Recent Developments and News Related to Pacolet and This Website
I have recently been given a list of the Black Veterans from the Pacolet Area . This list, with more than 200 names, has been compiled by Carmen Wannamaker-Amos and her cousin, Cesar Wannamaker. They have a number of relatives on the list. Many of these veterans are already on the Memorial Register of Pacolet Veterans but some are not. The Register will be updated to insure that it includes the Black Veterans. You can read the new list by clicking on the link above.
Many of the people living in Pacolet today have ancestors that worked in the mill as children. You can read more about this by clicking on the link above.
The 1951 PHS annual, The Tomahawk is now available on this website. This is the third Pacolet High School to be become available on the website. You can find a link to this book and the other annuals by clicking on the link above.The 1950 PHS annual, The Tomahawk is now available on this website. This was the second annual to be published by the high school.You can find a link to this book and further information about it by clicking on the link above.
The 1949 PHS annual, The Tomahawk is now available on this website. This was the first annual to be published by the high school and the first of many to be named The Tomahawk. You can find a link to this book and further information about it by clicking on the link above. It is hoped that eventually all of the PHS annuals will be online on this website.
The high school annuals from the former high schools in the Pacolet area tell a lot about the history of the community. I have started an effort to scan as many of these as possible and put them on this website. This will be a long and slow process. The first of these to go online is the 1964 Panther annual from the former B. E. Mays High School. You can find a link to this annual and more information about it at by clicking on the link above. I hope to add others soon.
Mr. Hugh Jones, Pacolet World War 1 Veteran - (Posted January 20, 2017)
The stories of most of the veterans of World War I from Pacolet have been largely forgotten. However, thanks to his granddaughter, Amanda Hogan Slusarczyk, the story of Mr. Hugh Jones has been preserved. Mr. Jones has many descendants still living in the Pacolet area. You can read his interesting story by clicking on the link above.
Pacolet History Books - (Posted November 8, 2016)
In 1983, the Pacolet Area celebrated its Centennial. The first Pacolet Mills manufacturing plant was completed in 1883 at Trough Shoals. As part of the celebration, the Pacolet History Club produced and published a two-volume set about the history of the Pacolet area. Click on the link above to read these interesting books.
More Neigh Newspapers - (Posted September 28, 2016)
We have recently been able to put several more issues of the Pacolet Community Newspaper, The Neigh, on this website. There is a partial issue of the August, 1953 paper, the December, 1954 paper and the July, 1956 issue. Click on the link above to access all the issues of the paper that are already online.
Anyone associated with Pacolet High School in the 1950’s or 1960’s will remember Mr. Jack Corn, the Vocational Agriculture teacher. He touched the lives of many students. One of the students, Dennis Crocker, has written a tribute to Mr. Corn and tells how he affected his life. Click on the link above to read this. (Posted in August, 2016)
Not many people realize that Pacolet had a championship boxer at one time. His name was Lamar Gibson. We are indebted to his son, Neil Gibson, for giving us the details of his story. Neil and I have been lifelong friends and graduated in the same class from Pacolet High School in 1955. All my life I had heard stories about Mr. Gibson's boxing achievements but never knew the details. I asked Neil if he would tell the story for this website and he graciously obliged. Click on the above link to read about Lamar Gibson's interesting story. (Posted in August, 2016.)
Photos of Pacolet Mills Elementary School Teachers (Posted in July 2016)
Jane Snapp of Whitestone has furnished photos of some teachers from the Pacolet Mills Elementary School. These are shown at Pacolet Mills Elementary School Teachers. These were probably taken in the late 1940's or in the 1950's. Some of the teachers are identified but some are not. If you can identify any of these please let us know.
Mike Emory has made a new drone video and posted it on YouTube. This video shows parts of Pacolet Mills as you have never seen it. The video is a little over 5 minutes long and is very interesting. You can access this by clicking on the above link.
First Pacolet Soldier Killed in Action in World War II
Over 300 men from the Pacolet area served their country during WWII. All of the sons from the Pacolet Sullivan family were in the military. One of them, Royce Dean Sullivan, was the first Pacolet soldier killed in action in WWII. Another, James Carroll Sullivan, landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day and was badly wounded. Read about these brave soldiers in The Sullivan Story in WWII.
It has been almost a hundred years but we should remember that men from Pacolet fought and died in this War. You can read about the three known Pacolet men killed in action by clicking on the above link. (June, 2016)
In the past, we have had some issues of the Pacolet community newspaper, The Neigh, on this website. We had all the copies for the years 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952. Recently, in March, 2016, we have been able to add 18 additional newspapers involving 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957.We don't have all the copies for each of the years yet. Eventually, we hope to find and put the rest of the issues for these years on the website. Click on the link above to read the new additions.
