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Growing up in Pendleton, Sc - Jeanie Sims Hunt

Meet Jeanie Sims Hunt

Photo courtesy of Eugenia Sims Hunt - not to be copied

Photo courtesy of Eugenia Sims Hunt - not to be copied

Memories of Eugenia Sims Hunt - 1950s and 60's

Jeanie Sims was a name that I was familiar with but I really did not get to know Jeanie until recently. She is a couple of years younger than I am but I do remember her during our growing up years.How did we get back in touch? It all began right here with Squidoo. I had a comment from Eugenia Hunt on my Facebook page about my Pendleton Old Photos web page. Jeanie then emailed me from Facebook and explained that she had grown up in Pendleton and was very interested in its history. I soon realized that she was the same Jeanie Sims whose family had purchased our home in 1963. We had fun from that point, remembering the days of our childhoods. Jeanie is a beautiful writer and singer. As we talked, she told me about a book she had written for her children. It contains her memories and her poetry spanning over thirty years of her life. The more we communicated, the more I realized that Pendleton Memories would make a great article. This will be the first in a series. If you are interested in sharing your memories of Pendleton, S.C., please let me know.Thank you, Jeanie! The words in this article are written by Eugenia S Hunt. I just pulled it together. Hope you enjoy! I sure did.


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Pendleton South Carolina Local Links

Pendleton is a small historic town founded in 1790 and nestled in the foothills of upstate South Carolina. It is filled with history and strives to preserve it's past while building for the future. Citizens of Pendleton are known to be most friendly.

  • Town of Pendleton
    This is the link to the Town of Pendleton website
  • Pendleton Historic Foundation
    Mission Statement: The Pendleton Historic Foundation is an IRS 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educatinal organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic properties in Pendleton and the interpretation of the diverse history and cultu
  • Anderson Co School District 4
    There are six schools in our school district: Pendleton Elementary, LaFrance Elementary, Townville Elementary, Mount Lebanon Elementary, Riverside Middle and Pendleton High School.

Early Pendleton Memories of Jeanie Sims Hunt - in Pendleton, South Carolina

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Childhood Memories

Life experiences mold each of us on a daily basis as we grow and mature into adulthood. The experiences of my childhood have served to enrich my entire life in a very positive way.Born on Thanksgiving in 1950, I was fortunate to begin my journey in Anderson, South Carolina.

At the age of three, my parents moved to Pendleton, just a short distance down the road geographically, but a small town existing in a world of its own. Here was a place where a child could learn the true meaning of family. This family did not simply reside within the walls of their home, but throughout the bounds of every mile and every individual living within the boundary of this quaint little town.My first memories are of our home where my parents, Ed and Martha Sims, owned and ran their own business, Sims Body Shop. Living with us, my grandmother, Grace Martin Ledbetter, was my caregiver during the day while my parents were away. Early every morning, she would awaken my younger sister, Nancy, and me to dress and have breakfast, which she cooked. There were always eggs and bacon and slices of golden brown toast. At 8:30 a.m. each morning, a black sedan would pull up in front of our house. This was my kindergarten teacher, Louise Aull, who personally transported all of her students to class. The following year, I would attend first grade at a private school run by Sally Hall from her residence, a huge generational home on the hill.

Pendleton First Baptist Church became a second family to me where I learned what it meant to live my life as a Christian, trusting in and placing God first. We all attended Sunday School, Training Union and Beginner Choir regularly. These same children were my classmates throughout my years of education, walking beside me as we received our High School Diplomas years later. Learning to sing, for me, was one of the most wonderful gifts,beginning when an elderly lady from our church, Jenny Skinner, took an interest in me at the age of eight. She would spend many hours during those years playing for me in her living room, encouraging me to use the voice God had given me. As I sang in our church choirs, Melvin Barnette directed us with enthusiasm and ability, molding our voices and our faith. And he did this, not for a salary, but because he loved to use his abilities for the Lord.

Photo: Miss Louise Aull's Kindergarten Class 1954-1955

Back Row: Kathy Gay Barton, Belinda McAllister, Jeanie Sims (age 5), Susan Scott, Paula Allen, ?, ?Second Row: Jack Cantrell, Scooter Broadwell, Dan Hunicutt, ?, ?Front Row: Lamar Allen, Johnny Evans, ?Ok. Who can fill in the blanks? Do you remember who is who in this class? Let me know by leaving it in the comment section of this article or contacting me directly through my profile in the upper right side of this lens. Thank you.


