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Column: Photos of first Timrod school found

Posted: June 4, 2018 3:30 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Several weeks ago, while examining a few items from her grandmother, retired local public school teacher Ann Martin identified a photograph of the first Timrod School House (first photo), a one-story building with 58 students in front of it. Ann Horton, her grandmother, had related to her family that the school had only one story when she first attended it.

In 1903-04, Ann Horton was one of 58 students in teacher Thurlow Belks’ classes at the Timrod School. Her classmates were from the following 13 families: Horton, Baker, Fail, Catoe, Hilton, Hough, Jones, Mangum, McCaskill, Newman, Raley, Sims and West. Descendants of these families should check the photograph in this column to see if they can identify an ancestor.

In March of 2008, I wrote a column on the Timrod Community and included a photograph (second photo), owned by Esther McCaskill of Bethune, which showed a side view of the corner of the Timrod School. A copy of that photograph also accompanies this column and shows it to be the same building as the Timrod School in the photograph now owned by Mrs. Martin, a one story building.

There are several photographs known of the two-story Timrod School built later. Howard Woody and Davie Beard published a photograph of this Timrod School building in South Carolina Postcards, Volume VII, Kershaw County. Ann Martin also has a photograph taken of this building when in a deteriorating condition. No Timrod School building exists today.

In the March 2008 Timrod Community column, I chronicled how the community got its name from the S.C. poet, Henry Timrod; the establishment of the Timrod post office in 1886 with Moses Hough the postmaster and the closing of the post office in 1905; information on the Timrod Baptist Church; the creation of the Timrod School in the early 1890s and other information about teachers and students at the school.

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