More Photo Albums Have Been Added
Added in November, 2015; Album No. 14 - May Festivals at Pacolet Mills Elementary School; Album No. 15 - Pacolet Mill Company Employees
Added in October, 2015; Album No. 10 - More Scenes Around Town; Album No. 11 - Pacolet Mills Elementary School Buildings; Album 12 - Pacolet Mills Elementary School Classes; Album 13 - Pacolet Mills National Guard
Added in September, 2015; Album No. 9 - More About Baseball
Judge Bruce Littlejohn was born in Pacolet in 1913. He had a remarkable life and career, eventually serving as Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court. In 2003, at the age of 90, Judge Littlejohn wrote about his Pacolet childhood in the book, Pacolets I Have Known. Click on the link above to learn more about him and to read his book that is online at this site.
Easter Steadings Fisher has furnished me with CD's with almost 300 pictures about Pacolet of times past. I hope to add many of these pictures to this website over time as additional Photo Albums. The first of these have been added to the existing articles related to the Swimming Pool.
We are starting a new section to the website. From time to time we are asked to help identify someone in an old photograph. We are going to start the new feature with a photo submitted from Jane Foster Snapp. Please contact us if you can identify the person. Click on the link above to see if you know Mildred Strange or Rita Garner.
Mayor Harris died on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from Cancer. Her death is a terrible loss not only to her friends and family but also to the entire community that lost a compassionate and very effective leader. Click on the link above to read more.
In the 1940's and early 1950's, skate wheel wagons were very common in Pacolet Mills. Now, they seem very rare. These little vehicles might even be unique to Pacolet Mills. Click on the link above to read more.
I have found another unusual and interesting document in the papers and records of David Smith, the first Mayor of Pacolet Mills. There is a collection of Death Records for many people from the Pacolet Mills community that was assembled by the company nurse, Miss Belle Fuller. The records give the name, age, relatives, cause of death and the attending doctor. The records are not complete and only go up to about 1945 at the end of WWII. However, they give a glimpse of how many of our ancestors and relatives died. Many of the diseases listed are almost unknown today and could be readily cured by modern medicines. There are many children listed. The records also included information relating to White Rose Cemetery at Pacolet Mills. Click on the link above to read more.Jane Foster Snapp has sent us pictures from Pacolet Elementary School in the early 1960's. Shows students at recess and some teachers.
Article about the Business History of Pacolet Mills
An article about the business history of Pacolet Mills has been found in the papers of the late David Smith. David was the first mayor of the town of Pacolet Mills. The article is unsigned and undated. However, judging by the contents, it must have been written in the 1960's. The article also describes the company's mills in Georgia. Read the article at Business History.
The Pacolet area was a witness to one of the most important events in the history of the United States, the Battle of Cowpens, during the Revolutionary War. Both the American and the British army marched and camped in the vicinity of Pacolet in the days just before the War. General Daniel Morgan and his army camped at Grindal Shoals on the Pacolet River. Two days before the battle, he marched his army along the Green River Road, through what is now the Goucher Community, to the battle ground. Every year a re-enactment of this historic march is done and you can be a part of it. This is a wonderful experience for adults and children. It will make local history come alive.
A new feature is being added to this website. I have obtained a number of interesting photographs about Pacolet and have put these into virtual photo albums. There are now 6 Pacolet albums on the website. As time goes on, I will be adding others about different subjects.
A copy of the program for the 7th grade graduation class has been found among the papers of the late David "Skeet" Smith. These students joined with others and became the Pacolet High School Class of 1955.
Jane Foster Snapp has sent us a photo of a class at Pacolet Mills Elementary School. If you can identify the children in the photo or have more information, please let us know.
Jane Snapp has sent us a class photo. The class members signed their names on the back of the photo but not in the order they are in the picture. If you can identify the people in the picture please let us know.
Pacolet Pointe Apartments Now Available
Some months ago, we were contacted by Ram Sathyamoorthy of Sathyam Enterprises LLC. He was renovating an existing apartment complex in Pacolet and was looking for possible new names for the project. He has finished the project, now named Pacolet Pointe, and the apartments are available for rent. Information about the available apartments is available at his website at http://www.pacoletpointe.rentlinx.com/ .
We have been given photos and other information about building a Pacolet River Rail Road Bridge in 1909. Photos from such early projects are rare. Click on link above to read more.Secret Pacolet River Goldmine
One Pacolet family, around 1900, had their own secret gold mine. It was lost and has not been found until this day. You can read about it in an article from the Spartanburg Herald - Journal of November, 1989.