Jeanie at 11 Years Old

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 11 years of age

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 11 years of age

Pendleton Elementary School Remembered

All the little girls in town knew where to buy their Sunday dresses. Roper's Children's Shop had everything needed to outfit a child of any age, complete with adorable Easter dresses, hats, and personal gift wrapping for all baby gifts. I loved to go there.The sisters always took pride in their shop and an interest in every child that walked into the door. I would stand at their counter and watch as they wrapped gifts, curling the ribbon just right. I still love to wrap my gifts in the same way I learned by watching them so many years ago.

During my elementary years, I attended Pendleton Elementary School where Miss Frances O'Dell was the Principal. She ran the school strictly, seeing that we learned appropriate behavior as well as receiving an education. In later years, I realized just how much she loved all of us and how much she influenced my abilities.

At the age of fifteen, I received my first formal job at Welborn's Department Store located on the square. Mr. Welborn taught me the service of others in the business world, how to count change properly, and to sell by suggestion of other needs. He and his wife always showed their pride in me even after I was grown with children of my own.

One of my favorite places on a hot, summer afternoon was at Evan's Drug Store, which also housed a delicious soda fountain. There was always a welcoming smile, giving the feeling that you were a favored guest, not just a customer. I can still see John Evans, Sr. behind the pharmacy counter, later his son and grandson standing in the same place. Mary Lou Evans, Mrs. C.C. Nicely, and Edith Newton stand before my memory's eye along with Martha Sue Dobson. It was a building filled with family and friends.

In the center of the square under the shade of the trees was a small building that housed our Public Library where Helen George could always be found. She was a cheerful person who loved the children of our town and loved books. There I learned to appreciate her books, time and time again.

As I traveled through my teen years, my Sunday School teacher and Girl's Auxiliary leader, Elsie Harris, became my mentor, companion, and friend. The love and friendship between us lasted until her death in 2008. I will always cherish her memory with all my heart.


Photo: Jeanie Sims at 17 years

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 17 years

Jeanie remembers the Pendleton businesses in the early 60's

By the 60s, though there was only one doctor's office in town, there were two doctors on duty, Dr. Charles Griffin and Dr. James Hellams. You could always find Nurse Jet Campbell available with a wonderful smile coupled with an infectious laugh that always made you feel better even before the doctor entered the room.

Across Queen Street from the Elementary School was the Episcopal Church, standing since the time of the Civil War. As a child, our class would take tours of the old church lead by Louise Hunter. Her mind was filled with information about the church and the grounds. Walking through the cemetery, you would run across gravestones dating back to our own history books with stories of John C. Calhoun and others who contributed to the building of the church in 1822. The history found in this small location was amazing.

Looking down the street of the old square, you would have seen Pendleton Tire Company owned by the Gambrells, the beauty shop run by Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Baker, Peanut Mullikin's Barber Shop, Pendleton Dry Cleaners, Tommy Holbrooks Sho e Repair Shop, Campbell Insurance Agency, Brown's Five and Dime, and Carolina National Bank. There was Hunter's Store where you could always find Punch and Junebug Hunter ready with a helping hand.

On the far side of the square was Jimmy Smith's Esso Station and Miles and Crenshaws Cafe owned by Doc Crenshaw and Jim Miles. And just down the street from the square, in walking distance, you could have seen a wonderful little supermarket once owned by J.C. Giles.When remembering my childhood, so many people attack my vision. It would be impossible to name them all in one short muse, though they all deserve recognition.

