 32, was arrested in a south Atlanta automobile repair shop where he was employed as a mechanic. He" was charged with unlawful flight to avoid confinement at the Walden Correctional Institution in Columbia. Donehue was serving a sentence for housebreaking and larceny when he escaped. The FBI also announced the arrest at a Detroit motel of Juwell Wesley Walters. He escaped from the Richland County! Detention Center Sept. 12 while awaiting trial on charges of assaulting a federal officer. NAACP SETS THEME COLUMBIA (AP)-"Mission Possible" will be the theme of the South Carolina State Conferences of NAACP Branches to be held in Hardeeville Oct. 26-28. Delegates from five colleges NAACP chapters, 78 branches and 32 youth councils will be among the 250 persons expected to attend the three-day meeting. Discussions will center around NAACP programs in education, housing, employment and political action. SHERIFF IS SUED AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - A $1 million damage suit has been filed against Aiken County Sheriff Paul Grant by a man who was arrested twice this week on charges of illegal possession of drugs. . 27, of Aiken. Bradbury is free under bonds after being arrested Monday and again on Tuesday. His suit claims Grant, "acting under the color of law," deprived him of constitutional rights and made false and prejudicial statements about him at a news conference. --tH Anonymous Donor Makes Gift To Furman Form 406 Essential For Obtaining Tags George P. Burdell Is Alive And Well GREENVILLE - George P. Burdell is alive and well. , All Georgia Tech graduates please take note. George P. Burdell has been cropping up on class rolls at Georgia Tech for more than 50 years. He has made the society columns, flown missions with the U.S. Air Force, done submarine duty, attended Harvard, been married, bought insurance policies and magazine subscriptions and owes a bill at Lester Maddox's Pickrick Restaurant in Atlanta. Even ' Georgia Tech's computerized ' registration system proved no foil for Burdell, who, the , year the system was inaugurated, scheduled himself for 3,000 class hours the first semester. In 1969 he . got a master's degree, and once a major airline company offered Burdell a job as an aeronautical engineer. Nobody has ever seen Burdell, nor does he have a mailing address. But Burdell is in the news again. Furman University In Greenville reports the latest exploit in the long and colorful career of the illusive Burdell. Furman Vice President for Development Moffett Kendrick tells the story. "Recently : we received an anonymous telephone call by someone who said he represented George P. Burdell. The caller asked if we would accept a gift from his client. Since we are in the business of accepting gifts, we took the money," Kendrick said. "The gift ran into five figures. This handsome amount of money qualified George P. Burdell as a major donor, entitled to a bronze plaque," Kendrick continued. "I was instructed to deliver the plaque to Joe Guthridge, vice president for development at Georgia Tech, a good friend, I was told, of Burdell. Guthridge now has the plaque in safe keeping until Burdell pays a call on him.". The money is real. Securities made over to Furman have been placed in the university's portfolio. Kendrick looks at it this way: "Our story probably will not cause "a ripple in today's super-cool academic community. Perhaps younger folks will snicker at old-time college humor; it does indeed carry us back to the college pranks of the early 30's. But if a man wants to pay this price to continue a myth, I'm very happy to cooperate with him." Kendrick pondered the five figure windfall for Furman University, shook his head and grinned. "That so-and-so really gets around. I heard of him when I was a student at Emory in the late 1940's." The Furman development officer is wondering what it would be worth to get George P. Burdell worked into the university's computer system. "Maybe he can earn a master's degree in business administration," Kendrick said. COLUMBIA The South Carolina Highway Department points out that the Form 406 obtained only from the treasurer of the county in which vehicle owners live must accompany all applications for vehicle registration renewal sent by mail to the Highway Department. The department has been receiving applications without the Form 406 at the rate of about 200 a day. Each of these applications must be returned, with resulting delay for the vehicle owner in receiving his license plates. The form is required also in person-to-person visits to the Highway Department's 50 MVD service centers throughout the state. The department cannot issue a license without the Form 406, which states that the vehicle owner has paid all vehicle property taxes owed by him. Now is a good time to visit the license service centers, when there'is practically no rush in progress. A. R. Wood Is Low Bidder On Trunk Line Siloam Road trunk line bids were received by The Greenwood Metropolitan District Commissioners yesterday. The low bidder, A. R. Wood Co., Inc., of Greenwood, entered a bid of $61,886 for construction of the line. ;..m!$.'mk Also entering bids were South Atlantic Construction Company, Greenwood, Satterfield Construction Co., Greenwood and G. E. Moore Company, Greenwood. The bid to install 12-inch sewer line along 4,970 feet of Siloam Road is subject to verification. The Metropolitan Commissioners will formally award the bid today. .1 Ft

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