Old Farmer's Hall Photo
Old Photographs of Pendleton SC
Most of these old photographs of Pendleton SC date back to the early 1900s. How did I get these photos? Well, that is a good story.
One day Frank Crenshaw showed me these photos and I asked him if I could get copies made. He told me that Mr. Norton Campbell had found an old camera at the home of Punch Hunter, a long time Pendleton resident who died at the ripe old age of 100 plus years. In the old camera was some film that had never been developed so Norton developed them. Most of these pictures are a result of that. On January 26, 1989 I showed these pictures to one of our then 90 year old residents who grew up in Pendleton, Miss Ruth Boggs. She went through the pictures and told me about each one. It was so interesting. I have several pages of notes and will share her thoughts with you.
Some others came from Clemson University's Strom Thurmond Institute
Pendleton Tire Co. and Burger King display a few of these in their businesses and there are several people around town that have this set of pictures.
I am telling these stories as they were told to me.
Please feel free to shed some light on any of them. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Update: This page is a lot of fun as I hear from friends that I haven't heard from in awhile offering to share their old photographs. Thank you, Pendleton, for making this page a community wide project. Please keep sharing those old pictures and stories! I love it!
Hope you enjoy!
Another Update: Due to length of this site, a Part 2 has been developed. I am still adding pictures and stories so hope you enjoy it as well. Please continue to send me pictures and stories. Photos will still be added to this lens as well so please check back.
Note: In 2015 our town will celebrate its 225 anniversary and I will create a page with all the activities so keep watching. There will be an event each month as part of the 225 Celebration.
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Photo: One of the many Photos found in an old camera belonging to Punch Hunter - copy given to me by Frank Crenshaw.
The photos on this page are not to be copied without permission. Thank you.
Take the Walking Tour of Pendleton - Download this tour guide to your Kindle or purchase the hard copy
I have downloaded this to my Kindle and will loan it out to friends and family who come visiting and want to take the tour. They activate the "read aloud" and take it along as your own personal tour guide.
Old Hunter House
East Main Street in historic Pendleton South Carolina
Miss Ruth told me that the house caught on fire on a Saturday afternoon. Sally Hunter had gone to take a bath with the oil stove on to warm the bathroom. It set the curtains on fire. A water brigade was formed to run from the well on the square to the house.
The house had a kitchen connected in the back. It was bricked after the fire.
Photo of Old Hunter House
Punch, Ralph and Tom in old Ford
In old Ford
Punch Hunter was the one who had the camera with the film left in it. This is him as a young man along with Ralph Hunter and Tom Watkins. Punch's family owned Hunter's Store.
Punch Hunter, Tom Watkins and Ralph Hunter in old Ford
Mrs. Susie Adger's Buggy
She had a buggy and a chaffeur
Mrs. Susie Adger lived at Gallow's Hill where the lynching tree was. She was quite well off and had a chaffeur and a buggy.
Mrs. Susie Adger in her buggy
Little Camp House in the Mountains
In the mountains
I was told by Miss Ruth Boggs that people from Pendleton would camp in the mountains near Whitewater Falls in these "Little Camp Houses".
Little Camp House near Whitewater Falls
1906 Red Shirt Militia Reunion
Evidently, there was a big parade and reunion in Pendleton in 1906 of the Red Shirt Militia. It looks like from the picture that it may have been from all over this area. The Red Shirt Militias were organized in the south after the Civil War.
If you want to learn more about who they were please see this link below.
Red Shirt Militia - It was part of our history, like it or not.
Wikipedia gives a description of who the Red Shirts were.
1906 Red Shirt Reunion in Pendleton SC
Unveiling the cannon
This was also at the Red Shirt Reunion in 1906. Congressman Aiken gave a talk before the cannon was unveiled.
Clemson students from years ago probably remember the Pendleton Cannon getting stolen from time to time as a prank and always returned. This happened so much that the cannon had to be permanently placed in front of the Farmers Hall.
Wyatt Aiken - US House of Representatives for 6 terms: 1903-1917
- Congressman Wyatt Aiken
Learn more about Congressman Wyatt Aiken
Photo looking at Queen St
This is very interesting
Queen Street in Pendleton sure doesn't look like this today. According to Miss Ruth, the first building on the left is South Carolina Dispensary which was a liquor store controlled by the state. She also said that next to the dispensary was Mr. Jim Hunter's Law Office.
There is lots of detail to see in the photograph. The most obvious being the "Brownie camera" that the little girl is holding. I am just guessing that that's what it is. Look at the cannon and the inscription "Peace". I had never noticed that before. I knew that it was called the "Peace Cannon" Looks like the men all grew beards for the occasion.
Note from Donna Roper, former Curator for the Pendleton District Commission:
On the Red Shirts Reunion picture of the Aiken guards, the gun carriage carrying the cannon actually reads Peacemaker -- this same gun carriage is in the Agricultural museum.
Thank you, Donna!
Aiken Guards at the Red Shirt Reunion
Broad Street in Pendleton, SC
1906 Red Shirt Reunion
This is the parade going down Broad Street beside the old Hunter House. Look at the back of the house. That is the kitchen that was built on.
Red Shirt Reunion going down Broad St in Pendleton
Pretty Ladies Unveiling the Cannon
Red Shirt Reunion 1906
Miss Ruth tried to identify the ones in this picture but she wasn't real sure. She said that Bessie Watkins was one of them and also mentioned the McPhail girls, Sloan, or Campbell. I would sure like to have one of those fans.