" Wherever I ventured, I saw the people watching me with faces filled with love and pride. The entire town was on hand to give me the guidance I needed to stay on the correct path. The entire town, all of those wonderful faces of my memories, I give credit for the adult I have come to be."Eugenia S Hunt

.Photo: Jeanie Sims age 20 graduate of Forrest Business College

.Photo: Jeanie Sims age 20 graduate of Forrest Business College

Jeanie Sims Hunt reflects on growing up in Pendleton SC

When I revisit this beautiful place, so many of the wonderful old buildings have been preserved to help remind us of a quieter time when each day was cherished. It was a time when our children were our most prized possessions. It was a place to grow up in ways children today can never know. The old ways are slowly fading along with the memories and most of the people to whom I owe so much are gone from this earth. I find it sad to think with their passing so is the life I once knew and I mourn the loss. And I mourn the youth of today for their never having known it.Truly, it does take a village to raise a child and it takes such a child to look back and appreciate my great fortune in having experienced it so many years ago in my little South Carolina town of Pendleton

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Eugenia S Hunt Today

Jeanie, as I will always call her, now lives in Florida but returns to Pendleton SC for family visits as often as she can.The back of her book cover states that "Eugenia is a retired Accountant/Credit Manager and former foster mother with the state of Florida. Eugenia did not begin writing until the age of 26, when her first child was born. Since then, she has found it to be a great pleasure and release of emotion, as well as a testimony of her faith in God."Jeanie and her husband, Bill, have five grown children, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.

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Pendleton Memories - A Series

The Internet has been the perfect forum to promote our little town and now it is allowing others to record their precious memories of growing up in this small historic town located in Upstate South Carolina.

If you grew up in Pendleton and would like to become a part of this series, please let me know by using the contact link located in my profile (upper right). Your memories must be written in a Word Document and accompanied by at least 5 photos in JPEG format.

Betsy Johnson, Former Curator for Pendleton District Commission, shares these words:

These memories are a precious resource that can provide a picture of our town for future generations. With the permission of the writers, hard copies of the Pendleton Memories Series will be donated to the Pendleton District Commission's Local History Archives. The Pendleton District Commission will preserve these stories and make them available for those wishing to learn more about our town.The mission of the Pendleton District Commission is to collect, preserve and promote the rich history of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties and to promote economic development through tourism in the region. For more information, please visit our web site: Pendleton District Commission Website

Four of Jeanie's Favorite Books

Jeanie also listed the Wizard of Oz as one of her favorites. This is a wide range of reading and I can certainly understand why Jeanie likes each one of them.

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. Christy
  3. Wizard of Oz
  4. One Child

Jeanie Returns To Pendleton For A Visit!

It was great seeing her and meeting her husband

Jeanie lives in Florida and recently came back to Pendleton for a Family Reunion. She and her husband met me for lunch on the square at Pendleton Cafe and Coffees and we had such a wonderful visit. I am looking forward to her returning soon!

Ohme talks to Momtothezoo - on the Square in Pendleton SC

Thank you for reading Jeanie's Memories.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 09, 2018:

Yes, I am so glad that you shared your story.

SidewalkScholar on March 08, 2018:

It was fun to go back and reread this....always good to remember my home town!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 04, 2018:

It is fun to share our memories of this town we love so much. Thanks for stopping by.

Peggy Porter on March 04, 2018:

Love all the stories.I grew up in Pendleton and my Dad and Uncles owned Durham Brothers Used Cars.Precious Memories.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 03, 2018:

The Pendleton Memories were a fun project

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 03, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your memories!

SidewalkScholar on March 02, 2018:

Thank you, Nancy, for reposting this lens. Seeing Michey below brought tears....I miss her so much! I will copy this and include it in my collection. Thank you for sharing Squidoo with me....it has opened doors that I never imagined were even there. :)

Connie Rasbury on March 02, 2018:

Enjoyed Jeanie’s memories. She does a great job and so do you Nancy!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on December 13, 2013:

What a wonderful page! Though I've never been to Pendleton, S.C., it reminded me of my hometown long ago too.

Michey LM on May 13, 2013:

I come back with great pleasure to this tribute - lens. Jeanie is a very special person who touch so many people lives.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 02, 2013:

@Michey LM: Yes, you are right, Michey. I have a twangy southern drawl, for sure!

Michey LM on February 02, 2013:

Nancy this is a great tribute to Jeanie and Pendleton in the same time.Jeanie I like your picture from "Jeanie remembers the Pendleton businesses in the early 60's" module it is a great one.In the VIDEO, Nancy has a typical SC accent which intimidates me, but Jeanie lost a part of this accent and sound Floridian. Am I right?

