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Gaffney, South Carolina
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004 - PAGE 4A THE GAFFNEY LEDGER peete CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution) t V t Jjr 4 ' Ev&rfSki. Col. Ed H. Decamp 1865-1952 F.W. Sossamon. Sr. 1887-1979 Louis C Sossamon 1921- Christina Correll Griggs: Features Scott Powell: Education Tata Jennings: Police Larry Milliard: Sports, Government Laura Parker Lifestyles 't' wUkrmhsj, In County: 3 months $12; 6 months $24; 1 year $45. Out of County: 3 months $20; 6 months $35; 1 year $67.50. Out of Carolines: 3 months $25; 6 months $40; 1 year $75. 1. Each letter submitted must be an original no photocopies. E-mails are also accepted if a name and phone number is included: editor 2. Letters should Include the writer's nam, address and day and evening telephone number. , 3. Letters should bo submitted exclusively to this newspaper. 4. Letters ana subject to editing for length ami clarity. : 5. Letters submitted in alWtallc or all-capital letters wltl not bo accepted. " ' ;rV' ; ' We wi no print letters: t That are unsigned; That contain questionable or undocumented tacts; ' That contain inappropriate attacks on a person or persons; . ' ' Regarding disputes between the writer and other parties; Endorsing s business. ' Our mailing address Is: P.O. Box 670, Gaffney, S.C. 29342. Here at The Gaffney Ledger, since 1894, our newspaper delivery goal has always been the complete satisfaction of our readers. Despite our taking exhaustive measures to prevent R, a newspaper delivery will occasionally be missed. Papers are sometimes picked up by the wrong person or by a dog, or they are missed due to some other unavoidable occurrence. With this In mind, we have developed the following standard poHcy for late delivery of your Caffney Ledger. We guarantss same-day delivery of your Gaffney Ledger K the problem Is reported to us by S pjn. You can csl at any time after 5 p rn. to report s missing paper via our answering machine and your paper wil be deftvered the next day by noon. We wiB oeOver your Gaffney Ledger on 9x$ Mowing business day by It a.m. V the missing paper ks reported by S a m. on that day. After that, you have the choice of: - Having She paper doftvored with . trvj next day's paper, or ., ; w Crediting your account for the cost lit the missing paper. . . If you nave any questions about this puHcy or If you have any problems with the delivery of your newspaper, please ' let us know. We am hers to serve our readers. The Gaffney Ledger makes every effort to ensure sf Information hi tNs - publication Is accurals and txxough. . However, In the event an error Is made, I Is this newspaper's potcy to correct the error as scon as posstte. ' H you find a mistake, ptoass notify fie odBor by casing 864 489-1131. Please be ready to tsi us the page number and story in which fhe error appears. ,4 i The Gawy Ledger; estabtsred Fab. 16, 1834 (USPS ?! 2-7901 fc puMsrwj three Smes weeky by The Gatney l&ljx. Ito. 1604 Eater Pri, Ga"5r. SC. Pvxxtraln postage pari at C."-wy. SC. POSTMASTER Send adess dvngm to: Ths Gaffney Ledger, P.O. Be 70, Gaffney, S.C 23342. t . rv r 0- J, rim At l The Cherokee County story Part I By ROBERTA. IVEY Traditional accounts refer to a battle between the Cherokee and Catawba Indians at the Cherokee Fbrd long before the white man began to settle the area. 1740s A French trapper and Indian trad er by the name of Pacolet occupied Indian land Just across the river from what is now Cherokee County. He was a squatter. Mrs. Angelica Nott, wife of Judge Abraham Nott, in her Traditions of the Revolutionary War, stated that the Pacolet River was named for him. This was during the time that cow herders also passed through the area. 1750 Samuel Gilkey and his brother Jonathan occupied land in what Is QowUnkW J and Cherokee counties as squatters. During , this time Samuel gave the name Gilkey Creek to the strewn that flowed through the land on which he lived. They received land grants in , 1751 and afterwards. (Norm Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina by Brent Holcomb) 1751- 1756 John Clark Sr. of Anaon County, North Carolina, was granted thousands of acres in the Upstate in what is now South Carolina. Before the boundary line was settled the land was considered a part of North Carolina. Clark on March 16, 1751, received 800 acres "on the side of Broad River on both sides of Pacolet including his improvet" A part of this land was in present day Cherokee County. John and his wife, Mary, occupied a 600-acre tract on "Broad River above the mouth of the Sandy River" as squatters, and received a grant for this land on March 26, 1751. They sold the 600 acres to Richard Hughes of Pennsylvania in 1753 and moved to their Pacolet land that same year. They were the parenti of Elijah dark and John Clark Jr. Mary died in 1754. By 1756, John dark Sr. had married Martha Pickens, widow of John Pickens. He was at times referred to as CoL Clark. (Unpublished Manuscript of John dark. Sr. Family, North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina by Brwit Holcomb; Upper Broad River Basin Pioneers, 1750-1760, by Miles SPbObeck) 1752 