Unveiling the Peace Cannon
Old Ford Motor Company - Pendleton, SC
Main Street in Pendleton
This building was formerly Pendleton Antique Company. Richard and Shelby Quattlebaum sold the building in recent years to Scott Ward. The picture below shows the building when it was the Ford Motor Company.
In a paper entitled "Pendleton History As Told Me and From Memory" written by Emma A. Sitton in 1961, she describes what I think is that same building as being Carriage Shop. Someone might have more information on this and I would appreciate your sharing it. She states the following in her paper:
"From the square on the right side John B. Sitton had a Carriage Shop where carriages, buggies, wagons and harness were made. The shop was a long brick building, two stories, two rooms on the ground floor, two rooms on the second floor. The front room on the ground floor was a show room, the back room was a woodshop. John Dillard was master carpenter. The front room on the second floor was the paint shop, the back room a harness shop where Warren Dillard made all the leather fittings for the carriages as well as harness. The paint room had large doors on the north side and there was a long platform on that side where the finished vehicles were dried. This platform had a ramp with steps in the middle to allow vehicles to be brought down to the show room. The painter, Tilman Jones, was once a slave. On the south side of the shop was a lumber shed."
On August 3, 2010 the great granddaughter of Mr. J. V. Bostic who ran the Ford Motor Co opened a new business in Pendleton, C2 Consignments now known as Chi Chi's and she will be the 3rd generation to own a business in Pendleton. Carolyn Morton Mohr opened this new shop with her friend, Carolyn Williams but now runs it alone. Unfortunately, she closed her shop in Dec 2013. Ben Morton (Carolyn's father) had received the photo from Frances Couch, his mother's sister, who lives in Atlanta.
Ford Motor Company
Old Ford Motor Co. JV Bostic standing in the doorway. Ollie Brown leaning on the car. (Shared by Carolyn Mohr)
South Side of the Square
First Baptist Church of Pendleton
First Baptist Church of Pendleton
Diane Scott was kind enough to share these pictures with us. She worked on the 160th Anniversary Project for the First Baptist Church of Pendleton and they used these photos then. Some came from the FBC Historic Archives and some from Pendleton District Commission. Thank you, Diane.
1802 First Baptist Church of Pendleton
Historic Photo of First Baptist Church of Pendleton SC
Old Pendleton United Methodist Church
Jerry Sloan Shares Great Old Pendleton Photos
I sure appreciate Jerry's sharing these wonderful photos of Pendleton. Jerry's dad was the mayor of Pendleton at one time.
Great old photos, Jerry. Thank you!
Old Presbyterian Church
Mt. Bethel Church
Mt. Bethel Church, Old Presbyterian Church, Pendleton Supermarket, and Smith Oil
Photos contributed by Jerry Sloan
Jerry said that Mt Bethel Church was about where Dr. Cooper's office is now. The next picture was probably taken at the grand opening of Pendleton Supermarket(P&G Food Stores and then Giles Food Store - see note below). The Supermarket was in the building where Crenshaw's is.
Note from Liz Giles Freeze on Oct 16, 2008
Elizabeth Giles Freeze here. I was shocked to see my daddy's store in the photos. I had to call Mother back here to see it. The only mistake is that the store was called P & G Food Stores. My dad was in partnership with Jute Price of Seneca. Their first store was on Main Street in Seneca next to the hotel. They decided that daddy would move his family to Pendleton and open up another store. Daddy built the building that now houses Crenshaw's TV & Appliance. Daddy and Horace Crenshaw were good friends.
When Jute Price and daddy split their partnership, the store name became Giles Food Store. Somewhere I have a pad where the person who answered the phone took an order with that letterhead. They shopped for you, put the bags in daddy's delivery truck and took it to the customer. Don't we wish we could do that now?!
Thanks for giving me a heads up on this. I also saw you & me in the school picture. WOW. Mrs. O'Dell's class.
Giles Food Store Grand Opening
Jerry Sloan's Dad
Pendleton Town Council in the 50's -
left to right
Levi Campbell,Doc Crenshaw, H.B. Barnette, Jule Aull and J.C. Sloan, Sr.
The next picture is J.C. Sloan, Sr. when he was 15 or 16 yrs old
Pendleton SC Town Council 1950's
J.C. Sloan, Sr about 15 or 16 yrs old
Denise Jackson Shares Pictures from King"s Chapel
Thank you, Denise
2 PICTURES OF THE LADIES OF KING'S CHAPEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH THE 1950s.
PHOTOS BY LEWIS D. MOREHEAD, ANDERSON, SC
2nd Picture - THE LAST LADY KNEELING (TO THE FAR RIGHT) WITH THE WHITE FLOWER IN HER HAIR, IS LILA WINSTON GANTT - SANDRA GANTT'S MOTHER. IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, LILA IS THE ONLY ONE STILL LIVING (other than the little boy - probably).
Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church - 1950's
1950's Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church #2
Sloan Manufacturing Co. formerly LaFrance and now Reigel Industries
Sam Hall and Lou Crenshaw Hall (Arthur Hall's parents and grandparents of Ronald Hall)
View From Micasa
1842 Liberty Hall Inn
Moving Ahead About a Few Years
PENDLETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Look very hard at these little darlings and you may recognize some of my classmates who are upstanding Pendleton citizens today.
Pendleton Elementary (PHS Class of 66)
Old Pendleton High School Torn Down in 1961
The Even Older Pendleton High School - This one was torn down around 1924 and was in the same place
Nell Reeves shared this picture and I was so thrilled to get it. I had never seen this old school. Nell started 3rd grade in this building and her sister, Lucy, started 1st grade here. Thank you Nell and Bobbie!