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 02, 2013:

Pendleton sounds like a wonderful place to grow up.

anonymous on August 04, 2012:

I enjoyed reading Jeanie's Memories

Eugenia S. Hunt on February 07, 2012:

@sittonbull: Thanks, John, and thank you for sending this on to Lamar. Yes, I agree...how lucky we were to grow up in Pendleton and to have known so many wonderful, loving people!! And, yes, Nancy, you DO need to get a lens of John's memories!!

Eugenia S. Hunt on February 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you, Lamar...I love remembering Pendleton...it was a wonderful place to grow up...we just never realized back then how really good we had it! I am glad you enjoyed stepping back in time with me! And, yes, I know the walls would remember my father...he loved to stop in there and add to their story telling himself!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Lamar, nice of you to stop by here. I am sure that Jennie will be by to check the comments. I remember eating many a hot dog and fries at the Cafe! Fun memories. Nancy

anonymous on February 07, 2012:

Great picture of class. Many memories came to life after viewing. The downtown area merchants have changed a lot. The cafe is gone but the stories that Uncle Jim and Uncle Doc told still live in the walls. If they could only talk. They would probably remember your Dad sitting at the counter eating a hot dog. Oh,those were the days. Thanks so much for keeping Pendleton alive in your writings. I will always love Pendleton.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 07, 2012:

@sittonbull: Fun to see you here, John. Did you read the others in the series? I need to get you on one.

sittonbull on February 07, 2012:

Enjoyed this lens and it's great to see Jeanie and her memories. Miss Louise Aull was my kindergarten teacher also and am sending this to Lamar Allen to see if he hasn't already. Of course growing up in Pendleton, I remember all the places you mentioned and it brought back good memories. We're so lucky to be able to say we grew up in Pendleton!

Eugenia S. Hunt on July 29, 2011:

OhMe, Thank you for featuring Elsie's illness...it is a terrible virus and the public needs to be made aware.

Patricia on March 13, 2011:

It was fun that you two met and seeing the video! Blessing this lens!

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 23, 2010:

Great! Glad the ratings have gone up! I have had several people mention this one after reading Grandma Mart's...we gonna put Pendleton on the map yet!! LOL

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on December 22, 2010:

@Momtothezoo: Oh yes, we are proud of our Pendleton! You better give me a call the next time you are in town. I loved reading about your mom's car purchase.

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

Thanks, Nancy...I enjoyed reading all the comments! We are very proud of our little town, aren't we! :o))

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

@mariaamoroso: Thank you...Pendleton was a very positive place to grow up...I was just there a couple of weeks ago with my new great nephew and my mother...it is always so hard to leave and return home to Florida! Thank you for sharing my little town with me!

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

@MargoPArrowsmith: Absolutely...and thank you!!!

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

@pkmcruk: Thank you...it was a pleasure to reminisce and share those memories with you!

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

@Virginia Allain: Thanks so much...so glad you enjoyed this lens of the heart!

Eugenia S. Hunt on December 22, 2010:

@Wednesday-Elf: Hello yourself! :) So glad you enjoyed this lens...it is dear to my heart...as is our Pendleton! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 22, 2010:

Since becoming acquainted with the wonderful lenses of 'Momtothezoo' on Squidoo, it was terrific to read the story of Jeanie's memories growing up in Pendleton. Having lived in Pendleton myself for nearly two years, it was great fun to read about life there in the 1950s and 1960s. Nancy, I love the picture of you and Jeanie taken there on the 'Square' (my home away from home) in Pendleton! Brings back my own set of memories. What a wonderful feature of an outstanding Squidoo lensmaster and former Pendleton resident! Hi Jeanie!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 22, 2010:

Squidoo is a wonderful platform to share childhood memories or family history. Love this lens.

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on December 22, 2010:

Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful to be transported back to another era and a different way of living which we are much the poorer for having lost. Nancy thank you for creating this lens and Jeanie thank you so much for sharing your memories.

MargoPArrowsmith on December 22, 2010:

Personal histories are what history really is

irenemaria from Sweden on December 22, 2010:

Swedish Grama. I really enjoyed reading this lens. So full of love and positive thinking.

