Share Your Memories of Pacolet
We invite you to send us your
memories and photos for this website. The stories do not
have to be elaborate. They can be in a letter, an email
or as an attachment. We do ask that they be typed in
some form as we can not provide typing services. Please
send the information to email@example.com
via email or by conventional mail to the address
given at the bottom of this page.
The following stories have been received and we hope to
add many others to these.
Janice Teaster Davis -
Janice was born and grew up in Pacolet. About 1956, her
family relocated to the Charleston area.
Dot Kirby Kimrey - Dot was born in
Pacolet in 1923. She wrote the following in 1986 before
she passed away. We want to thank Lindie Sullivan Wells
and the Pacolet Museum for making this available.
Jim Turner - Jim grew up in Pacolet and
graduated in the PHS Classs of 1942. Jim now lives
in Lodi, California. He has previously furnished us a
Sandlapper article about the 1903
Pacolet River Flood and also an article by Anna
Black Brooks about the History
of Pacolet. (We have learned that Jim Turner
passed away in 2013. Read more
about him from his nephew, David Lambert.)
Randy Mathis was
a Chief of both the Pacolet
Mills Volunteer Fire Department and the Rescue Squad. He joined
the Fire Department when he was just 14. He has
furnished some of his recollections of time spent in the
Pacolet Mills Fire House and on Fire Calls when he was
Reeves and his dad, John, and brother, Gene, operated
Reeves Dari Trete Drive In. He has furnished
us the story and photos of this store.
Harmon Garner grew up in Pacolet Mills and
graduated from Pacolet High School. She shares the story
of her family along with photographs.
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. Many of
the families that Mrs. Knox mentions are shown on the
1940 Pacolet Census for the Mayesville
- I recently received a very interesting email from
Dennis Crocker. I am a few years older but he and I were
in the Pacolet Mills Boy Scout
Troop 317 together many years ago. In this email,
he related several of his memories of his early life.
His stories were very funny and brought back many
memories of when I was young. I thought other folks from
Pacolet would relate to Dennis’ stories and enjoy them
also. I asked him if he would write some of his memories
and share them with us on the Pacolet Memories website.
He has graciously agreed to do this and the first of his
shared stories can be read
here. He has also agreed to add to these stories
from time to time so the site will be periodically
updated. You can read more about Dennis, his work career
and his family at Dennis Crocker Bio.
David Lambert -
David has agreed to share some of his memories of
growing up in Pacolet. Many of you will know and
remember David's Dad, James "Pee Wee" Lambert, the
former principal of Pacolet
High School. He is a Pacolet institution and has
affected the lives of many of us.
Leo Kirby - William Leo Kirby, or Leo as he was
commonly known, was a life long resident and prominant
businessman in Pacolet. He owned one of the biggest and
busiest service stations in the area. His station was
located on what is now Hwy 150 very close to Dr. Hill's house just outside
Victor Park. Leo took an active interest in the town and
served as mayor for awhile. He was born in 1911 and died
in 1995 at the age of 83.
Sometime around 1975, he wrote a story about growing up
in Pacolet and some of the people he had known. Leo's
story was found in the papers of David Smith Sr.who was
the first mayor of Pacolet
Mills. He titled his story Remember
the Long Day in the Mill .. The Kind Doctors.
In 1985, about 10 years after the first story, he
revisited the subject and told how things had changed in
the intervening years. That additional story is
(As I have said in other places on this website, it
seems that almost everyone in Pacolet is related by
blood or marriage. Leo was no exception. He was the
brother of my aunt, Lois
Kirby Teaster. She married my Dad's brother, Monroe Teaster.)
Judge Robinette was a member of the
large and influential Robinette family of Pacolet.
(Judge was his name- not a title.) His brother, Zach,
owned and operated a garage in
Pacolet Station. He also had a Kaiser - Frazier
dealership after the War. Judge's brother, Oren, owned a
hardware store across the
street, the Spartanburg highway, from Zach's garage.
Judge's nephew, James Robinette started and operated the
Pacolet Grinding and Plating business
next to the garage.
Judge was born in 1910 and grew up in Pacolet and worked
there a number of years. Eventually, he moved to
Bristol, Tennessee and went to work in the bag making
industry. He became very successful in doing this and in
time started his own company which is still thriving
today. You can read about it at Robinette Bag
Company. Judge passed away in Bristol in 2000 at
the age of 89.
Judge read the story that Leo
Kirby had written about Pacolet and decided to
write his memories to supplement it. You can read this
at Judge Robinette's
Leo's story also led Judge
to write about some of the bosses he had during his
life. You can read the part of this story that relates
to Pacolet at Judge Robinette's
Jones Hogan was born and raised in Pacolet.
Her ancestors lived in Tennessee and Virginia and moved to the South
Carolina Upstate before the First World War. With
the aid and encouragement of her daughter,
Amanda Slusarczyk, Doris has written an
account of her family and agreed to share it on this
website. This is an interesting story that is
similar to that of so many Pacolet families. It
tells about the reality, triumphs and tragedies of
the people who settled Pacolet. Doris came from a
large family and many other Pacolet families have
married into it. You might find one of your
relatives in this story.
Hugh Jones was
the father of Doris Jones
Hogan listed above. Hugh served
in World War 1 and is the ancestor of many folks in
Pacolet today. Amanda
Slusarczyk, his granddaughter,
has compiled the story of his life and his
interesting army experience.
Bruce LittleJohn was born in
Pacolet in 1913 and grew up here. He had a long
distinguished legal career before retiring as
the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme
Court in 1985. At the age of 90, in 2003 he
wrote a book about his childhood in Pacolet. It
is titled Pacolets I Have Known.
You can now read the book on this website.
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:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My
regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485