Pendleton Elementary 1935
On the steps of the old high school
Mr. Harold Martin shared this photo with me. This is his first grade class at Pendleton Elementary School. He said that all the grades went to the old High School. The elementary school (now town hall) was not built then. He said that Mr. Ouzts was the principal for all grades. Mr. Ouzts was the Superintendent when I was in school so he was around for a long time. Others that you might recognize in the picture are Calvin Barnette, Virginia Riggins, Bonnie Medlock, Betty Linderman, and Susan Leigh. Do you know any others? Please let us know.
1935 First Grade at Pendleton Elementary School
1939 Pendleton High School Graduating Class
Janice Crenshaw Gunnin finds the Tate Sisters on Squidoo
Janice shares this 1939 PHS picture with us.
PENDLETON HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1939
1st row L/R: Virginia Campbell, Jeter Glenn, Agnes Campbell, Thomas Horton, Lucile Foster, Audrey Moore, Lena Beth Martin, Benny Eskew, Betty Wadkins, Charles Fant.
2nd row L/R: Prof. Bruce, Cecil Hicks, Betty Lay, Mary Crenshaw, Inez Besaks, Charles Lee Pruitt, Margaret Evatt, Harry Graham, Barbara Stewart, L. Grall?, Bernice Burgess.
3rd row L/R: Ralph Barett, Wilburn King, Robert Fergerson, Bill Crenshaw, James Moore, Ruth Branyoun, Ester Holden, Miss C.Dusewberry?, Supt. Brown.
4th row L/R: Charles Presher, Louise Wannermaker, Dot Hanks, Ola Lou White, Elvira Lee Williams, Inez Brown, Decise Gillispie, ? Stogall, Ola McHugh, Thelma Griffith
The above names were written on the back of the picture in Daddy's handwriting. I have tried to the best of my ability to read and type the names correctly but it is difficult to do. If you recognize or know of any corrections, please email them to me.
Pendleton Farmers Hall 1826
Old Jail and Lions Club Photo
This picture of the Old Jail and the one of the Lions Club (the tall good looking one is my dad) viewing the plans for the Hartwell Reservoir can also be seen on the Pendleton Lens (mini website) with some interesting stories. My sister did this lens and inspired me to continue with more Pendleton lenses.
Please check it. You will be glad you did.
Old Pendleton Jail
Lonnie Brooks, PHS Class of 49, shares a picture of the Old Jail
Pendleton Lions Club views plans for Hartwell Reservoir 1958
an exciting time for Upstate South Carolina
Above - Pendleton Lions Club looking at the plans for Lake Hartwell. The tall good looking one is my dad, Mel Tate. I remember daddy saying that he was very concerned about Lake Hartwell because they were just topping the trees and that the wells from the old farm houses could cause problems.
Below - Mike Darby shared this photo. He said that the picture was given to him by the Design South engineering firm, during
the time that the old Portman generator was being put on display in downtown Anderson.
it's a view of the Highway 24 bridge over the Seneca River before Hartwell lake was filled. The picture
was taken as equipment was being removed from the old Portman Shoals power plant. One of the generators being removed is now on display in Downtown Anderson. Mike also said "For what it's worth, that's one tall bridge - I think the water is about 120
feet deep there. Most folks will assume that the pilings only go a few feet below the surface."
View of Hwy 24 Bridge before Lake Hartwell was filled
The Dog House
Pendleton's Old Gymnasium
The Dog House was built in 1949 and cost a little over $50,000 which came from a bond issue. In an old newspaper clipping, "Red" Canup wrote that on December 7 Pendleton High School's bond-built gymnasium was opened Tuesday night with 600 people in attendance at a basketball doubleheader inaugural. He went on to say that Mr. Outz wanted to make sure that there was a full house so he dispatched school buses to bring in the boys and girls. Coach Bob Scott gave me copies of old newspaper clippings when we were planning the "Save The Dog House" Campaign in 1992.
NOTE: Kathy Clark asked her brother Alvin to identify the young men in this photo.
Nancy, In the old basketball photos..49-50, my brother Alvin Clark is in there. I sent the web to him and he ID'd them all except two. Front L-R
Melvin Barnette, Delano McClain, Buddy Campbell, ?Julian Landreth, Johnny McConnell, Joe Taylor, unknown, Ben Hunter, Charles Brown, unknown. Back Row
Alvin Clark, Curtis Rogers, Bobby Aiken, Marvin Madden, Herbert Hendricks, ?mascot, Mr. Scott, Ronnie Scott.
1949-50 Pendleton High School Boys Basketball Team
Dr. James W. Hellams
Over 50 years in Pendleton
Doc Hellams came to Pendleton in 1960 and is still practicing medicine a couple of days a week. He is on his 5th generation of patients. When he first came to Pendleton he delivered babies and some of those babies are his patients along with their children. Here is a picture of one of his first Pendleton deliveries.
Doc Hellams - 1960 in Pendleton South Carolina
Calvin and Melvin Barnette
with Grandpa and Grandma Hicks
Melvin showed me this picture the other day and I asked him if I could add it to this lens. He agreed. Melvin thinks that this picture was made around 1937 with his grandparents (Summer and Fannie Hicks). They lived in the Denver Community. Thank you, Melvin for sharing this wonderful picture. I know that Calvin and Melvin have a lot of kinfolks in Pendleton and I am sure they will especially enjoy seeing this.