Eugenia S. Hunt on July 27, 2010:

@anonymous: Hello Jack!!!! Thank you so much for letting me know about the photograph. All of the faces I can't put names to are very familiar and I just wish I had written all the names on the back of the photo years ago when I still had a brain! :) I am so glad that you enjoyed remembering Pendleton of the 50s and 60s with me. Thanks for sharing in my reminiscence!

anonymous on July 26, 2010:

Hi, Jeanie,I graduated from PHS with you in 1968, and I am the first boy in the 2nd row of Mrs. Aull'skindergarten class. You described Pendleton in those years really well. Thanks for the memories.

Eugenia S. Hunt on July 26, 2010:

@anonymous: Hello Suzy! I am so glad you have stopped by to share my thoughts on Pendleton! Your mother is such a wonderful memory for me...She was a wonderful person!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 26, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you, Suzy, for this wonderful comment sharing your memories. Your grandmother was an important part of treasured memories of many of us who grew up in Pendleton.

anonymous on July 26, 2010:

I also grew up in Pendleton. I graduated from Pendleton High School in 1992. My family has live there (or in the general area) my entire life. I should first say that I'm the Granddaughter of Helen George, who ran the Pendleton Library for YEARS!! Most of my memories are from that...I would ride my bike from our house on Greenville street, stop and play on the palyground at the Elementry school and then on to the libray to read and help Grandma put away books. That was some of the most fun times I had.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on February 06, 2010:

I enjoyed this lens so much! How remarkable that you ran across each other through Squidoo. :-)

Eugenia S. Hunt on October 22, 2009:

[in reply to Brittany Badovick] Brittany, Nancy Hellams brought your comment to my attention and wanted to know if I knew who this was. Brittany, I have to admit that I do not. So, please give us more information...we would like to connect. I am sorry. Tell me whom you think I am, please. Jeanie

anonymous on October 22, 2009:

[in reply to Terence Knighten] Is this who I think it is? If so what's up?... My experience in pendleton was definitely memorable.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 30, 2009:

[in reply to Drenda] Oh Drenda. I am so glad that you dropped by for a visit and loved your comments. Thank you.

anonymous on July 30, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4]Yes I remember Mrs. Cook and saw her not long ago. I loved home ec classes but still do not know how to sew. I guess I depended on my mother too much to make my clothes. It is good to think of all the wonderful people at Pendleton and good teachers.

anonymous on July 30, 2009:

I enjoyed reading about Pendleton. Although I did not grow up in Pendleton but a few miles from there is LaFrance, I did go to Pendleton often and did live there for 20 years after I married. I remember all the stores you speak of, Dr. Hellams and Griffin being the only doctors and also the memories of high school at Pendlton. Thanks for all the memories.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 03, 2009:

[in reply to Tipi] Tipi and Janelle, Thank you for stopping by this lens. The Pendleton Memories Series has been a lot of fun and it was great getting to know Jeanie as an adult.

Eugenia S. Hunt on July 03, 2009:

[in reply to CCGAL] Thanks, Janelle. I guess Nancy hasn't been online today and seen your message. I just happened to come in for something else and saw it. We both appreciate your comments and I am so glad you enjoyed this lens. Nancy (OhMe) and I both grew up in Pendleton back in the 50s and 60s. It s a great little town. Jeanie

CCGAL on June 27, 2009:

What a wonderful lens! I'm delighted to have visited it today. 5* !!!

Eugenia S. Hunt on June 18, 2009:

[in reply to Tipi] Susie, you said you wished you had memories...does that mean you have lived in Pendleton or just that you wish you could help? Just Curious! Writing this for Nancy is what gave me the bug to start writing for Squidoo...so glad Nancy and I reconnected! I am having a great time!

anonymous on June 03, 2009:

Nancy, this sounds like an interesting series about Pendelton memories. You have wonderful ideas for your lenses. I wish I had some memories of Pendelton that I could share with you, but I have none. Big help I am! :)Loves.....Susie

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 31, 2009:

Jeanie and I have certainly enjoyed your visits and comments. This series has been such fun and it has been great getting to know Jeanie after all these years.

