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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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.

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
07/02/2018

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

Pelzer Heritage Commission
07/02/2018

Pelzer Heritage Commission

2018 Flag Raising Lower Mill Site
07/02/2018

2018 Flag Raising Lower Mill Site

05/25/2018

the district said they have reached a joint resolution with beloved teacher Lisa Houston. She will return to Palmetto!

05/16/2018

Took first step in building a new history book on pelzer families today! Opened a folder on the computer to gather family information! While most folk have little interest in history, I am fascinated with the people who lived in the town and worked in the mills! You can provide any story, memory, picture with names, or other information you want preserved about pelzer families! Look for submission information later as this book will take many months of work!

04/30/2018

Our condolences to Gene Welborn families as he has passed away! He and Bill Cobb compiled the Memories of Pelzer book! Pelzer grieves his loss!

04/25/2018

From Larry Joe Coker: The Pelzer Heritage Commission would like to announce that they have been awarded a $200,000 EPA cleanup grant for the old upper mill site in Pelzer. We are excited about this grant because it will allow us to cleanup and cap any property under the redevelopment plans. A lot of hard work and time has gone into getting these environmental issues under control for redevelopment of all the old Pelzer Mill Properties. I want to thank Gail Geter our EPA Brownfield Specialist from Cardno Inc. in Columbia, Barbara Alfano who is the Southeast Region 4 Brownfield Specialist , Robert Hodges and all the people at SC Department of DEDEC in Columbia who have funded and supported our projects and Rusty Burns, Cindy Wilson and Steve Newton from Anderson County for their support and believing in us. Also want to thank Wes Cox and our Advisory Board of Directors for their hard work on these projects. Thanks, Pelzer Heritage Commission

Come see me on Saturday!!
04/23/2018

Come see me on Saturday!!

Pelzer People! Help identify!!
03/29/2018

Pelzer People! Help identify!!

Just to nail down the age of the historic pelzer auditorium! This was written in February 1920. Auditorium completed by ...
03/26/2018

Just to nail down the age of the historic pelzer auditorium! This was written in February 1920. Auditorium completed by October 1920.

One of Pelzers finest! Tom Looper!
03/18/2018

One of Pelzers finest! Tom Looper!

02/19/2018

Hope you will take time to look at the background of these pictures since they show the condition of the houses and town probably around the time Smyth sold the mill company by 1925. Some are later maybe the 1930s. I think the people pictured were part of mill supervision!

Back when we were young Maggie!! Singing the old songs!!
02/19/2018

Back when we were young Maggie!! Singing the old songs!!

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
02/19/2018

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

unknown Pelzer people
02/17/2018

unknown Pelzer people

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo
02/16/2018

Pelzer Heritage Commission's cover photo

Pelzer Heritage Commission
02/16/2018

Pelzer Heritage Commission

12/29/2017

Someone has a memories of pelzer on eBay for $75 if you are looking for a copy.

12/19/2017

If you could give one gift to Pelzer, what would it be?

Christmas is for memories both past and present. Give the gift of rememberance this year!
12/14/2017

Christmas is for memories both past and present. Give the gift of rememberance this year!

Just a note.. If you find old negatives in your family archives do not throw them in the trash. They can be scanned into...
12/08/2017

Just a note.. If you find old negatives in your family archives do not throw them in the trash. They can be scanned into digital pictures and saved. Picture is an example of a 59 year old negative I just scanned.

11/28/2017

There will be a meeting tonight Tues. Nov.28 held by Richard Greer from Upstate Investors. This meeting will be at 7 pm at the Community building in the Monkey Park. Future development will be the topic of conversation. Everyone invited. Come and ask your questions. You don't have to live in the town to attend, because this will affect the surrounding communities. We should be about the people that live in the community and what they want.

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PO Box 627
Pelzer, SC
29669

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