Calvin and Melvin Barnette with Grandpa and Grandma Hicks
Tanglewood Sloan was the lovely home at the site where the new library is now. The columns are still standing. Jerry Sloan had sent me this photo a couple of years ago. I always enjoyed looking at the house and remember it well from my childhood. There was wisteria growing all around it and it would look so enchanting when in bloom. I remember my mother crying when it burned and I don't think I had ever seen my mother cry before that.
Thank you Jerry for sharing this old photo.
My friend, BJC, had this to say about when Tanglewood Sloan burned:
I remember when Tanglewood burned. We lived across the street in the Presbyterian manse, and had not been there long. We had no curtains in the bedroom, just shades. My husband jumped out of bed shouting "Wake up. wake up...we've got to get the girls out of here...our house is on fire!!!" Turns out, it was not our home, but Tanglewood, across the street that was on fire, and the flames were crackling so loud that it sounded like it was our house. We all got up and shivered thankfully and tearfully for that grand old lady. The firemen were pouring water across the street onto the Pure Oil station to keep it from catching on fire. We had known some Clemson architecture students who had lived there earlier. Most folks were suspicious of them, thought they were "hippies" but we enjoyed them and had a couple of meals with them and tours of the house. When they left they donated their furniture to our church sale.
Alison Hancock Padgett said that her parents owned Tanglewood Sloan when it burned and that they donated the land to the town for the library. The town later sold the land to someone else who later donated it for the library. Alison's mother, Margaret, says that they did not rent to the students who were living there at the time of the fire. She said that they were "squatters".
Tanglewood Sloan 1910
Clemson Cadets March in Front of The Chiquola Hotel
Sometime between 1915 -1918
Charles Williams of the Garrison Arena was kind enough to share this picture with us along with the following story. Thank you Charles.
The original photograph belongs
to my cousin, Bob Webb, from Houston, Texas. In the front row, his
father is on trombone in the band formed by Clemson cadets as they march
down Main Street in Anderson. His father, Robert Webb, was a student at
Clemson between 1915-1918 (I think these are the exact years) and was
the recipient of the Norris Medal, awarded to the most outstanding
senior based on their accomplishments and achievements at Clemson. He
went on to work for USDA after receiving his PhD, and became known as
the "father of cotton quality" in recognition of his accomplishments in
the textile industry.
The photo shows the Chiquola Hotel in the background and the row of
buildings to the left were known as "brick range", now the site of the
Anderson courthouse. At the time of the photo, the Webb family owned
most of that block. Charles Williams
Clemson Cadets sometime between 1915-1918
Charles Williams Comes Through Again With A Great Photo
Thank you Charles
"This is another photo showing Clemson cadets and band marching down main
street in Anderson. Points of interest include the old courthouse to the
right and the Confederate monument on the left. Looking over the top of
the Confederate monument is an arched sign which said...Welcome to
Anderson..The Electric City.. or some variation of such. The location of
the sign remains a mystery as it was taken down during some remodeling.
Clemson Cadets In Anderson
Very Interesting History of The Chiquola Hotel
by Jason Pruitt
Crossroads of America made by Photographer Lewis Moorehead near LaFrance, SC
Cherry Summers Garrison Shares Boscobel History and Pictures
I am eventually going to make a lens just about Boscobel but thought you might enjoy a sneak preview. Cherry Garrison's father and uncle built the famous Boscobel Lake and she shares the history and some photos here. I will be adding more of her photos as time goes on. Ken Hancock's father purchased the property and continued to run the golf course and lake until he sold it to the Herberts. This spring I plan to meet with Cherry, Ken and also Harvey Brock and video interviews with them. Harvey has been with the Boscobel Golf Course through all the owners. I am excited and think it will be very interesting.
Sketch of the Summers' Home at Boscobel
Summers' Home at Boscobel Destroyed by Fire
Chief Harry Sloan Newspaper Clipping Contributed by Jerry Sloan
Do You Remember The May Day Programs?
My sister did a lens about the Maypole Dance and was looking for a picture. I remembered that I had saved some old photos from being thrown away at Pendleton Elementary School and took them to the Pendleton District Commission. These were old photos that hung outside of Mrs. O'dell's Office in the 50's. They were all framed in the same wooden frames that had been painted with that Institution green paint. I called Betsy at PDC and asked her if she remembered seeing them. This is the picture that she sent and it just happened to be my sister's class dancing the Maypole.
Pendleton Elementary May Pole Dance
Farmers Hall as the Post Office
I was very pleased when TJ Land send me a message on Face Book that he had found this picture on Google. This is pretty much the way it looked when I was growing up. I remember buying 1 cent and 3 cent stamps in there. Ooops. I am really telling my age.
Ladies Bridge Club (1950's) contributed by Sheila Sloan Sellers
Ladies Bridge Club
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing this wonderful photo.
A Great Group of Ladies and they really enjoyed their bridge club:
Ellen Stephens and Helen Campbell
Mary Sloan, Becky Tate (my sweet mom), Lou Scott, Marie Willingham, Nez Bickley, Eleanor Outzs, and Fredna Jones
1920 Pendleton Cotton Mill
Pendleton Cotton Mill Smokestack
Contributed by Nell Seawright Reeves
Nell says that her father helped to build the Pendleton Cotton Mill Smoke Stack in 1920. On the back of the photo the following was written by Virginia Boggs McKnight:
Papa (Charles Jackson Boggs) helped build this. A turkey dinner is being served on top the day of completion.
Thank you Nell for sharing this wonderful old photo.
Rod Terry Shares An Old Memory - Jack Terry, Rod Terry and Roy Terry - Thanks Rod!