Richard Carroll received a North Carolina grant for 600 acres on both sides of the Pacolet River April 1, 17S2. The land included a shoals which he named Carroll'i Shoals (later renamed Grindals Shoals). John dark Sr. purchased this land from Carroll on Nov. 16, 1752. but lost the property due to his failure to make proper Improwiuents. (Upper Broad River Basin Pioneers, 1750-1760, by Miles S. Phubeck) - 1754-1758 In 1754, Nathaniel Jeff cries Sr. (son of Edward Jefferies and Birt Jeff eries) and his first wife (name unknown) moved ' from King and Queen County, Virginia, to Jrhat is now South Carolina. She died without issue shortly after their arrival At this time iVir land was considered a part of the state of North Carolina. Nathaniel had served for mora than 20 years m King's Rangers, s body of troops rxganied under British Rule to keep the peace between the white settlers and Indians. (Reference: Urjpubuahed manuscript of James Jeff eries) He married Sarah Steen (sier of James, ' VAIam and John) in 1758 and buQt a 4-room tog cabin the same year. The bouse was locat ed one-fourth mile south of the present El Bethel Baptist Church. The Steens came to what is now Cherokee County from Pennsylvania They probably were children of Richard Steen and natives of Ireland. (References: The Steen Family in Europe and America by Ref . Moses D. A. Steen, D. D.; J. W. Wright's article in The Gaffney Ledger, January 19,1968) John Clark Sr. of Pacolet wrote a letter to Gov. Matthew Rowan on Sept 25,1754, which i read: "-.on Mondaynoming the 16th of this ' instant at the House of John Gutrey and James Anshers on the North side of Broad River on Buffalo Creek was killed 16 persons " r and 10 which we did not find which we sup- ' of men with arras & ammurrftton sufficient to , . 'range the frontiers of our settlements to keep the enemy off us ... I beg that you would order William Green Conunand'.r of the same he f being a man of good conduct and a good ' Woodsman.'' Neighbors were at the house of John Gutrey to attend a wedding reception when . the slaughter took place. All but one was killed by trie Indians' hatchets and arrows. A bullet killed the other. The couple had ridden 40 miles to a justice of the peace to be married and were the first to iiscover this atrocity. (Reference: Upper Broad River Basin Pioneers 1750-1760 by Miles S. Philbeck) 1756 A list of petitioners sent a communication by Capt William Green to Gov. Arthur Dobbs of North Carolina, requesting that the governor assist them in dealing with several Indian qroups (Cherokee and Catawba) who were lolling cattle & horses, stealing household goods, burning houses and abusing their women and childrea They wanted Capt Green to be appointed captain over a group of scouts who would operate between the Enoree River and the headwaters of Thicketty Creek. He sent a letter of response on July 18, 1756 which read "I am sorry to find by the two Petitions Deliver'd to me by Captains Green and Moore from the Settleri on Broad River and South Catauba River that there has been Several abuses and robberies committed by Strolling Parties of Indians, put an end to the fears of the inhabitants I have given Captain Green and Moor Each a Commis.'tiun to Command a Scout to Patrol whilst necessary. I have also told Messrs. Green and Moor that if they will make any fort at their Own Expence to Protect themselves I will recommend them to the Assembly to be reimbust as far as their Expense come to-.'' In 1756, Joseph Jolly, Samuel Gilkey and Alexiider Lockhart were living in what is now Cherokee County and were listed with those who petitioned Governor Dobbs, requesting protection from the Indians. (Reference: Upper Broad River Basin Pioneers by Miles S. Philbeck) 1757 The Cherokee County area was included in St Mark's Parish in Craven County. Craven County was established in 1682. John H. Logan, in his book, A History of Upper South Carolina, stated The County and the Parish were three times as large as the present Alabama, extending from tide water in Carolina to the Mississippi River." jiff Cody SOSSAMON LEDGER PUBLISHER Ledger Columnist Sometimes mistakes happen We do try, honestly we do. , We make every effort to avoid making mistakes in this newspaper. Two, three and sometimes four sets of eyes look over every ad, news article and page before it goes to press. If an especially grievous error is caught after the press is running, well "STOP THE PRESSES!" . Butitsgctobearttybigrnistaketotaketliatkmdof ilr&8tic fiction ' ' ,; ' j I expect there have been some issues of the paper that did not have a single error. But considering that an average paper has 18 pages with almost 4,000 words to a page, you can see how it would be easy to misspell or improperly punctuate something, i ; Because we do put so much emphasis on proofreading, the errors that do occur are usually undetectable to the casual reader. Every bo often, however, we make mistakes that EVERYBODY catches and believe you me, we hear about them. Monday was one of those days. , The Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, and his wife, Rubye, were honored Sunday by the church for 55 years of service. The first mistake we made was in