Eugenia S. Hunt on May 18, 2009:

[in reply to Terence Knighten] Good for you Terence...I am glad that the younger generation appreciates my little town. I've lived away for 38 years and I still miss it and love to go back to visit.

anonymous on May 17, 2009:

Well I'm only 19 years old now but I can say growning up in Pendleton, South Carolina has been a wonderful memorable experience and I want trade those memories for nothing. ~priceless~

tdove on May 13, 2009:

Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 13, 2009:

[in reply to sittonbull] Yes, John, I am sure you have lots to tell and I am anxious to hear it. You can make your own lens and I will link to this one and vice versa.

sittonbull on May 13, 2009:

Wow... this does bring back memories! I was never truly academic, but our teachers were dedicated and I loved Mrs. Richardson's class. Mr. Outz and Mr. Allen wonderful and fair... I guess one reason I enjoy The Andy Griffith Show so much is that Pendleton was so much like Mayberry when I was growing up. Wonderful... been so busy but will try to add to the memories soon.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 11, 2009:

[in reply to BarbRad] What a nice comment. Thank you Barb. I am so thrilled that Jeanie has joined us on Squidoo. She will be making some wonderful lenses.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on May 11, 2009:

I had to identify with your feeling sorry for the generation that will never know the sort of life you had as a child. There was a greater sense of community when neighbors knew each other, dropped in on each other for coffee and a chat, and children were free and safe playing outside in and out of each other's yards with imagination as their guide. I had that kind of childhood, but it seems to have disappeared as more and more moms aren't home during the day. Working moms just don't have that kind of time to "neighbor" anymore. Children now have very structured days that leave little time to just play with their neighbors. i enjoyed reading this.

julieannbrady on May 11, 2009:

This is quite a lovely story -- I certainly enjoyed the engaging quality of Eugenia's writings.

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on May 11, 2009:

I in-joy reading this-especially since I plan to see Pendleton myself 4/10/10!!The place sounds like a Town That Time Forgot!!Well done!!

anonymous on May 11, 2009:

Growing up Pendleton stays with you the rest of your life. I often speak of my teachers, Mrs. Hunnicutt, Mrs. Finley, Mrs. Rush, the Mayfields, Mrs. Anthony, Mrs. Edens, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Holtz, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Quattlebaum. Mr. Allen and Mr. Outz remained family friends until they passed away. I will never forget receiving the sweetest note from Mrs. Allen when she read I had been asked to join Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honors society, while in grad school. How many children who had graduated many years before can say that their teachers remembered them? I bet only a few. I used to see Mrs. Cook at the hospital while she volunteered her time-still giving to the Anderson County community. I live 20 miles away now, but still own my parents home in Pendleton. I find it so hard to give that home up. Jeanie, thanks for sharing your memories. I am a little younger than you, but nice to know we share the same memories.

anonymous on May 11, 2009:

[in reply to Patsy Martin Bowie] Patsy, you were in school at the same time as my brother, Alvin Clark. Alvin graduated in 1952.

AuthorsandExperts on May 10, 2009:

Wonderful,Thanks to the lensmaker to offer this lens

CassandraRichmond123 on May 10, 2009:

Absolutely wonderful lens! It stirred memories.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 10, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] I happened to like Eggs A La Goldenrod but haven't had it since. I also liked those cheese biscuits made from Government Surplus Cheese. Remember those? My FHA project was candle making. I won some kind of prize and had to go to the state convention and make a speech when I was in the 8th grade. I was so nervous.

anonymous on May 10, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] The first thing I made was an apron. The second year, I made a jumper and blouse, and the last year, I made a coat, fully lined. I chose plaid material and was so sick of looking at it by the time it was finished, I didn't want to wear it. However, my mother wore it every winter for years, wearing it out. I made all of my suits in college, all my maternity clothes, all of my daughters dresses, and both kids Halloween costumes, as well as a few neighborhood kids from time to time. I made cushions for my granddaughter's big rocking chair in her bedroom when she was a baby that I had to design myself to fit it. It was one of those big white rockers from Cracker Barrel. Now that she is four, I enjoy making dresses for her. How fortunate it has been that I was taught to sew all those years ago!

Joan4 on May 10, 2009:

Oh my! I think of Nell Cook so often! So many of us learned so much from her in Home Economics classes! Anybody besides me remember Home Ec Projects every six weeks? I think my family really really got tired of Eggs a la Goldenrod for one of those projects! How about aprons with 4 pockets? How many aprons did you make? and again, I remember making my very first "walking suit" and then wearing it to a Mother-Daughter dinner! What an accomplishment for high school kids! We learned well! Thank you, Mrs. Cook, for all the ways you touched my life!

