Pelzer Heritage Commission

Pelzer Heritage Commission The Pelzer Heritage Commission is organized exclusively for efforts to preserve the historical significance of the Town of Pelzer.
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Give a piece of Pelzer history for 2019! Come visit with us at the Christmas market tomorrow! Pelzer Heritage Commission...
11/22/2019

Give a piece of Pelzer history for 2019! Come visit with us at the Christmas market tomorrow! Pelzer Heritage Commission!

Pelzer’s finest marched off to war each time her country called! So proud of our military veterans! The Pelzer list of...
11/11/2019

Pelzer’s finest marched off to war each time her country called! So proud of our military veterans! The Pelzer list of veterans grows each year!

Pelzer veterans served our country in all wars with distinguished service! Our profound thanks to each and everyone one ...
11/07/2019

Pelzer veterans served our country in all wars with distinguished service! Our profound thanks to each and everyone one who served!

Pelzer Heritage Commission
11/07/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
11/07/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
11/07/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

Pelzer Heritage Commission
11/04/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
11/04/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

10/29/2019
09/19/2019

Ok I need help from all you history nuts! Where was the place named Fair Deal on the road from Anderson to Williamston? About 1900 timeframe..

I’m sure the photographer has a Pelzer connection!Unknown male subject but the Photographer had kin in the Pelzer area...
09/18/2019

I’m sure the photographer has a Pelzer connection!
Unknown male subject but the Photographer had kin in the Pelzer area and the obituary posted is his granddaughter.

08/15/2019

Want to see Pelzer revitalized? See message!

On Tuesday Sept. 10, we will have a community meeting where ALL RESIDENTS of Pelzer can ask all the questions they want to ask. 6:00 at the Community Building alongside Bi-Lo.

Some reading suggestions to help explain the beginnings of cotton manufacturing in the early days as well as in South Ca...
08/15/2019

Some reading suggestions to help explain the beginnings of cotton manufacturing in the early days as well as in South Carolina! Both are well written!

I’ll begin here trying to identify these people. From a man who was from Pelzer but lived in Oconee county.
07/29/2019

I’ll begin here trying to identify these people. From a man who was from Pelzer but lived in Oconee county.

07/29/2019

Pick a century and think about your ancestors and what they survived in order for you to be where you are! During the settlement of the Pelzer area by the Wilson family, the upcountry saw civil war as tories and patriots fought each other! The daily struggle was brutal!

07/23/2019

Saw a comment about Thomas Edison doing work or research in Pelzer. Lost the comment place so I will put it here. By the time General Electric installed the turbines and did research using Mill number four as a test bed, Edison has already been forced out of the company. I can find no historical record of him ever coming to Pelzer or being included in the research.. if you know otherwise please inform everyone..

Pelzer business letter heads!
07/06/2019

Pelzer business letter heads!

Pelzer Heritage Commission
07/03/2019

Pelzer Heritage Commission

06/08/2019

Read back over parts of a book on mill town development and saw a phrase I had not seen before. Wage slave. The discussion was about the political scene around 1910 and the mill workers. According to the article, mill workers were highly individualistic and independent as farmers. Moving to mill villages, they gave up that independence for steady wages. Being told how and when to work coupled with restrictions of town life, influenced their political party! What made you a wage slave?

Updated listing with Piedmont KIA folks added thanks to Charles Garrison. Found obits so I see a chapter in my last Pelz...
05/30/2019

Updated listing with Piedmont KIA folks added thanks to Charles Garrison. Found obits so I see a chapter in my last Pelzer book forming.

Honoring all those who gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. Updated list
05/27/2019

Honoring all those who gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. Updated list

05/25/2019

I took time to research each soldier from Pelzer who died in defense of our country from all wars. I pulled each obituary or clipping about their death and will make a scrapbook to honor their sacrifices. Precious lives given for you and me!

Pelzer area lost six men.... Albert Eugene Creamer, West Pelzer; Johnny Jacob Cureton, Jr. Williamston; Larry Fleming, J...
03/29/2019

Pelzer area lost six men.... Albert Eugene Creamer, West Pelzer; Johnny Jacob Cureton, Jr. Williamston; Larry Fleming, Jr. Piedmont; William Ralph Lawless, Jr. Pelzer; Melvin Calvin Maulding, Jr. Williamston; Terry Lee Smith, Piedmont. With grateful hearts we honor each and everyone! To their families, our heartfelt appreciation!

02/22/2019

The question often asked is “Why is there a West Pelzer?” When Pelzer was established, it was from land purchased to build a cotton mill with houses for families who worked in this mill. The mill town area, controlled by the mill officers, became an unincorporated town. Near what today is highway 20, lay the Southern Rail Road and the train tracks became the unofficial boundary between Pelzer and the area that would become known as West Pelzer.