Vintage Postcard of Clemson Cadets
Richard Lewis 1918
Vintage Clemson College Postcard
Vintage Clemson College Postcard - Dress Parade
Thank you Becky Gossett Oliver for sharing the two pictures below
Gulf Station at the corner of Queen St. and Exchange St.
Becky Gossett Oliver's father once owned the Gulf Station and he later became the Mayor of Pendleton. I have heard stories of this filling station being the gathering place for the men around town and a lot of important decisions were made around these old pumps. This building is now owned by Town Councilman Scott Ward.
Old Gulf Station corner of Exchange St and Queen St.
Deck Gossett at Old Gulf Station on the corner of Queen St. and Exchange St
Welborn's Department Store in Pendleton SC - Thank you to Tippy Welborn Cope for contributing this photo of her dad's store
I have so many memories of going to Welborn's to purchase my book satchel, keds, and of course crayons and coloring books.
Please Share Your Old Pictures of Pendleton
Pendleton Pictures from long ago
Do you have any pictures from the old Smith School that was behind Welcome Church? Do you have a picture of the Ice Plant? Any old photos would be appreciated. Please share by emailing in JPEG format to me at email@example.com
Pendleton's Bicentinial Celebration 1990 The Quattlebaums
Bicentenial Poem 1990
by Shirley Chappell and Nancy Hellams
During the year of the Bicentenial (1990), Shirley Chappell and I sold these framed pictures. Shirley dried the dogwood blossoms that came from the Village Green and I wrote the poem. Of course, Shirley of The Framery did the beautiful framing with different colored mattings. The poem reads like this:
The Village Green
It's Springtime. The dogwoods are in full bloom.
There is a mystical peace in the air filled with treasured memories of days gone by.
Many have sat in awe of the beauty of this place.
Listen and you can hear them:
The chanting of the Cherokee,
The decisions of the politicians,
The dreams of the early settlers,
The laughter of children playing,
The soldiers marching.
Feel their presence.
So many have walked these grounds and I am proud to be one of them.
Happy 200th Birthday Pendleton, South Carolina!
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Do you have old photos of Pendleton to share?
Do you have old Pendleton Photos that you would like to share?
Pendleton will celebrate 225 years in 2015 and there are all kinds of special events being planned.
Do You Know Anything About These Pictures? - Let me hear from you.
Nanette on June 06, 2018:
So neat to find these photos I'm from Ky but Samuel Hall and Lou Crenshaw Hall are my great grandparents. My grandmother had a similar photo on her wall
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 07, 2018:
Did you see Mom and Dad and Jim?
Connie Rasbury on March 06, 2018:
Great collection of Pendleton photos!
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 23, 2016:
No, the old jail is no longer there.
Hank on August 13, 2016:
Is the old jail still viewable?
Ruthi on April 15, 2014:
What a fantastic historical view of Pendleton you share here. I love old photos and it is nice to read stories that match the lives of the people and places in them.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on April 14, 2014:
Love this! How lucky for Pendleton to still have not only the pics but the people who can share the stories. LOVE the name Punch Hunter - sounds like a character Mark Twain would come up with doesn't it?
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on January 11, 2014:
What an amazing lens. It's so wonderful you were able to speak to someone who knew about the people. I often wonder about the lives of those we see in old photos. Very interesting to read about them!
Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on July 27, 2013:
Hi you have some great old picture here. Thanks for sharing.
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on May 01, 2013:
Great old photos. This lens is a real treasure!
Aunt-Mollie on March 21, 2013:
You've created a real historical archive here.
Cara on February 23, 2013:
What an amazing set of pictures. I loved reading this lens!
writerkath on December 06, 2012:
Hi again Nancy! I love your Pendleton lenses! BTW: Back in North Myrtle Beach this winter. Couldn't stay away! :)
SomethingInteresting on September 27, 2012:
Great Pictures and a Great Story !!!
anonymous on September 13, 2012:
@OhMe: Actually, my dad left Pendleton Motor Company in around 1963 as I recall. I still remember the Square from that time with the Western Auto Store next door, Evans Drugs on the corner where we used to buy hot dogs, Smith Esso (I still have some of the tiger mugs from there they gave you with a fillup), Brown's Department Store, Mr. Medlock at the Cleaners, etc. I went to kindergarten at Ms. Aull and Ms. Lighner's near the Elementary School, first grade with Mrs. Honeycutt, second grade with Mrs. Lucy Orr, and third grade with Mrs. Allen - all such a long time ago.
anonymous on September 13, 2012:
@OhMe: Thank you for the nice website which brings back so many memories. I still often ride through town and have visited some of the few remaining folks I know who are still there. Again, would love to see pictures or artifacts in particular of Pendleton Motor Company as I so remember being there with my dad when I was a little boy.
norma-holt on August 29, 2012:
Goodness these are great pics and another wonderful view of your town, Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 29, 2012:
@anonymous: Thank you so much for visiting here, James, and for sharing your connection to Pendleton Motor Company. I shared your comment with several people so maybe someone will have more pictures to share.
anonymous on August 26, 2012:
My father managed Pendleton Motor Company after Mr. Bostic and I lived in Pendleton through the third grade when we moved to Clemson. So much I remember from there, days spent at the Motor Company, the Maypole dance you pictured, the businesses on the Square - Medlock's, Brown's, Welborn's, etc. If anyone has a pictures of Pendleton Motor Company in particular, I would love to see them as I was a kid playing in there from around 1956 to 1963 or so.
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 04, 2012:
@anonymous: ok. Mystery solved and the winner is Stan Hunnicutt who guessed it right when he guessed Alan Cartee!