ElizabethJeanAl on May 09, 2009:

Absolutely wonderful lens! It stirred memories.Lizzy

anonymous on May 09, 2009:

[in reply to OhMe] Yes it is and it is interesting how other people who aren't actually from Pendleton are reading it.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 09, 2009:

[in reply to Jeanie] Jeanie, mshomeec is my other sister, Betty and I sure hope that she and Joan will write their memories for a continuation of this lens. Isn't this fun!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 09, 2009:

[in reply to mshomeec] Betty, would you consider writing your memories? Yours would be earlier than Jeanie's and would be so interesting. You are such a talented writer, too so hope you will consider. Thank you.

anonymous on May 08, 2009:

Fun lens! Certainly stirred memories for me! Must mention one more person and a few more thoughts..."Mr. D", minister at Pendleton Presbyterian, who shared tomatoes from his garden or beautiful wood items he made, took the teens on hay rides in his truck, and provided words of wisdom and led songs of praise on Sunday mornings! Remember those wonderful craft sales? Remember dancing in the gym in your socks? Remember walking to school and knowing all the bus drivers who were "grown up" juniors and seniors in high school? .........good times, good times! Another great one, Nancy! Betty

anonymous on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to OhMe] Nancy, I never had a class with Mrs. Anthony but, of course, new Mrs. Jolly well and had Home Economics with Mrs. Cook my Senior year. Please tell them hello for me when you see them.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to Jeanie] I am going to try to call Mrs. Anthony today and read her some of this. She and Mrs. Jolly are still right here in town and both would enjoy all of this. I saw Mrs. Cook a couple of weeks ago and she hasn't changed much at all.

anonymous on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] Joan, I meant to mention Mrs. Wood, too. I was on the Landmark Staff as Ninth Grade Editor my Senior year and she and I became good friends. This friendship carried over after High School and we continued to write after she and Mr. Wood retired to West Virginia, until her death in the fall of 1990. I always loved to go back and visit my past teachers. They were still so interested in our lives, even as adults, and so happy that I took the time to come back to see them. I'm sorry to see the school system going down as it is today and our children falling by the wayside right along with it. The teachers are still trying to reach them but the children are no longer open to them as we were in the 50s and 60s. It is a different world.

anonymous on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to OhMe] Yes, Mrs. Ducworth...Mrs. Madden taught us to diagram sentences in the sixth grade and, crazy as it sounds, it was my favorite thing to do. Sometimes I would take sentences from any book and diagram them, just because I loved to do it!! So, that makes two of us. LOL I love to write and everything I know about sentence placement, punctuation, paragraphing, etc. etc., I learned in grammar school. How lucky we were!

anonymous on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] I have to agree with you totally, Joan. I remember, when I first entered High School, hearing Mrs. Richardson from her classroom, screaming and carrying on when I would pass in the hallway. We could never imagine what was going on behind that closed door. Well, when I had her for Senior Literature, I found an amazing world behind that door. We studied MacBeth, I made an A and never had to open my book! Each class was as if we were at a Broadway Play, spellbound in our seats. She told us once that she had studied with Barbara Stanwick at the School of Dramatic Arts years ago but decided to return home and marry rather than following a career. What great fortune for all of us that she made that decision! You are right...we had a wonderful education with excellent teachers for such a small community...weren't we lucky to have lived in Pendleton!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] I diagram sentences in my head while I am talking or writing. Isn't that funny. They don't even teach that anymore. I also am so thankful that we all had to take Latin and I remember Mrs. Duckworth (wasn't that her name) very well. Pendleton schools are still wonderful but don't get enough positive publicity.

Joan4 on May 08, 2009:

[in reply to Patsy Martin Bowie] I have to add to your comment about the wonderful teachers at Pendleton - I am forever thankful to Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Anthony, Mrs. Edens, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Jolly and so many others. We were amazingly well educated for such a small town -- thanks to these dedicated teachers! We learned the basics and we learned them very well. I think I can still diagram sentences - can you? :)

anonymous on May 07, 2009:

[in reply to Betty] Thank you, Betty, coming from someone who has accomplished so much in her life and still teaching in China in her late 70s...I am so pleased that you were pleased. Our friendship has spanned the last 20 years of my life and you are truly one of those people I care so much about that you speak of. Thank you for always giving me confidence to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start again reminding me that I always have more to offer.

