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Teal: The Banging Hammer
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In 1868, the auctioneer’s voice often intoned “going once, going twice,” and then “sold” as he banged down his hammer or gavel from the front steps of the old Robert Mills Courthouse. Thus, a Kershaw County tract of land, house, town lot or some other piece of real estate was sold at the hammer price by Sheriff E.E. Sill or Dept. U. S. Marshal Joseph M. Gayle.

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