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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.

Old Pendleton Photos Part 2


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.

Give this page time to load and then continue to scroll and enjoy.

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

OLD HUNTER HOUSE

OLD HUNTER HOUSE

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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

Punch Hunter, Tom Watkins and Ralph Hunter in old Ford

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

SUZIE ADGER'S BUGGY

SUZIE ADGER'S BUGGY

Smith Mill

Old Smith Mill is now underwater

Old Smith Mill is now underwater

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

Little Camp House near Whitewater Falls

Little Camp House near Whitewater Falls

1906 Red Shirt Militia Reunion

Pendleton SC

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
    Wikipedia gives a description of who the Red Shirts were.

1906 Red Shirt Reunion in Pendleton SC

1906 Red Shirt Reunion in Pendleton SC

1906 Red Shirt Reunion in Pendleton SC

Congressman Aiken

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.

Congressman Aiken

CONGRESSMAN AIKEN

CONGRESSMAN AIKEN

Wyatt Aiken - US House of Representatives for 6 terms: 1903-1917

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.

Queen Street

Queen Street

Queen Street

Aiken Guards

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

Aiken Guards at the Red Shirt Reunion

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

Red Shirt Reunion going down Broad St in Pendleton

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

Unveiling the Peace Cannon

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 COMPANY IN PENDLETON

OLD FORD MOTOR COMPANY IN PENDLETON

Old Ford Motor Co. JV Bostic standing in the doorway. Ollie Brown leaning on the car. (Shared by Carolyn Mohr)

Old Ford Motor Co.  JV Bostic standing in the doorway. Ollie Brown leaning on the car. (Shared by Carolyn Mohr)

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

SOUTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE In Pendleton SC

SOUTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE In Pendleton SC

First Baptist Church of Pendleton

First Baptist Church of Pendleton

First Baptist Church of Pendleton

First Baptist Church of Pendleton

Looking Back

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

1802 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

1802 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Historic Photo of First Baptist Church of Pendleton SC

HISTORIC PHOTO OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in Pendleton SC

HISTORIC PHOTO OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in Pendleton SC

Old Pendleton United Methodist Church

OLD METHODIST CHURCH

OLD 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

Old Presbyterian Church

Old Presbyterian Church

Mt. Bethel Church

Mt. Bethel 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

Hi Nancy

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.

Liz

Giles Food Store Grand Opening

Giles Food Store Grand Opening

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

Pendleton SC Town Council 1950s

Pendleton SC Town Council 1950s

J.C. Sloan, Sr about 15 or 16 yrs old

J.C. Sloan, Sr about 15 or 16 yrs old

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

Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church - 1950's

Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church - 1950's

1950's Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church #2

1950's Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church #2

1950's Ladies of King's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church #2

Sloan Manufacturing Co. formerly LaFrance and now Reigel Industries

Sloan Manufacturing Co. formerly LaFrance and now Reigel Industries

Sloan Manufacturing Co. formerly LaFrance and now Reigel Industries

Sam Hall and Lou Crenshaw Hall (Arthur Hall's parents and grandparents of Ronald Hall)

Sam Hall and Lou Crenshaw Hall (Arthur Hall's parents and grandparents of Ronald Hall)

Sam Hall and Lou Crenshaw Hall (Arthur Hall's parents and grandparents of Ronald Hall)

View From Micasa

VIEW FROM MICASA

VIEW FROM MICASA

1842 Liberty Hall Inn

1842 LIBERTY HALL INN

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)

Pendleton Elementary (PHS Class of 66)

Pendleton Elementary (PHS Class of 66)

Old Pendleton High School Torn Down in 1961

Old Pendleton High School Torn Down in 1961

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

Old Pendleton High School torn down around 1924

Old Pendleton High School torn down around 1924

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

1935 FIRST GRADE AT PENDLETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1935 FIRST GRADE AT PENDLETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1939 Pendleton High School Graduating Class

1939 Pendleton High School Graduating Class

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.

PHS 1949

PHS 1949

PHS 1949

Pendleton Farmers Hall 1826

PENDLETON FARMERS HALL 1826

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.

Pendleton SC

Old Pendleton Jail

Old Pendleton Jail

Old Pendleton Jail

Lonnie Brooks, PHS Class of 49, shares a picture of the Old Jail

Lonnie Brooks, PHS Class of 49, shares a picture of the Old Jail

Lonnie Brooks, PHS Class of 49, shares a picture of the Old Jail

Pendleton Lions Club views plans for Hartwell Reservoir 1958

Pendleton Lions Club views plans for Hartwell Reservoir 1958

Pendleton Lions Club views plans for Hartwell Reservoir 1958

Lake Hartwell

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

View of Hwy 24 Bridge before Lake Hartwell was filled

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

1949-50 PENDLETON HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

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

Doc Hellams - 1960 in Pendleton South Carolina

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

Calvin and Melvin Barnette with Grandpa and Grandma Hicks

Calvin and Melvin Barnette with Grandpa and Grandma Hicks

Tanglewood Sloan

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

Tanglewood Sloan

Tanglewood Sloan

Tanglewood Sloan 1910

Tanglewood Sloan 1910

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

Clemson Cadets sometime between 1915-1918

Clemson Cadets sometime between 1915-1918

Charles Williams Comes Through Again With A Great Photo

Thank you Charles

Charles said:

"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.

Enjoy!

Charles"

Clemson Cadets In Anderson

Clemson Cadets In Anderson