Pacolet Mills Baseball Park
For many years, the Baseball Park was one of the most important places in the community. Read about it and see photos of some of the activities there.
Pacolet Mills, the Best Mill Village in the South?
Read an article from October, 1921 claiming that Pacolet Mills is the best mill village in the South in which to live.Family and Memories of Doris Jones Hogan
Doris, with the asistance and encouragement of her daughter, Amanda Slusarcyck, is sharing her memories and stories of her family.
Shared memories from Leo Kirby and Judge Robinette
We have received very interesting stories that both these men did about growing up in Pacolet many years ago. We want to thank the family of David Smith for making them available to us.
1939 Photos from the Pacolet Mills Elementary School
We have put photos of the first and second grade classes from the Pacolet Mills Elementary School in 1939 on this website.
James David Lambert's Memories
David grew up in Pacolet and still lives in the area. He is going to share some of his Pacolet memories starting with a story about his uncle, Jim Turner, who passed away earlier this year (2013).
David "Skeet" Smith Passes Away
Skeet was a life long friend. He was instrumental in starting the Pacolet Museum. He had a vast knowledge about the history of the area.
Miss Hazel Henrickson Passes Away
Miss Henrickson taught at Pacolet High School for many years. She had a serious impact on many of our lives.
The Dummy is Removed
We now have photos on the site showing when the Dummy was taken apart and loaded on a truck to be moved to an unknown destination. If you know anything about what happened to the last Dummy locomotive serving Pacolet Mills please let us know.
Dennis Crocker's Memories
Dennis grew up in Pacolet. He has agreed to share some of his interesting and funny stories about his youth in Pacolet on this website.Upper Mill Dam is Again Used to Produce Power
Lockhart Power Company is using the "New Mill" Dam to again produce power. The Dam is now well over a 100 years old.
The Pacolet Methodist Church - 100 Years of Growth
In 1985, the Pacolet Methodist Church published a book about the history of the Church.This little book is very interesting and gives many names of people associated with the Church. Thanks to Nettie Rothrock Gentry for making the book available to this website.
An Unusual Connection to Pacolet from World War II
There is a strange connection to Pacolet with the Nazi Government in World War II. Click on the title for the details.
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and the Town of Pacolet Announce New Program
( Spartanburg Herald news article in August, 2012)
This program will work to help revitalize, save and protect some the houses of the Pacolet Mill Village. Click on the title to read the details.
Growing up Black in Pacolet - Now and Then
Mary Littlejohn Knox grew up in Pacolet 1930's, 40's and 50's as part of the black community. Because of the extreme segregation of the time, her experiences are different than that of most white people from the area. In spite of segregation, Mary has many fond memories of Pacolet and its people. Mary is retired and now lives in Detroit but she is thinking seriously about moving back home to the Pacolet area. She would like to help young people learn about their heritage and the contributions their ancestors made to the Pacolet Community.
Easy to Use 1940 Federal Census for Pacolet now Available on this Site
The 1940 Federal Census has just been released. The census records are available from a Federal website. However, it is difficult to find records on the site and to see them once you find them. The census records for the Pacolet area have been copied and put in a much more "user friendly" form on this Pacolet Memories website.Click on the title of this paragraph to look at the census.
Pacolet Chosen for Picture of the Month
Pacolet has been chosen by the organization, South Carolina's Information Highway ( SCIWAY), to feature in its SC Photo of the Month for April. The photo, featured on their website, is of the townhall and the surounding area. Along with the photo, there is a link to a 10 minute video about Pacolet. This very interesting video is a portion of the ETV Special When the Mill Closes. Thanks to Mayor Elaine Harris for letting us know about this news. As most of you know, Mayor Harris has been instrumental in helping bring about the many good things that have happened in Pacolet. Click on the title of this paragraph to see the photo.
New Book on Vietnam by Pacolet/Goucher Native
People from the Pacolet area have defended this country from before the Revolutionary War. For the most part, their stories have not been written down and preserved. Col. Roy Mathis of the Goucher community has changed that. He has just released a book that describes his service in Vietnam as an army chaplain with the 82nd Airborne Divison. The book is It Was A Long Way from Home & A Long Time Ago But God Was There. This very interesting book is available directly from Col. Mathis. Click on this link, Col. Mathis Book, to learn more about the book and how to order it.
Robinson Family and Their Service to Our Country
I have recently received information about the Robinson family of Pacolet that has a remarkable record of service to our country. This family had eight sons in service! Read their amazing story at Pacolet Robinson Family.
This web site has been started as a public service to share the story of Pacolet. The web master and person to contact about putting information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster. Contact me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485
See more information about my Pacolet connection at Gerald Teaster.