Bambi Watson on May 07, 2009:

Wonderful, I love the Carolinas 5*

anonymous on May 07, 2009:

What wonderful memories you've carried through your life to hand down to your children and grandchildren. You were a beautiful child and have carried that love of life and people on into adulthood in all that you're accomplished. And there's more to come into your so well-lived life. We'll all be looking for more updates over the years.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 07, 2009:

[in reply to GrowWear] Thank you Mimi and mulberry. Jeanie and I have had fun with it and sure are enjoying the comments.

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on May 07, 2009:

I love the feel of this lens; the way you put it together, the nostalgia, etc.

GrowWear on May 06, 2009:

Another great one in the Pendleton series, Nancy. Kudos!

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

[in reply to Patsy Martin Bowie] Patsy, Thank you...I am very glad you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Pendleton. This has made me very homesick for my hometown!

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

Jeanie, Although I did not live in Pendleton as a child but grew up in the Lebanon community, it was always a joy to get to go to Pendleton on Sunday afternoons. My aunt, Mae Martin, would take me to the drugstore to get ice cream and it was such a treat for a farm girl. I attended Lebanon School grades 1-10 and then transferred to Pendleton High School for grades 11 and 12. I graduated in 1953 and was a member of the basketball team. I have many happy memories of attending Pendleton High School and playing basketball. Mr. Robert Scott was a wonderful coach and mentor. I will always remember special teachers: Mrs. J. L. Jolly, Mrs. Anthony, and of course, our principal Mr. Outz. I love your stories and pictures. Thanks for sharing your memories with people who love Pendleton.

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

Wow! I loved that "lens" on Pendleton, S.C.! Makes me want to move there.

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

Jeanie, thank you so so much for this. You just don't know how much I enjoyed reading all of it. As a matter of fact, I had to read it again. It was so interesting. You have been blessed with a wonderful life and have given so much of yourself to others. You are an inspiration to all you meet. You were a beautiful child and still just as beautiful as a grown woman. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures. May God continue to bless you. Thanks again.

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

Great write up and review of your younger years from then until the present. What a wonderful and meaningful memory for you and all of your kids. Pendleton must have been a wonderful place to grow up and keeping in touch now with old and new friends also must be particularly meaningful. good luck with this project.

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] My only regret was when I reached around ten and my mother was still buying me an identical dress for Easter as my sister, who was five years younger than me...UGH! So, when I outgrew her shop at twelve, I was relieved, only for that reason. I still loved to go in with my sister so that I could enjoy the Ropers and the shop full of girly things!

Joan4 on May 06, 2009:

oh my! will there ever be another store like Ms. Roper's? I can almost shut my eyes and smell all those pretty new dresses! One day Linda Anthony and I were even allowed to ride to town to The Gift Shop to buy a pair of new bermuda shorts! What a vivid memory and oh we felt so grown up!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 06, 2009:

Oh good. I am glad that you caught this on Facebook, Grace and glad that you replied, Jeanie. This is going to be fun just to watch and see who leaves comments. Thank you.

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

[in reply to Grace Evans Ammons] Gracie, I remember you well as a little girl. I was in town and saw you in the production of Mame 14 or 15 years ago. You were a beautiful child and so very talented. I miss Pendleton and can't imagine growing up in a better place. I would love to move back someday. Maybe that day will come. Thank you so much for your comments. Jeanie

anonymous on May 06, 2009:

I loved reading your memories. My father is the youngest Evans son, Harry. I was named after my grandmother Grace and guess what? I still live a block or two from the square. Some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Grandaddy Gene's and Uncle John's drugstore and browsing through Welborn's. I well remember the fun of getting a chili cheeseburger from Miles and Crenshaw's cafe and my Easter outfits came from Ropers as well. My husband has had a portrait studio (Ammons Portraits) on the village green since 1993 and I'm so glad that my children Catrin (12) and John (8) are growing up in Pendleton. It's not exactly the same as when I was a kid but it's still one of the few places where a kid can ride their bike to the downtown and get a coke. Johnny Evans is one of my favorite cousins and I cannot imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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