According the Greenville News dated October 28, 1912, the Frank & DeCamps Realty Company announced a grand auction sale to the held on November 1 & 2 at 2 o’clock each day. They would be selling building lots at West Pelzer.

In 1913, when news that a Commission for a new town of Frankville reached West Pelzer, the citizens banded together to fight the town formation. According to the Greenville News, “Citizens of West Pelzer are fighting the formation of the proposed new Town of Frankville in Anderson County, for which a municipal commission was today issued. The petitioners for the new town are Walter L. Welborn, John M. Garrett, and A. W. Crenshaw. Efforts will be made by the citizens of the unincorporated town of West Pelzer to prevent the incorporation of Frankville. A protest was sent by Rev. C. L. Stewart on behalf of the citizens of West Pelzer, to the secretary of State.”

Mr. Stewart stated the petition for municipal charter for the proposed town of Frankville represents the wish of only a small number of people residing within the proposed corporate limits, that this is a movement of real estate men, for their own financial gain. The majority of inhabitants of West Pelzer, his letter indicated, will be included in the proposed town of Frankville and will make effort to show the petition is illegal. Grounds upon which they hope to prove the petition illegal is that the surveyors became trespassers upon their properties when they made the survey of their property without the knowledge or consent of the property owners.

When the November 19, 1913 commission was issued, the petitioners proceeded towards holding an election as required by law. The only course open to West Pelzer citizens was to enjoin the holding of the election. Greenville News, November 22, 1913. According to the Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly Volume 4, Frankville was officially chartered on December 24, 1913 with 552 inhabitants. Date of Commission was November 19, 1913. On September 13, 1918, the Certificate of Incorporation for the Town of Frankville was amended and the town became officially West Pelzer.

Another name that also caused confusion was Golden Grove. The area of East Pelzer, before the railroads, was called Golden Grove. At the same time, the area above Piedmont was known as Golden Grove, causing the railroads problems delivering freight. According to the Greenville News of March 1914, “Eastview is now name for Golden Grove. Folks will no doubt wonder where this new place is. The citizens of Golden Grove arranged to have their community name changed to the name of their high school because of it conflicting with the name Golden Grove (Station) since both communities are on the railroads. Eastview is a very appropriate name because of its locality on the East of Pelzer. Greenville News, March 28, 1914

This labor unrest was in 1929. There was a walkout at Pelzer but workers soon returned to work. Should be an interesting...
02/18/2019

This labor unrest was in 1929. There was a walkout at Pelzer but workers soon returned to work. Should be an interesting read!!

Anyone recognize these children?
01/31/2019

Anyone recognize these children?

Time to pony up!
01/24/2019

Time to pony up!

My favorite picture of the Smyth house.. It was painted red!
01/21/2019

My favorite picture of the Smyth house.. It was painted red!

Pelzer on the move! In 1898, Pelzer did not tear down but just repurposed things! 120 years ago!!
11/08/2018

Pelzer on the move! In 1898, Pelzer did not tear down but just repurposed things! 120 years ago!!

11/06/2018

The Anderson Jockey Lot will host a vintage/craft show this Saturday from
9am until 3pm
Go support your local crafters!

11/01/2018

Between 1913-1915, the local militia from Pelzer, the Smyth Rifles, was folded into the newly formed SC National Guard. In 1916 they were ordered to the Mexican border to deal with illegal intrusions of U.S. Borders! U.S.troops crossed into Mexican territory and used their weapons to assure American citizens were safe! So now you know the story grandpa knew!!

Accepting articles and photographs about Pelzer families.
10/26/2018

Accepting articles and photographs about Pelzer families.

10/26/2018

If you love local history come to the Williamstown Heritage Day tomorrow! You will be amazed with all our history!! See you there!

10/18/2018

Hope folks are planning on coming to the West Allen Williams Heritage Day at the Williamstown town hall on Saturday the 27th. We plan to show a 1944 Pelzer Fourth of July film! Come see our mill workers enjoying themselves!! it's a must see!!

10/02/2018

Thinking about using family tree maker and doing a tree of folks who lived in pelzer... Would you be interested?? Comments?

09/01/2018

83 years ago during the months of June, July, August, and the beginning of September, Pelzer was locked in a roaring battle between the union workers and mill leadership! The battle came to a head on September 3rd when one person was shot and killed and many others wounded. The battle was over but the wounds never healed! Everyone who lived in Pelzer lost something in this struggle!

08/13/2018

Was saddened to learn of Eddie Morgan's passing!

08/10/2018

Making a project plan for my last Pelzer Tales book entitled Pelzer Tales: Family, Friends & Neighbors! Information about how to contribute later!

07/10/2018

Town Of Pelzer is accepting sealed bids for exterior painting and repairs to the Pelzer gym. Contact Pelzer town office for description of work. Contact Councilman Mark Matthews or town Clerk at 864-947-6231.

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PO Box 627
Pelzer, SC
29669

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