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 04, 2012:
@anonymous: Stan Hunnicutt guessed Alan Cartee Is that right?
anonymous on August 03, 2012:
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 03, 2012:
@anonymous: Oh My! I am trying to figure it out. I think I will need to recruit some help.
anonymous on August 03, 2012:
My mother and my aunt had a business on the square so i grew up in PendletonI worked at the old Ford place washing cars as a child . Ate at Miles and Crenshaws and played in the village green , slept in the old tree the town decorated at Christmas. I still go by there every day. Can anyone guess who i am?
CherylsArt on July 26, 2012:
I great bit of history for people of South Carolina. Great collection.
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 16, 2012:
@anonymous: Thank you for visiting Pendleton and my page of Old Photos. Yes, the ruins of Tanglewood Sloan are fascinating. I remember the day it burned. So sad. Come back to visit us anytime in Pendleton.
anonymous on July 15, 2012:
was in anderson over the weekend & saw sign for "historic pendleton" & drove up on a lark. I was enthralled by the ruins beside the library and googled and found this site. So interesting seeing the photo evidence of how bustling and important these small towns once were.
AJ from Australia on July 15, 2012:
What true treasure. I love this collection and tribute to a bygone era. Blessings.
JoleneBelmain on July 04, 2012:
Absolutely stunning pictures... old pictures just seem to hold so much value in them. Great lens :)~BLESSED~
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on June 27, 2012:
What a gem of an old photos online album.
golfspice on June 22, 2012:
Great idea for a lens. I bet Pendleton looks a lot different now, even if the basic infrastructure is still the same.
mylittleeden on June 03, 2012:
Wow amazing lens a great historical masterpiece
Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on May 29, 2012:
I feel like I just visited Pendelton, this morning!! ***Blessed***
Dianne Loomos on May 29, 2012:
What a treasure you have here in these old Pendleton photos!
anonymous on May 20, 2012:
Hello, I have enjoyed viewing the old photo of Pendleton, I have old picturestaken in Seneca, by Mr and Mrs Frank Howard when I was a baby, I tried toreach the son (Jimmy) to find out if he or his sister kept the pictures made back in 1936, but have not received any reply. I am a black lady who admire thoseprecious picture made back in the day, I have been told that most of the Blacks didn't have camera, so Coach Howard and wife came to my grandmother's house and made pictures. THANKS. firstname.lastname@example.org
anonymous on April 17, 2012:
What a wonderful presentation of Pendleton history, I think you will be getting many more pictures as others want to contribute to this excellent labor of love.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 12, 2012:
How very wonderful that you could do a Pendleton pictorial history article immortalized for all to enjoy. I love the old images of the buildings, ceremonies, and citizens of Pendleton.
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
What a cool lens! I have roots in SC too. What fun to look back at the history!
Michey LM on March 01, 2012:
I come back to look it over and I am impressed with the new additions... I love old pictures, as they are a piece of authentic history, and I love black and white... as it is more dramatic in pictures vs. color once which are flashy but superficial... Regards
MGuberti on February 21, 2012:
What an amazing story. The photos also add on to the epic story
MGuberti on February 21, 2012:
The story is great and it perfectly goes along with the photos. This lens is amazing!
Peregrina LM on January 21, 2012:
That's such a great story! I love old photos.
lyttlehalfpint from Canada on January 20, 2012:
fabulous lens, completely enjoyed my visit and wish I could contribute some photos but alas, I have none.
NickyT LM on January 01, 2012:
Absolutely fascinating lens. Thanks :)
bernie74 lm on December 31, 2011:
W hat a wonderful and informative Lens you have. I love looking at old pictures and reading about them. Thanks for sharingBlessed by a Squid Angel !!
SiochainGraSonas on November 20, 2011:
I love the photos. Thank you for sharing this bit of history and keeping it alive for others.
sidther lm on November 12, 2011:
This is so wonderful! You have really done such a great job keeping the history alive with the stories as well. This really is amazing
anonymous on August 29, 2011:
I remember Boscobel Lake and Cherry Summers. She and I played together around 1944 or '45 in and out of the Summers home and the lake. My family lived across the road from their home in a small house. We would ride our bikes down to the lake and spent time in the bath house where music played from a juke box I suppoe. My favorite tune was TD Boogie by Tommy Dorsey. One day I rode my bike down the hill toward the lake and forgot to put on my brake. I ended in the lake bike and all. My Dad was the Baptist preacher a that tmeat La France Baptist Church. When we move to La France into the new parsonage, I didn't see Cherry again but I have always remembered the good times we had together. On a trip to Boscobel sever years ago, I noticed the Summers House was gone. I did not know until today the house had burned. I remember eating in the kitchen of the house and the thing I remember most clearly was corn bread sticks made in a special pan with shapes of corn on the cob. So good!!! I will be looking forward to more pictures of the days gone by of dear old Boscobel Lake. Enjoyed each one of the photos of Pendleton too. Thanks, Shelby Jean Walker
dellgirl on July 25, 2011:
Love the photos! Your lens is wonderful and so informative. Thanks for sharing this, I learned a lot.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 28, 2011:
Very good photographs. I really enjoyed looking at all of them.
JuneMary LM on June 26, 2011:
I really enjoyed this lens - wonderful photographs. I especially liked the "Crossroads of America" and the little boys with the goat cart. I have a road atlas of the States so I shall look up where you are.Thanks.June.
ccorrig on June 19, 2011:
I went to Clemson for my BS in Civil Engineering. I love Pendleton. I love all of those small towns around there. I miss Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee. Great lens! It's kinda cool seeing pictures from years ago...