running the story on Monday after die fact when it had been written in the future tense under the assumption that it would be published Friday. I can understand how our page designer and proofreader got their dates mixed up. Heck, I've even been guilty of that But the other BIGGER error is the one that I and our entire staff are embarrassed over. Under the Sanders' picture they were identified as Mr. and Mrs. John Doe. Sometimes when designing pages, "dummy" cutlines are used to get the correct spacing. That's fine, well and good as long as the "dummy" cutlines are replaced with the actual information. There have been instances at newspapers all over the globe where such practices have resulted in far more embarrassing (and costly) mistakes. A bigger mistake in Monday's paper was the one nobodv saw. , . There were several obituaries that were not published Monday7even though they were received prior to our deadline Our fax machine ran out of 'paper and rheperson responsible for handling obits did not realize 1L i " ' !. One of the obituaries omitted was that of John B. Blanton. When I was building my present home on Furnace Road (now Mill Gin) a quarter century ago, John B. stopped by and introduced himself. He owned the land across the road from me and wanted to welcome me to the community. Over the years, I had several conversations with him about various topics, nothing earth shattering you understand, just talking about things. I considered him a friend, as did a lot of other people who read this paper. Many of them didnt get to attend his funeral yesterday because they didn't know about it Other friends undoubtedly missed other funerals because we failed to get the obituaries in Monday's paper. To all of those family members and friends affected by our mistakes, I offer my sincerest apologies. We've been severely chastised for names that were misspelled in wedding, birthday or birth announcements. And I do mean SEVERELY! In most cases, a corrected version of the offending item is sufficient to calm the offended part In other rare cases, nothing could be done to satisfy the person affected. Believe it or not, I've been directly responsible for a mistake or two myself. The most glaring and the one old-timers around here wont let me forget about occurred in a Belk ad many, many years ago. I was the ad rep for die Belk account and as such part of my responsibility was proofreading their ads. At the time, Belk ran a lot of 1lock" ads that consisted of nothing but blocks of type with specials In each block. The mistake happened in the block featuring KNIT SHIRTS The R was missing from SHIRTS and I didn't catch it. Thankfully, the store manacer at the time. Wavne Humphrey, was very undemanding and didnt hold any grudges. We all make mistakes. Its what happens as a result that is different Sometimes it's positive, sometimes negative and snmptimeL emoarrassmg. Belk sold out of knit shirts. Friends and family missed funerals and Dr. Sanders and his wife were kidded about their new name. Before he retired, my dad told me about a quote he once heard csncerning mistakes. "Doctors bury theirs, lawyers send theirs to jail and new spa per publishers print theirs for thousands to see." The point he was making is that while the mistakes of others may only be known to a few, everyone will know about those P".niished in the newspaper, so do everything in your power to minimize them. On that note, we might leave out an obituary in the future, but it darn sure wont be because there wasnt any paper in the fax machine. , (Cody Sossamon is publisher cfThe Gaffnrj ledger. You can ccntaahmviaemaaatcodyQtqffh Their View The Legislature should reject this proposal Reasonable people can disagree about whether it makes tense for the Legislature to spend $380,000 ; to help start a football bowl when the vtate cast afford to put an ade-guatt number of troopers on our highways or enough guards in our prisons. . Although it has the potential to become a major tourism draw, we're riot convinced that the state .. should invest in this proposed Palmetto Bowl under the current circumstances. . - What sets this expenditure apart what makes it absolutely intolerable is the deceptive way supporters are going about grabbing the money. Rep. Chip Limehouse acknowledged that meetings on the bowl spending had been private. As in the case with the Palmetto Bowl, whose funding is stashed in the budget for the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the agency is merely a passthrough; it has no say over the expenditure, and therefore provides no oversight of the project on which the money is spent If tbey had been willing to have an open, honest debate from the beginning, supporters of the bowl game might have been able to make their case that this is a worthwhile investment But they relinquished any claim to legitimacy through the deliberately deceptive end secretive way they have gone about getting the money. If the Legislature wants to maintain any credibility as an honest guardian of the public good, it needs to reject this proposal and any similar ones that havent yet been discovered. The (Columbia) State

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