Anahid LM on April 12, 2011:
Hi I enjoyed seeing the pictures. Great work. I wish you a happy Easter. Anna
rorymullen lm on April 10, 2011:
It is amazing opportunity to witness Pendleton's old pictures. I enjoy seeing how life was hundred years ago.
scar4 on February 14, 2011:
Those valuable old photos witnessed the ups and downs of Pendleton, hope to get one copy of them!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 22, 2011:
You are giving Pendleton a wonderful gift, not just by displaying these photos but also by gathering first-hand memories to go with them. Well-done!
WeirdStuff on December 11, 2010:
Exciting photos. You did a good job!
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 17, 2010:
@OhMe: Sherry, I contacted the Pendleton District Commission with your questions and this is the answer that Betsy Johnson, curator, gave:I have never heard of a Clemson Supply Company, and we don't appear to have a record of it. This doesn't mean that it didn't exist, however. Miles and Crenshaw was begun in 1948 and they moved to the location we know of in 1950 (it looks like before that they operated a little restaurant out of their service station?), and operated the restaurant into the 1980s. We don 't seem to have any photos (people always seem to orient photos of the Green towards Exchange Street), but I'll keep my eyes open.The only other bit of information I could find was a 1957 Pendleton phone book. There are several cafes listed in the business section, including (Jim) Armstrong Cafe, Gay Haven Cafe, Hopkin's Cafe, Miles and Crenshaw Cafe and William's Drive-In Cafe. Hope that helps some. If you get information from anyone else in town, I'd love to add it to our files.BetsyOn Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM, Nancy Hellams wrote:Betsy,I had this comment on my Old Photos lens and have emailed Lamar Allen but haven't heard back from him. I am assuming that the commenter is talking about Miles and Crenshaw's but I don't remember the Clemson Supply Co.Here is her comment: Does anyone know anything about or have photos of the Pendleton Cafe (in the 1950's), and the building that occupied this storefront that was once known as Clemson Supply Company. Let me know if you have any info or photos that I can share with her. ThanksNancy Tate Hellamshttps://discover.hubpages.com/education/pendleton- -- Betsy S. Johnson, C.A.Curator of Collections/Coordinator, SC Century Farms ProgramPendleton District CommissionP.O. Box 565125 E. Queen StreetPendleton, SC 29670864.646.7271Fax 864.646.7768www.pendletondistrict.org
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 16, 2010:
@anonymous: Sherry, I am trying to find out the answer to your question and will post when I do. I sure remember the Miles and Crenshaw's Cafe and had many a meal there. I don't remember the Clemson Supply Co., though.
anonymous on August 16, 2010:
I just love to look at old photographs. It was so very nice to see some of Pendleton's history. What a treasure to have these!
ElizabethJeanAl on August 15, 2010:
I WILL make it to Pendleton one day. There are so many great things to see and festivals to attend.
anonymous on August 13, 2010:
Does anyone know anything about or have photos of the Pendleton Cafe (in the 1950's), and the building that occupied this storefront that was once known as Clemson Supply Company.
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 13, 2010:
@anonymous: Trisha, I asked Betsy at the Pendleton District Commission about your question and here is her answer:Hi Nancy,I have never heard of a medical school in Pendleton. I doubt they would have had one at the military school...even as casual as medical schools were in the past. I guess this person was talking about Erasmus Burt? The Burts lived in Pendleton at Oaklawn. Erasmus' brother Francis Jr. was the first governor of Nebraska and is buried at St. Paul's. My best guess on this question is that he attended Pendleton Military Academy, the boys school that people like W.H.D. Gaillard went to. But I have never see any reference to a medical school.Hope that helps a little!BetsyBetsy S. Johnson, C.A.Curator of Collections/Coordinator, SC Century Farms ProgramPendleton District CommissionP.O. Box 565125 E. Queen StreetPendleton, SC 29670864.646.7271Fax 864.646.7768www.pendletondistrict.org
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 12, 2010:
@anonymous: The only Medical School that I know was back then is in Charleston. I have never heard of one in Pendleton but will sure check into it.
anonymous on May 12, 2010:
I have enjoyed your old photos-I don't have a photo,but was told that my gg granfather went to medical school in Pendleton probably around 1840-as he was born abt 1820-went there last year but could find no one that remembered a boys school -his name was E.R. Burt-maybe you have some info on that school--thanks
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 08, 2010:
@anonymous: Becki, Thank you so much for leaving this nice comment. Which church in Pendleton were your in-laws married? I might have a photo that I could share with you. I know the name Miles Hunter Watkins and was aware that he had donated some family pieces. I remember in the 50's we lived near Mr. Tom Watkins and his wife Mrs. Bessie. In fact, I picked Pecans out of their yard on the halvers (meaning my mom got half of what I picked) and I would get about a nickle a bushel or something like that. I loved to go to their home. Mr. Tom and Mrs. Bessie were members of the Presbyterian Church where we went. I didn't know any of their children and not sure they had any but maybe a great uncle. I have a good picture of the Presbyterian Church on my Sunday School Songs lens at http://www.squidoo.com/sunday-school-songsYou can just right click the picture and copy it if you would like.Thanks again for the visit here.
anonymous on February 08, 2010:
Found your photos while trying to locate a photo of the church in Pendleton where my in-laws were married in 1945. My mother-in-law mentioned the daffodils being in bloom. Their 65th wedding anniversary is February 25. You might recognize my father-in-law's name--Miles Hunter Watkins--yes, as in the Hunter store--same family. He brings Pendleton treasures every few years to a museum in Pendleton. He must have pictures that you would like copies of. He has a brother named Thomas Watkins (could the Tom Watkins picture be related?). His sister is Pauline Watkins. He also mentions the Boggs family. I am married to Miles Hunter Watkins Jr. and the mother of Miles Hunter Watkins III (Trey). Wish I had paid closer attention when we visited Pendleton and Clemson several years ago. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.
myraggededge on January 24, 2010:
Absolutely fascinating! Hasn't Pendleton had a lot of fires in its time? Fabulous photos. You must be the local heroine for putting all these great Pendleton lenses together.
Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on December 04, 2009:
I've come back to ####bless#### this fascinating lens!!
Patricia on November 30, 2009:
Wow! These are great photos! Blessed by an angel!
natnickeep lm on November 28, 2009:
This is a wonderful lens! I love history and genealogy. This lens is a goal mine for people who are from Pendleton or have family there. Amazing job dear.
sittonbull on November 17, 2009:
I'm thrilled for you for being recognized with a purple star for this great lens. Your Pendleton lenses have such great continuity and promote the history of our historic town so well. Interesting that one of your commenters inquired i.e. ghosts... If the walls of upstairs in the Farmer's Hall could only talk?? The ghosts of many of the men who shaped our nation in those days perhaps still visit that room... Thomas Clemson and John C. Calhoun among them... met regularly there. Oh to be a fly on the wall!!! Great to see the Ladies bridge club there with Mrs. Becky and my Aunt Marie among them. Congratulations for your star... and for all you have done for Pendleton.
anonymous on October 23, 2009:
Congratulations dear one on your beautiful Purple Star--your heart must be full and your smile a light to all around you!
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on October 23, 2009:
What a beautiful lens and such a great gift to the community. Here is an angel blessing to go with that shiny new purple star.
Tonie Cook from USA on October 22, 2009:
Outstanding! A wonderful historic reference for one's beloved home town. Beautifully done, and well deserved of a Purple Star.
Joan4 on October 22, 2009:
Congratulations on that beautiful purple star! This is one of my favorite lenses ever!!
jacory on September 18, 2009:
Joan4 on September 06, 2009:
I do love that bridge club photo -- that crowd loved to laugh! I think they laughed more than they actually played bridge! What fun they had!
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 06, 2009:
Old Photos are indeed treasures of the past. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories of Pendleton, SC. :)
Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on September 06, 2009:
I'm in love with google books, you gave me something to find. And I think I found it:Old Stone ChurchThe Trescott House
anonymous on June 03, 2009:
Love your site! Great history and pictures! I do have a question about the Pendleton High School photo from February 1949. Do you have the names for any of these people? One of them looks like a relative of ours!
GrowWear on May 31, 2009:
This page has really grown since I was here last. It was good before, but it is even better now. Pendleton sounds wonderful. I sure can see why you love it.
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 23, 2009:
[in reply to spirituality] Oh me! Thank you so much for the blessing.
hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 23, 2009:
wonderful photos and history.
religions7 on May 15, 2009:
Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)
Janusz LM on April 30, 2009:
I´d already rated & Faved this Wonderful journey back in time, now I have my Wings... I flew back to Bless it as well :)
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 23, 2009:
[in reply to SemperFidelis] Wow. I can't believe it. You are wonderful, Colleen. Thank you, thank you!
teamlane on April 23, 2009:
Blessings from a SquidAngel. I remember blessing this lens the last time I was a SquidAngel. :o)
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 23, 2009:
[in reply to Joan4] Thank you all for visiting this lens. It sure has been fun and I appreciate each of you taking part in it.
anonymous on March 20, 2009:
Great photographs, I love a look back at how things use to be. Thanks for the lens.
anonymous on March 10, 2009:
Nice photos , some of them are kind of creepy too...Nice!
Snozzle on March 07, 2009:
What an interesting lens. Though I don't know Pendleton, other than from your lenses, I love these old photos. They are fascinating to see - it's real history.Mike.
Joan4 on March 04, 2009:
[in reply to CCB] Yes, there are ghosts in Pendleton! for sure!
CCB on March 02, 2009:
Do you have any ghosts in your fair city?Great lensCCB
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 26, 2009:
[in reply to Michey] Thank you, Michey. It has been a fun lens to work on and I am still getting contributions from local people.
ZBT on February 23, 2009:
What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to Pendleton. They are so lucky to have you as a resident/fan. I got teary-eyed reading about your town ... the love that you have for it is awesome. I hope to see it garner LOTD one day. Best wishes!
Michey LM on February 20, 2009:
WOW! It is a great lens. I like photography in general, but black and white photography is my true love.I consider black and white photos more dramatic, it is coming from all the nuances between Black and White, color picture are superficial on my mind, good for 21 century, sorry about the ironic comment.Do you know that if you have old pictures, and/or old postcards about specific landmarks/locations, you can make a fortune on eBay? Try it!Thanks for the beauty of this lensRegardsMichey
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 07, 2009:
[in reply to drifter0658] Thank you Drifter. That means a lot coming from you as I think you do a wonderful job on your lenses.
drifter0658 lm on February 07, 2009:
My father was a professional photographer and taught me the appreciation of old photographs and the power they hold. Loved this. Thank You
Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 04, 2009:
[in reply to dagsmith] Thank you, dagsmith. I had not really thought about it being valuable for those studying their family history until recently when I was able to help someone on Ancestor.com looking for information.